Michigan’s Hypocritical Attitude on Gaming ~ From Casinos to Charity Casinos but continue to Say No to the Horse Racing Tracks.

Kathie Oviedo Named Deputy Commissioner of Charitable Gaming

Jan. 2011

Kathie Oviedo was named Deputy Commissioner of Charitable Gaming by Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen. Oviedo will replace Michael Petersen, who retired January 1, 2011. “We are pleased to be bringing Kathie into the Charitable Gaming family,” Bowen said. “Her experience with numerous state departments, familiarity with state policies and procedures, and management style will lend themselves well to the multi-tasking that is necessary to effectively direct the Charitable Gaming Division.”Oviedo had been the director of human resources for the Michigan Lottery since fall of 2006. Prior to that, she was the acting manager of human resources with the Department of Community Health and had been a personnel specialist with the Departments of Community Health, Labor and Economic Growth, and Corrections.

The Charitable Gaming Division is responsible for the licensing, administration and regulation of gaming activities for non-profit and fraternal organizations in Michigan. In fiscal year 2010, charities generated $73.9 million for good causes through activities under the oversight of the Charitable Gaming Division.

On this Gov. Link you’ll find everything. Charity Events of every variety. They even have Classes for wanna be dealers.

TEXAS HOLD’EM TRAINING MEETINGS

Organizations conducting Texas Hold’em are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions below. Please check our website (www.michigan.gov/cg) for any updates.

Michigan Lottery
Charitable Gaming Division
P.O. Box 30023
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-335-5780
http://www.michigan.gov/cg

M. Scott Bowen… Commissioner
Kathie Oviedo …. Deputy Commissioner
Charitable Gaming
Editor ….. Lorrie Dundon
Contributing Writers …Abby Harvey, Todd
Gardner

How Lovely

Before Governor Engler left office he ranted if we give the Race Tracks slots or implement any further gaming, then the corner Bars, Bowling Alley’s, Pool Halls, Beauty Shops, Party Stores, Supermarkets, Dollar Stores and Grandpa & Grandma will want them at their places too. So we cannot do that, besides promoting gambling is against all my righteous principles.

Really?

Within this Gov. Link you’ll see highlights of who won what.

Linked Bingo Game Pays $25,000+

One lucky lady playing bingo at the Wayne Ford Civic League in Westland received an early Christmas gift, taking home a prize of $26,374. On December 6, Mary Francis Meredith achieved a coverall in an amazing 43 numbers to win the guaranteed prize of $25,000 plus a progressive prize offered during the Super Blackout Multi Win Linked Bingo Game.

Raffle Pays $775,000

A Grafton man won $775,000 in a progressive “Jack of Spades” raffle held by the Carleton Rotary Club every Friday night at the Grafton Inn in Carleton since it began on August 21, 2009. Every week there was a drawing and a winner but the big jackpot prize could only be won if the winner chose the correct envelope containing the Jack of Spades. On August 13, 2010, the correct envelope was chosen and the jackpot was finally won. The charity had a net profit of $307,000.

Bingo Licensee Offers Every Charity Game Ticket Available

The District 9 Little League at Britteny Hall in Wyoming has been known for offering every charity game ticket available, including the higher-priced tickets traditionally offered by veteran and fraternal clubs. Chairman, John Edgerle says, “Some of the tickets are slow moving but we feel that they still add to sales. It is also important to display what you sell. The unit we built allows us to display all of the tickets we sell as well as protecting the cash and tickets. We also display the tickets we sell on the wall behind us so all in all we have a minimum of four signs for every ticket we sell. The selection and displays have a „wow‟ factor and we believe it allows us to sell a large amount of tickets each week. Inventory is another subject to consider. We try to make sure we have enough tickets on hand so that we do not run out of tickets if we get a large crowd. It is especially important to have enough Lucky Bingo Balls, Beat the Odds, and Bingo Bugs on hand. We sell tickets until the next to the last bingo game.”

