The sponsor of Michigan’s online gambling bill is optimistic when it comes to its chances. Amaya Q1 earnings: poker down, other verticals are up. And more.

Michigan Senator bullish on online gaming’s chances

I landed an interview with Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall earlier this week, and was able to get the sponsor of the state’s online gambling bill to clear up a few things, and offer up his thoughts on the bill’s chances of passing this year.

Overall, Kowall is extremely upbeat about the bill’s chances, but given the history of online gaming legislation over the past several years it’s hard for me to share his optimism.

The good news is, we should have a clear picture of where most every potential online gaming state stands by the end of June.

Quick Hitters

– There’s a new grass roots effort afoot that is seeking to make charity poker games legal in Colorado. You can do your part and sign the petition here.

– MPN Head of Poker Alex Scott went on the Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram this week. The two discussed the poker ecosystem and how the rake fits in. It’s a good listen for anyone interested in the industry side of the poker world.  You can watch the podcast here:

– The migration of Full Tilt Poker players to the PokerStars client is now complete, as the two sister online poker sites completed their merger this week.

– PokerNews’s Jonathan Zaun put together a very long, but worth the read profile of poker pro Maurice Hawkins. Hawkins is one of the more polarizing people in poker, and as is usually the case, these people often have the best back stories.

– Chris Grove put together the highlights from Amaya’s Q1 earnings call that took place this week. The general gist is: Poker is down, everything else is up.

– Following final approval from the state, MGM Springfield has officially broken ground in Massachusetts. The western Massachusetts casino is expected to be open for business in 2018.

– Dustin Gouker offers up his thoughts on what implications Sheldon Adelson’s donations to Trump’s presidential campaign could have for online gambling advocates.