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On the Double Down Michigan podcast, we explore topics related to the gaming industry in Michigan. Host Henry Williams, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director, discusses responsible gaming, gaming legislation in our state, industry news, current trends and more. We feature special guests from the gaming industry so you can get the inside scoop. Be sure to subscribe to Double Down Michigan: A Podcast by the Michigan Gaming Control Board to stay up to date on the latest in gaming. Thank you for listening!

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Join us for this insightful episode of Double Down Michigan as we sit down with Coleen King, President & Founder of King Media, and Laurie DeYoung, Vice President, to learn more about MGCB's award-winning "Don’t Regret the Bet" integrated marketing campaign. Discover the innovative strategies and key messages behind this campaign aimed at promoting responsible gambling practices. Coleen and Laurie share their roles at King Media, the channels and platforms used to reach their target audie...
In this episode, we sit down with Jasmine from the Michigan Gaming Control Board to explore the intricacies of gaming regulation in Michigan. From engaging with policymakers to promoting diversity and inclusion within the agency, Jasmine shares valuable insights into the role of the MGCB. Join us as we discuss current gaming laws, potential updates for the future, and the rise of female leadership in the traditionally male-dominated world of casinos. Get ready for an engaging discussion on th...
We're flipping the script as our podcast producer takes on the role of interviewer, sitting down with our host, Henry Williams to learn more about his background and vision for the future of this podcast. And of course, no anniversary celebration would be complete without some fun and thought-provoking questions. Tune in as we uncover the three items Henry would choose to take with him to a deserted island, offering a glimpse into his priorities and preferences. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: ...
In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Month this March, we're delighted to welcome a special guest, Dan Trolaro, Vice President of Prevention at EPIC Global Solutions. Dan shares his personal journey, shedding light on his background in problem gambling and the steps he took to overcome a gambling addiction that began during his high school years. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
Episode 13 features Robert Franklin, Gaming Lab Manager for the MGCB. Learn more about casino game testing, fairness, and integrity. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
Join host Henry Williams and special guest Keesha Garrett, Corporate Responsibility Director for the Michigan State Lottery, as they discuss responsible gift-giving during the holidays—especially with children. Looking forward to 2024, Keesha shares potential plans and initiatives aimed at enhancing the Michigan State Lottery's commitment to corporate responsibility. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
We're back with part two of our podcast with Brooke Baumgartner, a Licensing Coordinator at the Michigan Gaming Control Board's Millionaire Party section. Brooke, a Native American and fully recognized citizen of the Snoqualmie Indian tribe, offers valuable insights into tribal culture, enriching our understanding of this profound heritage. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
To commemorate National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in November, we engage in a conversation with Brooke Baumgartner, a Licensing Coordinator at the Michigan Gaming Control Board's Millionaire Party section. Brooke, a Native American and fully recognized citizen of the Snoqualmie Indian tribe, offers valuable insights into tribal culture, enriching our understanding of this profound heritage. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn...
Join us as we delve into the world of casino operations in Michigan with our special guest, Carla Schulte, the Deputy Director of Casino Operations at the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Carla brings her extensive expertise and knowledge to shed light on the intricate workings of the casino industry. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
MGCB's Responsible Gaming team joins host Henry Williams, as they discuss responsible gaming practices and shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of the "Don't Regret the Bet" campaign, launched earlier this year. They share valuable insights on their proactive efforts to reach out to citizens, ensuring they're aware of how to seek assistance if they encounter challenges related to gambling. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
In part 2 of episode 8, we dive into the complex world of illegal gambling and the usage of slot-like machines in our state. Join us as we sit down with Kurt Steinkamp, Chief of Staff for the MGCB, to uncover the challenges and consequences surrounding these issues. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
Episode eight features Kurt Steinkamp, the recently appointed Chief of Staff at the MGCB. Kurt and Executive Director Henry Williams explore the licensing process for Detroit casinos and online entities that ensures a responsible and secure gaming environment. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
Episode seven features John Drake, the General Manager of Hollywood Casino at Greektown in Detroit. He joins host Henry Williams to discuss the success of their casino, the impact of conventions and tourism, and whether iGaming competes or complements the onsite experience. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
Episode six features Carrie Dodt, Employee Licensing Manager for the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Listeners will learn about how to obtain an occupational license from the MGCB, some of the barriers applicants have faced over the years, and whether citizens with a felony or misdemeanor can obtain a license. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
In episode five, Executive Director Williams sits down with Alia Lucas, Gambling Disorder Program Manager for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to discuss the increase in requests for help from those with gambling problems, the importance of treating problem gambling as a public health crisis and the need for prevention efforts to educate young people about responsible gaming. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
On episode four, you will hear from MGCB's Horse Racing Section Manager, Heather Gaunt. Heather has been employed at MGCB since 2009 in a variety of roles, including regulation officer in Investigations and supervisor of the charitable gaming Millionaire Party staff. She joined the Horse Racing section in 2021. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
On episode four, you will hear from John Carlo, co-owner of the oldest and only remaining nighttime harness racing track in Michigan, Northville Downs. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
On episode two, we will hear from Michael Burke, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Problem Gambling and Board Member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. He will discuss some myths and truths of gambling addictions, how you can support a loved one who might be living with a gambling problem, and how Michael's personal problem gambling experience led him into this work. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
MGCB's Responsible Gaming Manager Sandra Johnson joins MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams in the first episode of the Double Down Michigan Podcast. They discuss the difference between responsible gaming and problem gambling, MGCB's new responsible gaming campaign, and tips for staying safe and having fun while you gamble. Facebook: MichiganGCBTwitter: @MichiganGCBInstagram: @michigangcb)LinkedIn: michigangcb
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