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Lawmakers in Michigan this week advanced a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling within state borders, as a measure passed through the House with a 68-40 margin.
The bill would require gamblers to be 21 or older, with gambling operators facing an 8% tax on the activity. Games allowed would encompass titles on offer at casinos, including slots, table games, and video poker. The Michigan Gaming Control Board would also be able to legalize sportsbetting in the bill, which could then potentially be offered online as well as at brick and mortar casinos. Michigan has a population comparable to New Jersey, making it potentially a very profitable destination for online betting.
Commenting on the advancement, bill sponsor Brandt Iden said, "It will allow internet gaming as it relates to all of the currently allowed games in a brick-and-mortar casino, that'd be poker, roulette, blackjack, craps."
Relating to sportsbetting Brandt said, "The gaming commission is looking for the Legislature to take the initial step. They believe they have the parameters to do it, but one of the things we need to set up is that tax rate."
The bill will now move to the Senate where it will be voted on this fall. If it advances there, it will move to the desk of Governor Rick Snyder, who can sign the bill into law.