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How to Play Online Poker in Michigan

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Michigan is one of the most poker friendly states in the US. You can participate in home games, play poker online and play live in brick and mortar casinos. We can only hope that in the near future other states follow “The Wolverine State’s” lead.

For the finer details on the legality of poker in Michigan, please read on.

** Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to know the laws in your state. Use of this article is at your own risk.**

Home Poker Games in Michigan State

Hosting and participating in home poker games is legal in Michigan State. That being said, there are a couple of provisions.

The first one is that you cannot make any money from the game. You can’t charge people to enter your home to play. You also cannot rake the pot. Failure to comply with this rule will land you a fine of up to $100k and up to 10 years in prison.

The second provision is that players under the age of 21 cannot play. You are responsible for this if you’re running a home game. If you’re caught with players that are underage, you may face the consequence of up to a year in jail and/or up to a $10k fine. So it should go without saying that it’s well worth your time to card everyone who comes through your door.

Something also worth noting is that cheating in home poker games is not prohibited — the law only applies to games of chance. However, it’s probably worth your time to look into this further to see if you’re covered in any other way.

Playing Online Poker in Michigan

Online poker also seems to be legal in Michigan. Once again, the only “if” to this is if you were trying to run a poker room for profit. But chances are that this won’t apply to 99% of you.

If you’re interested in playing poker online, we suggest playing at www.LockPoker.com. They have a large 200% deposit bonus up to $1,200, plenty of traffic, and are USA friendly. Lock also has several deposit options which is very important to players in the US, regardless of the legality of poker in your state. For more details, you can read our Lock review.

Live Casino Poker in Michigan

Michigan has several brick and mortar casinos, almost all of which offer live poker. Here is a partial list of casinos and the games they offer.

  • Bay Mills: The Bays Mills Casino offers dealer’s choice, stud, omaha and holdem. Stakes range from $2/$5 to $10/$20 for limit and only $1/$2 is offered for no limit.
  • Island Resort & Casino: At Island Resort & Casino, you’ll find primarily holdem tournaments. What stands out to me is that they offer a $35 WSOP ME super satellite.
  • Greek Town Casino: The Greek Town Casino offers holdem and omaha tournaments and cash games. Stakes are $1/$2 up to $5/$10 for cash and up to $340 for tournaments.
  • Motor City Casino: Motor City spreads $10/$20 up to $20/$40 limit holdem and $50-$200 up to $500/no max no limit holdem.
  • Soaring Eagle Casino: Soaring Eagle has both cash games and tournaments where you can play holdem, omaha, stud, crazy pineapple and mixed games. They also have SNGs and bad beat jackpots. Soaring Eagle is also a part of the Heartland Poker Tour.

These are only 5 of the several casinos offering live poker. As you can see, you have plenty of choices when it comes to playing poker in Michigan State.

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Written by Matt Geer

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