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Online Poker Likely to Be Legalized in Michigan within this Week

Tags: Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan, Rick Snyder, USA.
Posted on 12 December 2019 by "T".

Possibly within this week, Michigan is gearing up to legalize online poker, and before the holidays it is set to come true. Last year, Michigan wasn't able to make online poker legal due to a last-minute veto from the governor.

This year however, the state is giving online gaming another try, and local media outlets confirm that there is a high chance it will be passed this time.

On December 2018, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed the bill as one of his final moves as governor because he believes it would affect online lottery sales. The lottery was a resource of $1B worth of school funding, and 7% of that revenue came from online sales.

Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who replaced Snyder, also shared the same sentiments as her predecessor when online gaming bills were re-introduced back in March. She reasoned that the 8% tax rate proposed by the legislation by Republican Rep. Brandt Iden was very low to offset any potential losses to the public education system. Whitmer wanted a 40% tax rate.

The possibility of the passage of the gaming bill for most of this year was bleak due to the rift between Iden and the current administration. However, Democratic Sen. Curtis Hertel stepped in to help out with the negotiations, helped construct a tiered tax structure for operators. Tax tiers start at a 20% rate on less than $4M in revenue, whereas the biggest earners shall be paying up to 28% if their gambling revenue exceeds $12M.

With neighboring states like Indiana and Illinois having already made the move to pass sports betting bills, Iden feels that now is the time for their state to join the online gaming bandwagon. He told local media, "If we don't do something to make sure that we are competitive in that marketplace, we are going to lose out. The longer we delay on this frankly is another day that we miss out on a dollar."

Hertel believes that the legislation shall pass through the Senate this week. It already passed the House Ways and Means Committee back in October. He even assured the media that he believes Gov. Whitmer would sign the bill before Christmas.

If it passes, the Lawful Internet Gaming Act would permit both tribal and commercial casino operators to offer online casino table games and online poker. Casinos are allowed to offer one brand for its online poker room and a separate brand for its other games, or maintain a single site for their whole operation. Aside from online poker and casino, sports betting would also be legalized.

Online operators that currently do not have a land-based partner, which is usually the case with several major online poker rooms, are required to team-up with an existing casino for them to be allowed to operate in Michigan. Obtaining a license would cost $100,000 initially and then would have a $50,000 annual renewal fee.

As of this time, Michigan has 3 commercial casinos in Detroit and 24 tribal casinos scattered across the state.

Once Michigan legalizes online poker, it shall become the 5th state to do so, alongside Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.



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10 comments on "Online Poker Likely to Be Legalized in Michigan within this Week"

 dule-vu12/12/2019 11:13:35 GMT
more and more states will bring gambling again and they ofcourse look everything by taxes and how much they will earn!its ofcourse main thing why they will back gambling and they see now how much they can get from it and then to invest in community!
 godoy13/12/2019 00:51:32 GMT

what to say about that a lot because the cradle of poker returning the US into the sport that even any child knows how to play because the culture of American poker is undoubtedly a root thing so I just have to be happy about it
 Nightkid13/12/2019 10:00:51 GMT
Well that is not uncommon to see since this type of thing leaves a lot of money and I think that when they want it to be more legal, more people play it as it happens with other things in several countries, but well I hope that those who live there is good news for the vicious hahaha Cool Cool Cool
 dule-vu13/12/2019 12:12:57 GMT
after many years they see their chance to take money from people and they see that other countries in world earn so much from taxes and other things in gambling and why they will miss that chance!so now every state slowly give change to gambling and they will give people this!
 CALICUL13/12/2019 14:45:36 GMT
I wish for players from all the united states of america to receive the acceptance. to play poker with peoples from all continents or at least those from Europe and other parts of the world. I remember with pleasure when they were playing before Black Friday. It is good because we will have more tables and prizes as well.
 GIRFIED26/12/2019 01:14:07 GMT
That Online poker returns to the US, is not simply a dream, but a very close reality, if US enters the world of online poker again would be one of the best things that could happen, because it would be very beneficial news for the ecosystem of poker when entering a giant like the US, and initiatives like this brings us one step closer to this achievement.

If Michigan manages to legalize online poker, it will become the fifth state to do so, along with Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. I hope everything stays that way.
 CALICUL26/12/2019 08:46:29 GMT
There are now 7-8 states in America that have legalized online poker but unfortunately i didn't see them at the tables. I don't know in which rooms they play, but probably pokerstars, 888 poker, unibet or netbet are not licensed for them and i only play there.
 dule-vu26/12/2019 10:14:47 GMT
when they allow poker stars and other companies to enter on market,as we already had news here on forum,they will expand in whole country and they we will see potential that they have as country and as players!I think that this will be country that will have most profit for poker stars and other companies in that consortium!
 bowie198426/12/2019 15:16:28 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
I don't know in which rooms they play, but probably pokerstars, 888 poker, unibet or netbet are not licensed for them and i only play there.

Letting them back to Pokerstars won't benefit the budgets of these states because 'stars won't play tax on them to anybody anyway, I am not even sure if they would pay for a local license. But getting americans back to online poker would do good for the traffic in many rooms tbh.
 CALICUL27/12/2019 11:41:36 GMT
Believe me, Pokerstars is like a jackal who walks and he looking for food. They do not have a problem in paying the license, because the USA is a very big market. They pay the license for Romania from 2016 until 2026 and for a country like united states, they will do anything.

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