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Michigan joins online poker network with NV, NJ, DE

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Michigan joins a multi-state online poker cash-sharing agreement.

An agreement signed on May 23 by Henry Williams, executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, allows internet poker players in Michigan to compete against players in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. These three states belong to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, and Michigan is now a member.

“I am pleased to announce that Michigan has joined the Multistate Poker Pact, and a large portion of the increased tax revenue from Multistate Poker will go to support K-12 education in Michigan” , Williams said. “By joining us, Michigan will nearly double the potential pool of participants in multi-state poker games.”

The Michigan Legislature in December 2020 passed a bill authorizing the MGCB to join a multi-jurisdictional poker pact, giving Michigan residents the opportunity to compete against poker players from other states. Senator Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) sponsored the bill, which was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on December 29, 2020.

Language permitting multi-jurisdictional gambling was omitted from the original Internet Gaming Act signed in December 2019. Michigan’s 2021 law restricts multi-jurisdictional internet gambling to poker.

“Michigan poker players will have more options and likely 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.”

Obtain MGCB permission to launch multi-state poker, licensed operators and associated platform providers must go through several stages. The MGCB this April released guidelines on participation requirements for operators.

“Operators still have work to do before Michigan residents can join multi-state poker games,” Williams said. “The MGCB must ensure that Michigan residents are protected when playing multi-state poker, and we will apply the same rigor to the review of the new offer as we have other games on the Internet.

Although the agreement is currently limited to four states, it is possible that other states could join.

Currently, three licensed operators and vendors offer online poker in Michigan: MGM Greater Detroit with BetMGM, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians with World Series of Poker, and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and provider PokerStars.