Online Poker in Michigan Goes Live with PokerStars MI

Online poker in Michigan is now a reality thanks to the launch of PokerStars in the Great Lake State.

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Michigan became the fifth US state to offer online poker after PokerStars MI went live on January 29. (Image: Twitter/PokerStars)

PokerStars Michigan went live on January 29. The site is a joint venture with FOX Bet and brings online poker, casino gaming, and sports betting to the state.

Other US states might have the necessary regulations in place to offer online betting and gaming. However, none have put them into practice, which makes Michigan the fifth state to officially offer online poker.

Players Flock to PokerStars MI

Things started out well for PokerStars MI. Early reports showed that 800 players were active on January 30. As well as a steady stream of traffic, one customer noted that the games were extremely lively.

An initial surge of activity is expected. The important thing for PokerStars MI is sustaining this momentum and solidifying its position in the market.

Michigan is home to nearly 10 million people. That puts it on par with New Jersey in terms of market potential.

Having a brand like PokerStars leading from the front could work well. As well as being an established name in the business, its partnership with FOX should generate a lot of mainstream hype.

However, for the market to thrive, other operators need to enter the mix. There isn’t a clear roadmap but BetMGM is likely to be the next network to launch.

Plenty of Potential for Online Poker in Michigan

The eponymous BetMGM Poker MI will lead a trio of sites comprised of Partypoker MI and Borgata Poker MI.

Of the three, Partypoker is the biggest name due to its international status. Indeed, Partypoker and PokerStars have long battled for supremacy outside of the US.

This dynamic will prompt both operators to up the ante at every opportunity.

In fact, PokerStars has already announced that it will host one of its popular Championship of Online Poker Series (COOPs) in the coming months.

Partypoker will almost certainly match that with its own events and, perhaps in time, WPT online tournaments.

The future is, as they say, bright. Michigan has the population and, now, the sites to create a thriving online poker economy.

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