It’s possible that gamers in New Jersey and Michigan won’t mind waiting a few days for server maintenance if it means that something huge is coming shortly. Shared liquidity is almost here, yet it’s not even been publicly announced yet.
Michigan’s First MSIGA Licensee Is PokerStars
On December 9th, PokerStars stated that its New Jersey and Michigan sites will be down for two days, on December 12th and 13th. As part of a “major overhaul of the site,” PokerStars USA will be doing server maintenance that will impact all three of its key services: poker, casino, and sports betting. The maintenance is necessary in preparation for the two states to share money.
By combining their player bases, Michigan and New Jersey will provide a more level playing field for athletes from both states. To “provide more games, greater prize pools & guarantees in poker events,” in which players from both states may participate, PokerStars USA said, the maintenance was performed.
Servers are expected to be completely functional by December 14; PokerStars USA will tweet when this occurs. It was not made clear when maintenance would be finished, but many people believe that it will take at least a few days before the process of distributing liquidity will be fully operational again.
In May, Michigan became the latest state to formally ratify the Multi-State Internet Gambling Agreement (MSIGA), which makes player pool pooling feasible by allowing states to negotiate their own individual laws regulating online gambling.
Online poker is gaining popularity beyond state lines.
MSIGA’s roster of member states contained just Nevada and New Jersey prior to Michigan’s acceptance, with MSIGA’s home state of Delaware rounding out the list. It is generally accepted that both players and operators stand to gain from interstate player pool sharing. Further, it provides supporters with still another reason to cheer.
PokerStars is the pioneering operator to use shared liquidity in Michigan. Both WSOP and BetMGM, who possess licenses in the state, have been somewhat tight-lipped about whether or not we can anticipate such a move from them.
Since Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey are already part of MSIGA, expanding to include Michigan makes logical in light of WSOP’s common liquidity expertise. Only a handful of the conditions have been met by WSOP, whereas PokerStars is ready to make an announcement very soon. The long-term effects of this on WSOP are still up in the air, but PokerStars is definitely on the right route, particularly with the holidays just around the corner.
Pennsylvania, with its thriving online poker sector, is regularly brought up as a potential new member of the MSIGA in discussions about multi-state online poker.