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This week the Michigan Senate approved a bill that would allow for interstate online gambling, allowing Michigan players to participate in games with the likes of punters from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states.
The bill is formally known as Senate Bill 0991 and was introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. in June. It passed through the senate with a 36-1 margin, and will move on the the Michigan House, where it will be debated by the Committee on Regulatory Reform. From there, it will go before the House for a debate and full vote. If approved, it would head to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's desk where she can sign it into law or veto the measure.
Michigan legalized online gambling and sportsbetting last year after Whitmer signed the bill into law. Online betting was also passed in 2018, but then-governor Rick Snyder vetoed the measure, despite widespread support for the bill.
Interstate betting would increase poker player pool size, which in turn helps each participating state generate tax revenues while ensuring that online poker remains viable for operators.
We'll be following this story and will update readers as we learn more.