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Michigan Casino Guide 

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Michigan is a large state with a great selection of land-based casinos. Given that gambling is so popular in the state, it might not be an enormous surprise that Michigan has recently legalized online casinos (and sports betting) as well. 

Online Casinos in Michigan

Michigan is one of the latest states to legalized online casinos. It’s part of the second wave of states that intend on joining Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey in allowing its residents to enjoy online casino gaming.

Online casinos are not yet operational in Michigan. 

Is it Legal to Play Online with a Michigan Casino?

Michigan is a state that has a strange history with all forms of online gambling. Back in 1999, Senate Bill 562 was enacted, which was designed to prevent online gambling.

However, the very next year the state code was essentially dismantled. It removed the line about how it’s prohibited to use the Internet to violate gambling laws in Michigan.

This put it in the odd position of neither being legal or illegal.

Much of the drive to stop online gambling in Michigan has been powered by Native American tribes, which run most of the land-based casinos within the state.

So can you play in a Michigan casino online today?

The answer is no. There are no online casinos in Michigan, currently. However, things are changing.

When Do Online Casinos Open Up in Michigan?

On December 20th, 2019, the governor of Michigan signed legislation to remove the long-running ban on online gambling within the state.

These laws have come into effect in 2020, with operators only allowed to use a single skin, and they’re not allowed to operate multi-state games.

There are three commercial Michigan casinos and 23 tribal casinos that are allowed to apply for a license.

No casino has given a launch date for their online ventures, as of this writing. However, it’s not unreasonable to expect Michigan to see its first online casinos in the second half of 2020.

Can Michigan Gamblers Expect to See Major Casino Brands?

This is where it gets complex because Michigan has implemented strict controls on which casinos will be entitled to create online platforms.

As mentioned above, 23 casinos within Michigan have been given the go-ahead to apply for a license. This doesn’t apply to casinos with land-based interests in other states.

It’s unlikely that you’ll see a major casino in Atlantic City or Las Vegas offering an online casino in Michigan anytime soon.

Are Offshore Casinos Legal in Michigan?

US anti-gambling law has traditionally focused on the operator, rather than the player. Although Michigan law has stated that winning more than $50 with an unauthorized online casino is a felony, this law has almost never been enforced.

State troopers have busted plenty of illegal gambling operations on the street, but they’ve never busted down doors because a resident played with an offshore casino online.

Offshore casinos will accept Michigan residents, and with the legalization of online casinos in Michigan, there’s nothing to stop locals from playing online in this way.

A Warning About Playing with Online Offshore Casinos in Michigan

Although it may be tempting to get started playing with an online casino before Michigan casinos online open for business, you must be aware of the lack of player protections elsewhere.

If you have a problem with a casino in Michigan, you’re protected and you’re able to complain. An online casino based offshore in another country is an entirely different prospect.

You won’t have much recourse if you experience problems with an offshore casino.

Will Online Michigan Casinos Be Open to Residents Only?

The law in Michigan only applies to residents of Michigan. The state government has gone down the same path as New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Online casino operators will be bound to check that all their players are residents of the state of Michigan. They’ll do this through requesting an address within the state and then verifying that address upon the player making a withdrawal for the first time.

Even if you’re a US citizen but resident in another state where online casinos are legal, you won’t be able to play.

Geolocation Requirements for Online Casinos in Michigan

All online casinos in Michigan will use geolocation technology to ensure that players only play within the state lines of Michigan.

Heavy fines are likely if a casino is found to have allowed out-of-state players to have accounts with them.

The rule on location also will apply to playing outside state lines. For example, if a resident of Michigan attempts to play with an online casino when they’re in Wisconsin or Illinois they’ll be automatically blocked until they cross back into Michigan.

Finally, the online casinos that do open will come with software to detect when someone is using a VPN to attempt to circumvent these requirements.

Online Poker in Michigan

US gambling law is strange because as well as separating online casinos and online sportsbooks into distinct entities, they do the same with online poker rooms.

For regular gamblers, this may seem strange because most online poker games are attached to online casinos anyway.

Michigan does the same. Thankfully, Michigan has also legalized online poker rooms. Any online casinos launching in 2020 and beyond will be authorized to offer online poker.

Can I Play Online Poker in Michigan Internationally?

This is where things get complicated in Michigan law. The new online gambling laws explicitly ban multi-state games, like in a variety of states.

The one exception to this is between Delaware and Nevada. These two states have an agreement whereby players from these two states can play against each other in the same online poker room. As of this writing, Michigan has no such agreement with any other state.

For now, playing online poker outside of Michigan is contentious, but once the 23 casinos within Michigan create online poker rooms you’ll still be able to enjoy playing online against others.

Michigan Land-based Casinos

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Michigan has a wide choice of land-based casinos both on Native American reservations and in Detroit. 

