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Online Poker Now Legal in Michigan, USA

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Posted on 26 December 2019 by "T".

Almost a year after former Gov. vetoed a similar bill, Michigan has now become the 6th State to offer online poker legally.

A week before Christmas, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 4311 on the morning of Friday, December 20, thereby making sports betting and online casino games including online poker officially legal in Michigan.

Whitmer's signature came nearly a year after former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill that could have legalized online gambling and sports betting at the latter part of 2018. He vetoed the bill due to concerns that online gambling would affect the revenue coming from the state lottery. Last year, the lottery sent $1 billion to the education sector and 7% of that was 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."

The new legislation is estimated to bring almost $20 million to the state. Revenue from online gaming and sports betting shall support the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund and the School Aid Fund.

Whitmer told local media, "My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first. Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer. This is a real bipartisan win for our state."

Also included in the bill, revenue from online gambling shall be used also to fund "road repairs and improvements, public safety programs and anti-gang and youth development projects", among others.

Now referred to as Michigan's Lawful Internet Gaming Act, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) shall be in charge to issue state-specific licenses to operators wanting to offer online games for real money within state borders.

Thanks to Whitmer's signature, Michigan has become the 5th state to legalize online casino games, 6th with legal online poker and 20th to legalize online sports betting. The Wolverine State Michigan now joins Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania as states that legally allow online poker.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have been sharing player pools for around 18 months, whereas Pennsylvania began only in November and has its own player pool within its border. West Virginia's online poker infrastructure is yet to launch.

Source:
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2019-HB-4311
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2019/12/michigan-legalizes-online-poker-36294.htm

 


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17 comments on "Online Poker Now Legal in Michigan, USA"

 bowie198426/12/2019 15:12:53 GMT
Guess this is not for offshore game providers because those won't even pay you a cent for tax let alone eight percent of all traffic so I guess the state will be licensing some local companies to provide poker rooms and softwares online for Micbigan. We'll see.
 CALICUL27/12/2019 10:11:38 GMT
It's sad to see poker tournaments and few players and USA can contribute with many gamblers in all online bets and games which are for real money. The gambling industry would grow a lot and we would have more chances to win more often. When there are many customers, you can do more good things for you.
 damosk27/12/2019 10:17:30 GMT
However the service is delivered it is a great thing for the people of Michigan for them to be able to at last play poker and gamble legally online. In today’s world it is unimaginable that some states and countries do not see fit to enable online gambling. There is such an option for making millions of dollars from it and regulating it correctly to protect the punter at the same time. The free world eh?
 CALICUL27/12/2019 11:22:23 GMT
There was a free world until the black Friday from April 15, 2011. At that time Americans were playing too much poker in full tilt, pokerstars or other rooms and they were running big sums of money. When the United States government decided that Americans should stop playing it was bad from all players.
 dule-vu27/12/2019 12:26:54 GMT
this news will change everything for all players from michigan and will allow them to play and do with their own money whatever they want!now its question who will have licence in this state for this job and will be hard for gambling companies to enter on market or they will allow to everybody!
 shaded27/12/2019 17:21:28 GMT
I dont get it why is it illegal to gamble in some stats, its so ridiculous to have to travel to other stats to play poker, even online one LOL. Michigan is 6th hopefully all of em get em eventually.Theres soo much money going in from sports betting as well, its probably much more then poker as well.
 CALICUL28/12/2019 12:05:47 GMT
Shaded, you haven't heard of Black Friday when online poker was banned in the USA? You must to read and to find out what happened and why American players they had ,,Prohibition'' to play again online games with real money.
 dule-vu28/12/2019 13:45:31 GMT
Posted by shaded:
I dont get it why is it illegal to gamble in some stats, its so ridiculous to have to travel to other stats to play poker, even online one LOL. Michigan is 6th hopefully all of em get em eventually.Theres soo much money going in from sports betting as well, its probably much more then poker as well.


because they dont like that money go from country,if this is sites that are not registered in USA and because they didnt had anything from it,I mean on taxes and they want to controle what will you do with your own money!thats why they have las vegas and there you can spend money,but they didnt want to allow people to spend money on whatever they want!
 CALICUL29/12/2019 13:25:26 GMT
In the past The United States has approved a law issued by the Republican Party that prohibits a large portion of gambling on the Internet. Initially it was a project ... and it was approved after they voted. They said that online gambling is illegal and this is it.
 bowie198429/12/2019 21:37:36 GMT
Posted by shaded:
I dont get it why is it illegal to gamble in some stats, its so ridiculous to have to travel to other stats to play poker, even online one LOL. Michigan is 6th hopefully all of em get em eventually.Theres soo much money going in from sports betting as well, its probably much more then poker as well.

Las Vegas and Atlantic City have spent a truckload of money on lobbying to keep their own monopolies on gambling in the USA.
Then came the indian casinos then some minor legalization and soon every other state will lift their ban on gambling because it's a huge income source for state budgets when the taxation part is done right.
The fun fact here is meanwhile every state had their own lottery game and scrathcard business - as if those should not be considered gambling somehow.
 CALICUL30/12/2019 13:29:03 GMT
What they did, was not nice because many people have missed the chance to make a lot of money from online poker. This means that they wanted to make a big monopoly in this casino games industry. I hope in two years all USA states to have the right and to play online.
 Mober30/12/2019 19:43:34 GMT
And the game goes back online slowly but steady in united states.
It was just a matter of time. At some point all the states will go online probably,
making the online poker gaming more popular, since the players base is gonna
increase significantly again.

 dule-vu30/12/2019 21:26:48 GMT
probably lot of time will pass till every state will allow this and will be interesting how many of them will allow poker stars and other companies in this holding to play at their states and to earn money in USA!we all know that they will earn lot of money from taxes,but still live playing in las vegas is something that americans love a lot!
 bowie198431/12/2019 13:06:39 GMT
Posted by dule-vu:
probably lot of time will pass till every state will allow this and will be interesting how many of them will allow poker stars and other companies in this holding to play at their states and to earn money in USA!

None of them will do it because Stars won't pay any cent for tax that I am sure of. If they work out a license system I could see them making some deal but otherwise gambling will be legal but only for local entities or companies who would pay their dues.
 CALICUL10/01/2020 11:01:47 GMT
Pokerstars pays licenses and i am very sure of that. Countries like Italy, Spain or France are among the first to receive fees from this poker room. Romania from 2016 where Stars Group paid until 2026. He paid for 10 years to be good to them. Things are legal in some places of Europe.
 dule-vu10/01/2020 21:09:41 GMT
Posted by bowie1984:
Posted by dule-vu:
probably lot of time will pass till every state will allow this and will be interesting how many of them will allow poker stars and other companies in this holding to play at their states and to earn money in USA!

None of them will do it because Stars won't pay any cent for tax that I am sure of. If they work out a license system I could see them making some deal but otherwise gambling will be legal but only for local entities or companies who would pay their dues.


how do you mean that poker stars wont pay any tax or if they make some deal for licence?if you remember we had news here on forum,that poker stars and other companies will make big company and that they want to come on usa marke!lot of gambling companies will make one big and they will come on their market!just cant find this news now!
 CALICUL11/01/2020 11:46:30 GMT
In the last years few states from the USA they applied and received the right to play poker online. My question is: You saw players from those places at the poker tables in some rooms? I only saw in Pokerstars someone from New Jersey but he was a professional.

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