Are Michigan Casinos Currently Open?
In the first week of August, Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave Detroit casinos the green light to open but urged continued vigilance as coronavirus cases surge. She also noted that new restrictions set out by the Michigan Gaming Control Board must be adhered to for casinos to remain open.
Some of the new restrictions gamblers will find when they visit their favorite Detroit casinos include:
- 15% capacity limit
- Mandatory mask-wearing by all patrons unless eating or drinking
- No smoking allowed inside
- Mandatory temperature checks
- No poker rooms
- No self-serve buffets
A handful of the state’s tribal casinos reopened before August 5. Tribal casinos are on sovereign land. Therefore, they are not legally bound by the same rules as state casinos. Tribal casinos had voluntarily chosen to remain closed out of caution during the first two months of the pandemic.
State Casino Reopenings In Michigan
Michigan’s three state-licensed casinos are beholden to state law and fall under the rules laid out by Gov. Whitmer’s executive order.
|Michigan State Casinos||Reopening Date|
|Greektown Casino||August 5|
|MGM Grand Detroit||August 5|
|MotorCity Casino||August 5|
Tribal Casino Reopenings In Michigan
The majority of casinos in Michigan are tribal-run, 23 in all, and are owned and operated by 12 different federally-recognized Native American tribes. Tribal casinos are not bound to follow the same closure requirements as their state-licensed counterparts.
|Tribal Casino||Reopening Date|
|Bay Mills Resort & Casino, Brimley||Opened June 12|
|FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek||Opened June 1|
|Four Winds Casino New Buffalo||Opened June 15|
|Four Winds Casino, Dowagiac||Opened June 15|
|Four Winds Casino, Hartford||Opened June 15|
|Gun Lake Casino, Wayland||Opened June 8|
|Island Resort & Casino, Harris||Opened May 16|
|Kewadin Casino, Christmas||Opened June 12|
|Kewadin Casino, Hessel||Opened June 12|
|Kewadin Casino, Manistique||Opened June 12|
|Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie||Opened June 12|
|Kewadin Casino, St. Ignace||Opened June 12|
|Kings Club Casino||Opened May 29|
|Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown||Opened May 29|
|Little River Casino Resort, Manistee||Opened June 1|
|Odawa Casino, Mackinaw City||Opened May 29|
|Northern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet||Opened May 22|
|Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey||Opened May 29|
|Ojibwa Casino and Bingo, Baraga||Opened June 29|
|Ojibwa Casino and Resort, Marquette||Opened July 1|
|Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, Standish||Opened June 1|
|Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant||Opened June 1|
|Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg||Opened May 29|
Michigan Land-Based Casino Guide
Michigan is home to more than two dozen casinos, the majority of which have a rich native foundation. Offering a range of tribal and commercial casinos, both large and small, Michigan has something to cater to all types of gaming enthusiasts.
The three commercial casinos (MGM Grand, Greektown Casino, and MotorCity Casino Hotel) are all centered in Detroit, while the remaining tribal casinos are spread far and wide across the state. Michigan casinos generally have a mixture of slot machines and table games, including all of the popular favorites such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker.
When they’re not gaming, visitors can spend time exploring the wondrous outdoor scenery and activities that Michigan has to offer.
Michigan Online Gambling: Online Sportsbooks & Casinos
The launch of the state’s retail sportsbooks experienced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Live sports betting at tribal casinos began to launch in June 2020. FireKeepers Casino became Michigan’s first tribal property to open a live sportsbook on June 22.
Michigan’s trio of Detroit-based commercial casinos got the green light to reopen August 5, after nearly five months shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis. Retail sportsbooks at all three properties reopened on that date as well.
Both commercial and tribal casinos in Michigan are also eligible to apply for licensing to offer online sports betting, casinos, and poker. Legal online gambling platforms could launch in Michigan by the end of 2020.
Michigan’s Commercial Casinos
Address: 555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48226
The Greektown Casino-Hotel opened in November 2000. It hosts over 3,000 slot and video machines, along with several popular table games and a poker room. The hotel tower is 30 floors high, with 400 rooms and suites. The property has a vast selection of dining options, including a steakhouse and a buffet.
Penn National Gaming operates Greektown Casino under the terms of a partnership with Vici Properties. The property also hosts a live sportsbook. An online sports betting platform will launch at some point as well.
