In Michigan, there are several ways for nonprofits / charitable organizations to host a "Night Party / Las Vegas Party", a fundraising event with a "casino" theme. They can hold a State license, "Millionaire & # 39; s Party", work with a local Charity Poker Room or create their own Casino sponsored fundraiser / gala event
1. Host your own event
If your group is a registered charity (ie; 501 (c) 3 or equally identifiable), you can apply to the State to obtain a Millionaire & # 39; s Party (this license will allow you to host a Texas Hold & # 39; Em Poker Tournament), just like you might see held at summer festivals and events held at many churches throughout the State. These events are like walking into a "real casino", where your guests buy their chips, play various games and then finally "cash out" their chips for cash , redeem them for prizes, etc.
There is a registration fee of fifty dollars ($ 50.00) per day for this license and you can get a good license for up to four consecutive days. You can get your group up to four (4) of these licenses each calendar year. To obtain this license, there are several papers that need to be completed and then many post-event papers to be submitted to the State as well. You need to start the licensing application process as early as possible, as the State is now telling people, that you must allow at least six (6) to eight (8) weeks for processing their application. . And since you need to get your license number on all flyers and other promotional materials, you don't have to advertise your activity until you get your license. Likewise, you must comply with all State regulatory rules & # 39; which has to do with the movement of this activity.
The key to this is a successful fundraising event, so you need to have your team and members and supporters, show up, participate in the games, and lose money at the games. The more money they lose, the more money your group will make.
You can visit the State website & # 39; s (see the website address in Section 2 below) for more information on how your activity is run, to obtain your licensing application and a list of licensed equipment suppliers.
2. Work with a local, Charity Poker Room
Given the current popularity of playing Texas Hold & # 39; Em Poker television, over the last several years with many Charity Poker rooms, has opened across the State. Many of these Funds are becoming more and more popular, and there are so many following, that they are open seven nights a week.
If there are such Charity Poker Accounts available in your area, you can check them out. If your group qualifies for a State license, you might consider working with them rather than hosting your own event. You must comply with all of these State and # State rules and regulations in connection with the conduct of your activities, but the Offer may assist you through this process.
The main reason for working in these Charity Poker Rooms is that you really have to worry about your groups and # 39; s members and supporters who show up for this class at an event, to make it a success.
Now comes a paradigm shift … your members and supporters don & # 39; you really have to show this collector in order for it to succeed! If Charity Poker Rooms is a well-established charity poker room, they have a team of loyal poker players to show up and play, no matter the charity. Groups working with the established Charity Poker Rooms typically expect to earn between $ 1,000 to $ 4,000 per four (4) day run, which is not good for returning your $ 200 investment for your license.
Again you can visit the State website & # 39; s (http://www.michigan.gov/cg/0,4547,7-111-35016—,00.html) for more information on how to operate your application and obtain your license application.
3. Host a Casino Night / Las Vegas themed party / gala event
Similar to a traditional "dinner / dance, fundraiser", instead of dancing as the preferred entertainment for your fundraiser / gala, you get "just for fun".
Your guests will pay the price of the ticket to attend your event / gala, and for this, they will receive some kind of consolation, one (1) price ticket, an advance amount of chips or "funny money" and the chance to participate in "just funny" entertainment in the game.
Following the event, your guests will transfer all their "winnings" to additional door-to-door tickets, and you will get drawings for various door prizes (and hopefully all of these prizes will be given away at your group).
The key to keep in mind here is that because chips are worth less money, and you can't "buy" more chips, it's not "real gamble" (keep in mind that this is "just for fun" game), and so a State license is unnecessary.
Also in this type of event you want to keep the focus on fun, and not on who actually wins. Remember to claim all your events, they receive one (1) ticket price at the door, so that one can attend your event, not participate in any of the games, but can still travel with a prize at door to the end.
And just like any traditional fundraiser your organization can make, you can figure out the cost of profit in this event, since you already know all of your fixed costs (ie; home / meal, gaming equipment rental, per person needs, etc.), you simply set your admission price. You can also take advantage of many additional opportunities to collect your event, such as selling game table sponsorships, selling special drinks at the event, and more.