Michigan to encourage businesses to remove unregulated machines

Slot machines offer different themes, payouts, symbols and special features.
Slot machines offer different themes, payouts, symbols and special features.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board and Michigan Liquor Control Commission will conduct a statewide public education and enforcement initiative to encourage businesses to remove unregulated machines used for illegal gaming.

US.- In a new attempt to fight against illegal gambling, The Michigan Gaming Control Board and Michigan Liquor Control Commission have announced the launch of an initiative to curb the activity in the region.

Henry Williams, MGCB executive director, said: “Illegal gambling can lead to other, more serious crimes that compromise safety in Michigan communities.

“Citizens who use these unregulated machines also have little recourse if they feel cheated. They can’t file a formal dispute with an unregulated operator and ask our agency to review the outcome as they can when participating in licensed, legal gaming.”

MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi added: “Illegal gambling is considered a serious violation by the Commission, and the penalties from a violation can include fines, suspension or revocation of a liquor license. Liquor licensees are encouraged to utilise only legal forms of gambling to stay compliant with the Commission’s laws and rules.”

State agencies will share information on Michigan legality with businesses and the public. 

They hope to counteract the misleading information the public and businesses receive about unregulated machines used in illegal gaming. 

Misleading information often comes from machine and software vendors.

Detroit casinos register $1.29bn in revenue in 2021

Detroit’s three casinos have recorded $1.29bn in aggregate revenue in 2021, beating 2020 results that were significantly impacted by the pandemic but falling short of 2019’s record total.

The 2021 revenue total exceeds the nearly $639m in aggregate revenue that MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino generated in 2020 when they were closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, slots generated $998.8m, table games registered $268m and retail sports betting produced revenue of $26.95m.

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