Michigan Gaming Control Board Continues Crackdown

Michigan Gaming Control Board Continues Crackdown
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Apparently, the crackdown is on in the Wolverine State.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) announced Wednesday it will continue to dismantle illicit gambling operations as we have entered the fourth month of 2024. The MGCB took similar action in 2023.

Michigan law broadly prohibits any kind of gambling unless specifically authorized under state law, such as gambling machines operated within licensed casinos. While authorized online Michigan casinos can operate, Illegal gaming machines have become a growing and pressing concern within the state as they undercut and undermine huge investments that have been made by live, legal and fully operational gaming facilities.

“Thanks to the vigilant supervision of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, last year agency personnel were able to target and disrupt several instances of illegal gambling activities that undermined the integrity of our legitimate, regulated gaming industry,” said MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams in a news release.

“With a commitment to maintaining fairness, transparency, and public trust, these proactive efforts were undertaken - thanks to many tips from concerned Michigan citizens - to ensure safe, regulated gambling environments. I encourage the public to please keep the tips coming, as we take each one very seriously.”

Nearly 170 Illegal Machines Removed in 2023

Last year, 64 Michigan businesses received letters to cease illegal gambling, which led to 167 machines being removed and/or taken out of operation.

Substantial progress was also made in confiscating and liquidating assets connected to illegal gambling operations.

You can count on BetMichigan.com for news on retail and online casinos, as well as information and analysis on Michigan sports betting.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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