Aces Gaming, Michigan’s biggest supplier of charity poker games, is in trouble with the state’s gaming control board, which has accused it of diverting profits to Tripper’s Bar, Northville Downs, and a consulting company.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced that it has suspended Aces Gaming’s license for 30 days after the company admitted to have diverted over $1 million of its profits to a bar in Lancing and a horse racing track in Northville. According to the board’s press statement, Millionaire Party Games at Lansing’s Tripper’s Bar and Northville Downs have also been suspended for the same period. Reportedly, Aces Gaming has submitted a written statement that the above-mentioned venues are violating the state’s Bingo Act.

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The state has been investigating charity poker games organized by Aces Gaming from late 2013. There are records to show that both venues sold chips worth over $76 million between the years 2010 and 2013. Aces Gaming is expected by law to accept “reasonable and necessary” fees from charitable organizations to meet expenses for gambling equipment and dealers so that it can help them organize poker games. But it stands accused of diverting a considerable percentage of the profits to the Lansing-based bar, Northville Downs, and a consulting company belonging to Doug Cruce, a former senator and founder advisor of the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association.

Meanwhile, Heather Schuchaskie, the co-owner of Aces Gaming, has accused the Michigan Gaming Control Board of taking revenge on Aces Gaming for opposing changes to charity gaming rules passed by Governor Rick Snyder early in July. She said, “They’re implying that we took money from charities and put it someplace else. We didn’t divert funds … We didn’t do anything but help the charities raise close to a million dollars a year, net.” She also said that Aces Gaming has not signed any written statements admitting that it has violated laws.

However, the state of Michigan says that it has records showing that Aces Gaming diverted around $525,000 to Northville Downs, around $516,000 to Cruce’s consulting company, and around $562,000 to Tripper’s bar from 2008 to 2012, making it more than $1.6 million in diverted funds.

The law permits charities to hire suppliers and rent locations. But the Gaming Control Board says that illegal fund diversion, creation of false records, fund diversion, and other criminal acts take place when locations and suppliers collude and use the charitable organization’s license to hold poker games.

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