Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Michigan Gaming Control Board Formally Vested with Oversight of Charitable Poker

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

The Executive Order may lead to changes in the regulatory oversight of “millionaire parties.” “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 placed upon games of chance customarily associated with a gambling casino…” The use of millionaire parties to conduct poker and blackjack tournaments hosted at bars and other establishments across the state of Michigan has rapidly expanded in recent years.

The Executive Order took effect on June 11, 2012. The Executive Order now affectively gives the MGCB regulatory oversight over these “charitable” poker and blackjack events.