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Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams reminds Michigan citizens to play it safe, bet responsibly on Super Bowl
January 29, 2024
DETROIT, Jan. 29, 2024 — As the excitement builds for the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVIII that will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, Feb. 11, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) urges all sports fans and bettors to engage in responsible betting practices and only place wagers through authorized, legal sportsbook operators.
“The Super Bowl is a global phenomenon that brings together millions of viewers, football enthusiasts, and bettors alike,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said. “While enjoying this thrilling sporting event, it is essential to prioritize responsible betting to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.”
Here are a few key points for potential bettors to consider before placing their bets:
- Set a budget: Before engaging in any form of sports betting, establish a budget that aligns with your financial means. Set realistic limits on how much you are willing to wager and adhere to them throughout the game.
- Bet with caution: Betting on sports should be viewed as a form of entertainment and not as a guaranteed source of income. Only wager an amount that you can comfortably afford to lose without impacting your financial well-being or other obligations.
- Familiarize yourself with the rules: Ensure you have a solid understanding of the sports betting rules, odds, and types of bets available. By educating yourself about the betting process, you can make informed decisions and minimize potential risks.
- Use only authorized sportsbook operators: It is essential to use legal and authorized sportsbook operators for a secure and fair betting experience. Unlicensed sites can leave you at risk for identify theft, deposit losses, or unpaid winnings. If you plan to bet on the Super Bowl or other sporting events, check the MGCB website for a list of licensed internet sports betting providers and a sports wagering catalog for information on legal leagues and bets.
If you are gambling online, you can set limits on the gaming platform for deposits, wagers, and the time spent on every site authorized in Michigan. The self-imposed gambling limits can be changed only with 24 hours’ notice.
The gaming platforms and the MGCB also offer gambling self-exclusion options. You may visit the responsible gaming or help section of an authorized individual operator’s or provider’s website for self-exclusion information. The MGCB also offers self-exclusion from all legal, regulated sites through the Responsible Gaming Database for online gaming or the Disassociated Persons List for the three commercial Detroit casinos — MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown.
If you suspect you, a friend, or a loved one has a gambling problem, you can take this quiz on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website and get help by calling the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-270-7117.
The MGCB also offers information and resources on responsible gaming on our website at Michigan.gov/MGCB on its “Responsible Gaming” webpage. We have also created a website, DontRegretTheBet.org, that includes tips and information to help. We encourage Michigan citizens to review the resources available and contact us at 888-223-3044 to speak with an MGCB Responsible Gaming Representative if you have any additional questions.
Gambling in any form is for entertainment purposes only. If someone has a gambling problem, please call the state's 24-hour, toll-free helpline at 1-800-270-7117 or the MGCB's responsible gaming section at 1-888-223-3044. Visit the Responsible Gaming page of the MGCB website for information on self-exclusion programs including the Disassociated Persons List and the Internet Gaming and Sports Betting Responsible Gaming Database, and DontRegretTheBet.org for additional tools to game responsibly.
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. Learn more at Michigan.gov/MGCB.