Michigan online poker players still awaiting multi-state tables

It’s been months since Michigan joined the multi-state poker compact, but no online poker site in the state has begun sharing players with other states yet.

Michigan officially signed on to the multi-state poker compact in May. By joining the compact it opened Michigan poker sites to share players with poker sites in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey.

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However, none of Michigan’s online poker sites that exist in these other states have begun sharing players. A few of those sites include PokerStars, WSOP.com and BetMGM Poker. WSOP.com Michigan has six WSOP bracelet events scheduled for the 2022 WSOP Online which runs from September 11 to October. All six events are limited to poker players located in the state of Michigan.

So, what’s taking so long for Michigan online poker sites to open to states that have signed on to the poker compact? Unfortunately for Michigan poker players looking to get into bigger games it’s not as simple as flipping a switch.

According to rules and regulations released when Michigan joined the multi-state poker compact online poker sites must complete several steps before the Michigan Gaming Control Board will approve them to enter multi-state shared poker pools. Even when all these steps are completed the online site must still receive launch authorization from the Control Board before they begin sharing players.

It’s been just over three months since Michigan signed onto the multi-state poker compact. Judging by how long it took other states to launch multi-state player sharing it could be at least a few more months before Michigan players can play out of state opponents. For example, when New Jersey entered the compact in October 2017 it took seven moths before the first player-sharing began with Nevada and Delaware.

If Michigan followed a similar timeline of seven months player-sharing would begin sometime in December.