Online poker launched in Michigan on January 29, 2021. PokerStars was the first legal and licensed poker site in the state.
Michigan poker sites require players to be at least 21 years old. Players must be located within state lines to sit at real money online poker tables. Geolocation software is used to confirm players’ locations.
Michigan entered into the Multi-State Internet Poker Agreement in 2022. This allows Michigan online poker rooms to network players between Delaware, Michigan, Nevada and New Jersey. No Michigan site has expanded from intrastate player pools as of August 2022.
Michigan poker sites
There are three Michigan online poker networks. PokerStars is the most popular in terms of traffic, according to GameIntel. WSOP.com is the second largest Michigan poker site. BetMGM is the smallest.
BetMGM Poker operates a site through its MGM Grand Detroit casino, which also has a Michigan poker room. New players receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus and up to $75 in free tournament tickets.
MGM Rewards is its VIP club. There are up to 70 daily multi table tournaments, including a daily $109 one with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. BetMGM is on the Partypoker network, though the Partypoker brand is not used in Michigan like it is in other states.
PokerStars operates in Michigan through a partnership with Odawa casinos. It is the largest online poker operator in the world. It is licensed in more jurisdictions than any other poker site.
New PokerStars Michigan players receive either $50 in Spin & Go tickets or a 100% up to $600 first deposit bonus. PokerStars offers the largest variety of real money poker games in Michigan. Beyond the typical hold’em and Omaha options, there is seven card stud, seven card stud hi/lo, razz and mixed games like badugi and triple draw.
WSOP is partnered with Turtle Creek Casino to offer online poker in Michigan. It is operated by Caesars. New WSOP Michigan players receive a 100% up to $600 first deposit bonus. However, we feel strongly that this is by far the worst poker site in Michigan. We recommend either BetMGM or PokerStars over it. WSOP.com has suffered from terrible support, slow withdrawals and poor management decisions since it entered the regulated US market in 2013.
Types of Michigan online poker games available
There are many types of online poker games available in Michigan. The most popular one is no limit Texas hold’em. Blinds start at pennies and run into the highest of limits. Pot limit Omaha with the same blinds is the second most popular online poker game in Michigan.
Other types of games dealt at all three sites are fixed limit Omaha hi/lo and fixed limit hold’em. Seven card stud, seven card stud hi/lo, badugi, triple draw, five card draw and mixed games are also available. The lesser known games are dealt exclusively at PokerStars Michigan. Read more in our online poker guide.
Types of online poker tournaments dealt in Michigan
There are more than 200 multi table tournaments run at Michigan online poker rooms every day. Sunday is the biggest day for major events that can have guaranteed prizes of tens of thousands of dollars.
No limit Texas hold’em is by far the most common poker tournament dealt in Michigan. The game is over 90% of all Michigan online poker tournaments. Buy-ins start at about $0.10 and can run into the thousands for major events. Most of the other tournaments are pot limit Omaha.
All Michigan poker sites have sit and gos, both traditional and lottery-style. WSOP.com has some online World Series of Poker events, as well as satellites to the famous Las Vegas tournament.
How to deposit at Michigan poker sites
Michigan online poker sites offer several convenient deposit options. Since the businesses are licensed and legal, they are able to accept credit and debit cards like Visa, Mastercard and Discover, as well as electronic checks and bank wires.
PayPal is another common Michigan online poker deposit option. If you prefer to pay with cash, you can often send a PayNearMe to the poker site. This is done like a cash bill pay service at retailers like Walgreens and 7-Eleven. The Play+ prepaid debit card may be loaded with a credit card, debit card or bank transfer.
How to withdraw from Michigan poker sites
Michigan poker sites have several reliable and convenient withdrawal options. Electronic checks are the easiest and most common. Larger withdrawals may require a bank wire. The Play+ prepaid debit card can be used as a withdrawal option. It comes with an ATM card, or if you prefer, Play+ withdrawals may be processed to a bank account. PayPal offers similar withdrawal options. Some Michigan poker sites will send a check by mail.
Are Michigan poker sites safe?
Michigan poker sites are regulated by the same gaming commission as poker rooms in Detroit and other parts of Michigan. The software is tested to ensure that the random number generator operates correctly.
Poker sites in Michigan have security departments that review hands to look for collusion and other forms of cheating. Michigan poker sites are required to keep deposits in a separate account to guarantee the ability to pay players upon request.
For all these reasons, we feel that Michigan online poker is safe. This is especially true when comparing them to offshore poker sites that have no licensing and do not have access to the US banking system. That is why all the offshore sites that accept US players payout in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.
Michigan online poker FAQ
How old must players be to play online poker in Michigan?
Michigan online poker players must be at least 21 years old.
How does a Michigan poker site know that I am in the state?
Geolocation technology is used to pinpoint the player’s connection spot.
What poker games are dealt at Michigan poker sites?
Texas hold’em, Omaha, Omaha hi/lo, seven card stud, seven card stud hi/lo, badugi, triple draw, five card draw and mixed games are dealt by Michigan poker sites.
Do Michigan poker sites deal tournaments?
Yes. All Michigan poker sites deal tournaments. This includes sit and gos and multi table tournaments.
Do Michigan poker sites offer a first deposit bonus?
All Michigan poker sites offer new players a deposit bonus.
Do Michigan poker sites offer rakeback?
Michigan poker sites do not have rakeback. However, the first deposit bonuses return up to 50% rakeback.