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Second Online Poker Platform Launches In Michigan

BetMGM Became The Second Online Poker Provider In The Wolverine State Under The partypoker US Brand

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Michigan’s second online poker platform launched Monday morning as BetMGM entered the market under the partypoker US network.

The move comes almost two months after PokerStars became the first company to launch online poker in the newly legalized market.

“The launch of BetMGM Poker in Michigan fully rounds out our premier gaming portfolio in the state,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt in a press release. “BetMGM’s sports betting and casino offerings have been met with incredible early success in Michigan and we’re thrilled to provide players with another exciting gaming option.”

In January, BetMGM launched online sports betting and casino games after the state regulators finalized rules and allowed companies to launch online gambling platforms. In Michigan, online providers need to have a land-based partner, which BetMGM has with the MGM Grand Detroit property.

Michigan becomes the second market the company offers online poker inside of. It has been a fixture in New Jersey under the same partypoker US operation thanks to the MGM’s acquisition of the Borgata in 2016.

There are no interstate gaming compacts in place yet with the Michigan market, but given that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation in early January that would allow the practice to take place, and after the industry got a favorable ruling on the Wire act, one will likely form in the near future.

Both PokerStars and BetMGM have New Jersey platforms, making a New Jersey-Michigan shared online poker liquidity pool a likely scenario.