Skill game gambling centers shut down in Kent Co.

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — They're called skill game centers, often found in strip malls and giving people a place to gamble on electronic machines.

In recent weeks, at least three of them have shut down in metro Grand Rapids, either voluntarily or by law enforcement, 24 Hour News 8 learned.

The Kentwood Police Department confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 it assisted the Michigan Attorney General's Office in seizing property from Big Winners on Eastern Avenue SE near 52nd Street a few weeks ago.

It's unclear exactly what led up to the raid. A spokesperson said the Attorney General's Office could not confirm or deny any investigations pertaining to strip mall gambling in Kent County.

A source told 24 Hour News that as a result of the raid at Big Winners, the owners of two other skill game centers, VIP Lounge on Clyde Park Avenue SW in Wyoming and Game Connection on Burton Street in Grand Rapids, decided to voluntarily shut down out of fear of law enforcement action.

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