An online casino, branded as Hollywood Casino, will also hit the Michigan market under the Greektown Casino license at some point.
Address: 1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
The MGM Grand Detroit first opened in July 1999, as the first luxury casino resort to open in a major city outside of Las Vegas. It boasts 100,000 square feet of gaming space with a massive selection of 3,500 slot and video machines, to go along with almost 150 table games.
The hotel features over 400 rooms and suites, as well as 5 different restaurant and café options. To top it all off, the MGM Grand Detroit also features upscale shopping, a VIP nightclub and a 1,200 seat theater, which frequently hosts first-class acts. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
MGM Resorts operates online sports betting and casino platforms in several states under the BetMGM Brand. BetMGM functions as a product of Roar Digital, which itself is a partnership of MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings.
A retail sportsbook, BetMGM Sports Lounge, operates on the MGM Grand Detroit property. BetMGM online sportsbook and casino platforms will also eventually debut in Michigan. The MGM Grand Detroit iGaming license will also likely produce a partypoker MI online poker platform at some point.
Address: 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The MotorCity Casino Hotel opened in December 1999, partially using the historic Wagner Baking Company building. It features a 400-room hotel and spa, a 2,400 seat theater, upscale restaurant and a food court. The gaming floor has 2,700 slot and video gaming machines, along with several table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, progressive 3-card poker and many more.
MotorCity Casino operates with an agreement in place with FanDuel. The property plays host to an on-property retail sportsbook, known as FanDuel Sportsbook at MotorCity Casino.
FanDuel-branded online sportsbook and casino platforms will also launch in Michigan eventually, under the MotorCity Casino license.
Michigan’s Tribal Casinos
Address: 12140 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715
The Kings Club Casino was the first legal Native American casino in the US, opening in 1984. It offers 280 slot and video machines, but no table games. The casino also features a full-service bar and a café called Chums Café. The casino is open from 10 am until late, from Wednesday to Sunday.
Address: W 399 US-2, Harris, Michigan, 49845
Island Resort & Casino operates as a tribal casino owned by the Hannahville Indian Community. Located in Harris, Michigan, the property offers 1,200 slots, 26 table games, and a 320-room hotel. Opened in 1987, the resort also hosts a 1,300-seat concert hall and a 36-hole golf course.
BetAmerica and Island Resort & Casino announced a partnership in July 2020 which will bring both live and online sports betting to the resort. The live sportsbook will operate as a Bet America-branded amenity on the Island Resort & Casino property. The partnership will also launch BetAmerica online sports betting and casino platforms, available throughout Michigan.
Address: 2521 N West Bay Shore Dr, Peshawbestown, MI 49682
The Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge opened in 1999 in North Michigan. The gaming floor has more than 350 slot machines and table games. Table games include three-card poker, blackjack, roulette, euchre, and bingo. The property offers its own lodge accommodation, as well as a restaurant and regular live entertainment.
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, which owns the Leelanau Sands Casino, will partner with gaming technology brand William Hill to bring both live and online sports betting to Michigan.
The agreement includes the launch of a live sportsbook on the Leelanau Sands property, titled Onyx Sports Book by William Hill. The opening date of the retail sportsbook is TBA.
Address: 2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660
The Little River Casino Resort opened in 1999, with a recent renovation and expansion in 2016. It provides a huge range of over 1,400 slot and video machines, along with a mammoth range of table games. The lodge-style hotel hosts almost 300 rooms in a natural environment, along with four restaurants, two swimming pools, and a 1,600 seat live-entertainment venue.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians owns and operates the casino. The tribe agreed to a partnership with Rush Street Interactive, which includes retail and online sports betting, as well as legal online casino gaming.
Rush Street Interactive provides the technology powering the casino’s on-property sportsbook, titled River Rock Sportsbook. Rush Street Interactive will also eventually launch BetRivers-branded online sports betting and casino products under the Little River Casino license.
Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
The Northern Waters Casino Resort opened in January 1996. It offers more than 500 slot and video machines, along with bingo and a handful of table games which run from 3 pm to 12 am daily. It has a hotel with 132 rooms and suites, as well as an 18-hole golf course, a restaurant, a café, and a sports bar.
The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa owns and operates the casino. The tribe entered into an agreement with PointsBet that will eventually launch online sports betting and online casino gaming in Michigan.
