The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) officially approved PokerStars to go live in the state. By 10:30 am, players could sign up for an account. The software client was expected to go live later in the day.
“We welcome the addition of Odawa Casino, Poker Stars, Fox Bet, and Barstool Casino to Michigan’s growing online gaming and sports wagering market,” MGCB executive director Richard S. Kalm said in a news release. “Their participation will generate revenue to support education, tribal communities and the city of Detroit.”
What to expect from PokerStars in Michigan
The pace of a poker site going live has been much quicker than seen with online poker in Pennsylvania. Only days after online gaming was approved and went live in Michigan, players now have a poker option as well.
The MGCB already provisionally approved MGM/partypoker as well in December, but that platform hasn’t launched yet.
A law permitting interstate compacts for poker was recently signed in Michigan. A federal appeals court recently ruled the Wire Act only applies to sports betting. That means shared liquidity is a possibility eventually.
But that’s not in effect yet and players will only be in a “ringed-in market” to begin. Initially, users will only be playing others within the state.
Players react to PokerStars going live in state
The launch of a legal poker platform comes as welcome news to many in the state. Adam Hosmer, 38, lives in New Era, an hour north of Grand Rapids. He and his wife own a cannabis consulting firm, specializing in helping companies obtain permits and licenses.
“It’s going to mean a lot for me personally,” he says. “It looks as if the state is really taking the regulations and site security to a level we haven’t seen in a lot of the offshore sites. Some of those offshore sites have been riddled with stories of cheating and collusion.”
Johnny Lynn, 50, lives in the Lansing area and is a retired landscaper. He’s glad to see a platform going live and is hoping for even more.
“We have limited options right now,” he says. “We need a few different sites to launch to give us some good options.”