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Michigan Charities Sue Over Poker Rules

Charitable Gaming Industry Says State Regulations Too Harsh


Charity gaming groups in Michigan have sued the state over rules that they say are a “a naked attempt to strangle and suffocate the charitable gaming industry” in the state.

Twenty five plaintiffs are suing the Gaming Control Board in order to try to prevent the enforcement of “emergency rules” that were enacted this summer, according to

Charities, millionaire party suppliers and an association that represents nearly 300 such charitable organizations are among the the groups taking action against the state.

Basically, the emergency rules were a way for the Gaming Control Board to get around a series of court rulings that sided with the charitable gaming industry over the new regulations proposed by the Gaming Control Board, the plaintiffs said. Legislative efforts apparently were unsuccessful.

The state has claimed that the poker rooms are a threat to the public and need to be regulated, but the charitable gaming industry maintains that the rules are excessive and would stomp out their revenues, which they say go to good causes, unlike the state’s three commercial casinos.