With March Madness about to tip-off in the midst of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Michigan Gaming Control Board is reminding sportsbook and casino gamblers that there are a plethora of options available should they decide they need to take a self-imposed break.
This reminder comes mere weeks after the MGCB authorized online sportsbooks and casinos to be able to legally operate in the Wolverine State.
“Because online gambling is new to Michigan, we’re seeing heavy marketing and lots of excitement,” Richard Kalm, the executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said in a statement. “There are many online gambling opportunities, and I hope Michigan residents are being careful about their choices and know their options if gambling is or becomes a problem for them.”
The MGCB press release then detailed the ways patrons can self-limit.
On the gaming apps themselves — usually under the “responsible gaming tab” — gamblers can place self-imposed limits on deposits, wagers, and time spent on any one site.
Residents can completely self-exclude
Michigan residents can also sign up with the operators to exclude themselves from ever creating an account, or to exclude themselves from either the sportsbook or casino side of the app.
Additionally, residents can set up self-exclusion from the sites for between one and five years by applying to do so via the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s Responsible Gaming Database.
There is also the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Gambling Disorder Helpline, which is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-270-7117.
Also, the MGCB notes, the state for two decades has maintained the Disassociated Persons List for those wanting to self-exclude from the Detroit brick-and-mortar casinos. Residents who wish to sign up there can do so by filling out a form on the MGCB website.
Lastly, the MDHHS offers numerous resources in addition to the toll-free number, including screening services, treatment referrals, and support groups. More information for problem gamblers can be found at the MDHHS website.