Michigan gambling regulators have struck a compromise with a state lawmaker and are proposing to expand charity poker games throughout the state but put a cap on the number of days to play.
Bars, churches, schools, community centers and other locations would be allowed to hold charity poker events instead of the current number of about 40 locations statewide.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board is proposing that poker can be played four nights a week or up to 208 days a year. Charities can run the games themselves or hire a licensed supplier to provide dealers, tables and other equipment.
Charities lately have reported poker profits of about $16 million compared to just $3.6 million in 2002. Nonetheless, regulators say charities are getting a much smaller share of the money.