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PokerStars Casino Michigan – 2020 Preview & Bonus Info

*PokerStars Online Casino is not yet live in Michigan. It is expected to officially launch later in 2020 or early 2021.

PokerStars Online Casino is coming soon to Michigan, and there is potential for the platform to be live by the end of 2020. If the casino doesn’t launch by then, it’s safe to expect it to go live in 2021. 

In December 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills into law to allow online casino, poker, and sports betting in the Wolverine State. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) will oversee the state’s online gaming industry and is in charge of putting forth regulations for operators such as PokerStars, which falls under the umbrella of The Stars Group.

The Stars Group is partnered with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority in the state.

Will PokerStars Casino offer bonuses and promo codes?

Online casinos are not shy about offering special promotions to get players in the door, and PokerStars Casino should have plenty to offer new players when allowed to do so. As we’ve seen with PokerStars Casino in other states with legal online casinos, it often ranks among the best for casino bonuses and other offerings to new players.

In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for example, PokerStars Online Casino has offered new players a deposit match bonus up to $1,500. That’s quite a juicy bonus to get started. Of course, offers could differ in Michigan when PokerStars is launched, but these examples give you an idea of how generous the company is willing to be.

With Michigan expected to be a big player in the U.S. regulated online gaming industry, with a population in between that of PA and NJ, it’s not crazy to expect to see the same promotions offered by PokerStars Casino in Michigan that we have seen in those two other states.

Bonus requirements

Of course, this money won’t be completely free and there are some stipulations attached. While the bonus money will be sitting in your account and is playable immediately, before you can cash out, you’ll have to put in a little action.

PokerStars usually requires players to earn a certain amount of Redemption Points, which release chunks of the bonus that are free and clear to withdraw. We’ll have to wait and see the specific terms the company opts for in Michigan, but it will likely be similar to the systems it has set up in other legal online casino states.

Why should you play at PokerStars Casino?

  • Market leader with plenty of experience: PokerStars is an industry-leading brand not only in regulated markets in the U.S. but across the entire globe. We should expect PokerStars’ experience as an operator to shine through in an emerging market such as Michigan. PokerStars is also an operator that likes to set the tone for the market, rather than follow the leader. The company knows how to cater to players and run a successful online casino platform. Knowing this, look for PokerStars to come out swinging big in an effort to grab as much market share in Michigan as it can.
  • Casino, poker, and sports betting all under one roof: Being a part of The Stars Group, PokerStars Casino is under the same roof as PokerStars’ flagship online poker product and FOX Bet’s sports betting platform. With Michigan legalizing all three – online casino, poker, and sports betting – players should be able to share one account across all verticals to gain easy access to a wide variety of online gaming options.
  • User-friendly interface: We talked about how PokerStars is an industry leader, and it wouldn’t be able to achieve such a high standing without having top-of-the-line software and an efficient, user-friendly interface.
  • Promotions players love: Good, player-friendly promotions can be an operator’s ticket to more customers and a larger market share. With a vast amount of experience in the online gaming world, PokerStars has a solid understanding of how to cater promotions to players to keep them coming back for more. For the players, promotions can be very advantageous and should be jumped on as often as possible.

How to register an account with PokerStars Casino in Michigan

Signing up for PokerStars Online Casino in Michigan is a simple process, but it does have several requirements. First, players must be 21 years of age or older, as that is the legal gambling age in the Wolverine State. Although a player does not have to be a resident of Michigan, he or she must be located within MI state lines in order to sign up and to play casino games.

To register an account with PokerStars Casino MI, you’ll need the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Last 4 digits of SSN

You may also need your email address and a form of government-issued identification, so it doesn’t hurt to have those handy.

Once you go through the process of registering for your account and are verified and approved, you’ll be able to deposit to PokerStars Online Casino Michigan, and start playing. Remember, before you make your first deposit it pays to check if there are any special promotions running.

Desktop and mobile versions of PokerStars Casino MI available

PokerStars Casino will be available in Michigan via a desktop/browser platform and a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

On desktop, players will be able to access the platform by going to the PokerStars Casino MI website or through the downloadable client. Within both, players will be able to find a wide variety of casino games, plus jump between online poker and sports betting.

