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Volume 26, Issue 31

August 7, 2020

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a notice to potential applicants of internet gaming suppliers and vendors indicating application deadlines. Supplier licensing applications and vendor registration applications are due by August 14, 2020.

Additionally, operators and platform providers who will accept wagers on an operator’s behalf should submit their minimum internal control standards (MICS) for internet gaming and/or internet sports betting to the MGCB by August 31, 2020. Operators and platform providers should provide MICS based on their roles and responsibilities. Platform providers are anticipated to be responsible primarily for the processes identified in the MICS requirements.

Please do the following to facilitate an efficient review process:

  • Submit separate internet gaming and internet sports betting MICS if offering both services
  • Submit MICS in Microsoft Word format
  • Use the reference numbers in Attachment A and Attachment B to identify the location of each MICS requirement
  • Provide written explanations of any requirements not addressed in your submission
  • Follow the same order format as outlined in Attachments A and B, if possible

The MICS requirements are applicable to the initial launch. Additional requirements may be necessary following the initial launch. Operators and platform providers who submit a complete set of MICS by August 31, 2020, will increase their likelihood of “going live” during the initial launch of internet gaming and internet sports betting.



Detroit casinos reopened on Wednesday, August 5, after having been closed for nearly five months. Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order issued on July 29, granted casinos permission to reopen with certain workplace safeguards in place.

The three Detroit casinos – MotorCity, Greektown, and MGM Grand – were permitted to reopen with 15 percent capacity, socially distanced games, entrance screenings, and hand-washing stations. Slot machines have been spaced apart and machines turned off between players, while table games have been limited to fewer players. Entrance to the casinos requires a temperature check and a series of screening questions. Masks are available to players who did not bring one with them. Smoking is not permitted on the gaming floor at any of the properties, however, smoking spaces have been designated outdoors.

Amenities are currently limited at the Detroit properties as well. The three casinos have opted to limit dining options and other resort amenities, in addition to the hotels remaining closed at MGM Grand and Greektown.

Tribal casinos across the State have been reopening over the past several weeks and continue to reopen individually.



The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) will host its next meeting virtually on August 11, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams Live.

During this meeting, the MGCB will consider occupational license applications, pending supplier applications, supplier renewal requests, suitability of key persons, transfers of interest, and violations of licensees. Public comments may be submitted through this form and emailed to The full agenda may be found here.

To join the virtual meeting, click here.


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