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Nessel's office warns consumers to read fine print on online gaming websites

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 14:06:32-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel encourages anyone who may be interested in signing up for online sports betting to first read the fine print.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board authorized online sports betting and gaming earlier this week.

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Advertisements promoting internet gaming and sports betting websites often offer free play or site credits for signing up – but that may come with strings attached, Nessel said.

Players may have to invest a certain amount of money before receiving the site credit, for example.

“Authorization of these programs is very recent, and I urge anyone who is interested in registering to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions related to the promotional packages being offered so that you are not confused about what may be expected,” Nessel said. “In some instances, site users may be required to spend or deposit a certain amount of money into an account before receiving their free play credits, and users should make themselves aware of such conditions so they are not taken off guard.”

While free play promotional offerings are common practices in standard casinos, the online gambling arena is new to Michigan and the attorney general’s office wants consumers to be aware of the details surrounding the advertisements.