How Do I Start a Sportsbook From Michigan?

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Dan Shapiro
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Sports betting and online casino gambling is fully regulated in the state of Michigan with very little in the way of any limitations.  For online registration with the state-regulated apps, a social security number is required.  This benefits the local bookie, who offers anonymity and betting on credit.


How to Start Your Online Mobile Sportsbook in Michigan

A nominal fee gets you a customized website for all your players, full lines management, live in-play betting, hundreds of prop offerings daily and full reporting.  This is just some of the features available from a pay per head software platform and service.  AcePerHead is currently running a FREE WEEK every month FOR LIFE promo.

Be carreful to avoid software providers that only offer the software and nothing more.  Also be careful of those companies that charge excessively for the right to use their betting software.

Is Sports Betting Regulated in Michigan?

Yes.  The legal age for the apps is 21 and up and, as noted above, a social security number is required to play online.  Winnings on sports betting and online casino gambling is taxed as income, both at the federal and state level.  It is 4.25 in state tax% and 25% federal.

These are the apps available from Michigan currently:

  •     DraftKings - Best mobile app
  •     PointsBet - Unique features
  •     FanDuel - Intuitive menus
  •     Caesars - Best welcome bonus
  •     BetRivers - Best for new bettors
  •     BetMGM - Best for banking
  •     FOX Bet - Quick payouts
  •     WynnBET - User-friendly
  •     Barstool - Lots of markets
  •     SI Sportsbook - Daily boosts
  •     Play Gun Lake - Special bets
  •     Golden Nugget - 24/7 chat
  •     Eagle Casino & Sports - Clean app
  •     FireKeepers - In-app online casino
  •     Four Winds - Fair odds


Never accept customers you have not fully screened beforehand.  You should either be familiar with your customers or they should contain references.  A pay per head has eliminated a number of elements of the bookmaking business once deemed to be illegal such as the operation of a wire room and the settlement of payments/collections via cash.  For example, bets are placed over a secure website with servers outside the United States.  Bets by phone are strongly discouraged

Pay per heads like AcePerHead also offer money transactions via Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that take place via the website.

Take That Extra Step:

  • Do not take bets over the phone.
  • Avoid taking on customers who reside outside your state.
  • Know your customers and check referrals.
  • Do not engage with individuals involved in any type of criminal activities.
  • Use cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin Tumblers provided by AcePerHead, for secure anonymous transactions.
  • Keep your customers information private.
  • Always file your taxes.

Today's pay per head businesses are regular sponsors on your favorite search engines so they enjoy maximum exposure, but not all pay per head businesses are the same.  AcePerHead is one of the most established in the industry.

Avoid those services that only offer the software for super cheap and nothing else.

Michigan Team Report (Updated April 1, 2023)

MSU Spartans College Basketball - The Spartans went deep in the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  Kansas State's Nowell broke the NCAA Tournament record for assists in a game with 19, which helped the Wildcats advance past Michigan State in the Sweet 16.

Michigan State entered their game against Marquette with  the third-best 3-point shooting percentage (39.4%).  They advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 69-60 win over Marquette.

Michigan Wolverines Football - The Wolverines were expected to enter the 2023 season with the 4th shortest odds to win it all.  They were offering a payout of $1200 on a $100 bet should they win the College Football Playoff Championship.

Detroit Lions - The Lions had the 9th shortest odds to win the 2024 Super Bowl with a payout of $2600 on a $100 bet.  Jared Goff nearly got them to the Playoffs. 

Offensively, the Detroit Lions were one of the most dangerous teams in the league in 2022, Eric Woodyard of ESPN points out.  They will come into the season with one of the most well-rounded receiving corps.  The offense was averaging the fifth-most points per game (25.71) in the NFL. The Lions just added Marvin Jones Jr. to the mix.

- Dan Shapiro,

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