Michigan governor gets involved in charity poker

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Gov. Rick Snyder has switched the oversight of Michigan charity poker rooms from the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery’s Charitable Gaming Division to the executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

The state said there were concerns about the growing poker economy in Michigan and the criminal elements that might be attracted to those revenues. The governor then created a criminal investigation unit within the Gaming Control Board on May 3. Michigan charity poker generated revenues of $194 million in 2011.

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“Instead of a drawing every two hours, we are having a drawing every hour beginning at 11 a.m.,” he said.

Players collect raffle tickets during the week whenever they make a straight or better in any cash games. Having your aces cracked is a bounty, since you get 25 tickets for the raffle. Those tickets are then drawn from a drum on Tuesdays (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), awarding $100 every hour. You must be present to win so unclaimed prizes get rolled into the next hour’s drawing.

— Frank Panama and Gambit Gras are Ante Up’s Michigan Ambassadors. They host the Michigan Poker Monster weekly podcast at mipokermonster.com. Email them at anteupmichigan@gmail.com.