Michigan is known as the Great Lakes State because Michigan is known to have many lakes. The state is also known as the birthplace of the automotive industry. Here there are many automotive manufacturers but also Michigan has the most variety of land based casinos. Most casinos located in Michigan are on Tribal lands. The state also participates in many other forms of gambling such as the sale of lottery tickets, charity bingo events, and pari-mutuel betting.
Land Based Casinos
In Michigan, pari-mutuel betting is available to players who are 18 and over. The legalization of horse racing in this great state dates as far back as 1933. Here pari-mutuel betting is limited to horse racing tracks. Michigan offers 5 horse racing tracks throughout the state including Sports Creek Raceway, Northville Downs, Mt. Pleasant Meadows, Hazel Park, & Pinnacle Race Course. Michigan also offers 26 land based casinos throughout the state. Here, players must be 18 or 21 or over to participate in the gaming action at a casino. The state law is 18 for casinos however some casinos do not allow players under 21 mainly due to the location of the bar within the casino. Bingo and other charity events may be available as well to players who are over 18. To participate in pull tabs or the state lottery, players will need to be over 18 as well. The state lottery for Michigan began in 1972, casinos were introduced to the state in the 1980′s which brought in about 1.65 billion by 1996. Countless efforts among voters in Michigan haven’t gone unnoticed, since the opening of a casino just across the river in Canada, the state has had a outpouring of voters who would like to open a casino on their side of the river to prevent some of the American dollars floating over the borders with this casino.
Online gambling is also popular throughout the United States. Currently the state of Michigan has not set it’s own law for online gambling so players will need to abide by the federal law which prohibits anyone under 18 from gambling online. Online casinos are not able to accept deposits from a United States bank account or credit card account per the UIGEA which was passed in 2006. Players can choose from many different games when playing in online casinos as well as many different deposit methods. Players can choose from table games, card games, keno, slots & more. Typically, online casinos will have better promotions than land based casinos as well with deposit match bonuses & more.