DraftKings Opening Temporary Michigan Sportsbook at Bay Mills Resort & Casino

DraftKings Opening Temporary Michigan Sportsbook at Bay Mills Resort & Casino
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

DraftKings Sportsbook will add to their presence in the Michigan sports betting scene Wednesday.

The Boston-based operator plans to open its temporary retail sportsbook at Brimley’s Bay Mills Resort & Casino.

The facility will include six self-service betting kiosks, along with a sports betting ticket cage and other amenities that complement the national operator’s mobile application.

The Bay Mills sportsbook will also have a large video wall and odds board, allowing patrons to say on top of the action regardless of the sport that’s taking place.

Plans are for DraftKings to open a permanent retail sportsbook facility at Bay Mills later this year, with an eye toward the NFL season.

The DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan at Bay Mills will be the first retail location to open its doors in the state since Soaring Eagle opened their Ascend Sportsbook in late March.

Where Michigan Sports Betting Stands

In May, Michigan’s sports betting handle fell 10.1%, month-over-month, from $396.009 million to $356.130 million. May’s handle was still 38.2% more than the state raked in during May 2021, when Michigan reported $257.748 million in wagers.

The total gross receipts for Michigan online casinos followed a similar trend in May, dropping from a record-high of $119.310 million in April to $114.695 million in May — a 3.9% decline.

As for sports betting gross gaming revenue, Michigan’s sports betting operators took in $24.843 million, which represents a 33.8% increase from April’s $18.568 million haul.

Although the overall wagering picture for Michigan sports betting was down in May, the amount of sports betting state tax increased by 17.1%, from $1.014 million in April to $1.187 million in May. 

DraftKings Sportsbook was third in sportsbook handle in May for the second straight month at $69 million. DraftKings had $132 million in handle in January.

The operator ranked behind FanDuel Sportsbook Michigan, which continues to be the leader in handle. MotorCity Casino’s FanDuel Sportsbook saw $99.4 million in handle in May, down nearly $20 million from April.

FanDuel’s best month this year was March, when it took in more than $140 million in wagers. MGM Grand Detroit’s  BetMGM Sportsbook was second in handle in May, taking in $79.9 million.

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

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