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MISSION STATEMENT - "The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."

Serving Michigan citizens by licensing and regulating commercial casinos in Detroit, their suppliers and employees, regulating pari-mutuel horse racing, and overseeing Native American casinos in Michigan.

In November 1996, Michigan voters approved Proposal E, effectively authorizing three licensed casinos to be built in Detroit. Proposal E was later substantially improved and strengthened, then signed into law as the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act.

In January 2010, the governor issued Executive Order 45 authorizing all of the authority, powers, duties, and functions of the Office of Racing Commissioner to the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

On April 11, 2012, Governor Snyder signed Executive Order 2012-4 resulting in more effective regulation of certain charitable games. This Executive Order transfers regulation of "millionaire parties" from the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery's Charitable Gaming Division to the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Regulation of other forms of charitable gaming such as bingo and raffles will remain with Lottery.
MGCB slide showNative American tribes are sovereign nations. As such, the State of Michigan does not have general regulatory authority over Indian casinos, although the State does have oversight authority over compliance with the State-Tribal Compact provisions. They are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and the government of the appropriate tribal community.

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Non Profit Quarterly - January 15, 2014 Charity Poker Compromise Splits the Pot in Michigan

According to The Republic, revenue from charity poker games in Michigan was $7.9 million in 2002, from which charities took home $3.6 million.     FULL STORY >>

The Times Herald - January 15, 2014 Charitable Poker Needs Better Rules

Two things can be said about charity poker:  It is a proven means of raising revenue for the non-profits it serves and the business that runs the games, and gambling, charitable or otherwise, requires careful regulation.     FULL STORY >>

Crain's Detroit Business - January 15, 2014 Gaming Board, Lawmaker Compromise on Charity Poker

The Michigan Gaming Control Board said it has reached a compromise with a Republican lawmaker on rule changes for charity poker games.     FULL STORY >>

Detroit Free Press - January 10, 2014 Michigan Gaming Board Limits Charity Poker Games in Compromise

Charity gaming will become more prolific, but available on fewer nights of the year, under a compromise reached this week by the Michgian Gaming Control Board and a lawmaker who wanted charities to have freer rein to use gambling as a fundraising tool.     FULL STORY >>

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