Michigan’s sports betting and online casinos have the potential to generate up to $650m in first-year revenue, yielding $93m in tax according to affiliate site MichiganSharp.com.
With a competitive state tax rate of 8.4% on gross revenue from online and retail sports betting Michigan is, said the affiliate, set to become one of the top online gambling states in the US. Detroit’s three commercial casinos will, however, pay an additional 1.25% city tax.
Michigan hosts 26 land-based casinos, all of which can be expected to offer sports betting and online gaming to the state’s 10-million population at some point.
“All of the pieces are in place for Michigan to become a major hub for sports betting and online gambling,” said Geoff Fisk, analyst for MichiganSharp.com. “Virtually all of the state’s casinos should want a piece of the new market, especially with the attractive tax rates.”
By comparison, New Jersey taxes land-based sports betting at 9.75% and online sportsbooks at 13%. Indiana‘s online sports betting tax is levied at 9.5%, while Pennsylvania taxes sports betting at 36%.
State lawmakers passed House Bill 4916 in December 2019, which legalized both retail and online sports betting. The bill also brings online casinos and online poker to the state, setting the stage for Michigan to become one of the biggest legal online gambling markets in the US.
All 26 of Michigan’s retail casinos can apply for sports betting and internet gaming licenses through the Michigan Gaming Control Board. In a situation unique to Michigan, the state’s three commercial casinos, as well as the 23 tribal casinos, are eligible to offer internet gaming.
MichiganSharp.com projects that the state could bring in as much as $400m in total first-year sports betting revenue, producing $33.6m in tax revenue for the state.
“Mobile wagering should be the major revenue driver for Michigan’s sports betting market,” Fisk said. “The convenience and ease of access of online sports betting opens up a whole new world of opportunities for both bettors and sportsbook operators.”
Online casino and poker revenue will be taxed at 20-28% from the state, using a tier system dependent on earnings. MichiganSharp.com projects that online casinos and poker could earn as much as $250m in first-year operations, bringing in a possible $60m in tax revenue.