Online Gambling Moving Forward in Michigan
Online gambling is gaining momentum in Michigan as we edge closer to launch
Online gambling is making progress in Michigan, and the industry may launch before the end of this year. The state is moving through the gears quickly, so it is ready to provide plenty of online gambling options to its residents. In another step forward, last week, the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved the first game testing lab in the state. Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) was the first to receive authorization in Wolverine State and is expected to start taking applications instantly.
Full Steam Ahead as Others Look to Join the Party
As well as GLI, BMM Test Labs is another company currently seeking approval and is hoping to get the go-ahead soon.
The Director of Global Technical Compliance for GLI, Peter Wolff, expressed that the company is honored to have been chosen to test and certify online gaming and mobile sports betting in Michigan. The company has considerable experience in the gambling industry and is ready to bring all of that knowledge to Michigan.
GLI is based in New Jersey but provide services globally and have labs located on six continents. They already have experience of working in Michigan, assisting the Gun Lake Tribe with certification needs.
Current state-of-play With Online Gambling in Michigan
The state is ramping up its efforts to get the Michigan online casino gambling and sports betting industry up and running. The Gaming Control Board has been drafting rules for the industries and will discuss these at a public hearing set for next week.
As well as drafting legislation for the industry, the board has also begun the licensing process. With testing labs starting to receive approval, the next natural step is to introduce the licensing process. To obtain a license, companies will be required to get certification from a game testing lab.
The labs’ purpose is to review the software used by operators and ensure everything is above board, and the operators are providing safe and legal platforms for players. Ultimately the board will have the final say as to if the software is to be used and if the company is allowed a license.
Regulators are working at a rapid pace to get sports betting, poker, and online casino options up and running in the state. The timing of retail sports betting going live was unfortunate, with the launch in March coinciding just before the pandemic took hold.
It was initially expected that online gambling would not go live until the first quarter of 2021. However, with the pandemic’s casino industry being hammered, lawmakers decided to bring forward the timeline. It is now estimated that some gambling sites could launch as early as October. There does not appear to be anything standing in the way of a launch by the end of this year as everyone is on the same page. Of course, thigs might change, but regulators seem to be very keen to get the online gambling industry going in Michigan as soon as possible.
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