Michigan State University has struck a multijurisdictional poker deal that permits online poker players from the state to compete against each other across state boundaries. Poker players from Michigan may now compete against individuals from Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey.
Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams signed the deal. The deal grants the state membership in the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement.
While Michigan’s decision to join was revealed last month, the state’s full implementation of the agreement was still waiting. But, it has now been completed.
I am pleased to report that Michigan has joined the multistate poker compact, and that a significant portion of the extra tax income from multistate poker will benefit Michigan’s K-12 education.” By joining, Michigan will almost increase the number of people who can play in multistate poker games.
When the State Legislature enacted a law in December 2020 allowing the MGCB to join a multijurisdictional poker compact. Allowing US citizens to compete with poker players from other jurisdictions, the framework was laid. Bill PA 327, authored by Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing), was signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 29, 2020.
Senator Hertel stated:
When Michigan poker players can compete against players from other states, they will have more alternatives and will likely play for more money.” I’m delighted we were able to make this happen for poker players in Michigan.
Operators and related platform providers seeking MGCB approval to operate multistate poker must first fulfill a series of requirements. But, according to the MGCB these parties were given instructions on participation criteria in April.
Williams had this to say about the procedure:
Before Michigan citizens may participate in multistate poker games, the operators still have work to perform.” The MGCB must ensure that Michigan citizens are protected while playing multistate poker, and we will analyze the new product with the same rigor as we do other online games.
MGM Grand Detroit with BetMGM, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians with World Series of Poker, and PokerStars via the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are the three licensed operators and providers presently offering online poker in Michigan.