Poker Players Alliance Calls for Legalization of Online Gambling in Michigan

May 16, 2016 | USA Online Casino News

“In the state of Michigan, we boast nearly 20,000 Poker Players Alliance activists. These individuals and taxpayers, along with countless more state residents, enjoy playing poker in their homes, in charitable games, at state-licensed commercial casinos and at tribal casinos. But we currently cannot play this great game of skill in a legal and regulated market on the internet in Michigan,” Pappas said of his support to the online gambling industry in Michigan.

Poker Players Alliance Calls for Legalization of Online Gambling in Michigan

In the wake of the debate on whether or not online gambling should be allowed in Michigan, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has voiced out its take to approve the bills that would enable online gambling sites to operate in the state.

The president of the alliance, John Pappas, spoke out amid the discussions on the bills SB 889 and SB 890 to persuade the Michigan Regulatory Reform Committee to approve them.

“In the state of Michigan, we boast nearly 20,000 Poker Players Alliance activists. These individuals and taxpayers, along with countless more state residents, enjoy playing poker in their homes, in charitable games, at state-licensed commercial casinos and at tribal casinos. But we currently cannot play this great game of skill in a legal and regulated market on the internet in Michigan,” Pappas said of his support to the online gambling industry in Michigan.

The PPA president then continued by saying that he would be willing to help the committee in understanding how the industry works, since many online gambling sites are available to many parts of the United States already.

“Starting with this committee hearing, I am hopeful that this will change. I am pleased to serve as a resource to help you better understand how internet poker and other forms of internet gaming are already being regulated effectively in the United States and throughout the world, and why regulation is the best way to protect consumers as well as maximize economic benefits for the state and the existing gaming industry,” Pappas said.

In light of the issue, the Michigan Regulatory Reform Committee is considering the two bills that were already introduced to the state Senate.

SB 889 is the bill that would help the online poker and casino gambling market penetrate Michigan. The Lawful Internet Gaming Act also supports the introduction of a regulated online gambling industry to the citizens of the state.

On the other hand, SB 890 will be the one to enable the imposition of SB 889 since it gives exemptions to the online gambling industry by making favorable changes to Michigan’s penal code related to Internet-based gambling.

Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino, and MGM Grand Detroit Casino have yet to comment on this discussion, but the three biggest casinos in the state would be the first to benefit from these bills if ever, since licensed Michigan casinos are said to be the primary establishments to be allowed to offer online gambling services.

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