Michigan’s second major poker tournament series will kick off this month.
BetMGM Poker, which launched in recent weeks following the launch of PokerStars Michigan, will hold its first flagship series. According to PokerFuse, BetMGM will hold 10 events from April 18-24. All but one is no-limit hold’em, with the other pot-limit Omaha.
PokerStars’ recently completed championship series had 60 events.
BetMGM will have more than $300,000 in total guarantees across the schedule. PokerStars had well over $1 million, after upping the pot as interest grew.
Buy-ins for the BetMGM series range from $20 up to $535.
Prior to that series kicking off April 18, BetMGM will actually hold an online “main event.” According to PokerFuse, that event is dubbed BetMGM MI’s Grand Online Main Event. It will kick off Sunday and feature a $109 buy-in.
The main event has a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
BetMGM Poker traffic so far
Though MGM is a massive brand in the U.S. casino industry and in Michigan due to the casino operator’s property in Detroit, PokerStars is still the dominant of the two online poker brands.
According to traffic tracking from PokerScout, PokerStars had nearly a 1,000-player traffic peak over the past week, compared to about 160 for BetMGM. PokerStars’ site in Pennsylvania had fewer than 900 players, and its New Jersey-facing site had about 300.
BetMGM does not offer poker in Pennsylvania yet. Its PartyPoker NJ network, offered under the Borgata casino license, had about a 180-player high over the past week.
BetMGM is definitely less committed to poker at the moment, as evidenced by its much smaller inaugural tournament series compared to PokerStars. BetMGM is the clear leader in online casino revenue so far, however, ahead of online casinos from DraftKings and FanDuel.
Michigan online gambling, which included sports betting, kicked off in late January.