Betting USA - Michigan saw its 2018 online gaming and sports betting efforts fall victim to the veto pen of Gov. Rick Schneider. So, state lawmakers spent most of 2019 coming up with a gaming expansion package that is amenable to the state’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer.
The legislature knocked its mulligan about six inches from the pin Tuesday morning.
Amended versions of the gaming expansion package were introduced and voted on in the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday. The new versions are believed to have the approval of all parties involved, including Gov. Whitmer.
All indications are that the matter will be wrapped before the legislature adjourns for the year on December 19, if not sooner, most likely by Wednesday.
I love when states drop the bullshit and join the 21st Century. It’s crazy online poker isn’t legalized in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and everywhere in between. Poker is as American as apple pie, and there’s no good reason it’s not legalized and regulated in our great country while the lottery, DFS, and all sorts of other gambling-type games are. So one by one states are legalizing online poker, with Michigan this week set to join New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Delaware as the only states you can play on regulated sites.
It’s such a travesty, honestly, that more states haven’t done this. If DFS could get legalized basically overnight across the nation, online poker should as well. It’s such a no-brainer- it’s extra revenue for the state, there are states that already have it that prove it’s not going to ruin the youth of America, and for fucks sake, it’s just poker! We’re not asking for legalized crack cocaine, we just want to crack open a couple brewskis and play some cards, it’s not exactly re-inventing the wheel.
The one that’s crazy is California. The state that needs additional revenue more than anyone made up something like 10% of the WORLDWIDE player pool back in the glory days of online poker. The second they legalize it, all the dominos should fall. California would be a ginormous step towards national legalization. The state is burning money every day they don’t let people play on the virtual felt, there’s just so much money to be made.
But hey, we’ll start with Michigan. Any progress is good progress. We just need these other governments to stop living in the stone ages and realize poker ain’t the devil.
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And if you are going to jump into the poker streets, make sure to first listen to the latest episode of Cracking Aces where we give a ton of advice and tips on how to get better at tournament poker. We answer a bunch of listener’s questions. Topics include bet sizing, playing in and out of position, when to play aggressive, shove/folding, table dynamics, live tells, and much more. It’s a super informative episode of the podcast. Anyone who dabbles in tournaments but finds themselves frustrated at times will definitely learn a thing or two from this episode. The guy I do the show with, Jake Toole, is a professional poker player who lives in New Jersey who just crushes the online games there, and then occasionally goes to play a live tournament and crushes those as well. He also finished 34th in the 2015 WSOP Main Event.
On past episodes we’ve had on the biggest names in poker including Daniel Negreanu (twice), Chris Moneymaker, Maria Ho, Greg Merson, Jeff Gross, Nick Schulman, Fedor Holz, and many more. We also always have hand advice, poker tips, and much more. Check it out and leave that 5 star review!