Michigan is joining the multi-state online poker liquidity sharing arrangement.
An agreement signed May 23 by Michigan Game Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams allows online Michigan poker players to compete against players in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. These three states belong to the Multi-State Online Gaming Agreement, and Michigan is now a member.
“I am pleased to announce that Michigan has joined the Multistate Poker Charter, and that much of the increased tax revenue from multistate poker will go to support K-12 education in Michigan,” Williams said. “By joining, Michigan will double the potential pool of participants in multi-state poker games.”
The Michigan Legislature in December 2020 passed a bill to allow MGCB Joining a multi-jurisdictional charter of poker gives Michigan residents the ability to compete with poker players in other states. Senator Curtis Hurtle (Democrat of East Lansing) sponsored the bill, which was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on December 29, 2020.
Language allowing multi-jurisdictional play was removed from the original Internet Games Act signed in December 2019. The 2021 Michigan law limits the playing of multi-jurisdictional online games to poker.
“Poker players in Michigan will enjoy more options and are more likely to play for more money when they can compete against players from other states,” Senator Hertel said. “I’m glad we were able to make this possible for poker players in Michigan.”
to get MGCB So to start a multi-country poker game, licensed operators and associated platform providers must complete several steps. The MGCB This April issued guidance on participation requirements for operators.
“Operators still have to do before Michiganns can join multi-state poker games,” Williams said. “The MGCB We must make sure Michigan residents are protected when they play multi-state poker, and we will apply the same rigor to reviewing the new offer as we have other online games. “
While the agreement is currently limited to four countries, it is possible that more countries will join it.
Currently, three licensed operators and providers offer online poker in Michigan: MGM Grand Detroit with BetMGM, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians with World Series of Poker, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and provider PokerStars.