Debuts in Michigan, Giving Online Poker Players Another Option Debuts in Michigan, Giving Online Poker Players Another Option
By Howard Gensler

Michigan online poker players have upped their hands from a pair to three of a kind.

The World Series of Poker announced Monday that is now live in the state, joining BetMGM Michigan and PokerStars. For WSOP, Michigan becomes the fourth state where it deals, joining Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada. Michigan will feature live-action games such as No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, according to a news release. There will also be a full slate of daily guaranteed tournaments for Michigan gambling, access to gold bracelet events in Las Vegas, and BLAST Poker, where players have a chance to win up to 10,000 times their buy-in.

Local Poker Ambassador

In addition, the site has named Michigan resident Joe Cada as its local poker ambassador. Cada was the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion and is offering a $1,000 bonus to any Michigan resident who can outlast Cada in the 2022 Main Event.

“It’s go time in Michigan,” Cada said in the release. “I know a lot of local players are excited that is finally live in the state and I’m personally looking forward to getting to know all of the great poker players at tournaments and online events soon. Game on!”

Caesars Entertainment, which owns WSOP, apologized for the delay of its Michigan launch.

“With two world champions coming out of this state, Michigan is a special market for the WSOP,” said Ty Stewart, SVP of the World Series of Poker at Caesars. “We’re sorry it’s taken so long, but is ready to make up for our late entry with industry-leading promotions, the biggest weekly tournaments, and player appreciation benefits like freerolls to the Main Event in Las Vegas.”

Special Offer in Michigan

To commemorate the Michigan launch, offers players, upon registration, $50 free with $25 immediately playable and $25 upon first deposit. Players can also claim a deposit match up to $1,000 and receive access to welcome week freerolls after making their first deposit.

After that, the sky’s the limit. The World Series of Poker has awarded more than $3.5 billion in prize money since its inception. It’s also the longest-running poker tournament in the world, dating to 1970. In 2021, the event attracted 127,075 entrants to Las Vegas and awarded more than $237 million in prize money.

For now, online poker players in Michigan can only play with other online Michiganders, as the state works on an interstate poker agreement. But expect that to change in the future, opening up online poker games to players in multiple states.



Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Michigan sports betting market for Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of

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