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Michigan Online Gambling Laws

There is no law at present that explicitly prohibits or bans online gambling in Michigan. This however was not the case at all times. Online gambling was technically illegal in Michigan for one year between 1999 and 2000 after the state passed State Bill 563. This bill added a new section to the state's gambling law and specifically outlawed the use of internet to circumvent the existing gambling laws. As a result all forms of online gambling including online poker became illegal in the state. However things changed within a year and the state soon passed Public Act 185. This Act repealed the new section introduced by State Bill 563. As things stand today, Michigan online gambling is not explicitly illegal under Michigan law. However simply because there is no law prohibiting online gambling or online poker in Michigan does not mean that state based online gambling or online poker is legal in the state. Online gambling at websites which are located, licensed and regulated outside of the United States are legal options for Michigan players to consider when searching for legal MI online poker or other types of online gambling.

Is It Legal To Participate In Online Gambling In Michigan?

It is illegal to participate at any online gambling sites which are based within the state of Michigan, however there is no state or federal law which prohibit players from enjoying online gambling at websites which are legally licensed and regulated outside of the United States. In fact, our guide features pages specifically committed to explaining legal Michigan online casinos, MI online poker sites, and online sports betting for Michigan players. Access to legal offshore online gambling opportunities for US players is addressed here. Several states have recently legalized online gambling of some sort within their borders, including Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. Since Michigan is not strongly anti-gambling in their stance, it is conceivable that legal online gambling will reach their borders in the near future.

Michigan Gambling Laws - General

Michigan law does not allow anyone to offer gambling without a proper gambling license issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. It is a felony crime to conduct a gambling operation without a license. Michigan law has a broad definition of gambling game. It includes any game played with dice, cards, machine or equipment including mechanical, electronic or electromechanical device for money, credit or anything of value. Device includes cashless wagering systems and computers. Real money poker is illegal under Michigan law. The law however makes an exception for social or home poker games where no rake is taken.

A unique aspect of Michigan gambling law is that winning at illegal gambling can bring more trouble than losing. If the winning amount is under $50, it is a misdemeanor offense but if the winning amount is more than $50, the person can be sent to jail. Persons who lose at an illegal gambling game do not face the prospect of spending time in jail. They can however can sue the winner to recoup their losses. Persons who manage or run illegal gambling businessrd operations or are associated in anyway with illegal gambling business operations can be subject to accessory and conspiracy charges.

Michigan Lottery and Horse Racing Gambling Laws

Michigan has a state lottery that was first started in 1972. Public Act 239 was signed by Governor William Milliken on August 1, 1972 enabling the establishment of a state lottery. In 1995 the state passed the Horse Racing Law which legalized and regulated pari-mutuel horse racing. This law makes legalizes the pari-mutuel wagering on live and simulcast race results at licensed races in the state.

Land Based Gambling In Michigan

Michigan has licensed casinos in Detroit and on Indian reservations across the state. In 1996 voters in the state approved Proposal E which authorized the setting up of three licensed casinos in Detroit. This proposal was subsequently improved and became the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act after it was signed by the governor.

Michigan law allows charitable gaming subject to certain restrictions. Almost all forms of bingo and raffle in Michigan must be licensed. Charity game tickets also known as pull tab or break open are cold at bingo, in veterans' or fraternal clubs and licensed gaming events. Only licensed organizations can conduct bingo, raffles and sell charity game tickets.

A game of chance or skill pursuant to the Michigan Exposition and Fairgrounds Act is not illegal. Michigan gambling law does not prohibit the giving or payment of prizes, purses or premiums to players of a game or participants of a contest or to the owners, trainers, drivers or managers of animals or the operators, drivers or mechanics of machines, the giving or payment of entry fees and the payment of expenses or reward for labor or services associated with a contest, race or game.

Where Does Michigan Stand Regarding Internet Cafes?

Internet sweepstakes cafe or cyber cafes that allow patrons access to computer terminals for a fee to play a game of chance to win a prize are illegal. There are no exceptions to this rule in Michigan. Sweepstakes are legal under Michigan law if there is no entry or purchase fee and it is devoid of any consideration.

Are There Federal Laws Which Make Online Gambling Illegal For Michigan Players?

The Federal Wire Act and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) do not make playing online poker illegal. The UIGEA does not make it illegal to play online poker or casino games. It was put in place to regulate how online gambling transactions are processed, and was aimed at the online gambling operators, not players.

Michigan Gambling Laws

For individuals who would like to review the actual laws and statutes for yourself, you can follow this link to the official information: State of Michigan Legislature Website.

**If you are seeking a professional interpretation of any law or statute, we strongly recommend that you contact a lawyer. If you are seeking legal advice, we also recommend that you contact a lawyer. We are online gambling consultants and provide this content as informational only. We do not hold any law degrees or certifications, and do not claim to be trained lawyers or provide any type of legal services.