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The articles and materials on this Web site have been made possible through the contributions of the Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. law firm ( For assistance with your legal needs, or for consulting assistance with regard to the management of regulatory compliance matters, contact:

David D. Waddell, Lawyer

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The Michigan Gaming Newsletter is an e-mail publication established in 1994, that objectively reports significant happenings in the Michigan gaming industry within hours of their occurrence.

Each newsletter is also posted on the the Michigan Gaming website on the day of publication.

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Dave Waddell

David Waddell's Detroit News Column

David Waddell is an attorney with Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. He wrote for The Detroit News from 1998 to 2008.

Each column examines unique topics affecting the Michigan gaming industry. Waddell is also editor of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter and co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book.

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RMC's Gaming Analyst Robert Russell, Attorney David Waddell, Attorney Dustin Ford, and Attorney Blaine DeGracia are often quoted by industry, national and local media publications on issues impacting the casino gaming industry.

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In addition to providing perspective on the industry, they have assisted the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) with the organization of its annual conference agenda as Mr. Russell has been a conference advisory member since 2002. Visit for more information.

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For a comprehensive and in-depth explanation of Michigan supplier licensing and compliance click below:
A Practical Guide To Casino Supplier Licensing in Michigan

The state of Michigan has a very extensive process for licensing gaming and non-gaming suppliers that conduct business with the three Detroit casinos. The rules related to this process are outlined in detail in the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act ("Act"), and the Michigan Gaming Control Board Administrative Rules ("Rules"). In addition, the Michigan Gaming Control Board ("Board") has adopted Board Resolution 2009-1 to further clarify the licensing process. The Board has also adopted several other resolutions that provide clarification to matters involving political contributions, third party providers, license suspensions and other licensing related matters. Also, the Michigan Attorney General has issued several opinions that provide clarification to the Act concerning political contributions by licensees and their key qualifiers.

In Michigan, supplier licenses are non-transferable, and are only issued by the state after an entity has demonstrated its suitability to the Board through an application and an investigative process.

All providers of gaming related products and services are required to obtain a gaming related supplier's license. Michigan also requires licensing of certain non-gaming suppliers. The state determines the licensing of non-gaming suppliers based on the dollar amount of business that the company anticipates conducting, or has conducted with the Detroit casinos.

The Board has developed a process for issuing temporary licenses to gaming and non-gaming suppliers. Businesses whose dollar amounts with the casinos are below certain dollar thresholds, are allowed to obtain a vendor identification number which permits the casinos to begin conducting commerce with these businesses.

Michigan also has rules that allow certain businesses to be exempt from the licensing process if the Board determines that licensing is not necessary to protect the public's interest.

Michigan's Native American casinos are not regulated by the Board. Rather, they are governed by their respective tribal governments and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). For information on the licensing process of each Michigan Tribal casino, we suggest that you contact the respective gaming commission.

RMC Ventures recommends that businesses new to the gaming industry have a "Michigan Supplier License Analysis" completed in advance of initiating the licensing process. The analysis will prepare the business for the licensing process, and also help to educate owners and management about what they can expect once the licensing process is initiated. In addition, because the Michigan process is unique, RMC Ventures encourages experienced gaming suppliers to review the Board's Web site, Act and Rules before initiating the process.



The Michigan gaming industry is composed of private commercial casino gaming, Native American Class III gaming, a state lottery, charitable gaming and pari-mutuel horse racing.

Michigan first legalized gaming in 1933 when pari-mutuel horse racing was legalized. It was not until 1972 that Michigan adopted its second form of legal wagering - a state run lottery.

Tribal Class III gaming emerged on the scene in the late 1980s with Class I and Class II gaming. In the mid-1990s, the state entered into Class III gaming compacts with seven tribes, and followed that in 1998 with four additional compacts.

Limited commercial casino gaming was legalized in Michigan in November 1996, with the passage of a voter referendum, Proposal E. Proposal E enacted the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act and authorized up to three private casinos in the city of Detroit.


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