Saturday November 30,2013 : MICHIGAN ENFORCEMENT MOVES AGAINST INTERNET CAFE GAMBLING
Lucky Poker Room license suspended following cybercafe raids.
Michigan state enforcement officials have conducted raids on three poker rooms in Genesee, Flint and Burton following investigations into allegations that the rooms permitted internet cafe-style sweepstakes betting on internet casino games.
The state Gaming Control Board suspended the licenses of the poker rooms after investigators confirmed the allegations and District Court Judge Larry Stecco issued search warrants and found probable cause that the rooms were involved in illegal gambling.
"The investigation has revealed that on numerous separate occasions between August and October 2013, customers purchased “credits,” played computer-based casino-style games, and were then paid cash for the “credits” accumulated or remaining," the Control Board suspension order asserts.
"This constitutes the operation of an illegal gambling house and, thus, is a public nuisance."
The suspension also impacts liquor licenses held by the rooms; the state Liquor Control Code makes provision for the removal or suspension of licenses where unlawful gambling has taken place on the premises.