Michigan Online Poker | Michigan Poker Rooms
Online poker's "Black Friday" delivered a huge blow to the online poker community. On this Friday, April 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment against the founders of Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Pokerstars, the three leading poker sites in the world. Because of this, these poker sites have blocked U.S. based players from playing.
These current legal issues have left many online poker players scrambling for answers. Many people lost their only means of income and have large sums of money that they are unable to access. Fortunately, a statement was released stating that the sites will be allowed to process withdrawals soon. Although this solves one of the many problems caused by the legal issues, players are still looking for answers to the future of online poker in the US and what they can do, in the mean time, while this question is answered.
At this point, no one is sure what the future holds for online poker. Will US players be barred from playing forever? Will online poker recover, just like they did after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006? One option, though, is state-by-state regulation of online poker. If this happens, Michigan online poker is a possibility.
Unlike other states, Michigan has not exactly been on the news regarding online poker. Before Black Friday, there had been no attempts to regulate or Michigan online poker players. The state itself allows gambling and has many casinos across the state. Detroit has some of the bigger name casinos, such as MGM Grand and Greektown. Because of this, these casinos could possibly oppose Michigan online poker regulation, as it could see a decrease in customers. If regulated Michigan online poker were to allow a free market, however, these casinos could start their own sites, increasing profits.
What will happen to online poker in the future? Only time will tell. State-by-state regulation of the game is just one of many predictions as poker players look for a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.