BetMGM Poker Officially Launches in Michigan
Earlier this year, online gambling officially launched in Michigan. At first, an online casino launched, followed by PokerStars becoming the first online poker site to launch in the state. Earlier this week, everything changes as BetMGM became the second online poker site to launch in the Wolverine State.
BetMGM is powered on the same platform as partypoker. The makes Michigan the second US state to offer games from the partypoker US network. While only presently available to Michigan residents, it will not be long before we will see the site networked with its New Jersey counterpart.
BetMGM Launches in Michigan
BetMGM issued a press release on Monday officially announcing the launch of its online poker site in the Wolverine State. Michigan is now the second US state to offer the BetMGM Poker platform. BetMGM originally launched online casino and online sports betting back in January.
According to Adam Greenblatt, CEO of BetMGM, “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.”
The poker software for BetMGM Poker is fairly robust, offering both online poker cash games and poker tournaments. While Texas Hold’em will be the primary draw for the website, players can also play PL Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, and Stud 8 or Better.
According to Ray Stefanelli, BetMGM Director of Poker, “The demand for online poker in Michigan was made clear by players across the state. BetMGM Poker is proud to offer them a seat at our tables and we’re confident that BetMGM Michigan customers will enjoy an engaging, reliable, and fun poker experience.”
Play Online and Earn Live Casino Rewards
BetMGM Poker is offering new players a $25 new player bonus along with a 100% match bonus up to $600. New players can also play in the $50,000 Freeroll Invitational Tournament that will run on Sunday, April 4th. Players can access the website directly through their web browsers or they can download the BetMGM Poker mobile app.
Better still, players will be able to take part in the M life Rewards program offered by BetMGM. This allows players to earn comps for their gameplay that can be exchanged for live casino and poker room experiences MGM Resort properties. Players can use their rewards at MGM Grand Detroit or properties in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Maryland, or Mississippi.
Interstate Poker Coming Soon
For now, only players in Michigan will be able to access BetMGM Poker MI. Like most states, Michigan is ring-fencing their players to start, but soon players will have the opportunity to play interstate online poker. Interstate compacts will become legal at the end of March, allowing Michigan and New Jersey to network their sites together.
This means that players in Michigan will be able to compete at BetMGM Poker against players in New Jersey, and vice-versa. As other states legalize online poker and allow interstate compacts, BetMGM can expand its network to allow for greater liquidity amongst its players. Presently, only WSOP.com offers an interstate network connecting New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. The addition of a BetMGM Poker network will be a tremendous milestone for legalized online poker and make BetMGM a serious contender in the US online poker market.
Granted, with interstate compacts becoming legal at month’s end, there is a great chance that PokerStars could start to form its own network. If they are able to network, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, they would quickly become the largest legal and regulated online poker site in the United States.