MGCB Claims that a Proposed Bill on Skill Games Would Create Unregulated Mini-Casinos
The pseudo-slot machines at the gas stations, in stores, and pubs frequented by the typical Michigander could go unnoticed. When people enter polling booths on November 8, they probably won’t be thinking about skill games or unregulated gambling machines. But perhaps they ought to be.
The proposed skill games legislation that the Senate authorized on September 28 will be up for discussion when House members return to the Michigan Legislature after Election Day. If the House approves SB 1065, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign the legislation into law.
The bill’s wording claims to amend the legislation on redemption games.
According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) and executives in the gaming market, SB 1065 would increase the amount of illicit conduct that criminals may get away with. Leaders of the gambling market are more upfront about the competition from skill games.
According to Jay Snowden, president, and chief executive officer of Penn Entertainment, kids are playing these games. People who have banned themselves from legitimate brick-and-mortar or internet casinos can still utilize the machines, no matter where they are.
There is no official procedure to prevent kids from playing skill games, according to David Cordish, head of the real estate and retail casino company Cordish Companies. During the ECGC Cordish stated that the American Gaming Association was correct to encourage the US Department of Justice to tighten down on skill games across the nation.
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According to Jasmine Tompkins, an MGCB legislative liaison and external affairs manager, the MGCB sees this bill as an attempt to counter the efforts of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Michigan State Police, and the Attorney General’s Office to stop illegal gambling throughout the State and instead create an expansion of gaming that will be unregulated and untaxed.