BetMGM Joins the Online Poker Party in Michigan; Partypoker US Platform Becomes State’s Second Option

Sean Chaffin March 22, 2021
Almost two months after online poker launched in Michigan, players in the state now have a second option with the launch of BetMGM on Monday.

Almost two months after online poker launched in Michigan, players in the state now have a second option. BetMGM Poker went live on Monday, giving players another platform to get in the online action.

BetMGM is part of the partypoker US Network, which now has its second state. In the US, partypoker/BetMGM is operated by Roar Digital, a partnership between MGM and Entain (parent company of the partypoker international platform).

Partypoker US Network also operates in New Jersey with both skins as well as a BorgataPoker.com skin. As of now, BetMGM is the only skin available in Michigan but should bring plenty of game options.

“The launch of BetMGM Poker in Michigan fully rounds out our premier gaming portfolio in the state,” BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said in a news release. “BetMGM’s sports betting and casino offerings have been met with incredible early success in Michigan and we’re thrilled to provide players with another exciting gaming option.”

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Details on the BetMGM online poker launch

In Michigan, party/BetMGM operates through a partnership with MGM Grand Detroit. The BetMGM poker app is available on both iOS and Android and accessible via desktop client as well.

The software client and mobile app allow players to play poker as well as transition to sports betting and the BetMGM online casino. As of now, Michigan remains a “ringed-in” poker market, meaning players only compete against others in the state.

A recent ruling in the Wire Act case, however, could pave the way for shared liquidity markets eventually. At Bet MGM, players will find a number of poker variants, cash games of all buy-in levels, tournaments, and more.

The platform also features major tournament series like the popular partypoker US Network Progressive Knockout Bounty Online Series. No word on when the platform’s first tournament series would launch.

BetMGM/partypoker US Network director of poker Ray Stefanelli is pleased to see the company launch in a second state. He believes players will enjoy the product and poker offerings.

“The demand for online poker in Michigan was made clear by players across the state,” Stefanelli said. “BetMGM Poker is proud to offer them a seat at our tables and we’re confident that BetMGM Michigan customers will enjoy an engaging, reliable, and fun poker experience.”

Beyond the online experience, BetMGM also integrates MGM Resorts’ M life Rewards program. Players can redeem gameplay for experiences at MGM Resorts properties throughout the country.

Michigan players respond to BetMGM launch

BetMGM is playing catch-up a bit with PokerStars in the Wolverine State. That platform launched in late January and already produced some nice numbers in its first tournament series.

Many players will welcome the launch of another site to play. Kyle Richardson is a 36-year-old player from Lansing. The recreational player works in the banking industry and has been playing on PokerStars since it launched.

Richardson plays cash games and tournaments a few days a week. So far, he says the online experience has been great and welcomes a new addition.

“I think it’s great that it’s legal now because it will bring more players to poker,” he says. “With online Texas Hold em, it’s great that they have an extremely low stakes option for players who are just getting used to playing. I haven’t tried PartyPoker/BetMGM yet, but I think it will be good to have another platform in Michigan.”

Richard Conn, 34, lives in Perry and has been playing poker for the last 18 years.  He drives for Instacart and supplements his income by playing poker.

Conn is pleased to see a second Michigan platform. However, he’s not sure if he’ll immediately give BetMGM a shot.

“For those that are looking for another option in the state, it would be great to be able to play not just on one platform,” he says. “So far I have no reason to jump ship from PokerStars to BetMGM, but if they had some decent starting incentives, it would be worth looking at as a poker player.”

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BetMGM is indeed offering some incentive for new players to get in the action. New players are eligible for a $25 bonus and a 100% deposit match, up to $600.

A $50,000 Freeroll Invitational Tournament also runs April 4 for all BetMGM players in the state.

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