DETROIT (WWJ) – Under state law, the casinos had to be built in an area defined as a city with a population of at least 800,000. But Detroit has now fallen well below that. 

Could Detroit’s Loss In Population Mean No More Casinos?

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According to officials with the Gaming Control Board, Michigan’s Attorney General will be looking into the issue, and it’ll like be discussed at a meeting Tuesday, March 29.

The question is whether the casino licenses are threatened by Census figures released this week that show Detroit has dropped to just under 714,000 people. 

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City Councilman Gary Brown says it’s a non-issue.

“When we got the license we needed 800,000, we’ve dropped below that but there wasn’t a requirement that we maintain 800,000 people in our city in order to keep our casinos,” says Brown.

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If Detroit’s casinos were to close, the city would lose millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.