Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center

The Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and has been offering its services since 1985. It is one of several Kewadin Casinos, each of which is owned and operated by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. This is the primary casino, while others can be found in St. Ignace, Manistique, Christmas, and Hessel.

This casino offers a hotel with 320 rooms, a casino gaming space, and a 25,000 square feet convention center. There is also a large kitchen and restaurant area included at the casino. Keno gaming is available to those who dine at the Dreamcatchers restaurant.

Year opened1985
Phone number906-632-0530
Address2186 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Number of slots800
Number of table games15
Hotel?Yes, 320 rooms are available
Minimum age to gamble19 years old

Kewadin Casino, Hotel And Convention Center Online Gambling

With Michigan legalizing sports betting and online gambling in December 2019, Kewadin will likely introduce an online casino in the future. It is also entirely possible that a sportsbook is something that will be introduced. However, neither of these two things is currently available at the casino at this time.

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.

Kewadin Casino, Hotel And Convention Center History

The opening of the Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center was approved by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors in 1984. The casino would later open in November 1985, but at the time was a simple one-room blackjack house. It has been expanded at many points, including in 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, and 2004.

In 1987, Kewadin Casinos opened its new casino in St. Ignace, while the hotels in Christmas, Hessel, and Manistique were opened in 1994. The popularity of Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center was the reason for moving from one casino to several and the tribe gaining ownership of other non-gaming enterprises. By 2005, the businesses employed almost 2,000 people, making the tribe the largest employer in the Upper Peninsula.

An anonymous tip in Jun 2011 led to two arrests by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Police after individuals were seen using a device to manipulate the gaming machines to get a higher payout. The investigation that followed between the Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found that six people have been working together and traveled to the casino on more than 50 weekends between June 2009 and June 2001 to steal more than $300,000 from the casino.

In October 2013, each of the six people plead guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit theft from a gaming establishment on Native American lands. Sentencing was handled by U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell at the beginning of March 2014.

Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center is now a space that offers an ample gaming space, a hotel with more than 300 rooms, and a 25,000 square feet convention center. Some of the unique amenities at this casino include the Bahweting Art Gallery, Rapids Lounge, Signatures Bar, and Miigwewnen Gift Shop.

Loyalty Program

As one of the Kewadin Casinos, Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center offers a loyalty program called the Northern Rewards Club. Spending time at any of the casinos will earn comps and points that can be used in gift shops, hotels, restaurants, and delis. 

The club has a two-point system where the two sets of points can be gained at the same time but serve separate purposes. A club point is gained for every $4 in slot play, every $8 bet in video poker, and each $1 bet in keno. At the same time, a tier point is also earned for each of these actions.

The different tiers reset on a six-month basis and include the following:

  • Valor Card – Available for all retired, active, and honorably discharged military, fire, EMS, and police
  • Green Card – 1 to 1,499 points
  • Silver Card – 1,500 to 7,499 points
  • Gold Card – 7,500 to 34,999 points
  • Black Card – 35,000 or more points

As guests of the casino gain points, they can move up in tiers and enjoy more significant discounts and better perks. As an example, Green Card members receive a 5% discount on dining, while Black Card members get a 20% discount.

Kewadin Casino, Hotel, And Convention Center FAQ

How far is Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center from Sault Saint Marie, Canada?

Twelve miles. Reaching Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, from the Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention center is a short drive over St. Mary’s River. When entering Canada, you will need to show identification like a passport and answer a few questions.

Is there sports betting available at Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center?

No. Since Michigan only legalized sports betting and online gambling in December 2019, most of the casinos in the state are still working out the details. At this time, Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center has not provided a public timetable for this.

Does Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center have an attached hotel?

Yes. Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center has an attached hotel with 320 rooms to choose from, including whirlpool rooms and deluxe suites. Guests have use of a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and arcade.

Is there a steakhouse at Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center?

No. There isn’t a steakhouse dining option at Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center. However, Dreamcatchers Restaurant does serve a New York Strip dinner. There is also a deli and a lounge located at the casino.

Does Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center offer valet parking?

Yes. Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center has valet parking, as well as other forms of parking. There is free parking available, and guests can make use of the shuttle service to get around the area.