Michigan has been approved to join in online poker liquidity sharing with New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Licensed online poker sites could soon host players on a single network across those state lines.
On Wednesday, the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association announced the admission of the Michigan as a party to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, pending full execution of the agreement by the Wolverine State.
Michigan legalized online gaming, including poker, in 2019. The law on the books allows for the state to permit its online poker sites to pool players with other states where sites are also licensed. The idea is to allow online poker sites to bolster their respective products with larger tournament field sizes and strong around-the-clock cash game offerings.
The Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement was entered into by Nevada and Delaware in 2014, following the passage of Assembly Bill Nos. 114 and 360 in Nevada during the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature. Nevada kicked off online poker in 2013.
In 2017, New Jersey became party to the agreement, expanding the Association’s shared liquidity to full online casino gaming, not just peer-to-peer poker.
Nevada only has online poker, while Michigan, New Jersey, and Delaware all allow online slots and other online casino card games.
“The Multi-State Internet Gaming Association welcomes Michigan to its ranks, along with its nearly 10 million residents, who can now avail themselves of a full array of interactive gaming among the Association’s member states,” said Rebecca Satterfield, Manager of the Association and the Internet Gaming Manager for the Delaware Lottery.
“The Association continues to be forward thinking and welcomes the interest of additional gaming jurisdictions in becoming party to the Agreement.”
The WSOP.com online poker site is the only site licensed in Nevada. Michigan and New Jersey license the WSOP and some of its competitors, products from the likes of MGM Resorts and PokerStars. It’s unclear if MGM, based out of Nevada, will seek a Nevada iPoker product.
It’s unclear if any poker sites licensed in only Michigan and New Jersey will pool players between those two states. The WSOP, powered by 888 Holdings, is the only operator that can pool players across all four of the aforementioned states.
Pennsylvania is another state with legal online poker, but it has yet to join the multi-state internet gaming compact. It is likely a matter of when, not if.