All About Michigan Sports Betting Handle And Revenue

The experts at BetMichigan.com have assembled this guide to explain what we mean when we talk about Michigan sports betting financial figures, which include handle, revenue, adjusted gross receipts and tax collections.

Michigan has one of the most expansive menus of legal gambling options in the United States. Michigan has Tribal and commercial casinos; retail and mobile sports gambling; and online casino games (also called iGaming) with options such as slots, table games and internet poker.

Tribal casino gambling in Michigan predated the commercial casinos in Detroit. In 1993, the state signed compacts with several federally recognized tribes in Michigan to conduct Class III gaming on their lands, but some tribal gaming operated even before that time. In 1996, Michigan voters approved commercial casino gambling for Detroit, which allowed for three casinos. They opened from 1999 to 2000. 

Near the end of 2019, the state legislature legalized a raft of gambling options, including in-person and online sports gambling, iGaming and fantasy sports. Commercial and tribal casinos could have retail sports betting and Michigan sportsbook apps. The first in-person sports bet was made in March 2020 and online sports gambling launched in early 2021.

Michigan Sports Betting, April vs. March

 

Total handle

Mobile handle

Revenue (GGR)

April

$414.426M

$399.143M

$29.340M

March

$497.623M

$480.369M

$28.270M

Change

Down 16.7%

Down 16.9%

Up 3.8%

Michigan Sports Betting Handle and Revenue: April 2024

The spring and summer swoon is underway for Michigan sports betting operators.

According to data from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the state’s online apps and brick-and-mortar sportsbooks reported a handle of $414,426,339 for April. That was down 16.7% from March’s $497,622,751.

Online wagering made up nearly all the traffic, as always. The 13 active Michigan sportsbook apps license holders reported a handle of $399,142,534, a decrease of 16.9% from their March activity.

Interestingly, though handle fell by about a sixth, Michigan operators still saw adjusted gaming revenues increase slightly. The total (mobile and retail combined) of $29,340,251 was a month-over-month increase of 3.8%. Mobile apps accounted for the entire increase, as their revenue of $27,769,816 in April rose 4.1% from March.

Michigan also saw an increase in its returns on sports betting. State taxes for April totaled $1,818,697, compared to the $1,729,141 Michigan received the previous month, for a 5.2% rise.

Month-to-month handle fell as expected, but Michigan sports betting continued to see growth in the overall market. Online operators reported a handle of $322,821,968 in April 2023. Last month’s online handle grew 23.6% from last year’s total.

FanDuel, which is partnered with Detroit’s Motor City Casino, reported the largest operator handle at $153,414,409. DraftKings Michigan Sportsbook, the partner with the Bay Mills Indian Community, took $106,281.337 in wagers. BetMGM, the online app tied to MGM Grand Detroit, accepted $58,138,708.

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