Michigan Online Poker Guide 2021


Is Michigan Online Poker Legal?

Along with other forms of online gambling, the Michigan online poker industry launched in 2021. The first poker app, PokerStars Michigan launched in January 2021. BetMGM Poker should be launching in early to mid-2021.

Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 4331 into law, which permits various types of online gambling in the state. Online gambling will include sports betting, online casinos, and online poker. Michigan joins only a handful of other states to permit all three forms of online gambling.

When Did Michigan Online Poker Launch?

Online poker launched on January 29 when Michigan unveiled online gaming. Players can participate in Michigan via poker apps from licensed operators.

Will Michigan Join Interstate Poker Pools?

It is unclear whether Michigan will join interstate poker pools at this point, although it is looking more likely every day.

When the Michigan gambling bill became law, the bill did not specifically allow Michigan poker players to join in multi-state poker player pools. This would allow Michigan players the chance to play poker online against players in Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

In December 2020, though, the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee approved a bill to allow Michigan to enter into these interstate player pools – a real step forward for Michigan poker players. Gov. Whitmer signed State Senate Bill 0991 at the end of 2020. The bill hopefully will become law by the end of March paving the way for Michigan poker players to join in an interstate poker pool.

Which States Offer Live Poker Online?

Only Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania currently allow live dealer online poker in the United States. It’s unclear if the Michigan Gaming Control Board will issue licenses to casinos that wish to offer online poker with live dealers.

Types Of Games At Michigan Online Poker Sites

The most popular poker games are:

  • Texas Hold’emThe most popular poker game on every online poker website, because it’s easy to learn and fun to play.
  • OmahaA pot-limit game that plays much like Texas Hold’em except the player gets four hole cards and must use two.
  • 7-Card StudA classic, this game is still immensely popular with poker players.
  • 5-Card DrawNo one knows where you’re going in this game where players receive all of their cards face down.
  • BadugiA newer game compared to others, Badugi is a challenging game that pops up on some of the online poker sites. 
  • RazzCan you make the lowest hand at the table? If you like such a challenge, Razz is your game.
  • Chinese PokerEasy to learn and entertaining because of its unusual twist to the rules.
  • Short DeckWith a short deck (hence the name!), this game is fun and popular with online tournaments. 

Online Poker Sites In Michigan

Thus far, one online poker app is live in Michigan, with one more being announced to launch in 2021.

PokerStars Michigan

The largest online poker cardroom, PokerStars launched in Michigan on January 29, 2021. Formally only available in Nevada and New Jersey, PokerStars launched in Michigan through a partnership with Odawa Casino Resort. 

Poker players can find cash games, tournaments, and sit & gos from the micro stakes all the way up to high-stakes action at PokerStars MI. Much like the international PokerStars client, the Michigan version of the platform features several poker variants, including No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud, mixed games, and draw games.

BetMGM Poker

Michigan poker players will have access to a second poker app in 2021. BetMGM Poker Michigan is backed by the MGM brand name and using partypoker software. Partypoker is an international brand that also operates in New Jersey.


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) online cardroom and mobile app have millions of players and is very popular with new, younger players. WSOP is currently operating in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. WSOP is the only online poker site that pools players from those three states. Although no partnership has been announced for WSOP Michigan, it is likely the app will launch eventually in the state.

How Can I Play Poker Online In Michigan

Michigan law permits online poker to be played via websites or mobile apps. In the near future, Michigan players should be able to play in multi-state player pools. 

Now that online poker apps are available to Michigan players, users will be able to compare them to make a decision on which one they want to use. These sites offer a registration, which typically requires a state-issued identification card.

Please note: you must be 21 years of age to play online poker in Michigan.  

Deposit And Cashout Methods At Online Poker Sites

Players can deposit money to play online poker in Michigan via these methods:

  1. Credit cards
  2. Debit cards
  3. Bank or wire transfers
  4. Online payment services such as PayPal
  5. Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin

The easiest form of transfer is a credit card, which typically offers immediate funds transfer. Some bank credit cards may block deposits to online gambling sites, though. This makes PayPal a great alternative to credit card transactions.

Players redeem winnings from online poker via bank transfer, PayPal, or cryptocurrency. In some cases, large sums may be payable only via wire transfer or check. Please consult the specific poker sites for details.

Types Of Bonuses Available On Online Poker Sites In Michigan

Most online poker sites and apps will offer some free chips to new players. You will also be enticed by playing bonuses.

Deposit-Match Bonuses

An online poker room may offer a bonus when new players register and deposit money. The amount matched typically ranges between 50 and 300 percent of the deposit. 

Free-Play Bonuses

A free-play bonus is designed to incentivize a poker player and to reward a player for playing. The site will give a free play or a number of chips to ensure the player can play for a period of time for free. 

Freerolls And Freeroll Tournament Poker

With a freeroll bonus, the site awards free “money” to a player to play in a special game or tournament. This money has a “point” value rather than a strict dollar value. As a result, players can cash in their points for money that they can use to play real online poker. 

Online Poker In Michigan FAQs

Is online poker legal in Michigan?

Yes, Governor Whitman signed the Michigan gaming bill into law on December 20, 2019. This bill legalized online poker along with online casinos and online sports bettingMichigan became the sixth state to legalize online poker.

“The agency cannot license casinos nor applicants that will support their online betting operations until the administrative rules are promulgated,” said Mary Kay Bean, on behalf of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. “We will share applicants’ names after we’ve completed vetting them and are ready to seek licensing approval from the five-member board. 

The first Michigan online poker app launched in January 2021. More are soon to follow.

How old do I need to be to play poker online in Michigan?

You must be 21 years of age to play online poker in Michigan.

Will Michigan share in online poker player pools with other states?

Most likely. The original bill did not specifically allow for cooperative online poker pools with other states. However, Michigan legislators have indicated that the omission was intended to guard Michigan against taking part in multi-state progressive slot jackpots.

Gov. Whitmer signed a bill that would allow Michigan poker players to join interstate player pools. It looks hopeful this could happen before mid 2021.

Is my money safe at online poker sites in Michigan?

Yes, as long as you make sure you register and play poker only at legal gambling sites that have been approved by the state of Michigan. 

Only the 23 tribal casinos and the three commercial casinos located in Detroit may apply for and operate an online poker license. Casinos are required to pay a $50,000 application fee, a $100,000 initial licensing fee, and $50,000 annually to renew.

All of the online poker sites in Michigan are licensed and regulated by the MGCB to ensure your money is safe. 

Does PokerStars have a site in Michigan?

Yes. The PokerStars Michigan App launched on January 29, 2021 in partnership with Odawa Casino.   

Can I play poker with DraftKings in Michigan? 

No. DraftKings doesn’t offer online poker in Michigan, although Michigan bettors can use their online casino to play video poker, slots, and other table games.