Michigan online gambling bill vetoed by the governor last Friday as proponents look ahead to 2019. Plus a look back at the year in poker. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.
Michigan online gambling suffers major setback
Michigan poker players and gamblers suffered a bad beat last Friday when outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Synder vetoed a bipartisan bill online gambling bill that overwhelmingly passed both chambers earlier this month. If signed the bill would have legalized online poker, online casinos, fantasy sports and set the groundwork for sports betting. Michigan was set to join Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania as states that have passed widespread online gambling laws.
In his letter explaining the veto, Synder said that he was concerned that the online gambling bills would encourage gambling by making wagering easier. Synder also cited that online gambling needed more “careful study,” pointing to a lack of data. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brandt Iden told Online Poker Report that the veto was a ploy to monopolize money coming into the state’s lottery.
Iden plans to reintroduce the bill during the 2019 legislative session, where is confident that the bill “get done” at some point. Michigan’s new governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, will be sworn in early 2019 but her position on online gambling is not yet known.
While Michigan hits a setback, Legal Sports Report takes a look at what states are most likely to move forward with sports betting during 2019.
– Nevada casinos had another strong month during November after a record-breaking October. During the month, the state’s casinos brought in $967.2 million in revenue for the month, up 6.4% from the previous month. Overall gaming revenue in Nevada during 2018 is up 3%.
– We’ve all been there. Watch a poker player streaming live on Twitch think he’s won a $10,000 guaranteed tournament.
– 2018 was a year when some higher profile poker pros announced they were retiring or at least taking an extended break from the game. Poker Tube details five pros with high profile departures from the game over the last year.
– Wynn Resorts is suing Resorts World for a curious reason — they claim that the yet-to-be-built luxury resort looks too much like the iconic Wynn property in Las Vegas. The new Chinese-themed casino plans to open in two years on the site of the old Stardust property, which is just north of the Wynn.
– Are you a poker player stuck with some New Year’s resolution ideas? PokerStrategy’s Barry Carter has you covered with four ideas to yourself and your poker game.
– What were the best poker stories of 2018? Upswing Poker and PokerStrategy are among those weighing in with their picks. 2018 was also a big year for notable poker hands, which included some amazing folds, huge pots and of course, bad beats.
Best poker videos on YouTube
– OTB_Red Baron, Luke Schwartz and the current state of the high stakes games is the subject of the latest YouTube video from Joey Ingram.
– Jaime Staples mixed things up with a Q and A from poker fans where he answers a variety of questions including luck of poker. In a separate video, Staples talks about whether heads-up displays should be banned in poker.
– Matt Vaughn is at the Mohegan Sun in his latest vlog, where he recaps a $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour event ,which features an appearance from Lee Jones and Moneymaker himself.