Thursday, April 19, 2012

Michigan Governor Snyder Signs Executive Order Transferring Oversight of Charitable Poker to Michigan Gaming Control Board

On April 11, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Executive Order 2012-4, transferring to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) the regulatory oversight of "millionaire parties" from the Michigan Bureau of Lottery.

"Millionaire parties" are broadly defined in Michigan's Traxler-McCauley-Law-Bowman Bingo Act as charitable gaming activities that include "an event at which wagers are place upon games of chance customarily associated with a gambling casino…"

The Executive Order will affectively give the MGCB regulatory oversight of the increasingly prevalent "charitable" poker events hosted at bars and other establishments across the state of Michigan. The Executive Order does not become effective for 60 days and is subject to legislative disapproval, although that is considered unlikely.