Address: 1760 Lears Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770
Previously known as the Victories Casino, the Odawa Casino Resort opened in June 2007. The gaming floor provides almost 1,000 slot and video machines, dozens of table games and rooms for blackjack and poker. Hotel renovations completed in 2014. The hotel features 137 rooms and suites, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. There are three restaurants and two bars on the property.
The Petoskey property functions as one of two Odawa Casino locations, both owned by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. That tribe has a deal in place with FOX Bet, which will bring a FOX Bet online sports betting platform to Michigan under the Odawa Casino license.
The agreement will also eventually launch a Michigan version of PokerStars Casino.
Odawa Casino Mackinaw City
Address: 1080 S Nicolet Street, Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians operates a second Odawa Casino property in Mackinaw City. The casino features 220 slots, and opens its doors from 9 am to 1 am daily.
Address: 105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI 49855
The Ojibwa Casino Marquette is the larger of two Ojibwa casinos in Michigan. It was renovated in 2019, in an upgrade that doubled the gaming floor, added a new restaurant, and a 1,200 seat theater. There are over 500 slots and video games, as well as table games including two-deck pitch, blackjack, roulette, and let-it-ride poker. Although there is currently no accommodation on-site, Ojibwa announced plans to add a 100-room hotel.
Both Ojibwa Casino locations are owned and operated by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The tribe has an agreement in place with Golden Nugget Online Gaming, which will bring a Golden Nugget-branded online casino and sportsbook to Michigan.
Address: 16449 Michigan Ave, Baraga, MI 49908
The Ojibwa Casino Baraga is the smaller of the two Ojibwa casinos in Michigan. It offers just over 340 slot machines and two table games – blackjack limits and let it ride poker. The property features a hotel with 40 units, including two Jacuzzi suites.
Address: 2690 Worth Rd, Standish, MI 48658
The Saganing Eagles Landing Casino & Hotel was opened at the end of 2007, outside of Standish, Michigan. Its owners – the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council – also own the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant. The casino completed a two-year renovation in 2019 and now offers 1200 slot and virtual gaming machines, a 148-room hotel, and multiple dining options.
Address: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort opened in 1998 and is the older of two Michigan casinos owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council. It sports a massive 210,000 square feet of gaming area space, with almost 2,400 slot machines and several table games. This includes an 18-table poker room. Its hotel has over 500 rooms, with plans to renovate in 2020. Other notable features include an outdoor entertainment venue with a capacity of 13,000 people, an entertainment hall, day spa, and a VIP lounge.
Address: 7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
The Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel opened in June 2008. The casino has 1,200 slot machines, as well as all of the popular table games including blackjack, craps, and roulette. There is a hotel on the property with 160 rooms, three restaurants, a café, and multiple bars.
Turtle Creek Casino stands as one of two tribal properties owned by The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Both properties will eventually open a live William Hill-branded sportsbook. The tribe will also launch online sports betting in partnership with William Hill.
Address: 11386 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715
The Bay Mills Resort & Casino opened in 1995, by the Bay Mills Indian Community. It provides more than 700 of the newest slot and video machines, as well as table games including blackjack, three-card poker, craps, and more. The on-site hotel has 143 rooms, along with multiple restaurants.
DraftKings Sportsbook agreed to a partnership with the Bay Mills Indian Community, which will bring a DraftKings-branded retail sportsbook to the property. The collaboration will also eventually launch an online version of DraftKings Sportsbook in Michigan.
Address: 11177 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014
FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in 2009, with its hotel and bingo room added in 2012. The resort-style hotel has 243 rooms, an indoor pool, gym, several restaurants, and a 2,000-person event center. The casino itself contains 2,900 slot machines and 76 table games with all of the most popular games.
FireKeepers became the first tribal casino to open its own retail sportsbook in August 2020. The on-property sportsbook is powered by gaming technology company Scientific Games. The agreement with Scientific Games will also yield a FireKeepers-branded online sportsbook, with the launch of that product TBA.
Address: 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
The Four Winds New Buffalo opened in August 2007. It is one of 3 casinos in the area owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. It has over 2,600 slot machines and 48 table games, from blackjack to craps and roulette. The hotel offers 415 luxury rooms and suites. Several dining options are available on-site, including a buffet.
In July 2020, Four Winds launched retail sportsbooks at all three of its Michigan properties. Gaming company Kambi provides the technology behind the retail sportsbooks. The Four Winds-Kambi agreement will also eventually operate a Four Winds online sports betting platform.
