Another Two Illegal Casino Closed in Michigan

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Law enforcement officials in Michigan closed two illegal casinos in the city of Flint last week, seeing 67 machines and over $10,000 in cash seized by authorities.

Michigan agents raided The Cellular Vault and Cellular Bank shops in Flint on August 18th. There were 11 video slot machines, 56 computers, and a sizable amount of cash and gift cards taken. The Cellular Vault had 39 of the computers to play online slots. The Cellular Bank had 13 computers and the 11 slot machines.

Players at the casinos would see players paying for a card that gave them a PIN number that let them play games, even from home.

Flint has been found to be the home of multiple illegal casinos. There have been multiple raids in the city this year, including one on a casino that had 100 gaming devices and nearly $30,000 in cash.

Regarding the closure, Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams said, "The MGCB received several anonymous tips regarding both Flint locations, and we thank the public for their help in rooting out possible illegal gambling activities.

"Patrons at alleged storefront casinos do not have access to the consumer protections required for legal, regulated gambling. The operations also can draw other types of crime to the surrounding neighborhoods."

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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24 August 2022 - 5:52pm

At first I wondered why a casino like this would be necessary when the online industry has been regulated and anyone of age can access them. Thinking about it, the only reason I can see to justify it is to launder money. Anyone else have thoughts?

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25 August 2022 - 11:38pm

Perhaps there is still a large segment of ludites and old folks who don't like technology or prefer the in person experience?