FanDuel announces exclusive deal with MotorCity Casino in Michigan

FanDuel is officially coming to the state of Michigan.

The daily fantasy provider turned sports betting giant FanDuel has announced a deal to open a land-based sportsbook at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Michigan.

This news comes after the casino was granted regulatory approval to offer sports wagering earlier this week.

What’s covered in the deal?

Under the deal, a FanDuel-branded sportsbook will be opened at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Michigan, where patrons will be able to bet on a variety of sporting events. FanDuel will be responsible for administering all core services in regard to betting at the sportsbook.

The land-based two-story sportsbook will feature six betting windows, sixty-seven HD televisions, a ticker, VIP area and fifty-four self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks.  Patrons will be able to place wagers on all major US sports including hockey, soccer, football, baseball, golf, boxing, motorsports and more.

Should the launch of the FanDuel sportsbook go to plan, it will be one of two operational sportsbooks in Michigan today (12 March).

Bruce Dall, president of MotorCity Casino, said: “For two decades, we have been committed to reimagining the guest experience – consistently raising the bar with innovative entertainment, world-class luxury hotel accommodations and high energy gaming activities.

“This relationship takes it to the next level. With FanDuel, our guests will be able to engage with their favorite sports in a dynamic new way at Detroit’s only locally-owned and operated casino.”

Matt King, chief executive officer of FanDuel Group, said: “Detroit is an incredible sports town – the ‘City of Champions’. As we look to expand our national footprint and bring America’s top sportsbook to more customers across the country, this was a perfect fit. It has everything we look for – from the industry leading casino operation to the proud and passionate Midwest fanbase. Exciting things are happening in Detroit, and we couldn’t be more excited about this move to the Motor City.”

Sports betting in Michigan

On 20 December 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 4311 into law, creating the Lawful Internet Gaming Act. Under this law, mobile and online casino gambling is now legal in the state of Michigan. Under the law, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) will be granted the power to issue licenses for online and mobile casino gambling.

The state’s governor also approved HB 916, creating the Lawful Sports Betting Act. Under this law, commercial and tribal casinos can offer land-based and online sports betting in Michigan. Governor Whitmer also signed HB 4308 into law, legalizing fantasy sports contests in the state of Michigan.

Aside from FanDuel, several other operators including William Hill, PointsBet and The Stars Group have secured entry into the state’s sports betting market.

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