The Michigan gambling market is booming and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. There are many legal and regulated gaming options available for those who want to bet on sports, play online poker, slots, or table games, or go old-school and visit a glamorous brick-and-mortar casino to enjoy the services and the game.
The online market has seen a lot of new major players entering the ring. It has been reported that the overall gross online and gross sports betting receipts from commercial and tribal operators in Michigan amounted to $136.9 million in June 2022. These figures once again prove the virtually endless potential of the online gambling market, which for now is an extension of the land-based gaming facilities.
2021 was a great year for Detroit’s gambling market, but will 2022 surpass it?
In Michigan, both internet casinos and sportsbooks were made legal in January 2021, and the state had a fantastic first year. Starting with sports betting, both online and offline sportsbooks had an economic effect of $3.97 billion. A total of $13.6 million in state taxes were paid on the $319.5 million in gross income.
The market has been expanding ever since. There are now 26 casinos in Michigan, 14 online casinos, and 20 sportsbooks. These establishments feature some of the biggest brands in the industry. The city of Detroit is the gambling capital of Michigan, and it has seen a massive influx of tax revenue ever after every major milestone for the gaming market.
The combined income from Detroit’s three casinos amounted to $1.294 billion in 2021, exceeding the $639 million they brought in collectively in 2020, the year that was heavily impacted by the pandemic.
Slot machine revenue in 2021 was $998.8 million, or 77% of total revenue. According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, table games revenue amounted to $268 million while retail sports betting generated $26.95 million.
In 2021, the three casinos paid the state of Michigan $102.6 million in taxes on revenue from slot machines and table games, an increase of more than 100% from the $50.3 million in 2020. The casinos reported paying the city $160.8 million in 2021 in betting taxes and development agreement payments from the slots and table game revenue.
The state received $1 million from the Detroit casinos in retail sports betting taxes in 2021, an increase from $690,865 in 2020. Retail sports betting taxes amounted to $1.26 million.
We can’t be certain about the revenues for the rest of the year as of writing this article, but what we do know is that the trajectory is positive and 2022 might surpass its predecessor.
According to data issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board in August 2022, the three casinos in Detroit recorded $107.2 million in monthly revenue in July.
$105.9 million was made from slots and table games, and $1.3 million from retail sports betting. With a 48% market share, MGM Grand Detroit remains the leader of the market, followed by MotorCity Casino Hotel (33%), and Hollywood Casino at Greektown (19%).
Slot machine and table game income at the venues decreased by 8.4% from 2021 but increased by 7.9% month-over-month. According to the MGCB, income from table games and slot machines increased by 3% over the first seven months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.