Detroit Casinos, Retail Sportsbooks Bring in More Than $130M in January

Detroit Casinos, Retail Sportsbooks Bring in More Than $130M in January
By Christopher Boan

Michigan online gambling in the first month of 2022 was up and down for the trio of casinos within Detroit’s boundaries.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board’s report for January showed a 19.3% increase in combined sports betting handle at the city’s facilities, along with an 11.1% drop in retail casino total adjusted gross receipts.

Detroit’s retail sports betting handle was $35.87 million in January. The city casinos brought in $98,971,816 for the month, which was down roughly $13 million from the $111,364,308 the facilities raked in during the final month of 2021.

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What Stands Out from January’s Release

Perhaps the biggest standout from January’s numbers was the percent of casino market share MGM Grand Detroit holds in the region.

The downtown facility racked up 49% of market share, compared to 30% for MotorCity Casino and 21% for Greektown Casino.

The three casinos, when broken down by total adjusted revenue, contributed $48.6 million (MGM Grand Detroit), $29.9 million (MotorCity Casino), and $20.4 million (Greektown Casino).

But in terms of total sports betting handle, Greektown Casino led the way, with $20,424,217.88 in wagers, followed by MGM Grand Detroit ($7,931,829.35), and MotorCity Casino ($7,509,093.00).

Greektown Casino had $929,796 in gross retail sports betting receipts, followed by MotorCity Casino ($521,493), and MGM Grand ($481,785).

Motor City Casino Lifting Mask Mandate

The Motor City Casino announced that it is lifting its mask mandate as of Thursday for vaccinated guests. Those who are not vaccinated must continue to abide by the mask mandate while in the casino. According to local media reports, Motor City is the first Detroit casino to lift its requirement that vaccinated guests wear masks in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The January numbers for Michigan online sportsbook apps are expected later this week.

A new state record for Michigan sports betting handle was set in December with online betting making up the bulk of the action. However, gross gaming revenue saw a dramatic month-to-month decrease after enjoying an outstanding November.



Christopher Boan has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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