What is a MSIGA? And Why Should Online Poker Players Care?

Four states are better than three, right? Michigan joining Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware in their online poker compact is BIG news. Here's why.

The headlines are true!

Michigan is set to be the latest state to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). Simply put, the MSIGA is a legal agreement that allows the states involved to share liquidity across state lines.

The agreement was originally inked in 2014 so Nevada and Delaware could pool players onto one network. In 2017, New Jersey joined to create a three-state network. And now, Michigan is set to be the fourth state to join, which means soon — really soon — players in the US states of Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware can all play online poker against each other.

With Michigan boasting a population of over 10 million, MI joining the online compact almost doubles the size of the player pool to over 22 million.

That means if you are an online poker player in Michigan, or in any one of the other states in the compact, you will soon be able to play online poker against a much bigger pool of players.

And, even if you don’t live in one of the four states involved, you should still care, as this is truly a historic moment in US online poker history — one that also opens up the gates for further expansion. There’s already chatter in the community about who might be next to jump onboard the MSIGA train.

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States of the MSIGA

US States Online Poker Launched Joined MSIGA Population
Delaware Nov 2013 March 2015 1.0 million
Nevada Apr 2013 March 2015 3.1 million
New Jersey Nov 2013 Oct 2017 8.9 million
Michigan Jan 2021 April 2022 (pending) 10.0 million
Total - - 22.9 million

For the latest on the new Michigan, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey online poker compact, read more on pokerfuse.

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