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Soaring Eagle Gaming became the 15th online gambling operator in Michigan today. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authorized the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe‘s gaming arm to launch online casino and sports betting, bringing the state to its limit of legal operators.
This moment is reminiscent of the famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire. In it Maquire, a sports agent, says to his love interest:
“You complete me.”
While he was far more verbose than that, MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said something similar:
“Michigan now has a full complement of 15 internet gaming and sports betting providers with the authorization of Eagle Casino and Sports. All of Michigan’s federally recognized tribes are offering internet gaming and sports betting. I congratulate the Saginaw Chippewa tribe as they expand their gaming offerings.”
Many of Michigan’s other retail casinos have signed deals with major online brands like DraftKings and Golden Nugget. However, Soaring Eagle elected to forge its own path. One advantage of this, of course, is to be able to build the same brand across retail and online channels.
Soaring Eagle has gone that route, naming its online presence Eagle Casino and Sports. MGCB said bettors will find that iGaming and online sports betting live today, operating on the platform provided by Irvine, Calif.-based GAN.
The web version, PlayEagle.com, has a full range of options at launch, with slots, table games and live dealer titles.
Some popular slots already available include:
Meanwhile, Soaring Eagle opened up its retail sportsbook on April 4 at its tribal casino, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Ascend Sportsbook is open seven days a week.
Today is the first day Michigan’s had its full complement of legal online gambling operators. However, it will be back down to 14 again soon.
In February, TwinSpires announced it plans to discontinue its Michigan online casino and sportsbook some time in Q2. TwinSpires quitting the marketplace would free up the Hannahville Indian Community license.
At the time, the MGCB confirmed to Online Poker Report that this means another brand could take TwinSpires’ place:
In Michigan, platform licenses can be acquired or change ownership, and operators may sign contracts with another platform.
There’s no word as yet what brand that might be, and we probably won’t hear more until TwinSpires’ relationship with the Hannahville community and their Island Casino Resort is formally at an end.