Online poker hasn’t been legal in Michigan very long, but gaming operators are already making big plans for entering the state’s soon-to-be regulated market. PokerStars has been quick on the mark, having recently announced its new partnership with an Indian tribe in order to bring online poker to Michigan as soon as possible.
In a press release, The Stars Group announced that it had coined a deal with Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority. Together, they will make PokerStars available to players across the state. In addition to online poker, players will have access to online slot games, sportsbetting activities and table games.
As a result of this deal, PokerStars will be the first online poker operator to enter Michigan’s gaming market. This is a huge win for the brand, as the state has over 10 million residents, and there will be plenty of players eager to sign up with whatever online casino operator is first to launch a product in Michigan.
“The Tribe’s partnership with The Stars Group extends beyond our reservation and places the thrill of world class sports betting and online gaming under every finger-tip sliding across a touch screen in the State of Michigan”– Fred Harrington Jr., Tribal Council, LTBB Odawa.
Few other details have been mentioned, but The Stars Group is sure to announce more soon. All we know at the moment is that the Odawa tribe will receive a share of PokerStars online gaming revenue once the site is live.
Michigan’s Decision to Legalize Online Gambling
It was in early December 2019 that Michigan’s legislature decided to vote in online gambling. It became the 20th state to authorize sports betting and the fifth to legalize online casino games.
The bill received plenty of support from lawmakers and citizens across the state. It was recognised that the legalization of online gambling would bring Michigan’s gaming market into the modern era while bringing in valuable tax revenue that can be used to support public programs.
“With significant bipartisan support, the legislature has provided casinos in Michigan the opportunity to provide their customers new and exciting gaming experiences while providing revenue to support public safety, school funding and other state and local initiatives”– a statement from Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel.
Over the course of the next few months, we’ll hear more exciting news from Michigan as more online gaming operators prepare to enter the state’s market. It will be interesting to see which brands come forward to throw their hats in the ring.