Second online poker site goes live in Michigan

Poker players in Michigan have another online choice for poker after BetMGM launched their partypoker branded online poker platform in the state earlier this week.

With the launch of BetMGM’s partypoker platform on Monday they join PokerStars as the only two legal online poker sites live in Michigan. PokerStars has had a small head start on partypoker poker after launching on January 29.

In a press release announcing the launch BetMGM CEO Adam Gerenblatt said “the launch of BetMGM Poker in Michigan fully rounds out our premier gaming portfolio in the state. BetMGM’s sports betting and casino offerings have been met with incredible early success in Michigan and we’re thrilled to provide players with another exciting gaming option.”

Michigan is the second state that BetMGM has launched online poker in. They previously setup shop in New Jersey under the partypoker name following their acquisition of the Borgata Casino in 2016.

Michigan continues to operate online poker without any interstate gaming compacts, which limits poker players in the state to playing only against players within state borders. Legislation to allow interstate compacts was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in January so it is expected to happen sometime in the near future.

With both PokerStars and BetMGM operating online poker platforms in New Jersey and Michigan, it’s likely only a matter of time before an interstate compact to share player liquidity between the two states is developed.