MGCB Stays Silent On Michigan Interstate Poker Operational Launch
- Michigan signed the multi-state internet gaming agreement in May
- However, no timelines have been given in terms of a interstate-poker launch
- Gaming regulator continues to stay silent on inter-state poker launch
Michigan went ahead and signed the multi-state internet gaming agreement (MSIGA) in May 2022 which allowed the Wolverine state to join an inter-state poker market with New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
Michigan Yet To Launch MSIGA Poker Operations
The MSIGA agreement was welcomed by both poker operators and poker players in Michigan as it would give them both access to a much larger poker demographic, enabling poker operators to offer bigger tournaments, better guarantees and more events.
New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware also welcomed Michigan into the inter-state poker pool as Michigan is the 10th biggest state in the country with a population in excess of 10 million. The addition of Michigan to the MSIGA pool was expected to immediately double the interstate poker market.
It’s now more than 2 months since Michigan signed MSIGA but not a lot of progress has been made atleast on the surface in launching inter-state poker operations! When Michigan signed MSGIA, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) came out and said that the 3 licensed poker operators in the state will need to do a lot of work internally before they are ready to launch operations interstate.
Are Poker Operators Struggling With MGCB’s Strict Regulations?
The three licensed poker operators in Michigan are currently WSOP MI, BetMGM Poker MI and PokerStars MI. The MGCB has preferred to stay silent and not offer up any information as to when these three operators will launch interstate poker operations.
All three operators have also not given any indication regarding their progress to launch interstate poker and hence poker players in Michigan have been left in the dark. There is some speculation that these operators are taking their time because they have to comply with a number of stringent regulations laid down by the MGCB.
The MGCB wants all licensed operators in the state as well as licensed operators in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware to ensure that they have proper security measures in place to prevent all forms of illegal activities, have software detection tools in place to stop bots and third party software and have a proper reporting structure in place to monitor customer complaints.
Poker players in Michigan are hopeful that they will have access to interstate poker by the end of 2022!