Michigan Gets Its First Online Poker Room And It’s A Big One

Things are moving really fast in Michigan. After nearly a dozen online sportsbooks and online casinos began offering betting to players and sports bettors last week, there is a now a new game in town. It’s online poker and it’s from the biggest online poker name in the world – PokerStars.

The news came even faster than anybody expected, with an announcement from the Michigan Gaming Control Board early Friday that the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and its partner The Stars Group had been given the green light to begin offering games through PokerStars (online poker) and FoxBet (online sports betting).

In launching online poker in the state, PokerStars is now legally available in three states: Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

PokerStars MI FAQ

Now that Michiganders have the opportunity to play real money online poker, we thought it might be helpful to lay out some of the most important questions new PokerStars players about the online poker room.

Who can play on PokerStars MI?

Michigan law requires that players joining any poker room must be at least 21 years of age or older. In addition, you must be physically located in the state while playing. If you are from Michigan and leave the state, you will be unable to play while outside the same. On the other side of the coin, if you are visiting Michigan from another state, you will also be able to play.

Am I playing against players from outside of Michigan?

No, at the time of launch, Michigan players who sign-up for PokerStars will only be playing against other Michigan players. PokerStars is available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but each one of those states have a “ringed-fenced” player pool. The PokerStars.com player pool is available internationally and is not accessible to any players in the United States.

Might this change anytime soon?

Yes, this could change sooner rather than later, some estimates of just three months away. Earlier this year, Michigan authorized the state to be able to enter into liquidity agreements with other states. Since Nevada and New Jersey are currently part of the Multi-State Liquidity Agreement, PokerStars could technically merge player pools for its Michigan and New Jersey online poker rooms (Pennsylvania is currently focusing on in-state liquidity).

The joining of the PokerStars MI online player pool with PokerStars.com is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

What about FoxBet?

FoxBet is essentially the PokerStars branded online sportsbook, meaning users can play online poker and wager on sports with a single account. Since online sports betting is more widespread across the country, FoxBet is also available in Colorado (in addition to New Jersey and Pennsylvania). FoxBet users will be able to bet on most major sports, including some international and obscure sports.

What our online poker rooms are expected to go live in Michigan?

WSOP.com, which is available in Nevada and New Jersey, is also expected to eventually operate in Michigan. It is expected to happen in the coming months, but there has been no official word yet.

Can I bet on online casino games?

Yes, in conjunction with the launch of PokerStars and FoxBet, players can also enjoy casino games through the Stars Casino with their account.


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