Play online poker in Michigan
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Legal online poker in Michigan
Michigan may end up being one of the next states to go live with online poker. Online gambling of all stripes could come to the Great Lakes State as soon as 2020.
However, lawmakers in Michigan are dealing with an unexpected delay in their quest to open the market. In December 2018, outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a package of expansion bills that would have paved the way for online gaming in Michigan, including sports betting.
The vetoes came as quite a shock to the bills’ main sponsor, Rep. Brandt Iden. In an interview, Iden told Online Poker Report:
“The veto pen came out for my entire gaming package, which is incredibly disappointing. We had no idea this was coming. We had all the stakeholders supportive of the package and we had alleviated any concerns, so this is a very surprising outcome.”
Iden must now turn his hopes to new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. However, it remains unclear whether Whitmer, as well as several incoming lawmakers in Michigan, are proponents of gaming expansion.
Michigan is no stranger to live gaming opportunities instate. There are three full-service casinos in the Detroit area and 23 tribal properties are scattered throughout the state.
Michigan also supports a bevy of other legal gambling options. These include parimutuel wagering and the state lottery.
In 2014, the Michigan Lottery launched an online lottery, which quickly found favor among residents – by mid-2015 more than 300,000 instant lottery tickets were being sold per day.
Online gambling proponent and State Senator Mike Kowall introduced SB 889 in April 2016. Entitled “The Lawful Internet Gaming Act,” the bill would have authorized poker and casino games in Michigan. It would have also granted up to eight licenses to Michigan-based commercial and tribal casinos.
The end result of SB 889 was a bill that died in committee. However, it set the stage for the successful package that went all the way to the governor’s desk two years later.
Michigan Online Poker FAQ
What are the odds online poker becomes legal in Michigan?
In the long-term, pretty good. There is a groundswell of legislative support for expanding all forms of gambling into the online sphere. Were it not for a surprise veto by a retiring governor, Michigan would be moving forward with a full-scale expansion right now. So, it’s likely that legislators will try again in the next year.
Would Michigan allow online casino games?
Yes. Almost by definition.
Will Michigan pool its online poker network with other states?
Possibly. The current legislature allows for multi-jurisdictional agreements, so there may be no issue on the state level. However, interstate activity brings the federal government into the room, and support for gaming expansion is less widespread in Washington DC.