MGM Resorts International has launched its BetMGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, kicking off a new era of sports betting entertainment at the venue. 

The new lounge features over-the-counter betting, bar top video poker machines, wall-to-wall HDTV coverage of daily games, and a full bar with signature craft cocktails and local craft beers. Sports fans on property can also easily place wagers at BetMGM kiosks throughout MGM Grand Detroit.

“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,” said David Tsai, President & COO of MGM Grand Detroit. 

“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.”

BetMGM is the marquee betting offering from Roar Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings. The venture has exclusive access to MGM Resorts’ US land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online real-money and free-to-play casino gaming. 

“Michigan is home to some of the nation’s most enthusiastic sports fans,” said Scott Butera, President of Interactive Gaming for MGM Resorts. “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. 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.”

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