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Oh I’m sure it’s Important alright. OK there has always been Bingo, but Poker Rooms, Texas Holdem, Blackjack, Roulette?

But now guess who has them. Bars, Bowling Alley’s & Pool Halls.

Trippers Sports Bar – Grill 517- 336 – 0717

350 Frandor Ave.

Lansing, Mi. 48912

 

 
Monday .

.7pm: $30 “DEEP STACK” Add-On Texas Hold’em Tournament.

$30 Buy-in; 10,000 in starting chips;  $10 Add-On at registration for 10,000 in chips;  15 minute blinds; 97 player average field

Tuesday .
.7pm: $40 “DEEPER STACK” Freeze Out Texas Hold’em Tournament
$40 Buy-In;  15,000 in starting chips; 15 minute blinds; 45 player average field
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Wednesday .
.7pm: $30 “DEEPER STACK” Freeze Out Texas Hold’em Tournament
$30 Buy-In;  15,000 in starting chips; 15 minute blinds; 55 player average field
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Thursday
 
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.7pm: $35 “DEEPER STACK” Freeze Out Texas Hold’em Tournament
  ** Winner Takes Half! **;  $35 Buy-In;  15,000 in starting chips; 15 minute blinds; Average field TBD
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Friday .
..7pm: $40 “MEGA STACK” Freeze Out Texas Hold’em Tournament
$40 Buy-In;  20,000 in starting chips; 15 minute blinds; 40 player average field
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Saturday
 
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.7pm: $20 & $10 “DOUBLE THREAT” Freeze Out Texas Hold’em Tournament
Is a $20 buy-in just in your price range?  No worries, buy into this tournament for $20 and make your way to the top 10% to share in the prize pool.  Want to up the ante?  Buy in for $30; $20 goes to the main prize pool and $10 goes to a secondary prize pool paid to the last man standing.  Only those that participate in the $10 optional entry can win the secondary prize pool.  Regardless of the amount you buy in for, the chip stack is a fixed 10,000 in chips.  15 Minute Blinds.    Average field TBD
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NEW  4PM START TIME  FOR SUNDAY TOURNEY
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Sunday 
 
 
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4pm: $20 “DEEP STACK” Add-On Texas Hold’em Tournament$20 Buy-in; 10,000 in starting chips;  $20 Optional Add-On OR Rebuy prior to the 5th round for 10,000 in chips;  15 minute blinds;  Average field TBD       

 

http://www.michiganpokergames.com/find_a_game.php

http://www.michiganpokergames.com/find_a_game.php?zip=48192

  

Diamond Poker Room at Indian Lanes
4500 13th St
Wyandotte, MI 48192

 

Shark Club
42070 North Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187

 

Garden Lanes
29145 Warren Avenue
Garden City, MI 48135

 

US 12 Bar and Grill
34824 West Michigan Ave
Wayne, MI 48184

 

Kickers All American Grill
36071 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150

 

Taylor Lanes

24800 Eureka Rd
Taylor, MI 48180

 

Queen of Hearts Poker Room
20000 Van Horn
Woodhaven, MI 48183

 

The Dawg House Poker Room at Chelsea Lanes
1180 South Main St
Chelsea, MI 48118

 

Slapsticks Billiards
35691 Gratiot
Clinton Township, MI 48035

 

A lot more throughout the entire State Of Michigan.

It’s funny or sad in a way that these Bars & Bowling Alley’s were the ones able to get this Gaming. Yet the Race Tracks are dying a slow death. Oh Northville Downs has this Charity event as well to at least get people into the building. Hazel Park Raceway as well until suddenly they were just closed down recently. There has to be a reason for this one.

My point is people in Michigan voted and passed Proposal 1 solely to keep a handle on further Gambling going on in the State. But did they?

