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Michigan Casino Moguls Assisted by the State Powers
Apr 24, 2012
The state of Michigan has its own niche when it comes to gambling. Lots of it is state-owned and attempts to compete bring the state powers to crack down on the invaders.
As the casino gambling news has learned, an Internet sweepstakes attempt has resulted in a judicial and law enforcement wrath as the Alcohol Enforcement & Gambling Division, Michigan State Police, Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Attorney General all ganged up on the operators as if it was a hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
As investigators uncovered, the sweepstakes operators actually used the Internet to offer gamblers chances to play for real money and win. That’s prohibited in the Land of the Free. In effect, cease and desist letters have been issued, while the operation declared illegal gambling.
Rumors suggest that the operators of the Internet Sweepstakes are likely to face charges and may even go to prison.
The signal is clear: dare not to touch our gambling monopoly. After all, Michigan has gambling revenues to protect. What the state offers includes horse racing, bingo, lottery, and casino gambling.
However, those seeking to play online blackjack can’t do so from within the state borders, at least not yet.
Certainly, going to a casino and playing the blackjack cards there is all fine, but doing it via the Internet is a crime.
In fact, the American law enforcement recently seized the site of Bodog. However, the business still runs, but with the offering to the foreign markets, while its owner, the Canadian billionaire Calvin Ayre, is assembling a top notch legal team, including the defender of New York mafia boss, the Godfather Jon Gotti.