Michigan debates interstate online poker

The bill passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee last week.
The bill passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee last week.

A proposed bill would allow online poker players to compete with others from different states in the US.

US.- Lawmakers in Michigan are considering allowing interstate online poker, in which players can compete with those from other states, once online poker launches.

The bill, introduced by State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr, would amend the state’s Lawful Internet Gaming Act and give the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authority to accept agreements permitting interstate online poker.

Bill SB 991 was put to the vote at the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee last week and was approved, meaning it will now go to vote in the full Senate.

While there is no official launch date for online poker in the state, executive director of the MGCB, Richard S. Kalm, said it was anticipated for late fall.