The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued a press release on February 12, 2020, detailing a joint enforcement effort by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the MGCB that resulted in the closure of more than a dozen businesses running illegal gambling operations in 2019.

The 14 businesses in question claimed that they were offering skill-based redemption games, which are legal in Michigan. As opposed to casino-style slot machines that have outcomes based solely on chance, skill-based redemption games have outcomes that are determined predominantly by the player’s skill. After investigation, the MGCB determined that the games were not redemption games but rather illegal casino-style video slot machines. Each business chose to close rather than face potential criminal charges, including a 10-year felony charge.

“Illegal gambling can lead to money laundering and other crimes that impact the safety and security of Michigan communities,” said Rick Kalm, MGCB Executive Director. “Legal gambling is taxed and regulated, and taxes go back into the community as funding for K-12 education. An illegal gambling operation doesn’t support the community but instead siphons funds away from it.”

“Gambling regulations are in place for a reason, and when bad actors choose to ignore the law, they must be held accountable,” said Attorney General Nessel. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with our partners at the Michigan Gaming Control Board in putting a stop to these illegal operations.”

The locations issued cease-and-desist orders in 2019 are:

Kent County

  • The Nudgemaster Café, 3514 Plainfield Ave., Grand Rapids

Lapeer County

  • Fortunes Skilled Gaming Lounge, 1777 South Cedar St., Imlay City
  • Atlantis Internet Café, 759 East St., Lapeer
  • Jackpot Island Café, 700 South Main St., Lapeer

Genesee County

  • Burton Redemption Center, 5515 Davison Rd., Burton
  • Monte Carlo Café, 723 South State Rd., Davison

Macomb County

  • Jewlz Haven, 66783 Gratiot Ave., Richmond
  • Spinners 777, 43648 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights
  • Lucky’s Skill Game Café, 66830 Van Dyke Rd., Washington Township

Oakland County

  • Internet Café, 290 South Telegraph Rd., Pontiac
  • Lucky’s 7160 Highland Rd., Waterford
  • Bingo City, 4443 Dixie Highway, Waterford
  • Waterford Redemption Center, 3687 Highland Rd., Waterford

Washtenaw County

  • Stoney Creek Internet Café, 2040 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti

A guide to internet cafes can be found on MGCB’s website.


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