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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."