Michigan Charity Poker Update
The Michigan Gaming Control Board, which regulates these types of poker games in the state, had sought to change charitable poker rules more than a year ago.
When they got what they wished for, and the rules changed, the Michigan Charitable Gaming association was sued and got an injunction, so it put the news rules on hold.
What happened next?
The Michigan Gaming Control Board put emergency rules in place, which these charity poker games have been operating under since then (July 2014).
Those new emergency rules have an expiration date and must be renewed.
At the beginning of this month, the Michigan Gaming Control Board decided to extend those emergency rules for another six months. That six-month period will end on July 2.
What will happen then depends on the Gaming board. They could decide to stop issuing party licenses if there is no final ruling from the court, or start all over again.
Here are the new emergency rules they are currently applying:
- requiring three representatives of a charity to be present to run a game
- performing background checks
- make sure the gaming happens in a designated area of an existing business
How involved do you believe the state should be involved with these charity games?
If a group wants to have a charity poker party, should they be able to do so without the state dictating to them what they must do?
If the state was not involved, could these "charity" games get out of control and become more of a business then poker games for charity?
Call me tomorrow (Thursday) on the Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.
Or please feel free to start a discussion and write your thoughts in the comment section.