Some Small Businesses Can Provide Services to Casinos Without License in Michigan

In a unanimous vote, the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said today small non-gaming related industries can work with casinos to provide services and not be required to obtain a license.

“The changes approved by a 4-0 Board vote allow more small businesses to supply things like food and beverages, snow removal or laundry services to the Detroit casinos without disclosing information to the MGCB,” Henry Williams, MGCB executive director, said in a statement.

“If you are a non-gaming vendor already registered for internet casino gaming or online sports betting, your firm can provide up to $400,000 in goods and services to each Detroit casino and skip added paperwork,” he added.

This action is the first major decision for Williams since he was confirmed as head of MGCB last month by the Michigan Senate.

The exemptions allow qualifying businesses to go five years without applying for a license.  This is an increase from the existing one-year exemption period offered to some businesses.

Additionally some businesses such as medical providers and the United States Postal Service are listed as automatically exempted, depending on the amount of business they do with the casinos.

Gambling Activity In Michigan

MGCB was established in 1997 after a statewide voter referendum approved gambling in the state in 1996.

Michigan online gambling became legal in the state on Jan. 22.  In the nearly six months since close to a dozen operators have gone live with online casinos and sportsbook apps. The state has also broken revenue projections for online gaming.

Earlier today it was announced that while revenue and activities are not back to their pre-COVID levels, casinos in the state are doing well and earned nearly $110 million in May.

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