Detroit often gets shade thrown it’s way, but one thing people across the country can’t deny is that Detroit is a top sports town.  The Red Wings are one of the most successful NHL teams of the past two decades and they (along with the Pistons) just moved into the state of the art Little Caesars Arena, which I would argue is the nicest arena in the country.  The Lions also play in a beautiful indoor stadium at Ford Field, while Comerica Park is also a very nice MLB ball park.

The city is doing just fine in terms of supporting their sports teams and with all of these high quality major league teams in the city the general public also seems to have taken a particular interest in sports betting.

On this page I will outline the legal questions surrounding betting on sports if you live in Detroit, while also providing a couple recommendations for online betting sites to use and touching on the land based betting locations in Detroit.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Detroit?

This question needs a two part answer because there is a difference between accepting and placing bets.

#1. Sports Betting Operations Are Illegal

It is not legal to own and operate a sports betting operation in Detroit or the state of Michigan.  This applies to both land based and online betting sites operating out of Michigan.

#2. Placing Wagers Online Is Legal

While it’s illegal to own and operate a sportsbook in Michigan, there are no laws against using an online sportsbook that is licensed and regulated outside of the state.  Both of the sites I outline below are regulated and licensed outside of the United States.

Best Sportsbooks for Detroit Residents

The following two sportsbooks are the most popular and trusted sportsbooks accepting American players.  I strongly suggest using one of these two sites if you are interested in betting on sports online while located in Detroit. is our top rated betting site for American players.  BetOnline accepts players from around the world, but their main focus is on providing the best betting platform for American residents.  This includes customizing the betting options to cater to Americans, while also offering a huge selection of deposit/withdrawal options that Americans can easily use.

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Offline Sports Betting in Detroit

Land Based Casinos

Detroit is home to a variety of casinos in the downtown core.  These include MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino and MotorCity Casino, as well as Caesars Windsor just across the border on the Canadian side.

While these casinos are great for gambling on table games, slots or poker, none of the above casinos have a sportsbook where you can place sports wagers.

Even at the Detroit casinos you still need to place your sports bets through either or

Hazel Park Raceway

Hazel Park Raceway is a popular thoroughbred racetrack in Hazel Park, which is a 20 minute drive north of downtown Detroit.  The racecourse opened in 1949 and it’s been a popular destination for Detroit residents ever since.

The track offers live race betting on Friday and Saturday evening, as well as simulcast betting for races across North America 7 days a week.


Major Sports Teams in Detroit

  • Detroit Lions (NFL)
  • Detroit Pistons (NBA)
  • Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
  • Detroit Tigers (MLB)