Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Legalized online sports betting and gambling was launched in Michigan on Jan. 22 and the roll-out has been a major league hit as Richard Kalm, executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board talked about on  CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain.

Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Richard Kalm, Executive Director of Michigan Gaming Control Board

Kalm, who has overseen the board since 2007, discussed the intricate work and process that went into getting the state, casinos and operators ready after Gov. Whitmer signed a bill in December 2019 making online wagering legal.

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He also talked about the impact of the pandemic on Michigan’s casinos—which were closed during much of 2020 and are still only partially opened.

Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Matt Schoch, Journalist for PlayMichigan

Also Matt Schoch, a journalist in Detroit who covers the gaming industry for PlayMichigan (www.playmichigan.com) appeared with Cain to discuss why Michigan’s launch has gone so well. He talked about changing demographics of the wagering in light of online games.

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Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Elisa Richardson, Spokeswoman for BetMGM

And Elisa Richardson, spokeswoman for BetMGM, one of the companies offering online sports betting and gaming, talked how this state compared to others it operates in.

She also discussed prospects for Michigan’s industry going forward.

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Watch MICHIGAN MATTERS, Sunday at 7:30am on CBS 62