Michigan’s Igaming Revenue Hits New Record in January 2024

Michigan’s online gaming sector kicked off 2024 with a remarkable achievement, setting a new revenue record in January as it continued to flourish. The state’s igaming market, propelled by 15 licensed operators, generated an impressive $181.9 million in gross receipts, surpassing the previous month’s record by 0.3%. This latest milestone underscores the vibrant growth of Michigan’s online casinos, which have been on an upward trajectory, marking the third consecutive month of record-breaking revenue.

The increase in igaming revenue, which saw an 18.3% jump from January 2023’s $153.7 million, is indicative of the market’s robust expansion. BetMGM Casino led the charge with a commanding $48.3 million, securing a 26% market share. Following closely were FanDuel and DraftKings, contributing significantly to the state’s igaming success, with revenues of $42.9 million and $36.8 million, respectively. Together, these operators dominate 70% of Michigan’s igaming market, though their January revenues did not set new individual records.

The sports betting segment also showcased its resilience, with gross receipts reaching $47.7 million, a substantial 40.7% increase from the previous year, despite a 21.9% decrease from December’s high of $61.1 million. The total handle for sports betting in January stood at $577.4 million, marking a 21.4% year-on-year increase. However, when compared to December’s $583 million, it represented a slight dip.

Michigan's Igaming Revenue Hits New Record

Michigan’s Igaming Revenue Hits New Record

The state witnessed significant contributions across the board, with BetRivers maintaining its fourth position with $11.4 million, and Caesars Palace breaking the $10 million barrier for the first time, thanks to its innovative offerings and competitive bonuses. The overall financial landscape was also buoyed by tax contributions, with online gaming operators remitting $31.3 million in taxes to the State of Michigan in January, including payments from tribal operators totaling $3.6 million.

Contrastingly, the land-based casino sector in Detroit experienced a downturn, with January’s revenue falling by 8.8% year-on-year to $94.4 million, further highlighting the shifting dynamics towards online gaming platforms. The market share among Detroit’s casinos saw MGM leading with 48%, followed by MotorCity and Hollywood Casino at Greektown.

This period of growth for Michigan’s igaming and sports betting sectors not only demonstrates the potential for further expansion but also aligns with broader trends across the United States, as states continue to adapt to evolving regulatory landscapes and embrace the opportunities presented by online gaming. With Michigan setting new records and driving innovation, the state’s gaming industry is poised for continued success and development in the digital realm.

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