FireKeepers is one of a few home-grown sports betting sites in the exploding Michigan sports betting industry. It offers a comprehensive sports betting and online casino experience in the Wolverine State and acts as a nice compliment to a terrific destination Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan.
FireKeepers Sportsbook Review
FireKeepers Sportsbook, the mobile sports betting product of the impressive FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, is live and ready to take your sports bets. FireKeepers, one of the smaller names in the bustling Michigan legal sports betting scene, appears poised to take on some of the big brands currently populating one of the more successful sports wagering states in America.
Our FireKeepers Sportsbook review will provide a peek into all of the betting brand's relevant aspects and determine whether it is worth your Michigan waging dollars. We will cover the FireKeepers welcome bonus and promotions, where the brand currently has a presence, the sports betting options, how their overall wagering experience rates, the online casino options, customer ratings, customer service options, and banking.
FireKeepers Sportsbook is only available in the Michigan market. It is the mobile brand tethered to FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, and is available for use throughout Michigan state lines. Assuming that you are 21 years old and within state lines, FireKeepers Sportsbook is an option for those wanting to place a sports wager.
Sports Leagues to Bet On
FireKeepers Sportsbook's small size starts to be reflected in the sports menu it offers its Michigan clients. Our review found their list of sports to be one of the smaller of any sportsbook options in the Michigan scene.
That said, all of the greatest hits are there for Michigan bettors to consider. While there is a lack of international, obscure sports betting opportunities, the sports that Michigan bettors are passionate about are in the FireKeepers Michigan Sportsbook.
NFL betting, like in all North American markets, is enormous. The Detroit Lions have a substantially depressed fanbase in the state. FireKeepers Sportsbook supports moneylines, totals, spreads, parlays, teasers, futures, and props bets. Live Betting is also a considerable part of the NFL Betting offerings.
The Detroit Pistons storied franchise is engrained in the sports betting landscape in Michigan, and FireKeepers offers in and out-of-season betting on the team and other NBA franchises. All bet types are offered for those wanting to throw down on professional hoops in Michigan.
Michigan has its share of high-level college football teams. Moneyline, totals, spreads, parlays, and prop betting opportunities are available on such iconic teams as the Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans, and all of the state’s Div I, II, and III college teams.
College basketball is huge in Michigan, and FireKeepers Sportsbook is there to provide their full menu of betting markets on the state’s iconic university teams. They offer standard lines during the season and for the excessively popular March Madness tournament.
FireKeepers Sportsbook offers all of their betting markets, including puckline wagers on the NHL, and focuses on the Detroit Red Wings.
The Detroit Tigers are heavily leaned upon by FireKeepers during the predictably slow summer sports betting months, as are other MLB teams. There is a vast live betting focus on MLB, as well as moneyline, totals, spreads, parlays, and the host of additional bet types offered by the FireKeepers Sportsbook.
Other Sports Leagues
FireKeepers is a tad light on “Other” sports leagues. Still, it does offer action on the most significant soccer leagues in the world, including top-flight action in England, Italy, Germany, and France. You'll also find the most popular secondary markets like NASCAR and Formula 1 for motorsports, UFC/MMA, PGA Golf, and tennis. Moneylines, totals, spreads, parlays, teasers, futures, props bets, and live betting opportunities are widely available on secondary markets with the FireKeepers brand.
Online Betting Experience
FireKeepers provides a respectable online betting experience to its clientele. It offers a more “mom-and-pop shop” version of online sports betting in the Michigan market, competing against huge sportsbooks representing the “Walmarts” of the sports betting world.
FireKeepers has managed to secure some of the world's top online gambling software providers to make up their sportsbook and online casino gaming options. World-renowned Scientific Games is the prime software provider for the site, with others like IGT, Everi, and Big Time Gaming also having a presence.
We found an OK menu of sports, indeed not elite, and a great variety of betting markets on the site.
Simply put, what FireKeepers does, they do well. We wish that they would do more in terms of sports betting options and banking.
Is FireKeepers the best online sports betting experience in the Michigan market? No, but for its size, our FireKeepers online review came away satisfied that the company checks most of the boxes necessary to compete with FanDuel and DraftKings.
Our review was satisfied but not blown away by the overall website experience.
Starting with the appearance of the FireKeepers sportsbook, we gave it an “OK” rating. There are certainly sexier, more modern interfaces available to Michigan bettors, but overall, the product is easy to read, uncluttered, and straightforward to use.
As far as navigation, FireKeepers maintains a simplistic approach throughout. The site’s simplicity comes at the expense of the “glitz and glamor” that define other sites in the market. We found FireKeepers software intuitive and very user-friendly – maybe even too much for the veteran gambler.
Transactions were smooth and glitch-free, and the site was responsive to our needs. Transitions between the sportsbook and online casino were also a breeze.
We're willing to give the brand a pass based on the size and scope of their betting platform. Fans of the incredible FireKeepers Casino likely won’t be bothered by a slimmed-down, simplistic approach to online gambling.
Mobile Betting and Betting App
Accessibility is not a problem with the FireKeepers Sportsbook. Smartly, the brand has made itself available for download in several ways. You can access the sportsbook, and online casino from the site itself or the App Store for iOS users and Google Play for those looking for the FireKeepers mobile experience on Android.
Downloading the app was quick and painless, and the odds were as competitive as any high-level competition they face in the growing Michigan market. Registration is simple and easy navigation, and directions on the site cater to both veteran and novice gamblers alike.
Live betting options with the FireKeepers Sportsbooks are good. One issue we found is the somewhat limited sports menu that the site offers. Our tests found multiple live betting opportunities on the day's biggest games. However - they were mostly North American-based.
