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2 Northern Casinos Lower Gaming Age

29 July 2000

PESHAWBESTOWN, MICHIGAN -- July 29, 2000 – As reported by the Detroit Free Press: "Two northern Michigan casinos have lowered minimum gambling ages from 21 to 18, a move officials say isn't aimed at competing with Detroit's casinos, but at allowing young adults to attend in-house concerts.

"…More than 100 customers had complained about age restrictions since May 1999, when Leelanau Sands opened a 1,000-seat auditorium, the second-largest in northern Michigan. Such acts as Tonic, Billy Idol and Martina McBride -- which appeal to younger audiences -- have performed.

"…The casinos have tightened security to ensure minors do not consume alcohol. Belanger said he expects most 18- to 21-year-olds to come for entertainment, so the move will have little effect on gaming attendance.

"All patrons at Detroit's two casinos must be 21 under state law. Michigan's nine tribes, which operate 17 casinos statewide, set their own entry ages, though compacts mandate a minimum of 18..."

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