Tennessee had a successful sports betting launch

Simona Boshkova | Published 3 Nov 2020, 10:10 a.m.

The Tennessee online sports betting market went live on Sunday, 16 months after the legalisation of the law went into effect. There have been some assumptions that Tennessee could launch sports betting on October 30, but the launch happened on November 1. Two days after Tennessee launched sports betting, it was announced that the state had a successful launch. Now, Tennessee is the 19th state to offer sports betting in the US.

Action 24/7 mobile app still not available

Since Tennessee doesn’t have any brick-and-mortar casinos or retail sportsbooks, the sports betting market launched only online. In order to be eligible for placing bets, players have to be at least 21 years old and physically present within the state.

The market opened at 12 AM Central Time with four approved operators that we’ve covered in our Tennessee iGaming updates regarding DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and Tennessee Action 24/7. However, the Tennessee Action 24/7 operator announced that their iOS mobile app is still not approved by Apple, so bettors will have to use their computer or laptop to place bets. In addition, it was reported that three more operators are going through the approval process with the Tennessee Lottery - William Hill, WynnBET and BetAmerica.

Despite these minor issues, Tennessee sports betting launch was successful. The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove said that the launch is a new beginning for the state and represents the enormous amount of work to bring online-only sports betting to Tennessee. Operators are offering different promotions for users that will register on their apps, including deposit bonuses and Tennessee Titans odds boosts.

FanDuel and BetMGM launched after midnight while others launched later in the day, all of which said that they are satisfied with the launch. With Tennessee setting a high hold cap at 90%, some thought that sportsbooks would have to pass on the cost to bettors. However, the odds in Tennessee were in line with the national odds.

Michigan eases self-exclusion rules

In the meantime, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) decided to ease the self-exclusion rules, allowing some players to return to the gambling activities. This comes after the Michigan Senate approved a bill that allows interstate online poker last month.

The MGCB had the self-exclusion policy established for almost 20 years and has now decided to ease it because the Board believed that the ban policy might be too restrictive. The self-exclusion policy included a lifetime ban list that included more than 4,800 names as of October 1. Michael Burke, the president of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling and the MGCB, said that the Board thinks that the lifetime ban may have acted as a barrier for gamblers who may be more likely to sign up if they have other self-exclusion options available, like a two- or a five-year ban.

However, the changes to the lifetime ban list won’t apply to all names included. According to the MGCB, only those who signed on more than five years ago can submit a request to be removed from the list. Plus, the Board will review each request individually. As it was announced, the Board has already started to receive such requests and has 30 business days to respond to any of them.

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