PokerStars Becomes First Site to Launch in Michigan; FOX Bet and Stars Casino Also Go Live

PokerStars officially launched in Michigan on Jan. 29.

A week after online gaming went live in Michigan, on Friday PokerStars became the first online poker site to launch in the state.

Along with PokerStars, the site’s sister brand FOX Bet also went live with sports betting and Stars Casino gaming. For poker players, the launch means the fifth legal, regulated state in the US.

PokerStars brings world-class gaming product to Michigan players

As the world’s largest and most popular online poker product, players in Michigan can now jump in the action at PokerStars. The company remains the only operator in Pennsylvania and also operates in New Jersey.

All three sites are “fenced-in” markets, meaning players only play others within each state. For example, players in Michigan can only play others within the state.

However, a recent federal court ruling could pave the way for interstate gaming compacts. The case clarified the Wire Act only applies to sports betting, making iGaming shared liquidity a possibility.

Michiganders now have access to PokerStars cash games, daily tournaments, and popular regular festivals like COOP-branded (Championship of Online Poker) series. It’s a good bet a Michigan COOP is already in the works.

PokerStars is recognized in the industry for its technology, security, and excellent software experience. From fast-paced cash games to major Sunday tournaments, real and play money games are available around the clock.

The company has dealt more than 200 billion hands and hosted more than 1.85 billion poker tournaments globally. The brand also connects customers to their local poker community of players and friends through app features like “Home Games.”

Players in Michigan can now take advantage of their own PokerStars platform as well.

PokerStars, FOX Bet launch also includes other gaming options

Along with the launch of PokerStars’ award-winning platform, the announcement includes other gaming options. The FOX Bet Sportsbook and Stars Casino round out a powerful gaming Michigan trifecta.

At Stars Casino, players will find numerous real money online gaming options beginning Friday. That includes sports betting, poker, blackjack, and more.

The in-app experience and shared wallet provides a seamless transition between differing gaming modes.

“The key differentiators for us have always been our valued partnership with the FOX Corporation and the strength of our industry leading FOX Bet Super 6 product combined with the PokerStars business and we plan to lean into these unique assets as we launch in Michigan,” FOX Bet CEO Kip Levin said in a news release.

“Behind FOX Bet Sportsbook, PokerStars, and Stars Casino, customers create one account for all three apps, unlocking a wide variety of exciting and entertaining options to supercharge the experience for our Michigan audience.”

FOX Bet Sportsbook offers traditional bets as well as in-play and futures wagering opportunities. Bettors will find a wide range of sports betting markets on national and international events.

Michigan marks the fourth state for FOX Bet, which is also available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Colorado. As in Pennsylvania, FOX Bet Michigan will leverage poker and activate a strong local FOX presence in the state.

These online gaming brands have an agreement with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority for  market access in the State of Michigan.