On Monday, WSOP MI opened its doors to the public dealing its first real-money online poker hand in the Great Lakes State. It marks WSOP’s fourth US state — more than any other regulated operator in the country.
We are thrilled with the WSOP.com success we’ve seen in Michigan
Early signs suggest that Michigan’s new WSOP site has been well-received and there have been no major hiccups with the launch. Dozens of players are seen occupying the cash game tables around the clock and tournament seats are having no difficulty filling up.
Cash game data tracked by independent monitor GameIntel and available on the Poker Industry PRO platform indeed shows that the launch in Michigan outshines its counterpart in Pennsylvania by a decent margin. With only a few days in the market, WSOP MI is already claiming a market of around 18%. This is expected to grow over the weekend and in the coming weeks once the operator launches the WSOP ring and bracelet series.
The officials of the WSOP are, no doubt, quite pleased with the response and, to thank the players, WSOP has scheduled a last-minute $20,000 guaranteed Player Appreciation tournament and a $5000 “Thank You” freeroll.
“We are thrilled with the WSOP.com success we’ve seen in Michigan,” Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director told MI Gaming Review. “There has been over $150,000 awarded in prize pools and we expect that number to grow substantially over the weekend, highlighted by our $50,000 WSOP Sunday Major.”
Thanks, Michigan, the response to WSOP.com’s launch has been amazing
“We are also going to be adding a $20,000 GTD Player Appreciation tournament this weekend with a $10 buy-in, along with a 25 Seat Freeroll to the $50,000 WSOP Sunday Major and a $5,000 cash freeroll as a thank you to Michigan players for all the excitement they’ve shown to WSOP.com during our opening launch,” Stewart added.
“Thanks, Michigan, the response to WSOP.com’s launch has been amazing,” states the description of the above two tournaments.
The operator has certainly gone out of its way to offer a generous three-part WSOP MI welcome bonus and this may have certainly played a role in having a successful launch. Upon sign-up, every player gets $25 with no strings attached and a further $25 once they make a deposit. This easily makes it one of the best welcome offers in the US regulated market.
On top of that, players get a 100% first deposit bonus up to $1000 as well as tickets to several freerolls.
As was expected, WSOP MI has gone live with 888’s modern Poker 8 software – the same is currently being used in Pennsylvania, though it has yet to be deployed in New Jersey or Nevada. The new software is slick in execution, navigation is far more intuitive and it supports the popular progressive knockout (PKO) format as well. Players can also play up to four tables simultaneously and won’t have to log in to the desktop client to play the Omaha games.
It’s go time in Michigan … Game on!
For now, the player pool is ring-fenced and only those physically located within the state borders can take part in the action. The Michigan regulator has already taken steps to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) and, once approved, WSOP MI can connect its player pool with the existing Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware networks.
The Michigan launch came with the signing of former WSOP Main Event champion and state native Joe Cada. The four-time bracelet winner will represent the brand in the state as well as in Las Vegas at the upcoming summer WSOP live series. The officials of the WSOP are offering a $1000 bounty to any Michigan resident who knockouts Cada in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.
“It’s go time in Michigan,” Joe Cada commented. “I know a lot of local players are excited that WSOP.com is finally live in the state and I’m personally looking forward to getting to know all the great poker players at tournaments and online events soon. Game on!”
Learn more about the newest online poker room in Michigan in our comprehensive WSOP MI Review »