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Gambling and Sports Betting News December 20, 2019: Michigan Gov Signs Off on Sports Betting Bill

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Dec/20/2019

Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Friday December 20, 2019.


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Michigan Governor Signs Off on Sports Betting Bill

It's official.  In-state sports betting is now legal in Michigan, both online and at retail outlets.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Friday bills following months of reservation over the amount of tax that should be imposed.

With the governor's signature, Michigan became the second biggest state in the Midwest to legalize sports betting — behind Illinois — and the 20th state to do so in the nation, according to the American Gaming Association.

Asked about the potential timeline, Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said "Gov. Whitmer is optimistic that implementation will be efficient."

Betting should be available in time for the heavily wagered on March Madness Men's College Basketball Tournament, which is likely to feature at least one of the state's big schools.

Requirements still need to be adapted.  This could result in some restrictions, though none have been brought up thus far (i.e. no wagering on games featuring state college teams).  The minimum age will be 21.

Our Free Picks Record as of December 20

2019 NFL Record: 3-10 (0%)

2019 College Football Record: 4-2 (66.6%)

2019 MLB Record: 26-18-2 (59%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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