Tennessee and Michigan iGaming updates

Simona Boshkova | Published 6 Oct 2020, 10:14 a.m.

The iGaming market in the United States is increasing. We can see more US states going towards legalising some form of iGaming and concluding deals with different operators. For instance, last month it was announced that Virginia approved sports betting regulations and the licencing process should start soon. Another US state that expanded its iGaming services is Illinois, which concluded an agreement with Unibet. Today, we’re bringing you news about Tennessee, a state that took the next step towards launching sports betting, and Michigan, where an online poker bill was approved.

Tennessee Committee approved another sports betting licence

Tennessee took the next step towards launching sports betting before November 1. Yesterday, a special meeting of the Tennessee Education Lottery’s Sports Wagering Committee took place. There, the Committee approved a sports betting licence for Tennessee Action 24/7. In addition, a seventh sports betting operator that applied for a licence on October 2 was announced.

The Committee also approved five supplier applications and six vendor applications. On September 23, the Tennessee Committee approved the first sports betting applications that are supposed to go live on November 1: BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel. There are no restrictions on the number of licences that can be issued for sports betting operations, but licensees and suppliers must meet the Committee’s requirements. The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for October 16 where they will have another follow-up on the complete list of approved operators, suppliers and vendors.

Rebecca Paul Hargrove, Tennessee Education Lottery’s President and CEO, said that they are carefully working with all applicants to establish a responsible and competitive sports betting program in Tennessee. There are three categories of applicants - licensee (operator), supplier, and vendor. Tennessee state law allows online wagering on sports events and a customer must be at least 21 years old and physically located in the state to be able to place wagers.

Michigan Senate approves interstate online poker bill

Another US state took a major step for online poker players who like to compete with other players in different states. Namely, the Michigan Senate approved a bill that allows interstate online poker. The bill was introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. and will now go to the House of Representatives. In addition, Senate Bill 0991 also establishes the definition of poker as “the traditional game of poker and any derivative of the game of poker”, which was approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

If this bill gets approved by the House of Representatives, it would become an amendment to the Michigan Lawful Internet Gaming Act. Online poker is also legal in Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and West Virginia, so Michigan players will get the chance to compete with players from these states if the bill passes into law.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board held a virtual public hearing on September 23 where the question about online poker was discussed. David Murley, head of MGCB Indian Gaming and Legal Affairs Division, said that the Board is doing its best to get the rules approved. Once the rules go into effect, they will give licences to both operators and platform providers. He hopes that this will be done by the end of November.

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