Michigan iGaming Revenue Soars in March

Michigan iGaming Revenue Soars in March

It’s happening for Michigan. Internet gaming is growing quickly, reporting significant revenue and paying millions in taxes each month.

The first sites launched in January, and there are now 13 online gaming operators in the state. Together, in only three months – fewer than three due to no one actually launching on January 1 – those 11 operators have generated more than $204M in total gross receipts and paid more than $35.5M in taxes.

The revenue is warmly welcomed by casino operators that have been closed or at various stages of limited capacity for more than one year. The shutdowns that started in March 2020 forced casinos to keep their doors locked for months, and they have been on a slow reopening plan since mid-2020. However, Michigan has had a very tough time controlling Covid-19 outbreaks. While other states continue to expand capacity little by little, Michigan cannot do so.

This means that the internet gaming revenue is much needed. The new sector of internet poker, casino games, and online sports betting is showing its worth in big numbers.

Internet Gaming: Strong Start

March was the second full month of internet gaming in Michigan. February was the first full month, and March is the longest month thus far. The rate of growth may slow slightly as the year continues, but at this point, people are still discovering it and logging on for the first time.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board currently relays internet gaming revenue and online sports wagering revenue, but it has yet to break out numbers pertaining to online poker.

That leaves only the assumption that PokerStars is still owning the online poker market in Michigan, since it was the first to launch in January and pulled in many players during February and with big tournaments since then. BetMGM launched online poker in mid-March, and it struggled to attract big numbers at first. While it operates on the PartyPoker platform, BetMGM doesn’t have the name recognition of PokerStars. But it has been plugging along and working hard to bring competition to the burgeoning ipoker market in Michigan.

At some point, we hope to receive online poker revenue numbers.

In the meantime, let’s look at the bigger numbers:

–February igaming gross receipts: $79,729,343.32

–March igaming gross receipts:  $95,081,592.31

–Month-on-month change: 19.3% increase

–February adjusted gross receipts: $75,188,016.02

–March adjusted gross receipts:  $88,711,907.14

–Month-on-month change: 18% increase

–February igaming state tax payments: $14,031,628.54

–March igaming state tax payments:  $17,273,498.30

–Month-on-month change: 23.1% increase

BetMGM’s casino partner is MGM Grand Detroit (duh), which tops all other casinos for internet gaming revenue by quite a lot. PokerStars’ partner is the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, which does make the top five.

The 11 casinos/tribes operating internet gaming accumulated revenue in March as follows:

-MGM Grand via BetMGM: $30,972,815.02

-MotorCity Casino via FanDuel: $18,929,037.80

-Bay Mills Indian Community via DraftKings: $16,557,456.02

-Little River Band of Ottawa Indians via BetRivers: $6,733,066.01

-Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians via FOX Bet and PokerStars: $5,775,710.74

-Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians via Wynn: $4,428,521.32

-Greektown Casino via Barstool: $3,858,327.77

-Keweenaw Bay Indian Community via Golden Nugget: $3,411,880.23

-Hannahville Indian Community via TwinSpires: $2,183,623.01

-Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians via Four Winds: $1,827,836.08

-Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians via William Hill: $583,418.13

To date, all 11 of them together have accumulated $204,165,230.61 in total gross receipts, which generated $35,590,849.47 in state tax payments.

Internet Sports Betting: Big Business

The bettors had been chomping at the bit to log some sports wagers online. And they did so in massive numbers in February.

–March internet sports betting handle:  $359,450,161.59

–February internet sports betting handle: $301,857,053.99

–Month-on-month change: 19.1% increase

–March gross internet sports betting receipts:  $32,270,529.40

–February gross internet sports betting receipts: $9,472,018.72

–Month-on-month change: 241% increase

–March internet sports betting state tax payment: $535,930.15

–February internet sports betting state tax payment: $142,239.58

–Month-on-month change: 277% increase

Combining online sports betting numbers from all 12 participating casinos, the handle for the first quarter of 2021 was $776,472,918.22 and revenue was $55,076,475.40. Those numbers translated into $789,865.62 in state tax payments. And this did not include retail sports betting revenue.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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