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Michigan’s bid to join compact online poker ‘still under review’


illustration of a puzzle with 3 pieces already put together and a hand holding the 4th piece, which has the state of Michigan on it, about to put it together with the rest, depicting MI waiting to join the 3 MSIGA states in a compact online poker /

Currently, once the amended agreement is fully executed, Michigan would be the next state to join.A week after Michigan regulators alerted all licensed operators to the steps they need to take to participate in multi-jurisdictional online poker, the head of the interstate pact the Great Lakes state hopes to join – aka the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) – said Michigan’s bid is being reviewed by the three pact member states.

Rebecca Satterfield, Head of iGaming for the Delaware State Lottery and current head of MSIGARecount fuse poker Thursday that the pact considered a request from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) join. MSIGA currently includes Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey.

“Following MGCB’s review of the current agreement, suggested amendments have been drafted to streamline the process for future states to join the association,” Satterfield said, referring to the pact. “The drafted amendment is still under review for full execution.”

She added: “Unfortunately, there is no time limit for the full execution of the amended agreement.” When asked if other states other than Michigan had also applied to join the pact, Satterfield said, “At this time, once the amended agreement is fully executed, Michigan would be the next state to join the contract.

Nevada Gaming Control Board spokesman Michael Lawton (NGCB), also says fuse poker that Michigan’s request was still under consideration. “The delay [for executing the agreement and admitting Michigan] is unknown from the perspective of the NGCB,” he said Thursday.

the MGCB said he hoped Michigan could join MSIGA “soon”, but does not know the current status of his application.

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MI Regulator: It’s ‘Premature’ to Discuss What a Launch of Interstate Online Poker Would Look Like

In a March 16 letter to state platform operators and providers, the regulator urged parties interested in offering Multistate Poker “to review the attached list and determine what identified tasks and other items may apply to your organization”. The letter included a link to a five-page guidance document published by the MGCB the same day.

It’s unclear if the state regulator plans to have a coordinated launch for multi-jurisdictional online poker in Michigan once the state becomes a MSIGA member, or if the regulatory body plans to approve operators as they meet the agency requirements outlined in the guidelines.

“It would be very premature for the MGCB to discuss a launch when Michigan was not accepted into the pact,” MGCB said spokeswoman Mary Kay Bean Michigan Games Review.

“There is really nothing more to say as our application has been submitted but not yet accepted. The information we shared with operators and platform providers allows them to do upstream work, such as drafting internal controls. »

Bean added that an operator “may offer poker through an online casino gaming platform or a poker-only platform.”

BetMGM MI and PokerStars MI will benefit hugely

Currently, only two operators offer online poker in Michigan: BetMGM Poker MI and PokerStars MI. Both stand to reap huge benefits if Michigan joins the MSIGA, since the two also live in New Jersey. The two operators could share a player pool that would compete WSOPwhich is live in Nevada and New Jersey, but not (yet) in Michigan.

But that would be the magnitude of the gains for BetMGM and PokerStars – at least until Pennsylvania joins the pact if that state decides to do so as well.

While Delaware is a MSIGA member, it is also a closed market. Three racinos in the state are the only licensed properties for online poker, and each currently uses an 888-powered skin to do so.

Nevada is probably off limits to PokerStars, since the NGCB considers him a “bad actor” for offering online poker in NV before Black Friday in 2011.

Although Nevada lawmakers passed a bill in 2013 – specifically AB 114, which prohibits issuing an interactive gaming license for five years to operators that offered online games after 2006 – PokerStars has not applied again for a license from the NGCB. The regulator also did not say whether PokerStars was welcome to return to the silver state. The status quo leaves Nevada with a monopoly for WSOP NV.

Meanwhile, rumors have it that BetMGM may be launching online poker in Nevada. Additional details, including a possible launch date, are not known.

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What other MI online poker sites could join?

A: This is where things get tricky.

Currently, there are 14 licensed operators in Michigan for online poker, casino gaming, and sports betting. However, one of those 14 – TwinSpires – plans to leave the Great Lakes State by August 31. The operator will also exit Pennsylvania, providing a dual opportunity for an operator looking to capitalize – especially if the two states are in MSIGA one day.

One party that could join is, well, partypoker. The brand is already active in New Jersey and operates under the Borgata license. It was originally supposed to launch in Michigan in the first half of 2021, but didn’t. It is unclear if there is a trade deal that would prevent partypoker from entering the Michigan market.

Another possibility, although considered remote, would be for a European operator to take the place of TwinSpires. Bet365, a UK-based gambling giant that offers poker throughout Europe, recently obtained a license for internet gambling in Ontario, Michigan’s northern neighbour.

BetRivers, which is already in Michigan but does not currently offer online poker, could also get in on the action. Earlier this month, parent Rush Street Interactive (IRS) acquired Run It Once Poker (Rio) in a cash and stock transaction valued at $5.8 million. While IRS did not announce its plans, Rio operated on the world stage for three years before ceasing operations in January. Rio was considered innovative and had many fans, but it was also looking to break into the American market.

Trying to avoid what happened to NJ

Michigan seems to be taking steps to avoid what happened to New Jersey when it joined MSIGA in October 2017.

Then, as now, PokerStars blackballed in Nevada and Delaware was a closed market. This left WSOP as the only operator to benefit from New Jersey’s membership in MSIGA.

Hoping to see more than one Michigan operator get into multi-jurisdictional poker, the MGCB such operators and platform providers “must comply with the requirements applicable in each other jurisdiction in which they offer or conduct multi-state poker”.

“[The MGCB] wants to ensure that such an opportunity can be offered to the majority of their poker licensees, and not just one or two as may have been the case in the past,” said Jeff Ifrah, of Ifrah Law. SARL.

Ifrah added that he agrees with the sentiment that Michigan officials are no longer afraid to join a statewide gaming pact like the MSIGA. The state explained that it wanted to avoid breaking federal law in the iGaming space, particularly the Wire Act, which remains shrouded in legal action from the IGT lawsuit against the DOJ.oker