The Stars Group enters into partnership with Michigan tribe on online gambling. Controversy in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Stars Group positions itself in Michigan online gambling market
One of the biggest stories you may missed over the holidays is that Michigan officially legalized online gambling, including online poker through PokerStars, online casinos and sportsbetting. Although it will be many months before gamblers are able to play at legal casinos and poker rooms, companies are quickly jockeying for position.
On Monday, The Stars Group announced it has entered into a partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indiana Gaming Authority in preparation of the market opening up. The deal will give The Stars Group first skin market access, pending a licensing approval by the state.
Not unexpected. We knew PokerStars was coming to Michigan, we just didn't know with whom. Now we do: The Stars Group strikes a deal with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority for online betting and gaming market access in Michigan https://t.co/jumsgiCpeG
— Steve Ruddock (@SteveRuddock) January 6, 2020
In a separate deal, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians also secured a partnership with PointsBet to launch an online sportsbook in the state.
– In daily fantasy sports news, a well-known winner from the DraftKings Millionaire Maker is accused of collusion. Jade Roper Tolbert, a former Bachelor contest, won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker on Sunday. After making a comment on Twitter that her husband Tanner that she won despite being told by her husband Tanner Tolbert not to play DK Metcalf. That lead to observers uncovering that both had entered 150 lineups into the event — most with unique players — which has led many to speculate that they were getting around maximum lineup limits and colluding.
DraftKings told ESPN’s David Payne Purdum that it is looking into the mater.
– Since a highly anticipated launch last year, Run It Once Poker traffic has stuttered, but recently players have responded well to the new Legends Rewards Program. Now, Galfond has a message for would-be Run It Once Poker players, inviting them to give the poker room a try for players looking for an alternative from PokerStars.
This Bachelorette and her husband and both max enter the milly and not share QBs? Her insta and twitter don't have a single sports post prior either. @adamlevitan @AwesemoDFS @DraftKings @TommyG @AlZeidenfeld @CSURAM88 pic.twitter.com/6zf79C68Ty
— Chris G (@gravycakesDFS) January 6, 2020
– In Aussie Millions results, Dzmitry Urbanovich took home the $2,500 HORSE Title to win the equivalent of a $19,964 first-place prize.
– Luke Schwarz is the latest poker player to show interest in the Phil Galfond heads-up challenge with a confident proclamation of “Let’s set a challenge any LIMIT or big bet mix game of your choice.” Shortly after the challenge was posted, Galfond appears to have accepted. PTP’s David Huber breaks it all the activity down from this weekend.
Hi Luke! Happy New Year 🙂
Thanks for your interest in the #GalfondChallenge! What a great idea!!
We can play some 1k/2k 8-game (no pigeon stakes plz) but I‘d feel bad accepting odds from you, so I’ll offer 1.1:1 on a sidebet of $250k for a 15k hand match.
🐦 Flap Flap! https://t.co/LvDvh8Crd2
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) January 5, 2020
– In a new feature, PokerStrategy looks back at how poker has changed over the last decade. In this piece, segregated markets, mobile, lottery SNG and grinding dozens of tables have all significantly changed over the last 10 years.
– In Monday’s featured classic PartTimePoker poker training video continues a look at Carroters’ “Talks Poker with a Student” series. In this episode, Carroters and his student experiment with playing without a HUD.
Best poker videos on the Internet
– $219k is at stake at this Live at the Bike hand involving Garret Adelstein:
– JohnnieVibes goes to El Paso in the latest vlog of his poker journey on the road:
– Jaime Staples plays a session of partypoker over the weekend including a $320 Gladiator event that is set to award $12,800 for first place: