Retail sports betting has commenced at MGM Grand Detroit days after the MGM Resorts International property was named alongside Motor City Casino and Greektown Casino as imminent debutants.

Commenting that the launch represents a “new era in sports entertainment” for fans, the BetMGM sports lounge features over-the-counter betting, bar top video poker machines and wall-to-wall HDTV coverage of daily games. Fans can also place wagers at BetMGM kiosks throughout the entity.

“Twenty years ago, MGM Resorts bet on the great city of Detroit with an $800m commitment to create the city’s first and only integrated luxury casino resort built from the ground up,” David Tsai, president and COO of MGM Grand Detroit, said of the new introduction

“We’ve been able to help stimulate the local and state economy by creating thousands of jobs, making substantial infrastructure investments, and contributing over $2.8bn in tax revenue to the city and state since opening. 

“As the market leader in Detroit, we’re proud to be part of this groundbreaking moment for Michigan gaming and to bring a world-class sports betting and entertainment experience to our guests.”

Michigan passed legislation in December 2019, which created a two-step timeline for sports betting becoming legal within the state. Retail sports betting is now live, with online, mobile wagering and igaming expected to debut at a later date, subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

“Michigan is home to some of the nation’s most enthusiastic sports fans. MGM Resorts and Roar Digital are excited to be opening BetMGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit in time for college basketball’s tournament season,” added Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming for MGM Resorts

“We worked with the most creative design talent to create a world-class sports book and lounge with amenities that will give our guests an exciting sports viewing experience.”