Michigan Gaming Management Board authorizes the most recent on-line gaming operator

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved the launch of yet another online gaming and sports betting provider on Monday.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which operates three casinos under the Four Winds brand in Dowagiac, Hartford and New Buffalo, and its platform provider Pala Interactive LLC are joining a group of other operators and platform providers that the state agency approved in recent weeks since the two forms of gambling were officially introduced in the state last month.

The latest platform was allowed to go live from Monday noon.

"We welcome the addition of Four Winds Casinos and Pala Interactive to Michigan's growing online gaming and sports betting market," said Richard Kalm, Executive Director of MGCB, in a statement. "Your participation will generate revenue to support education, economic development and the tribal community of the Pokagon Band."

Four Winds will be the 11th operator to offer both online gaming and sports betting in the state. A twelfth operator, Lac Vieux Desert Tribe, and its platform provider PointsBet are currently only approved for internet sports betting.

The other operators and platform providers that offer both forms of gambling are:

  • Bay Mills Indian Community, DraftKings
  • Grand Traverse Band of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, William Hill
  • Greektown Casino, Sports Betting Bar Stool & Casino
  • Hannahville Indian Community, TwinSpires
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Golden Nugget Online Gaming LLC
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Rush Street Interactive MI, LLC
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands from Odawa Indians, PokerStars and FoxBet
  • MGM Grand Detroit, MetMGM LLC
  • MotorCity Casino, FanDuel
  • Sault Ste. Marie tribe of the Chippewa Indians, WynnBet

Michigan's Online Gambling Legalization Act, signed in late 2019, only allows state-licensed casinos to offer online gambling and sports betting. Platform providers can pair up with the casinos.

MGCB is expected to report its January online gambling earnings as early as this week. Although the numbers have not yet been released, industry observers, as well as operators and platform providers, have signaled that online gambling has got off to a good start since launching on a jam-packed schedule of major sporting events.

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