Michigan and New Jersey PokerStars players can join the same games on Jan. 1, the company announced on Twitter this morning.
Shared liquidity will go live at that time.
What that means is Michigan and New Jersey PokerStars players will have larger player pools and larger payouts.
@PokerStarsUSA said it a bit more simply at 9:56 a.m. today:
New Jersey and Michigan. Game on.
US online poker is available in Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It’s also legal in Connecticut and West Virginia, but no legal operators offer it there yet.
MSIGA Made It Possible
Michigan and New Jersey PokerStars players will likely outnumber the current WSOP multi-state options. WSOP‘s shared traffic is between Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey online poker players.
Even though WSOP is active in Michigan and the state joined the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) on April 6, PokerStars was the first site to jump on the opportunity.
It also helped that on Sept. 15, operators no longer had to worry about the 2018 interpretation of the Wire Act. Until that day, when the US District Court District of Rhode Island decided in favor of the US online casino and poker operators and vendors, the online gambling industry was concerned about prosecution if it transmitted bettor data across state borders.
Michigan and New Jersey PokerStars Players Are Excited
PokerStars players took to Twitter today to respond to the news.
@PokerStarsUSA wrote about the Jan. 1 united online poker player pool:
New Year’s Day Shared Liquidity Special Tournaments
6pm: 💵 $100 buyin 💰 $100k GTD
6:30pm: 💵 $10 buyin 💰 $50k GTD
Some of the immediate player responses were disappointment that Nevada and Pennsylvania players weren’t included in the change. PokerStars isn’t live in Nevada and Pennsylvania hasn’t yet been added to MSIGA.
Tournament Registration Is Tuesday
Michigan and New Jersey PokerStars players can register for the New Year’s Day tournaments beginning on Tuesday.
PokerStars wrote in a blog post:
To celebrate the coming together of Michigan and New Jersey tables, and to ring in the New Year in style, we’re inviting players to kick off the shared action with two special tournaments, with a total of $150,000 guaranteed.
On January 1, 2023, at 18:00 ET, PokerStars will have its debut Michigan and New Jersey online tournament with a buy-in of $100, and $100,000 on the line.
We’re following that up with a special $50,000 guaranteed tournament.
This will have a buy-in of only $10, starting at 18:30 ET. That should provide a lot of New Year value for players taking part.
And you can register for both events from Tuesday December 27.
PokerStars promises players that this will be the beginning of “more choice, more tournaments, more players, and bigger prizes” for Michigan and New Jersey players.
Also, the site asserts the Dec. 12 to 13 site maintenance that made this union possible also made the lobby more user-friendly.