The laws regulating the gambling scene in the USA are rapidly changing.
Recently the state of Michigan followed in the footsteps of New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and others in becoming a legal online gambling state.
The Launch of Online Poker Rooms in Michigan
The recently launched PokerStars Michigan is the latest addition to the USA’s regulated online betting market. The PokerStars Online Poker Room was launched at the end of January and has recorded a successful first few month.
The first ever Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) saw just over $2.2 million awarded to players over 60 events.
Flutter, the company behind the latest developments, also introduced an online sportsbook and casino in the state. The first regulated online poker room to go live in Michigan joins these options as part of the group’s ambitious gambling plans.
The new online poker room will be the third one from PokerStars following launches first in New Jersey 5 years ago, and in Pennsylvania over a year ago.
BetMGM Poker is another group to join the online poker market in Michigan. The recently unveiled news from the company means even more opportunities for players in the state to enjoy poker online.
Other names such as 888poker, PartyPoker and WSOP.com are also expected to join the online poker market in the state.
At the moment players can only compete against other players online within the state. However, there are hopes that the rules will open up to allow competition across states. This would add an even bigger number of competitors to the player pool.
At present, there are just under 10 million residents in Michigan. Inter-state competition would bolster the chances of bigger numbers both in players and in winning bonuses and payouts.
Online Poker Games Available in Michigan
Online poker in Michigan became official and legally regulated on January 29, 2021. The launch was just over a year an expansive proposal to maximize online gambling and sportsbooks in Michigan was agreed.
Online poker rooms in Michigan from the two current providers allow players a variety of ways to enjoy poker online.
PokerStars offers an easy-to-use software platform allowing players to access plenty of cash games and tournaments.
Poker players can look out for favorites like stud poker, Texas hold ‘em, Omaha hold ‘em, three-card draw, five-card draw and many others.
The majority of poker games are based around Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha. These are the most popular styles of poker with players throughout the country, Michigan included.
One of the most popular games is No Limit Texas Hold ‘em. This is the dominant form of Texas Hold ‘em across many states, and this is also the case in Michigan. It essentially means that players can go ‘all in’, i.e., placing all of their chips on a bet, at any round of bets.
A more surprising game available on online poker sites is Razz, a stud game where players aim to make the lowest hand they can. Also known as California Lowball, the game is a variant of the stud game.
Periodic tournaments such as the online poker MICOOP offer huge prizes and glory to those taking part.
Guide to Playing Poker Online in Michigan
It is relatively straightforward to set up an account for playing poker online in a legal poker room.
First off you need to actually be within Michigan state lines. While it is not necessary to be a resident of the state, you do need to prove that you are in the state when playing.
This is done via a geolocator used in the software that you need to download to play poker online.
Once you download the app used by one of the legal providers of poker in Michigan and fill out all relevant details you can begin play.
There may be a welcome or bonus code to put in when you join, so look out for any available offers.
Players will then be able to access the full array of games and competitions
Bounty tournaments and turbos will also periodically become available, so players keen to experience a different element of competition can look out for these.
In bounty tournaments, players are rewarded for eliminating another player from the tournament. This factor drastically alters the gameplay and the odds involved in the contest.
Turbo tournaments are another popular form of online poker tournament. During a ‘turbo’ live online event, the turnaround between the intervals of an increase on blinds and antes is quicker than most standard events.
Above all else, players in Michigan can be assured that all online poker games are competed on a fair basis.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board ensures this by regulating all of the fully licensed online gambling sites available in the state.
It looks certain that further providers of online poker will become fully licensed both in Michigan and other states in the coming months.
The whole of the USA is experiencing a dramatic reappraisal of the gambling industry in general. A wealth of new online poker games is an essential part of this picture