We are anticipating a very successful launch in Michigan. We have continued to see our market share grow over the last few months in Pennsylvania. WSOP has officially launched regulated online poker in Michigan — its fourth state in the US.
At exactly 10 AM EST, WSOP MI dealt its first online poker real money hand, ending the long wait of Michigan poker players who had been longing for WSOP-branded games for years.
The launch is accompanied by an aggressive marketing push with the aim of helping grow the market and grab market shares from the two existing online poker operators — PokerStars MI and BetMGM MI.
To encourage new sign-ups, WSOP MI is offering new players some generous welcome bonuses — including a $25 free play for simply registering, an additional $25 on their first deposit, and then a 100% deposit bonus match on their first deposit, up to $1000. Be sure to use bonus code
FUSEBONUS50 when signing up to take full advantage of these great welcome offers.
Furthermore, players are also being welcomed with a barrage of freerolls — Depositor Freerolls offering up to $100,000 in prize money, Welcome Week Freerolls running every day, and a WSOP Main Event Freeroll, offering a seat to the $10,000 iconic tournament at the WSOP 2022 live series in Las Vegas.
A Michigan-Exclusive Online Circuit Series is also on the horizon, with 12 rings for grabs, starting April 20. No online bracelet series has been announced yet but one is expected to run in the summer.
“We are anticipating a very successful launch in Michigan,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director to pokerfuse. “We have continued to see our market share grow over the last few months in Pennsylvania. We’ll adapt many of our same promotional strategies.”
“We look forward to welcoming Michigan players to our platform and providing them with some of the biggest guaranteed tournaments, exclusive WSOP Main Event Seat Satellites, and a generous loyalty program,” Stewart added.
The WSOP MI site is live with a full spread of online poker offerings, and a wide range of stakes available at cash games, spin and gos, tournaments, and BLAST — the operator’s lottery sit and go product.
Already, the operator has deployed some ambitious guaranteed tournaments for the first Sunday — including a $50,000 Big WSOP Sunday, a $30,000 Sunday Special, and a $25,000 Sunday PKO tournament.
Satellites to WSOP 2022 have also been deployed with buy-ins starting at just $10.
As is the case in Pennsylvania, WSOP MI is powered by 888poker’s next-gen software Poker 8. The version of the software represents a significant upgrade in terms of layout and ease of use. The new software supports portrait mode, allows players to play up to four tables simultaneously, Omaha games can be played on the mobile app, access to multi-day tournaments, new graphics and avatars, and a whole lot more.
As was expected, WSOP MI has launched under closed liquidity and does not currently share its player pool with other US states where the operator is active. But this is expected to change soon as Michigan has applied to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA), which would allow WSOP and other operators to connect their player pools in Michigan with the other three states that are already part of the pact — Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey.
WSOP MI’s launch has been in the cards for at least a year and was slated to go live soon after the operator’s launch in Pennsylvania last summer, but for some reason, this was delayed. With the launch of WSOP MI, the regulated Michigan online poker market now has three operators, bringing it in line with Pennsylvania, which also has three different online poker providers.
WSOP joins PokerStars and BetMGM — both of which have been operating in the market for over a year. In fact, BetMGM completed its first year of operations last week and PokerStars’ fourteen months.
The Michigan online poker market is certainly expected to see increased competition as WSOP is one of the big operators and it has shown to be a formidable opponent. In Pennsylvania, it managed to carve out a large market share from both BetMGM and PokerStars.
If Michigan joins the interstate compact, WSOP would be the biggest benefactor as it already runs cross-state shared liquidity in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. Michigan joining the pact would allow it to run a four-state cross-border poker network.
It is notable that WSOP MI opted (or has been approved) to go live just days after Michigan’s state regulator the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) increased efforts in joining the MSIGA.
Recently, it sent guidelines to operators, outlining the potential tasks and considerations that operators and platform providers must take before the state approves interstate poker. While no timeframe has been provided on when can Michigan join the agreement, pokerfuse expects that Michigan will be part of the compact by the end of the year.
This would be a significant development in the US regulated online poker market, as it would incite other states to join the pact as well, including Pennsylvania and smaller states like West Virginia and Connecticut.
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