Michigan online gambling scores its first partnerships. Who will follow? Grant Lucas. PlayUSA · January 15, 2020 at 2:09 am Michigan got its first pair of sports betting partnership deals just over a week into the new year. On Jan. 6, both PointsBet and The Stars Group announced partnerships. They will create entries into the Michigan sports betting and general gaming market. With the two heavy hitters breaking the mold, the race for the remaining 24 land-based partners has begun. And as a result, it would appear as though Michigan bettors will have no shortage of retail and online sports betting options. The holiday celebration in Michigan included a signature from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The bill legalized retail and online sports betting, online casinos and online poker. As such, it joined Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as the only states to offer all three verticals.