Access to live betting is simple. On the left-hand side of the site, there is a “Live Now” tab that lays out all of the present live betting opportunities, broken down into individual sports.
Vital real-time stats are readily available, and live odds we found to be as competitive as any sportsbook in the Michigan market.
A live streaming option would be nice to kick the live betting options up just a notch, but the fantastic in-person sportsbook experience at the retail casino blows any live streaming app out of the water.
Casino, Poker, & Other Gaming Options
As a sports betting operator tethered to a retail casino, FireKeepers online casino had a lot to live up to. We found that the casino options fall a little short of expectations. The site boasts around 200 online casino options from some of the world's top online casino software providers, including a healthy amount of slots options (including progressive jackpots), table games (including blackjack, roulette, and video poker), scratch cards, and live casino options.
We found variations of each option but were slightly underwhelmed by the overall choice compared to other online casinos in the Michigan market. Like live streaming, if you want a quality casino experience, go to the retail casino for a taste of Vegas in Michigan.
FireKeepers Sportsbook and Casino History
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. It is one of a few homegrown sports betting products in the exploding Michigan sports betting industry. It offers a comprehensive sports betting and online casino experience in the Wolverine State and acts as a nice compliment to a terrific destination Casino Hotel in Michigan.
FireKeepers Sportsbook officially launched in July 2021 and became the 13th online provider of both sports betting and online casino options. It operates in conjunction with Dacey’s Sportsbook, the physical sportsbook that had been operating out of FireKeepers Casino since June 2020.
FireKeepers Casino is licensed in the State of Michigan by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. It has cleared stringent regulatory and licensing hurdles there. It gives those 21 years of age or older in the state a chance to place a sports bet online or experience what is a very good online casino.
Customer Ratings & Reputation
Competition is stiff in the Michigan market. Hence the need for a good reputation. While FireKeepers Casino is known as an elite retail and destination gambling facility, FireKeepers Sportsbook has struggled to gain any traction in the Michigan market.
The App Store gives the site a 2/5 rating. Google Play gives the site a 2.8/5 rating.
Download issues, deposit and withdrawal problems, and an underwhelming overall platform have all been cited as reasons for the unflattering rating.
We found those ratings a little harsh for what it is worth, but FireKeepers' overall product offering is very average compared to industry giants.
What you get by supporting independent betting sites like FireKeepers is an investment in your community. FireKeepers is an active participant in charities and fundraisers throughout the community.
FireKeepers Casino has gained a solid reputation for its customer service, and we found that their online sportsbook has been able to continue that tradition. Their extensive FAQ section primarily covers most concerns/queries that customers could have – from registering to depositing and withdrawing to how to accomplish each bet type. The usual customer service options are there, and in our review experience, all were prompt, friendly, and extremely helpful.
Of note, live chat on the site is not offered 24/7.
- Live chat - from 8 am to midnight.
- Email – email@example.com.
- Submit a ticket to FireKeepers' Help Center
- Phone: 877-352-8777
- Address: 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Michigan
FireKeepers Legal Betting
FireKeepers is regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, making it completely legal, safe, and secure as a locally regulated online betting site and retail casino.
The legal age for sports betting in most states is 21+. This is subject to regional regulation. Please play responsibly. FireKeepers complies with the rules laid down by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Here are a few resources to help ensure you are gambling responsibly.
- National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): The NCPG has over 50 years of experience assisting people and families affected by problem gambling. You can call or text them (1-800-522-4700) or join their 24/7 Live Chat.
- Center for Problem Gambling: The Center has been funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) since 1996. They are committed to serving anyone affected by a gambling addiction. Treatment is confidential and provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Their gambling counselors have significant experience working with problem gambling and include therapists who are Nationally Certified Gambling Counselors.
- BeGambleAware.org: Offers free, confidential help and support to anyone worried about gambling for themselves or others.
- Gambling Therapy: A global service provided by Gordon Moody offering free emotional support and advice to anyone affected by gambling.
- Michigan.gov Health and Human Services: The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-270-7117, is open for crisis intervention and referral to treatment. Trained and experienced counselors are available 24/7 by phone or virtually to provide immediate help to address issues related to gambling disorder, including screening services and referrals to treatment or support groups.
FireKeepers Review Conclusion
FireKeepers Sportsbook is a respectable “small-scale” sports betting site. It falls short of elite status but checks many boxes necessary for customers in the state to at least consider the brand.
Their follow-up bonuses are lacking, their banking options are minimal, their interface is average, and their sports betting menu needs to be expanded.
However, it is, first and foremost, a homegrown brand, up against multi-national behemoths in the Michigan industry. While some may opt for the “big-box” sports betting brand, others will seek a smaller, intimate brand such as FireKeepers.
FireKeepers’ simplicity will benefit novice bettors – those with experience in the sports betting game may be looking for more. Although pared-down compared to some of their competition, their sports menu does cater to most of the Michigan sports betting public. Their betting markets and odds are comparable to the more prominent names in the Michigan market.
Overall, our FireKeepers review gives the sportsbook an average rating with hopes that the brand can expand their offerings as it matures.Bet Now
Methods of Deposit
FireKeepers Sportsbook has just a few ways to fund accounts, far less than most in the Michigan market. It is something that our review hopes is addressed.
E-wallet options would be a logical and welcomed addition to the funding methods, but there are no plans to expand the banking menu.
Each method has a $10 minimum deposit amount, and all are instant.
Methods of Withdrawal
Withdrawals can take up to 72 hours with varying fees depending on your bank's transaction policies. Fees and wait times are standard for what you will see in the Michigan market.
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