History of Michigan poker
The state of Michigan has a good history with online poker games and gambling, to be general. It represents one of the most liberal states discussing online gambling in America. But it still had its fair share of problems.
The Michigan state lottery was the first official gambling (party) to expand its services online. In 2014, the state allowed its lottery to start selling tickets online. Little wonder that by mid-2015, the site was already selling 300,000 tickets daily.
Despite this being a good outlook, the prospect of legalizing online gambling in the state still looked bleak. In 2016, a Michigan senator looked to follow the tracks of the state lottery by introducing the Lawful Internet Gaming Act. Unfortunately, the bill didn't even pass the committee stage and never went beyond the legislature.
In 2018 again, a different bill aiming to legalize online gambling in the state was redrafted by the then Governor, Rick Snyder, who withheld his assent to the bill. This was a major setback. However, the resolve of the Michigan proponents was strong, and a year later, their efforts eventually paid off.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer finally legalized online gambling in 2019. But it wasn't until 2021 that online gambling in Michigan became active. The legalization and Governor's assent provide legitimacy for online casinos, sports betting, and online poker in Michigan.