Michigan Problem Gambling Help

Problem gambling is an important issue in Michigan. There is a state lottery, horse racing, casinos in Detroit and on tribal land, mobile casinos, online poker rooms, mobile sportsbooks and simulcast racing available throughout the state. This makes gambling easily accessible for Michigan residents. For some, this can become a problem.

Michigan residents can gamble on mobile devices. This includes sports betting, horse racing, poker and casino games. Those that would prefer to not have that access may opt out of these services. Each company has a way to self-exclude on the app or by contacting support. Players that prefer to get blocked from all licensed Michigan gambling sites may contact the state gaming commission.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) offers a way to self-exclude from the state’s online and live gambling. A form may be filled out with the state or at one of the Detroit casinos. This closes accounts at all licensed Michigan online casino, poker and sports betting sites, as well as creates a ban at all Detroit casinos. Players may apply for reinstatement once satisfying the amount of time under the self-exclusion. 

Set playing limits

One way to control your gambling is to set time and money limits. Once your time is up, or the bankroll you set aside for the casino trip depleted, it is time to stop. Leave debit and credit cards at home to prevent temptation to go over your spending limit.

Michigan gambling sites have safeguards for players. There is a deposit limit that may be set to day, week or month. Poker and casino sites can also set a maximum number of hours playing before a break. Players that would like a break may set a cooling off period. These options are typically found in the site’s cashier or support areas. 

There is help for problem gamblers, friends, and family

There are multiple groups with a long history of helping problem gamblers and those close to them. It is easy to contact either by phone or over the internet. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers a problem gambling help at 1-800-270-7117. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Council on Problem Gambling is a group that advocates for more government spending to treat gambling addiction. It does not take a position on whether gambling online or at casinos should be legal. The National Council of Problem Gambling treats Michigan residents. The group may be reached here or at 1-800-522-4700. 

Gamblers Anonymous is another group that helps those struggling with addiction. This includes family members and friends. Gamblers Anonymous is best known for its 20 questions. Gamblers that answer yes to at least seven of the 20 questions may have a gambling problem. Find a location for Gamblers Anonymous here