Senate Bill 991 was signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, paving the way for interstate online poker once igaming launches.
US.- Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill designed to allow interstate online poker, making it legal for online poker operators to create liquidity pools with players from other states.
SB 991, an amendment to the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, authorises the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) to enter into agreements with other regulators in different jurisdictions (including tribal gaming authorities) to conduct interstate online poker.
The proposed amendment was approved in the Senate on 1 October by a margin of 36-1 before passing in the House by 85-16 margin on 30 December.
But igaming is yet to go live in Michigan, and some say online poker is likely to launch after online casino and sports betting.
MGCB Communication Specialist, Mary Kay Bean, told news outlet Pokerfuse: “We don’t know whether poker will be among the games offered at initial launch. It will depend on an operator’s readiness to offer poker and their desire to do so.”
Last month, the MGCB issued the first 15 provisional licences for sports betting and igaming in the state, but has not yet committed to a launch date.