Play Suspended at Lucky’s Poker Room after Investigation
Over the last five weeks the Michigan Gaming Control Board has suspended charity games at three poker halls in Genesee County. The latest to be hit is Lucky’s Poker Room after an investigation by the Gaming Control Board and Attorney General’s office found evidence of illegal gambling.Investigators found that the poker room was making illegal payoffs to customers betting on computer slot machines. Operating slot machines outside of licensed casinos is illegal.
The move will hit the five charities operating their “Millionaire Parties” at Lucky’s as they will now have to find a new venue.
Rim Kalm, the executive director of the MGCB said, “Because of the illegal activity at this location, immediate action to protect the safety, welfare, and integrity of gaming is necessary. New proposed rules will hopefully increase charitable organizations’ involvement and raise awareness of their exposure when locations break the law.”
The Michigan Gaming Control Board is considering new laws regarding charity gaming. They would limit a poker gaming room to 120 days a year, require that a charity have five of its members working at each charity event, limit poker rooms to one charity event per night, require that charities raise $2,000 a year from non-gambling activities and require that charities hold events in their own or adjacent counties.