Michigan Online Casino & Poker Revenue Hit $1.6 Billion in 2022

Data from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) show the state’s three commercial casinos stayed ahead of 12 tribal casinos in terms of online casino revenue and handle in 2022.
Michigan Online Casino & Poker Revenue Hit $1.6 Billion in 2022
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January 26, 2023

Michigan’s 12 tribal casinos yielded ground to the state’s three commercial casinos in 2022 in revenue from online casino gaming and poker and as handle from online sports betting.

Despite the growing chasm between Michigan’s tribal and commercial casinos, online casino gaming continued to trend upward in 2022 while the online handle remained flat heading into 2023.

Data from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) show revenue from online casinos and poker rooms totaled $1.6 billion overall in 2022, a year-over-year increase of 42.1% ($1.1 billion). Meanwhile, the handle from online sports betting was $4.5 billion in 2022, up 24.5% from 2021 ($3.6 billion).

The state regulator does not separate online casino revenue from online poker in Michigan. Since the two verticals are not reported separately, the independent contribution of poker to the final total is unknown.

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BetMGM’s Online Casino Reign Hits Two Years

Michigan online casino revenue grew 39.8% year-over-year for operators in partnership with the state’s three commercial casinos — BetMGM Casino MI (MGM Grand Detroit), FanDuel Casino MI (MotorCity Casino), and Barstool Casino MI (Greektown Casino-Hotel).

Revenue totaled $899.7 million in 2022 for the commercial casinos, compared to $643.5 million in 2021. Commercial casinos were ahead $217 million in revenue over their tribal counterparts in 2022 — by comparison, the margin was $173.1 million in 2021.

Meanwhile, the state’s 12 tribal casinos combined for $682.7 million in revenue in 2022, up 45.1% from 2021 ($470.4 million).

BetMGM continued its reign as the state’s top online casino operator, never trailing another through the market’s first two years. It finished 2022 with $589 million in revenue, up 41.2% year-over-year ($417.1 million).

DraftKings Casino MI — partnered with Bay Mills Resort & Casino, and by far the biggest operator in partnership with a tribal casino — spent the entirety of 2022 in a dogfight with FanDuel for second place in terms of revenue. FanDuel came out ahead with $258.7 million compared with $248.4 million for DraftKings.

Barstool finished 2022 as the smallest commercial operator with $52 million in revenue, up from $41.8 million in 2021. But four operators paired with tribal casinos had more revenue for the entire year.

After DraftKings, BetRivers Casino MI (Little River Casino Resort) had $104.3 million in revenue in 2022. Golden Nugget (Ojibwa Casino) was next with $72.6 million in revenue, followed by Caesars Casino MI (Turtle Creek Casino) with $66.2 million, and WynnBET with $53.8 million.

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FanDuel Tops in Handle in 2022

Handle from Michigan’s three commercial sportsbooks totaled $2.7 billion in 2022, up 24.7% from the year before ($2.2 billion). Tribal sportsbooks saw a handle increase of 24.2% year-over-year — to $1.8 billion in 2022, up from $1.5 billion in 2021.

In 2022, MI sportsbooks tied to commercial casinos handled $864.8 million more in wagers than their counterparts partnered with tribal casinos. By comparison, commercial sportsbooks were ahead $687.8 million in handle in 2021.

FanDuel Sportsbook MI led the field with a $1.4 billion handle in 2022. It came out ahead of DraftKings Sportsbook MI ($1.2 billion) and BetMGM Sportsbook MI ($991.1 million) in terms of wagers for the entire year.

Caesars Sportsbook MI ($341.3 million) and Barstool Sportsbook MI ($339.8 million) staked out a middle ground in 2022 — way behind the leading trio but also significantly ahead of the 10 remaining sportsbooks.

PointsBet (Northern Waters Casino Resort) handled $125 million in wagers in 2022, followed by BetRivers Sportsbook MI with $78.9 million.

MGCB does not regulate the tribal casinos, but it has the authority to ensure they comply with gaming compacts with the state.

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