Michigan Move Closer To Joining Online Gambling With Latest Vote

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On the final day of session for the Legislature in Michigan The House of Representatives passed the online gambling bill by 68-40 but now has to wait till September for the Senate to consider legalising online gambling in the state.

It seems more than likely that Michigan residents will be joining Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in legalising online gambling and at the same time passing legislation allowing for sports betting also.

Should the bill be passed by the Senate when lawmakers return from their 10-week summer break and of course the Governor Rick Snyder sign off on the bill then so long as you are 21 years old or over, you can register with one of the states three casinos based in Detroit or the 23 tribal casinos in Michigan to play online.

“It will allow internet gaming as it pertains to all the games currently allowed in a brick and mortar casino … you’d be able to play that online,” said state Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Kalamazoo. “If (a casino) doesn’t have a physical presence here, they’re not going to be able to do it.”

Observers believe that Michigan will pass the online gambling bill to secure much needed public funds, the only thing is that the delay was frustrating to many supporters with the summer break coming straight after and losing some momentum.

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