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Michigan Closes 14 Illegal Gambling Businesses

In 2019, the Michigan Gaming Control Board in partnership with the Attorney General Office tackled the issue of unlawful gambling companies. There were 14 operations that were served with cease and desist orders. All of the operations were analyzed by the state authorities. However, the businesses said that they allowed games that required the player to have some form of skill, which the state accepts.

Games that don’t need any skills from a player include Roulette, Video Poker, Wheel of Fortune and Dice to name a few.  Reports state that the establishments had casino styled video slot machines that are centered around chance instead of offering games based on skill.

Gambling Against the Law in Michigan

Richard S. Kalm, Michigan Gaming Control Board? said gambling against the law can encourage money laundering. Safety and security in Michigan can be compromised because of such illegal activity. On the other hand, legal gaming is taxed when illegal gambling is not and doesn’t help the community in any way.  He added that the companies decided to close down the business rather than face any criminal charges (the operations would be looking at a 10-year felony).

Dana Nessel from the Michigan Attorney General said that gambling regulations are there for a purpose and some people don’t want to adhere to the law. She wants these criminals to be prosecuted. She also extended how thankful she is to work with the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Michigan Closes Operations

Michigan Illegal Gambling Games

The places that had to shut down illegal gambling in 2019 were Lapeer County, Washtenaw County, Kent County and Oakland County.

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