The desktop platform is very user-friendly, well laid out, and functions properly and with speed. It’s easy to navigate and players should have no issue finding the online casino games they enjoy.

The mobile app is just as good as the desktop platform, if not better. One of the best things about the mobile app is that it’s mobile. We know that’s easy to say, but having access to PokerStars Casino in the palm of your hand is great.

Similar to the desktop platform, PokerStars’ online casino apps are tied into online poker and sports betting products where available, which is what can be expected in Michigan.

With both iOS and Android apps available, PokerStars Casino has players covered. With the mobile app, geolocation technology will be used to determine a player’s location. As long as he or she is within state boundaries, he or she will be able to play casino games on PokerStars Online .

It’s easy to see that PokerStars understands the mobile-first world we live in, which is exhibited through all of the great user-friendly features that the mobile app comes ready with.

Banking options at PokerStars Casino Michigan

There will likely be several banking options for PokerStars Casino MI. Below is a list of some of the options that may be available when the platform launches:

  • Instant eChecks
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • PayNearMe 
  • PayPal
  • Stars Transfer (Online Bill Pay)
  • Skrill

Players may also be able to deposit and withdraw cash at Odawa Casino in Michigan, which is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

We will need to wait to see further details on the banking options available from PokerStars Casino MI to confirm the cashier options that are available. Be sure to stay tuned to this page for updates as they become available.

One thing we can be certain of is the emphasis on safety and security of players’ funds that PokerStars has. Safety and security of a player’s financials are of the utmost importance to PokerStars and we expect the site to have the same high standard in Michigan.

Game selection

If PokerStars Online Casino offerings in other states are any indication of the selection we’ll see in Michigan, players will have plenty of options to play. PokerStars Casino normally comes with a wide variety of games, including slots, live dealer games, blackjack, roulette, video poker, and more.

  • Slots: Every casino needs slots, right? PokerStars Casino MI will be no different and will offer a ton of different slot games.
  • Live dealer games: While online casinos are often fast and flashy, they aren’t the real thing. That’s why Live Dealer games are available from some operators. PokerStars is known to offer Live Dealer games on its online casino platform, providing a look and feel that is closer to the real gameplay one gets in a brick-and-mortar casino.
  • Blackjack and roulette: Two favorites of any casino players, online or live, blackjack and roulette will be on offer at PokerStars Casino MI. Plus, the casino may offer more than one variant of the two widely popular games. In Pennsylvania, PokerStars Casino PA offers just one variant of blackjack and one variant of roulette, so that may end up being the case in Michigan as well.
  • Video poker: This is different from PokerStars’ flagship online poker product, but those with knowledge of poker can still have fun playing video poker. Video poker is a combination of poker and slots. Whether it’s Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Double Bonus, Triple Bonus, or another form of video poker, there will be a lot on offer at PokerStars Online Casino.

Don’t be surprised to see other table games on offer from PokerStars Casino Michigan, including baccarat, pai gow, and more.

PokerStars Casino customer service

PokerStars has two forms of customer support available to players, Live Chat and Email. Contact options can be found in a player’s account section under the “Help” or “Support” areas. This goes for both the desktop/browser platform and mobile apps.

For those hoping for a quicker response, use the Live Chat option. Representatives are standing by frequently to assist. Contacting support through email can work with PokerStars Casino, but it may take longer to receive a response.

More about Odawa Casino and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Odawa Casino Petoskey and Odawa Casino Mackinaw are owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Odawa Casino Petoskey is located in Petoskey, Michigan, and Odawa Casino Mackinaw is located in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Formerly Victories Casino, Odawa Casino Petoskey opened in June 2007 and features 50,000 square feet of gaming space. The gaming space includes almost 1,000 slots, dozens of table games, a high-limit gaming area, and a poker room. The venue’s hotel underwent upgrades in 2014 and now includes more than 120 rooms and 10 luxury suites.

Odawa Casino Mackinaw is smaller than the Petoskey with 6,100 square feet of gaming space. This venue opened in 2016 and features 220 gaming machines.

Donnie Peters

A veteran media professional, Donnie is the operations manager for SharpSide and managing editor for PocketFives. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the gambling industry, working extensively in the worlds of poker and sports betting. Donnie was named Media Person of the Year at the American Poker Awards in 2016 and currently resides in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.