Michigan Poker

Poker players in the state Michigan have a good number of options for playing live cash-games and poker tournaments both in land-based card rooms and online.

Live Poker in Michigan

The state currently has 11 live-poker venues, three of which have enough seating to comfortable run a medium sized poker tournament.

Michigan Poker Rooms
Poker Tables Casino Name City State Owner(s)
18Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Mount Pleasant Michigan Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
17MGM Grand Detroit Detroit Michigan MGM Resorts International
17MotorCity Casino & Hotel Detroit Michigan IH Gaming (Detroit Entertainment, LLC)
14Gun Lake Casino Wayland Michigan Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi
13FireKeepers Casino Hotel Battle Creek Michigan Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
12Greektown Casino Hotel Detroit Michigan JACK Entertainment LLC
6Island Resort Casino Harris Michigan Hannahville Indian Community (Band of Potawatomi)
6Odawa Casino Resort Petoskey Michigan Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
4Bay Mills Resort & Casino Brimley Michigan Bay Mills Indian Community
3Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
3Joey Armadillo's Niles Michigan

Legal & Regulated Online Poker In Michigan

One of a handful of states with a regulated online poker market – legal online poker sites & apps are live and available, offering legal online poker to Michigan residents.

On December 20, 2019, Michigan became just the 6th state in the U.S to legalize & regulate online poker.

The bill which became law was “the Lawful Internet Gaming Act” – HB.4311 (2019) updated bill (2021) here.

Brands offering legal real-money poker games in the state currently include include Pokerstars Michigan (in partnership with Odawa Casino Resort), BetMGM and WSOP.com.

The state is currently exploring interstate gambling – which would provide additional liquidity to the poker sites in the state by sharing players with other states in the ‘pool’.

In order to play poker online in Michigan, players need to be physically present in the state so that geolocation systems can verify you are playing poker only within the licensed jurisdiction.

Who regulates poker in Michigan?

The Michigan Gaming Control Board is responsible for licensing and regulating the gambling industry in the state of Michigan, ensuring that poker sites and casinos offer fair & transparent service to customers in the state. Phone: 313-456-4100, or Email: [email protected].

A Michigan Poker license requires an application fee of $50,000 and the license fee is $100,000 following approval and $50,000 annually.

The definition of “illegal gambling” according to Michigan laws:

Illegal gambling: Any person or his or her agent or employee who, directly or indirectly, takes, receives, or accepts from any person any money or valuable thing with the agreement, understanding or allegation that any money or valuable thing will be paid or delivered to any person where the payment or delivery is alleged to be or will be contingent upon the result of any race, contest, or game or upon the happening of any event not known by the parties to be certain.

Note that in the state it is illegal to offer gambling to consumers without holding the proper license in Michigan. Section 432.218 of the bill makes it a felony to run a gambling operation where wagering is used or to be used without a license issued by the board.

Taxes for Poker players in Michigan

Poker players are required to pay state and federal taxes on their poker winnings in the state of Michigan. Federal tax is 25% and state tax is be 4.25%. Any poker winnings of $5,000+ will be subject to increased oversight. However, anything below that threshold will be your responsibility to document in your tax returns.