February 23, 2021
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Michigan poker players flocked to PokerStars, making the state’s online poker activity among the largest in the US today.
PokerScout, which measures online poker traffic, reports that PokerStars in Michigan has an average of 500 concurrent cash game players, outperforming the 400 players averaged by PokerStars in Pennsylvania. The WSOP triumvirate of Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey, which has interstate compacts, has only 230 players combined on average. (PokerStars’ New Jersey operations manage an average of 130 players).
Michigan Poker Players Flock To New Website
Although Pennsylvania has a larger population than Michigan – 13 to 10 million – its online poker operations show fewer players. Novelty could certainly be a factor as the Wolverine State games have only been running for two weeks. Pennsylvania residents have been able to play for about a year. PokerStars Michigan ranks 15th worldwide in online traffic, according to PokerScout.
In comparison, the international version of PokerStars serves an average of 8,400 players simultaneously.
PokerStars was so successful in Michigan that it decided to host a Michigan Championship of Online Poker, a version of its tournament series of the same name. MICOOP started on Saturday and features 60 events with guaranteed prize pools of more than $ 1 million.
PokerStars has partnered with FOX Bet to also offer a sports betting and online casino in the state.
FOX Bet CEO Kip Levin told Cards Chat he was happy with the response to the Michigan launch.
“As the only online poker company in Michigan, we see a great deal of excitement for poker as well as casino and sports,” he said.
A PokerStars spokesperson told Cards Chat that when the site launched, the site found a happy table banter in the chat boxes, an indication of poker-hungry players who have not been legally online in their state for a decade could.
The competition comes in Michigan
PokerStars may enjoy Michigan exclusivity right now, but it won’t last.
Another online poker room was due to open in the state soon. BetMGM has been licensed to offer online games, including poker, in Michigan, although a launch date has not yet been announced. 888 is awaiting approval from Michigan gambling regulators.
When BetMGM launches, Michigan will be only the second state after New Jersey to offer its residents multiple online poker sites.
Johnny Kampis – the author of “The Essential Guide to Vegas during the World Series of Poker” and “Vegas or Bust: A Family Man Takes Over the Poker Pros” – has been doing the summer trek from Alabama to Las Vegas since 2004 when he’s not playing poker he is a professional journalist who has written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org, and many others. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and is a member of the FCC Media Advisory Council.
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