MGM Grand Detroit

First opened in 1999, the MGM Grand Detroit offers players a place to relax, dine, and even take in a show when not in the casino. This popular spot is also home to the BetMGM Sports Lounge where you can now place bets on your favorite teams and athletes.

Home to more than 3,500 slots and poker games, the MGM has many options available for players. If you prefer live table games, there are also over 140 to choose from, including poker, blackjack, baccarat, Spanish 21, roulette, and craps. A poker room is always open for those who want to focus solely on the game.

MGM Grand Detroit Fact Table

Year opened1999
Phone number888-646-3387
Address1777 3rd Ave., Detroit, MI 48266
Number of slots3,500
Number of table games140+
Hotel?Yes
Minimum gambling age21

Online Gambling at MGM Grand Detroit in 2021

Last year, Michigan’s governor signed legislation approving legalization of sports betting and online gambling. It’s a big sea change that MGM Grand Detroit is taking advantage of by offering retail sports betting as of March 2020. In fact, MGM Grand Detroit hosted a VIP reception on the day sports betting became legal in their BetMGM Sports Lounge. The lounge currently has 6 betting windows and 14 self-service betting kiosks where players can place their bets.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, online gambling including online sports bets will be legal in early 2021 as soon as they hammer out the rules. It’s likely that MGM Grand Detroit will use the BetMGM app to offer online gaming for Michigan residents. Bet MGM is a joint venture of MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings which is currently available in New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, and Nevada.

MGM Grand Detroit History

The MGM Grand Detroit is owned and operated by the MGM Resorts International/Partners Detroit, LLC. It is one of 17 casinos and resorts owned or leased by the MGM Resorts International/Partners Detroit, LLC throughout the world, including the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Bellagio, and the Borgata. The MGM Grand Detroit was first opened as a temporary casino in 1999 in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It wasn’t until 2007 that the permanent hotel and casino opened after a large-scale renovation by MGM Resorts. 

A few years after it opened, the Detroit casino was almost sold as MGM bought Mandalay Resort Group, which owned the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Michigan only allows companies to own one casino in the state, so they had to sell one of them. There were several potential buyers for the MGM Grand Detroit, but in the end the company decided to sell MotorCIty Casino to Marian Ilitch.

MGM Grand Detroit is known for its distinct Art Deco influenced architecture with stone and glass facade and rounded corners. Inside is a playground of contemporary design blended with early 20th century elements for guests to take in. There are over 3,500 slot machines and dozens of live table games available, as well as spas, salons, and a 1,200 seat event arena where bands and various acts entertain guests. 

Players can also stay at the onsite hotel with 401 rooms, including a penthouse suite. There are multiple restaurants and a bar onsite for meals, snacks, and drinks too. Guests can stop in at Wolfgang Puck Steak to try a steak dinner crafted by a celebrity chef. Or, head over to Palette Dining Studio to try something from the buffet.

The MGM Grand Detroit Loyalty Program

Players who choose MGM Grand properties for their gambling will be able to earn points using the same loyalty program, no matter where they go. The MLife Rewards Program is available at 17 MGM resorts and casinos around the world. 

This program allows players to earn points based on how much they wager, and how much they spend at the MGM Grand Detroit’s other venues, like the hotel, restaurant, and attractions. Players can also earn tier credits which go towards the next tier level of the loyalty program. The rate is 1 tier credit for every 1 point earned.

Players can use their points towards comps, free play, and items at the gift shop. It’s also possible to use points towards MLife Moments, which are special events available to program members. These vary from swimming with the dolphins to a day at the spa for you and three friends. 

There are five tiers to the MLife Rewards Program:

  • Sapphire: Players start out at the Sapphire level which gives them the ability to earn points and credits. It also allows exclusive access to mobile check-in and personalized offers.
  • Pearl: Once players earn 25,000 tier credits, they reach the Pearl level. Here, players enjoy a 10% bonus on points from slots and extended expiration, complimentary self-parking, and a dedicated line at the buffet.
  • Gold: When you earn 75,000 tier credits, you reach the Gold level and enjoy a 20% bonus on points earned at the slots. Players also get complimentary valet parking in Las Vegas and priority check-in. 
  • Platinum: At 200,000 tier credits, players reach the platinum level with a 30% bonus on points from slots. They also enjoy priority valet and taxi service, and an annual cruise for two people.
  • NOIR: By invitation only; NOIR level players can get a 40% bonus on points earned at slots, guaranteed advance hotel and restaurant reservations, and complimentary limousine service to/from the airport.

MGM Casino FAQs

When did MGM Grand Detroit Open?

The MGM Grand Detroit opened July 29, 1999 in a lavish grand opening ceremony attended by celebrities and models.

Does MGM Grand Detroit have a minimum gambling age?

Players must be 21 years old to check-in to and gamble at the MGM Grand Detroit.

What are MGM Grand Detroit Casino’s hours?

MGM Grand Detroit is open 24 hours a day.

Can you rent a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit?

Yes, the MGM Grand Detroit has a 401-room hotel.

Is there a buffet at the MGM Grand Detroit?

Yes, the Palette Dining Studio is an “all-you-care-to-eat” gallery with brunch, lunch, and dinner servings.