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PokerStars Secures Online Multistate Poker License in Michigan

PokerStars has become the first betting operator in Michigan to get approval for online multistate poker in the state.

The approval, which came in the form of a license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, allows PokerStars to pool poker liquidity with other states.

Michigan got accepted into the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement by April last year, becoming the fourth state in the US to do so after Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. Its acceptance paved the way for poker players in the state to share liquidity pools with players in the other three states.

The Great Lakes State entered the agreement after legalizing interstate poker through a bill that was signed into law in January 2021. It was soon followed by a separate bill that permitted the establishment of online casinos, including poker, without shared liquidity.

A larger volume of players likely will result in more game options, more frequent games, and larger tournament prizes.

Henry WilliamsMGCB Executive Director

Although PokerStars is currently the only operator licensed to provide interstate poker in Michigan, other licensed operators in the state can partner with a platform provider to offer online multistate poker subject to MGCB approval. BetMGM and World Series of Poker currently offer Michigan-only player pools.

According to Williams, the increased tax revenue from multistate poker will be used to further improve K-12 education in the state.

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