Online gambling legislation is beginning to explode in the United States. West Virginia has already regulated iGaming in 2019 and Michigan is expected to be the next state to regulate online gambling, including online baccarat.
Once online gambling is passed, you’ll be able to play baccarat online as well as online poker, online slots, table games, and video poker. Learn more about the future of online baccarat in Michigan, including where you can play and when we expect online baccarat to launch.
Where Can I Play Baccarat Online in Michigan?
When online gambling legislation passes, all 25 casinos in Michigan will be eligible to apply for iGaming licenses. While we don’t know which casinos will apply, we predict a majority of them to apply for table game and slot licenses, meaning that you’ll have plenty of options to play baccarat online.
Online baccarat and online gambling, in general, will have favorable terms for casinos in Michigan due to a low licensing fee and a low tax rate of just 8 percent. This will give incentive even for smaller casinos to apply for a license.
Only gamblers in the state of Michigan will be able to play online baccarat as the network of online casino sites will be ring-fenced. The good news is you don’t have to be a resident, so those traveling to the state can play baccarat online.
What Forms of Online Baccarat Games Will Be Offered?
For those wanting a sneak peek at the forms of online baccarat games coming to Michigan, check out New Jersey online casinos. Later this year, you can also check out Pennsylvania online casinos as many of the providers operating in NJ and PA will operate in Michigan.
Providers such as Playtech, NetEnt, NYX, and Scientific Games will be offering baccarat online in Michigan. Don’t be surprised to see Michigan online casinos use the same structures as NJ with many online baccarat games requiring a 5 percent commission. You can expect player bets to return about 98.75% while banker bets will return 99%
While not as profitable, you can also expect non-commission online baccarat games to be offered. In these games, you only receive half your bet back with banker bets, but you will have low minimum bets compared to other games.
Similar to New Jersey, you may even find some Live Dealer baccarat games offered in Michigan. This combines the convenience of online gaming with the social interaction of a live casino.
When Can I Play Baccarat Online in Michigan?
Online gambling was almost regulated in 2018, but a gubernatorial veto blocked it. Lawmakers expect a better result from new Governor Gretchen Whitmer, meaning they expect a bill to pass in 2019.
Should the bill pass, and we expect that to happen by Summer 2019, then it will take up to a year for games to launch. Looking at the progress of Pennsylvania in this aspect, we would put an official launch date in Summer 2019.