Another Michigan Tribal Casino Starts Accepting Sports Wagers

The BetAmerica Sportsbook at Island Resort & Casino touts 25 large-screen televisions and boasts the largest high definition video wall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

A retail sportsbook has opened at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The BetAmerica-branded sportsbook is now accepting sports wagers at the Hannahville Indian Community’s casino, just two hours north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. A statewide, online sports betting and iGaming platform is coming in the near future, subject to regulatory approvals.  

BetAmerica currently operates in Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, so the partnership with the Hannahville Indian Community marks the company’s first foray into Michigan. (Parent company Churchill Downs purchased advance-deposit wagering website BetAmerica in April 2017.) 

“We are thrilled to partner with BetAmerica to open the first sportsbook in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula,” said Kenneth Mesigaud, Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Chairperson for the Island Resort & Casino. “The BetAmerica Sportsbook is a fantastic addition to our gaming options and combined with our other entertainment opportunities — including two 18-hole championship golf courses — it provides another great reason for people to visit.”

The BetAmerica Sportsbook at Island Resort & Casino features 14 self-service betting terminals and 2 betting windows offering wagering opportunities on sports, including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf. It boasts 25 large-screen televisions and boasts the largest high definition video wall in the Upper Peninsula.

“We are excited that guests of the Island Resort & Casino will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art sports wagering experience,” said Bill Mudd, COO of CDI. “Sports fans in Michigan will be able to access the best in sports betting, including live in-play betting as well as engaging and unique promotions at our BetAmerica Sportsbook.”

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On June 22nd, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi-owned FireKeepers Casino Hotel became the first of 23 Tribally owned gaming establishments in Michigan to open a sportsbook. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians followed, opening Kambi sportsbooks at the Tribe’s three Four Winds casinos in southwest Michigan. 

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Throughout 2020, several of the 12 federally recognized Tribes in Michigan — which own and operate the state’s 23 Tribal casinos — announced partnerships with sports betting providers to operate retail sportsbooks and online wagering.