ARGUMENTS FOR THE PROPOSAL: Page 12

Excerpts:

Some opponents of gaming expansions point to the serious social and moral implications. They fear that more gambling outlets and new forms of gambling will lead to more gambling-related problems: more crime (and increased law enforcement costs) and unsavory behavior; more gambling addicts; more stress on families; the prevalence of a “get rich quick” mentality; and, in short, a culture awash in the gaming ethos. The people of the state ought to have a direct voice in policies that fundamentally affect the state’s way of life.

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So I’m now wondering of the Michigan residents and voters who voted Yes on this Proposal 1 in 2004 know there’s Casino type gaming going on in Canton, Garden City, Taylor, Woodhaven, Livonia, Wayne, Wyandotte, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Commerce Twp, Madison Heights, Warren, Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, Rochester, Utica, and countless others across this State.

Poker Rooms, Texas Holdem Tournaments. Or honestly is them being for Charity not the issue you argued against.

Some opponents of gaming expansions point to the serious social and moral implications. They fear that more gambling outlets and new forms of gambling will lead to more gambling-related problems: more crime (and increased law enforcement costs) and unsavory behavior; more gambling addicts; more stress on families; the prevalence of a “get rich quick” mentality; and, in short, a culture awash in the gaming ethos. The people of the state ought to have a direct voice in policies that fundamentally affect the state’s way of life.

And I say Proposal 1 and all who voted for it are a bunch of friggin HYPOCRITES. It is here and it’s in your back yard and I don’t hear anybody complaining about any of it.

All Proposal 1 did is prevent the Horse Racing Tracks who were here before any Bingo Halls, Lottery or Casinos gain a fair playing field by allowing what was already gambling establishments since signed into law in 1933 to get further gaming implemented into them for their survival. And I’m talking about thousands and thousands of livelihoods directly and indirectly to Horse Racing. These are the people who generated Millions upon Millions of dollars in revenue for years and years that now you have kicked to the side and it’s not fair.

But you can go down the street to your nearest Bar, Bowling Alley and Pool Hall and Gamble your brains out. Then you can justify it all by saying BUT IT’S FOR CHARITY like that makes a difference.

Let me tell you something people. A gambler gambles with the intention of winning. They don’t go to Race Tracks, Casinos or Charity Casinos with the intention of losing their money. They are not there to donate a thing to anybody. They are taking that money you hold so special that you argued ( serious social and moral implications and  that more gambling outlets and new forms of gambling will lead to more gambling-related problems: more crime (and increased law enforcement costs) and unsavory behavior; more gambling addicts; more stress on families; the prevalence of a “get rich quick” mentality; and, in short, a culture awash in the gaming ethos ) and gambling it.

To say well if it’s for Charity then it’s OK is a CROCK. Tell those individuals that lost their money OH it was for Charity, and see what they’d tell you. In realty they are just as broke whether they lost that money at the Track, Tribunal Casino, Detroit Casino or the Charity Casino WHERE YOU LIVE.

Broke is Broke. You went someplace with money and you walked out with none. Doesn’t make a difference to those that lost it. They weren’t there to Lose, they were there to Win.

But one thing is crystal clear nobody went to their homes and placed a gun to their heads and made them go some place to gamble. It was free will and free choice. Only it seems that the Horse Racing Tracks are the only ones dying because a bunch of Hypocrites within the Citizens, Legislative body and including the Governor of the State of Michigan continue to say we don’t want to expand gaming beyond what we have.

What you have is Bars, Bowling Alleys and Pool Halls that actually received gaming instead of the very first Gambling Establishments being the States Horse Race Tracks. And it’s all a bunch of hypocritical bullshit.

As a citizen does it really matter to you whether people are betting the horses or pulling a slot machine? Or whether both should be able to be done at the same place and location. You care that much. Why? Enlighten me.

Stop off at a Charity Casino throughout the week, give a little or a lot of money then go to Sunday Service and pray and act like you’re a saint. Hell you can even leave Church then stop back off at a Charity Casino before you get home. After all you went to church and God may bless you with a little dough.

HYPOCRITES ONE AND ALL.

