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Would You Bet On The Red Wings/Hockey If Legal In Michigan?

from Breana Noble and Beth LeBlanc of the Detroit News,

Detroit's casinos are making preparations for sports betting — even though it's not legal in Michigan.

The establishments are making investments in support of the activity as they push to cash in on the business in one of America's biggest sports towns. Some estimate sports betting could generate millions in annual tax revenue for the state. Details on how much the state should tax the activity, however, are holding up legalization.

A new sports lounge near the hotel entrance of MGM Grand Detroit is expected to open soon and could serve as a sportsbook should the state legalize the games. Meanwhile, Penn National Gaming Inc., the new operator of the Greektown Casino, has entered into decades-long agreements with four internet gaming operators to bring sports betting to its 41 locations in 19 states; two potentially could operate in Michigan.


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TreKronor's avatar

Would I bet?  No, probably never.  I enjoy playing table games a couple times a year but something about sports betting just does not interest me whatsoever.  Probably because I like to watch sports to be entertained and somewhat relaxed…not to be on edge about whether or not I’m going to win/lose money.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/09/19 at 08:26 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Same, TreKronor.  I have no interest in sports betting here in Vegas at all.  The temptation is there, but it’s just…not appealing to me.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/09/19 at 09:19 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I’m enough of a jinx when money ISN’T on the line.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/09/19 at 09:39 AM ET

awould's avatar

I used to bet online years ago the season after the lockout. Some rules changed and scoring went way up. Took the online books a while to catch up so I bet the Over on a lot of games and won some decent money. Then I took a some losses after they figured out the new odds and stopped. I wouldn’t bet on sports again, other than maybe taking a flyer on a team winning a championship, pre-season with decent odds.

Posted by awould on 08/09/19 at 09:46 AM ET


I think it would be fun to throw 20-25 bucks down at the casino before the game and collect after.  I wouldn’t bet my IRA but I can see some entertainment in it

Posted by SevensForTed on 08/09/19 at 10:20 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Would I bet on a team that went 32-40-10 last year when 21 of their games were 1 goal contests?

No that makes for terrible returns.

I’d bet against them though on moneyline bets. That would have meant 50 wins last year.

Posted by d ca on 08/09/19 at 11:00 AM ET

Primis's avatar

No.  Sports betting is awful.  People complain about what Fantasy Sports makes fans do, and that ignores the awfulness that has been sports betting for forever…

Posted by Primis on 08/09/19 at 01:52 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Waste of money. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 08/09/19 at 03:33 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Directly on the Red Wings? No.  And I wouldn’t bet on a game by game basis either, but I could certainly see myself betting on say 1-2 teams to win the cup if the minimum was real low.  Again, if the minimum was low, like $5-$10 on all the series in the playoffs, that seems like it would be fun, I doubt the casino would be interested in my little bets though.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 08/09/19 at 03:39 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

My theory is, gambling is for lucky people and suckers, and I’m neither.

Posted by Steeb on 08/09/19 at 04:45 PM ET


On a game by game basis, no way. But I could definitely see myself betting on teams to win the Cup, over/under for points and maybe even playoff series.

The scenario I hate though is where I would have money bet against my team. I don’t like taking joy in my team losing.

I’ve got enough gambled in the stock market.

Posted by evileye on 08/12/19 at 08:47 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I don’t like taking joy in my team losing.

That’s where I’ll differ in opinion.  These last few years I have absolutely taken joy in the Wings losing.
And I hope I can take joy in them losing for one more year!

Posted by TreKronor on 08/12/19 at 08:54 AM ET

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