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Charity Gaming In Michigan: A Model?

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Apr 02, 2014


Gambling and worthy causes go together. If one is trying to legalize a form of gambling, it is often justified by showing that tax revenue will be generated for the public good. I make my home in Michigan these days. My state has two basic types of legal gambling; casinos and charity gaming. The largest casinos are the three casinos in the Detroit area (Greektown, MGM Grand, and Motor City) and the Soaring Eagle in Mt. Pleasant. All four of these have poker rooms. Charity gaming card rooms that have poker are located throughout the state. I would like to take a closer look at these card rooms. Michigan has had charity gaming for a long time. Until the 21st century, the favorite gambling activities for charity fundraising were bingo and “Las Vegas Nights.” The latter featured casino gambling games such as blackjack and roulette. When the poker boom came ...

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