Michigan

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has rubber stamped the digital entry of the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians, which takes the number of operators and platform providers permitted to offer igaming and online sports betting to 14.

This approval authorised the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan and its platform provider, Parx Interactive, to launch online sports betting under the Gun Lake/Parx brand from this week.

The West Michigan based tribe previously received approval to launch internet casino gaming on April 23, 2021, when a collaboration with gambling tech firm Playtech was also rolled-out.

The online casino app, titled Play Gun Lake, is powered by Playtech’s IMS platform and player account management, and features the group’s range of proprietary igaming content.

The announcement signalled the launch of Playtech’s strategic agreement with Parx Interactive, which was first detailed in February, with additional products set to be rolled out in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana as well as other jurisdictions in the US. 

“With Gun Lake Casino now fully authorised, 14 current Michigan operators and their platform providers may offer both internet casino gaming and online sports betting to patrons,” said Henry Williams, MGCB executive director

“The associated revenue payments will support responsible gaming, the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, K-12 education and economic development.”

May’s online casino and poker revenue fell to its lowest level since February as people “spend less time indoors”, analysts said earlier this month.

Revenue was down 5.9 per cent from $94.9m to $89.2m over the 30 days of June, with online casinos and poker rooms producing $3m per day, which is down from $3.1m per day in May, yielding $13.7m in state taxes and $5m in local taxes. 

BetMGM/MGM Grand Detroit easily topped the online casino and poker market once again with $33.8m in gross gaming revenue.