Online poker in Michigan was legalized at the end of 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a raft of bills, including the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, which sets out a framework for regulated poker.
By 2021, legalized internet gambling sites will start to appear in Michigan. You must be over 21 or over to play for real money at the poker rooms. You will also have to be physically located within Michigan to log on and play.
Online poker operators will have to apply for a remote gaming license, and licenses will be active in Michigan for five years.
The key part of the new gambling law is that only existing Michigan casinos can apply for licenses. Therefore, the commercial and tribal casinos in Michigan will partner up with online poker operators to offer services.
Poker Sites in Michigan*
- Pokerstars MI
- Borgata Poker
* Mentioned above poker sites are expected in Michigan by 2021, not operational yet.
However, Partypoker already have an existing deal with MGM through their parent company, GVC. In July 2020, partypoker updated its US-facing software, which affected sites on the network like Borgata Poker and Partypoker US/Michigan.
As Partypoker already offers legal online poker in New Jersey, and is about to launch in Pennsylvania. It’s likely that partypoker will be entering the Michigan market when it goes fully live during the end of 2020 and early 2021.
PokerStars will also be pushing for an online poker site through its partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Expect to enjoy the same range of cash games, tournaments, and satellites as you’d find on the PokerStars NJ site.
Michigan poker players will be able to jump into a host of cash games and real money tournaments. The biggest poker sites will offer micro-stakes cash games starting at just $0.01/$0.02, plus a selection of high-stakes tables for Hold’em and Omaha players.
Tournaments will include free-to-enter freerolls, weekly games with guaranteed prizepools, and satellites into large live poker events. MI poker players will also have access to Sit ‘n Go tournaments that start as soon as the table is full.
To begin with, Michigan online poker sites will likely be available to players based only in the state. However, over time it’s likely that Michigan will sign an interstate compact with other regulated states like New Jersey. This will allow players based in Michigan to play legally against opponents based in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware.