Michigan regulator affirms commitment to illegal gaming machine removal

April 4, 2024
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The board removed more than 160 illegal machines in 2023.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has continued its efforts to uphold the state’s gambling laws by identifying and removing illegal casino-style gaming machines.

According to Michigan law, only gambling machines that are authorized by the state are allowed in licensed casinos.

The board said in a statement, “The MGCB hopes that by raising awareness about how they are acting on information and removing such machines, citizens and business owners will take note of the consequences of illegal gambling in Michigan.”

Last year, the board sent letters to 64 Michigan businesses, asking them to cease illegal gambling. This resulted in the removal of 167 illegal gambling machines.

The MGCB said that the presence of illegal machines around the state has become “a pressing concern with the potential to undermine the significant investments made by legitimate gaming establishments.”

The board went on to note that the lack of safeguards in these machines can leave players susceptible to “unfair practices.”

MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams discussed the board’s ongoing commitment to providing a safe and legal gaming space for Michigan residents.

He commented, “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.

“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.”


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