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Michigan Gaming Control Board urges awareness of gambling self-exclusion options

Detroit, March 15, 2021 - March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and a good time for Michigan citizens to become aware of the many self-exclusion options available to gamblers who patronize online sites or the Detroit casinos.

“Because online gambling is new to Michigan, we’re seeing heavy marketing and lots of excitement,” said Richard S. Kalm, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director. “There are many online gambling opportunities, and I hope Michigan residents are being careful about their choices and know their options if gambling is or becomes a problem for them.”

For those who want to exercise control over their gambling, the online gaming and sports betting operators and platform providers offer several options on their sites. Usually found under responsible gaming, the tools on every authorized site include:

  • Self-imposed gambling limits including deposits, wagers and time-based limitations, which can be changed only with 24 hours’ notice
  • Signup options to prohibit establishing an account by visiting certain or all providers’ sites
  • Signup options to exclude oneself from internet gaming and/or sports betting by visiting certain or all providers’ sites
  • Notification on how to apply for the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s Responsible Gaming Database to prohibit establishing any online gaming or sports betting accounts or participating in online gaming and/or sports betting with all providers authorized in Michigan for one year or five years
  • Notification about the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Gambling Disorder Helpline, 800-270-7117
  • Notification about problem gambling resources on the MGCB website

“It’s important to know operators and providers may apply self-exclusion broadly and limit or prohibit gambling in other states, too,” Kalm said.

For more than two decades, the MGCB has maintained a self-exclusion option called the Disassociated Persons List for Detroit casino patrons. Problem gamblers may sign up voluntarily for the list using a form on the MGCB website.

MDHHS offers resources for problem gamblers including the 24-hour helpline for crisis intervention and treatment referral and other options including screening services and referrals to treatment or support groups. More information on problem gambling resources is available on the MDHHS website.

"The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."