Unfortunately, Michigan is a major hub for illegal gambling in the country. The Michigan Gaming Control Board was established, among other reasons, to fight illegal gambling. In 2022, it took its efforts a notch further, achieving 17 criminal convictions of illegal casino operators and the seizure of over 350 unregulated gaming machines.
Henry Williams, the Executive Director of the MGCB stated in a recent interview that the authority works alongside the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and local law enforcement to clampdown on perpetrators of illegal clampdown.
“We plan to continue to address illegal gambling in Michigan in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Attorney General and other law enforcement agencies across the state,” said Williams. “We are concerned about the proliferation of non-regulated gaming machines in bars, restaurants, and party stores. The unregulated machines do not offer consumers the protections of legal, regulated gaming, and they also have no controls to prevent underage gambling.”
On the 16th of February, the MGCB announced that it had cracked down on an illegal gambling operation in Delta Township. The operation house which is situated at 3280 S. Waverly Road, Suite C-2 had 36 machines, including computers for online slots, table gaming machines, an estimated $23,000 cash stash and a coin pusher machine.
Earlier in the month, William Bradford Barksdale, an ex-Flint police chief was charged to the Genesee County Circuit Court on one count of gambling violations and another count of reckless firearm misuse. He pleaded no contest to the charges and is due for sentencing on the 14th of April 2023.