Partypoker/BetMGM Begins Seeing Gains in Michigan

A few weeks into operations in Michigan, BetMGM continues to gain new players and see rising numbers. That includes growing tournament and cash game numbers.

BetMGM is part of partypoker US Network, which is also available in New Jersey with the skins. The move into the Wolverine State has given Michigan a second online poker option and players are beginning to take notice.

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Growing tournament traffic at BetMGM Michigan

The site’s launch on March 22 may have caught some players by surprise. Party has yet to launch in Pennsylvania, but now has two states in the network.

The first live Sunday on March 28, saw BetMGM Michigan draw more than 12,000 players on the platform, according to partypoker US officials.

That’s about equal to the volume on in New Jersey. The site also attracted more unique cash game players than all the NJ skins combined.  Also on March 28, the site’s weekly $40,000 Sunday guarantee brought in 260 entries – increasing the prize pool to $52,000. A week later on April 4, the same tournament had 375 entries for a $75,000 prize pool. 

Company officials also note that many daily $10,000 guarantee tournaments continue to meet that number.

Almost two months after online poker launched in Michigan, players in the state now have a second option with the launch of BetMGM on Monday.

Sunday major results at BetMGM Michigan

Some of those tournament numbers continue to grow even more. On April 11, the $40,000 guarantee produced 464 entries.

That more than doubled the prize pool to $92,800 with “Pollan” coming out on top for $16,589. The vast majority of Sunday events met guarantees this week.

The $109 BetMGM Grand Online Main Event also kicked off yesterday with a $100,000 guarantee. The final table is streaming tonight and saw 1,130 entries – pushing the prize pool to $113,000.

A few other nice examples include:

  • $55 Sunday Progressive Knockout – This event topped the $1,000 guarantee with $1,600 paid out.
  • $35 Nightly Turbo – Another nice turnout with this tournament topping the $1,500 guarantee by paying out $3,296.
  • $10 NLHE Deepstack – Low rollers continue to find some nice prize pools as well. This tournament featured a $500 guarantee and produced a $927 prize pool.

Despite those numbers, players will still find a few overlays. On Sunday, the daily $109 tournament with a $10,000 guarantee only brought 78 runners for a $2,200 overlay.

Partypoker/BetMGM is launching its first Michigan tournament series April 18-25. The Online Borgata Poker Open is also on tap in NJ.

Tournament series on the way

With tournament numbers growing, partypoker US/BetMGM has also launched a tournament series for Michigan.

The platform’s Online Series have become popular in New Jersey and the first for Michigan runs next week. The festival is planned for April 18-25 with $305,000 guaranteed.

Two Sunday Special events highlight the series. The $215 version kicks off the events on April 18 with a $75,000 guarantee.

Another Sunday Special closes the events with a $575 version on April 25 and also with a $75,000 guarantee. Here’s a look at the complete schedule

2021 partypoker/MetMGM Michigan Online Series

Date Event Buy-in Guarantee Time
April 18 1 – Sunday Special 8-Max $215 $75,000 5 pm
April 19 2 – PKO 8-Max Bounty $215 $20,000 8 pm
April 20 3 – PLO 6-Max $109 $10,000 8 pm
April 21 4 – NLHE 8-Max $215 $25,000 8 pm
April 22 5 – 40 Stack 8-Max $215 $20,000 8 pm
April 23 6 – PKO 8-Max Bounty $320 $25,000 8 pm
April 24 7 – NLHE 6-Max $215 $25,000 8 pm
April 25 8 – 8-Max Mini MLHE $20 $10,000 5 pm
April 25 9 – Sunday 1/2 Price 8-Max $109 $20,000 5 pm
April 25 10 – Sunday Special 8-Max $535 $75,000 5 pm


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Cash game numbers slowly improving

The first week of play at BetMGM Michigan saw a seven-day average of 55 cash game players. That included a 24-hour peak of 121 players, according to PokerScout statistics.

As of Monday, that had climbed to a seven-day average of 70 and 24-hour peak of 166 players. On social media, there seem to be more players posting about the site.

Several Michigan poker Facebook groups have seen several players post screenshots of their experiences on the site. The word seems to be getting out and many players appreciate a second option.

However, BetMGM has a way to go to edge closer to PokerStars but is at least trending upward. By comparison, as of Monday Stars had a seven-day average of 425 cash game players with a 24-hour peak of about 900.

The good news for players is that the overall online poker pie in the state seems to be growing.

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