Address: 68600 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford, MI 49057
The Four Winds Hartford is another of the 3 Four Winds casinos in Michigan. Opened in August 2011, it features 52,000 square feet of gaming space, including 550 slot machines, 9 table games, and a retail sportsbook. The property has one restaurant, Timbers Fast Food & Deli, which also has a 12-seat bar.
Address: 58700 M-51, Dowagiac, MI 49047
The Four Winds Dowagiac is the smallest but newest of the Four Winds casinos in the state. Opened in April 2013, it has a 12,000 square-foot gaming floor, featuring over 400 slot machines, 6 table games, and a live retail sportsbook. Like the other two casinos, it also has its own Timbers Fast Food & Deli, which serves fast-food and drinks.
Address: 1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348
The Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011, by the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan. It has over 2,000 slot machines and 47 table games, as well as a poker room. There are two dining options on the property, including a buffet and a café that is open 24 hours.
Gun Lake Casino will introduce a retail sportsbook, as well as online sports betting and casino gaming, in partnership with Parx Casino. The debut of both the retail and online products is pending.
Address: N7761 Candy Cane Ln, Christmas, MI 49862
The Kewadin Casino Christmas opened in 1994 and is one of 5 casinos in Michigan owned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The casino features a range of over 200 slot machines, as well as blackjack and let it ride poker. There is one restaurant and bar on the property, Frosty’s Pub ‘n Grub, as well as a gift shop.
The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians will eventually launch retail sports betting at its Kewadin Casino properties, as well as online gaming platforms. Those products will come through a partnership with gaming technology brand GAN, and another as-yet-unnamed casino brand.
Address: N 3 Mile Rd, Hessel, MI 49745
Opened in 1994, the Kewadin Casino Hessel is another Kewadin casino. It has a small range of slot and video machines, but no table games. There is a restaurant on-site called the Northern Nook Bar & Grill, as well as cabin rental and camping across from the casino.
Address: 5630 W, US-2, Manistique, MI 49854
The Kewadin Casino Manistique, like that of Christmas and Hessel, also opened in 1994. It features a range of slot machines and virtual table games. Its Mariner’s Cover Restaurant seats up to 60 guests, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Address: 2186 Shunk Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
The Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center opened in 1985. It is the original Kewadin casino property. After several expansions through the years, it now offers over 800 slot machines and several table games. There is a hotel on the property with 319 rooms, three dining options, and a full-service convention center.
Address: 3015 Mackinac Trail, St Ignace, MI 49781
Opened in 1987, the Kewadin Shores Casino St. Ignace is the second-oldest Kewadin casino. The gaming floor features 700 slot machines and table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps. It has a recently renovated hotel with 81 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, deli, and sports bar.
A Quick History of Michigan
Michigan has a deep history, originating in its Native American roots, which date back thousands of years. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word for “large water,” in reference to the great lakes surrounding the state.
The area was claimed as a French colony in the 17th century, following the arrival of French explorers and ended in a civil war in 1762. Upon France’s defeat, the area briefly came under British rule before being handed over to the United States.
Michigan today is well-known as the center of the American motor industry. Its largest city, Detroit, is home to the headquarters of General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.
The state also has an excellent reputation for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Its remarkable lakes, beaches, and national forests attract visitors from all over the world, especially during the summer period.
Michigan has a huge variety of gaming establishments, with everything from small and homely casinos to large, luxurious properties like the famous MGM Grand Detroit. Its rich sports tradition, with historic teams like the Detroit Tigers and college favorites like the Wolverines, makes it primed for a successful sports betting industry.
Michigan Casino FAQ
The minimum gambling age varies from casino to casino. It ranges from 18 to 21 years of age. Tribal casinos in Michigan allow 18+ while commercial Detroit casinos are 21+.
Smoke-free laws in Michigan allow smoking in casinos that were opened before 2010. Although some casinos are voluntarily smoke-free, you may want to check with the individual facility. During the phased-in re-opening of casinos post-COVID-19, the government banned smoking in all casinos. It is anticipated this will be a temporary measure.
A majority of casinos in Michigan either have their own hotels on-site, or partnerships with nearby accommodation providers.
Casinos in Michigan are spread across the state, rather than concentrated in one or two areas. Aside from Detroit, no single area hosts more than one or two casinos.