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Online Poker to be Legalized in Michigan

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Dec/21/2018

While those residing in Michigan have long been able to play online with international sites the likes of Americas Cardroom, now the state is looking to operate its own Web card rooms with the passage of a new law.


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The bill, H 4926, introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden in September 2017, passed the Michigan State Senate by a 33-5 vote and in the Michigan House of Representatives fpassed by a 71-35 margin.

Outgoing Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law by next week though the holidays could interfere and there are only a few days left in the calendar year.

“I’ve spoken to him directly, I’ve spoken to his chief of staff, I’ve spoken to the person who cleans the floors in his office,” Kowall said of Snyder. “Everyone has said he is probably going to sign it. I’m optimistic that he’ll sign the bill, especially with Pennsylvania having gone in that direction.”

The Michigan Gaming Control Board would oversee any operation of online poker sites in the state.

Michigan would become the first state to legalize internet poker.  New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and Pennsylvania already offer Web poker with varying results.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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