The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced today that the state is now a member of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. This allows Michigan poker sites to connect their players with ones in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. These are four of five states with an active legal online poker industry.
The player pools in these four states may now legally sit at the same table, helping to add liquidity to the online poker rooms. This adds to the selection of cash games and can make larger tournaments.
“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,” Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams said. “By joining, Michigan will almost double the potential pool of participants in multistate poker games.”
Pennsylvania online poker is legal. However, it has not joined the interstate poker gaming pact. Its poker sites may only be intrastate.
“The operators still have work to do before Michigan residents may join multistate poker games,” Williams said. “The MGCB must make sure Michigan residents are protected when they play multistate poker, and we will apply the same rigor to review of the new offering as we have other internet games.”
“Michigan poker players will enjoy more options and will likely play for bigger money when they can compete against players from other states,” said state senator Curtis Hertel. “I am glad we were able to make this possible for Michigan poker players.”
There is only one legal interstate poker site in United States, but that will change
WSOP.com is the only legal interstate online poker room in the United States. It uses software provided by 888. It networks players in Nevada and New Jersey with Delaware Lottery poker sites. Delaware online poker is a lottery monopoly, so no other site can network players from there besides 888 and its partner WSOP.com, which holds the contract.
New Jersey and Nevada are open markets. However, WSOP.com is the only operator in Nevada.
It is expected that BetMGM Poker will launch in Nevada in 2022. It would then be allowed to connect to its players in Michigan and New Jersey, if approved by regulators to do so. That network is called PartyPoker. Borgata Poker has a skin on it.
PokerStars also operates in Michigan. It could network with its New Jersey poker site. PokerStars is not available in Nevada. It is barred from operating in that state due to a tainted asset clause related to it accepting US players after 2006. PokerStars also has legal online poker in Pennsylvania.