Michigan poker officially joins multi-state compact

Online Gambling in Michigan

Soon online poker players in the state of Michigan will finally be able to play against opponents from other states.

Earlier this month Michigan officially signed on to a multi-state poker compact that will allow online poker sites in Michigan to share player pools with sites in other states that have signed on to the compact. Those states include Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, the previous members of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement.

Upon signing the agreement Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams said the media, ““I am happy to announce Michigan has joined the multistate poker compact, and much of the increased tax revenue from multistate poker will go to support K-12 education in Michigan. By joining, Michigan will almost double the potential pool of participants in multistate poker games.”

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Michigan may have signed on to the agreement, but enabling multi-state player pool sharing isn’t as easy as flipping a switch and will take some time for operators to launch. Earlier this year in April the Michigan Gaming Control Board published guidance and steps that must be taken before can begin sharing players pools with other states.

Included in these requirements were the initial improvement of a multi-state poker compact by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, online operators meeting all requirements set by the Control Board, and the Control Board granting the operator approval to begin sharing player pools.

There are currently three online poker operators in Michigan including Bet MGM Poker, WSOP.com, and PokerStars. WSOP.com is currently the only site that shares players between the three states that were already part of the compact, Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada. PokerStars and BetMGM Poker are currently not active in Nevada but are online in both New Jersey and Michigan.

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