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MGCB approves 888 Holdings as Hannahville sports betting provider

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has approved 888 Holdings as the new platform provider for the Hannahville Indian Community’s internet sports betting site.

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The Hannahville tribe, which operates Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan, entered into an agreement with 888 after TwinSpires, the original platform provider, noted its plans to exit the business earlier this year.

“The site will operate under the Sports Illustrated brand name,” a statement from the MGCB read. “At this time, the tribe and 888 Holdings have requested the MGCB to authorise internet sports betting only. They likely will seek approval for internet gaming later this year. 

“TwinSpires will no longer be offering online sports betting or online casino services.”

The Hannahville Indian Community was among 10 licensees initially authorised by the MGCB to launch both forms of internet gaming in the state on 22 January 2021.

MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams commented: “The Hannahville tribe is the first operator in Michigan to change platform providers since internet gaming and sports betting began here in January 2021.

“The tribe has found another experienced partner, and I wish them continued success.”

Licences by law are limited to the commercial casinos and federally recognised tribes in Michigan, with the MGCB noting: “The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan.”

In a financial update last month, 888 reported revenue of £332.1m ($404.3m) for the six months ending 30 June 2022, a 13% decline from the prior-year period.

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