Michigan Passes Bill for Online Poker

Published December 30, 2020

SB 991 is the final piece of legislation being passed before online casinos go live next year. What can Michigan players expect?

Great news for poker players in the state of Michigan!

The state legislature has passed SB 991 allowing the Michigan Gaming Control Board to enter interstate compacts for online gambling. 

This was a necessary fix to the bill that officially legalized online casinos which passed earlier this year. 

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Specifically SB 991 states “The board may enter into agreements with other jurisdictions, including Indian tribes, to facilitate, administer, and regulate multijurisdictional internet gaming for poker by internet gaming operators to the extent that entering into the agreement is consistent with state and federal laws and if the internet gaming under the agreement is conducted only in the United States.”

This means online poker rooms in Michigan will be able to enjoy liquidity with other states that have done the same; namely New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. 

Pennsylvania does have legal online poker, but the state is not currently in any compacts with any other states. 

What can players expect from online casinos in Michigan? 

Many of the top online casinos in America are already gearing up for big launches in Michigan. DraftKings and FanDuel are already offering new players who register now excellent welcome bonuses. 

Other casinos you will be seeing include:

Rush Street Interactive operates SugarHouse

When will online casinos go live in Michigan? 

The bad news here is that there is no launch date set yet.

However, the good news is that state legislators have repeatedly stated that they fully expect online casinos to go live in Michigan by “early 2021.” With Governor Whitmer signing SB 991 into law, it appears all the pieces have finally come together and the state is almost ready to open up to the iGaming industry. 

When that happens, Michigan gamblers will certainly have plenty of great choices of top online casinos to pick from.