Global Poker Leaves Michigan

Global Poker fans residing in Michigan have nothing to smile about after the social casino by Virtual Gaming Worlds shed its intent to close shop in the state. The sweepstakes casino has been operational since 2016 and has managed to amass a massive following.

Contrary to its name, Global Poker Casino provides more than poker games and tournaments. It also offers users access to a wide range of slot and table games by top software developers. Global Poker utilizes the sweepstakes system, where clients use Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins instead of actual money to play games. Sadly, not anymore!

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The Cessation of Global Poker in Michigan

Global Poker has yet to switch off its lights in Michigan, but it is only a matter of time. In a statement by Virtual Gaming Worlds, Global Poker saw it best to cease operation in the state in the interest of its stakeholders. After this announcement, the operator shared directives on how they would gradually exit the market.

First, they will pause/halt all Gold Coins purchases on the site. You will thus be unable to purchase Gold Coins bundles, making it impossible to play games once you deplete your GC reserve. After that, the brand will stop accepting mail-ins for Sweeps Coins requests. This is a scheme Global Poker players use to earn Sweeps Coins at the site. Finally, players must redeem their Sweeps Coins by 1st February 2024.

The implication is that after 1st February, Global Poker will permanently shut down its services in Michigan State. The same will apply to other Virtual Gaming Worlds’ social casinos, which include LuckyLand Slots and Chumba. However, Global Poker will be fully operational in over 40 states if you still want to enjoy its services.

The Dynamics of the Michigan Gambling Scene

Michigan’s gambling scene, under the authority of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, is making massive changes in a bid to protect its citizens and curb the operation of unlicensed social casinos, online casinos, and sports betting sites.

According to Dana Nessel, Michigan’s Attorney General, unlicensed gaming is unsafe for players and denies the government the necessary funding for development. With the new legislation, more brands are set to shut down. Other affected brands include Golden Heart Games Inc., which closed in September.

Final Words

Despite having a massive following in Michigan, Global Poker will close shop in the state. The social casino and other brands under Virtual Gaming Worlds or VGW were ordered to cease operation by the Michigan Gaming Control Board upon the implementation of new legislation.

Michigan citizens with Global Poker accounts have until 4th February to utilize their Gold Coins and redeem their Sweeps Coins before the permanent closure of the Global Poker social casino site.

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