When you go to that church to pray on society’s social and moral implications, say a prayer for the Horsemen & Women in the state whose livelihoods you have killed on your self-proclaimed righteous morals. Because they would like to know how you feel working 7 days week is such a sin.

You didn’t stop Gambling one single bit. You just stopped and killed the very Industry that gave to this State in more dollars than any of you will ever put together in a thousand lifetimes.

You voted and passed a bill. But in essence did you understand what you in-fact were voting about?

So in Jan. of 2011 the State of Michigan named a new Charity Casino Deputy Commissioner, yet in 2009 the Governor dissolved The Office Of Racing Commissioner supposedly for financial reasons.

Well Gaming has expanded and it didn’t need your vote. Charity Casinos are Booming and they are booming because they are making money. And why are they making money? Because the Gamblers who are gambling there are losing. The very essence of your arguments to pass Proposal 1. And the Horse Racing Industry that employees 12,000 – 20,000, well let’s just say in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost I pronounce you dead.

And the Hypocrites of the Church say, Amen.

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They fear that more gambling outlets and new forms of gambling will lead to more gambling-related problems: more crime (and increased law enforcement costs) and unsavory behavior; more gambling addicts; more stress on families; the prevalence of a “get rich quick” mentality; and, in short, a culture awash in the gaming ethos. The people of the state ought to have a direct voice in policies that fundamentally affect the state’s way of life.

You could have fooled me.  Hundreds of ways to play Lottery. But hey take the Gamble!

December 24, 2007 – The Lottery sells a record $21 million in instant tickets in the week ending on Christmas Eve, beating 2002’s $18.4 million for the same week. Leading the way in sales are $2 tickets, which usually generate about $6.7 million a week but topped out at $10 million, the highest amount in the history of that price point.

The people of the state ought to have a direct voice? They do and it’s called we love to Gamble. I wonder what that precious money could have provided that Christmas in 2007. More food or gifts for their kids? But the State Promotes ” Get Rich Quick Mentality ” Lottery.

And then there is this. Now if this isn’t anymore hypocritical.

In today’s tough economy, it’s harder than ever for non-profit organizations in Michigan to effectively address their financial and programmatic needs. Innovative solutions are needed to allow charities to fill their budget gaps without sacrificing much-needed services. Charitable gaming offers a valuable solution for many non-profit organizations struggling to make ends meet.

Venues across Michigan now offer opportunities for charities to provide fully licensed, regulated gaming opportunities on a limited basis. Profits earned during these events help supplement non-profit budgets and make it possible for valuable programs and services to continue.

Charities and games of chance have a long and intertwined history. From the old days of the church raffle to today’s state lottery benefiting public schools, the link between gaming and charitable donations is a solid and lasting one. It is both prudent and necessary for charities to evolve with the times to attract new dollars to sustain their ongoing activities.

Yes in today’s tough economy, it’s harder than ever for the Horse Racing Industry in Michigan to address financial and programmatic needs. Innovative solutions are needed to allow Horse Racing to compete on a fair playing field by Implementing further Gaming to already established gambling facilities that would offer a valuable solution to their struggling to exist.~

In 2007 Governor Granholm made June “Michigan Horse Racing Month” to honor the state’s 74 years of horse racing history.  Her declaration marks the first time Michigan has celebrated a month devoted to the state’s horse racing industry.

Two years later she cut the Industry’s throat by dissolving The Office of Racing Commissioner.

Horse Racing defines today’s tough economic times. And our data shows we deserve a continued existence.

Four Years ago our Industry was honored. 4 years later we can’t even get the time of day. Appalling, disheartening and beyond frustrating.

Contact Governor Snyder: http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/contact-us

Contact your Representative: http://house.michigan.gov/find_a_rep.asp

Contact your Senator: http://senate.michigan.gov/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm

 
And tell them Michigan needs Thoroughbred Horse Racing and the Revenue it brings in to the State.

Let the tradition continue.

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