Sports fans across the state of Michigan are excited that they can now gamble online and in Detroit casinos legally. With the new law in place, the old school “bookie” is facing extinction but make no mistake about it, they still exist. How the new legislation will affect the illegal gaming industry remains to be seen. To discuss this matter in detail, we spoke with several criminal defense lawyers that are at the top of their field in the state of Michigan.
Scott Grabel is the founder of Grabel and Associates and has created a criminal defense team that has become the best throughout the state of Michigan. When asked about the impact of this legislation, Grabel stated, “Much like the marijuana industry, prosecutions are on the rise. The illegal bookmaker will not go out of business and will have to find various ways to continue their operations. The problem for this individual is now they are competing with the state, and the prosecution will be based heavily upon economics, but to say they will not exist is not true.”
William Amadeo is a partner at McManus and Amadeo in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Senior Associate with Grabel and Associates. Known as one of the hardest working attorneys in the state of Michigan, Amadeo added commentary when he said, “Illegal gambling is always going to occur, and we see in more frequently in poorer neighborhoods. A bookie that is taking bets on games or running numbers will always be in existence, but prosecutors, especially in Wayne County, will be on the lookout for them. The bookmaker is now in competition with Detroit casinos, and that is going to provide the incentive to prosecute in Detroit.”