Michigan Ready to Launch Interstate Online Poker


Interstate Poker Michigan State Background

  • Michigan officially joined Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey as members of the Multistate Internet Gaming Agreement on Monday.
  • The increased tax revenue will benefit the K-12 education in Michigan.
  • There are currently three online poker operators in Michigan, namely WSOP, PokerStars, and BetMGM.

Online poker players from Michigan will soon be able to play against players from other states.

That’s because the state officially joined Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey in the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement last Monday. This development enables Michigan online players to join peer-to-peer games such as poker across state boundaries.

Increased Tax Revenue to Support K-12 Education

Michigan’s foray into multistate online poker began in December 2020 when Senator Curtis Hertel passed a bill that sought to allow the Michigan Gaming Control Board to join the multijurisdictional poker compact. It took a while for that to progress as it was only in April 2022 when Michigan was accepted into the Multi-state Internet Gaming Agreement.

According to Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director Henry Williams, the increased tax revenue from online poker will benefit the K-12 education in Michigan. By joining interstate poker, the state stands to double the potential pool of participants in these multi-state online poker games.

Three Online Poker Room Operators in Michigan

There are currently three online poker room operators in Michigan PokerStars, WSOP, and BetMGM. Although there is no word yet from any of online those poker rooms, it is likely that all of them will get involved in interstate poker. PokerStars and BetMGM both live in Nevada and New Jersey while WSOP is the first operator to have a presence in all four states that have online poker rooms.

While there is still plenty of work to be done in getting Michigan’s online poker rooms in a pool of players from Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada, it will be worth it for all the parties involved. Having multistate online poker games at least doubles the number of players in games which will benefit both players and operators.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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