Unless otherwise noted, all Indian casinos in Michigan are open 24 hours and offer the following games:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette 
  • slots 
  • video poker

There are many Native American casinos in Michigan with hotels. Use our convenient alphabetical list of all Michigan casinos at the bottom of this page to see if the casino you want to visit has a hotel.

Types of Casinos in Michigan

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Michigan has over 20 casinos: both Native American/tribal casinos and state-sponsored casinos.

The only casinos in Michigan not on Native American reservations are located in downtown Detroit.

Commercial Casinos in Detroit

All three are open 24 hours and offer the following games:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette
  • baccarat
  • mini-baccarat
  • Caribbean stud poker
  • three-card poker
  • pai gow poker
  • let it ride
  • big-6 wheel
  • Spanish 21
  • Mississippi stud
  • casino war

To see a list of all casinos in Detroit, Michigan be sure to visit our Detroit casinos page.

One of the most popular casinos in Michigan is actually in Canada. It’s Casino Windsor in Ontario which is just across the river from downtown Detroit.

All winnings are paid in Canadian currency and the minimum gam­bling age is 19. The casino is open 24 hours and offers the fol­lowing games: blackjack, Spanish 21, craps, roulette, poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, big-six wheel, pai-gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, three-card poker and let it ride.

Native American Casinos in Michigan

Native American casinos in Michigan are not required to release information on their slot machine payback percentages. However, according to officials at the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which is responsible for overseeing the tribal-state compacts, “the machines must meet the minimum standards for machines in Nevada or New Jersey.”

In Nevada, the minimum return is 75% and in New Jersey, it’s 83%. Therefore, Michigan Native American casinos must return at least 75% in order to comply with the law.

Unlike all of the Michigan casinos, in many states, the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for casinos in all U.S. states.

List of land-Based Casinos in Michigan

 

Bay Mills Resort & Casino

  • Address: 11386 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715
  • Phone: +1 888-422-9645
  • Website: https://www.baymillscasinos.com/

Casino Size: 15,000 Square Feet
Games offered: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, Video poker, Poker, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold 'em.
Special Features: 76-space RV park ($29/$39 with hookups). 18-hole golf course.

Caesars Windsor

  • Address: 377 Riverside Drive East City Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 7H7
  • Phone +1 519 258-7878
  • Website: http://caesarswindsor.com

Casino Size: 100,000 Square Feet
Special Features: Entire casino is non-smoking. Buffet discount with players club card.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

  • Address: 11177 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014
  • Phone: +1 877-352-8777
  • Website: https://firekeeperscasino.com/

Casino Size: 107,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Keno, Big Six Wheel, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Bingo
Special Features: Sports bar. Dance club. Food court. Buffet discount with slot club card.

Four Winds New Buffalo

  • Address: 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
  • Phone: +1 866-494-6371
  • Website: https://www.fourwindscasino.com/newbuffalo/

Casino Size: 135,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Mini Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let it Ride, Keno, Big Six, Poker, Bingo
Overnight RV Parking: Free/RV Dump: No
Senior Discount: Various Wed if 55+

Four Winds Hartford

  • Address: 68600 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford, MI 49057
  • Phone: +1 866-494-6371
  • Website: https://www.fourwindscasino.com/hartford/

Casino Size: 52,000 Square Feet
Games offered Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud.
Overnight RV Parking: Free/RV Dump: No
Senior Discount: Various Wed if 55+

Four Winds Dowagiac

  • Address: 58700 M-51, Dowagiac, MI 49047
  • Phone: +1 866-494-6371
  • Website: https://www.fourwindscasino.com/dowagiac/

Games offered:Slots, Video Poker, Video Keno, Blackjack, Roulette and Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud.
Special Features: Table Games open at 10am.

Greektown Casino Hotel

  • Address: 555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Phone: +1 313-223-2999
  • Website: https://www.greektowncasino.com/

Casino Size: 75,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Big Six Wheel, Pai-Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three-Card Poker and Let it Ride.
Special Features: Starbucks coffeehouse.

Gun Lake Casino

  • Address: 1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348
  • Phone: +1 269-792-7777
  • Website: https://gunlakecasino.com/

Casino Size: 30,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slots and Video Poker, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud
Special Features: Food court with four fast food outlets

Island Resort & Casino

  • Address: W 399 US-2, Harris, MI 49845
  • Telephone: +1 800-682-6040
  • Website: https://www.islandresortandcasino.com/

Casino Size: 135,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, Video Poker, Spanish 21, Poker, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, Bingo
Special Features: 42-space RV park ($20 per night). RV Park open seasonally May 1- Nov 30.
Spa.

Kewadin Casino - Christmas

  • Address: N7761 Candy Cane Ln, Christmas, MI 49862
  • Phone: +1 906-387-5475
  • Website: https://www.kewadin.com/venue/kewadin-christmas/

Casino Size: 3,060 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Black Jack, Let it Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em
Special Features: Free local-area shuttle service

Kewadin Casino - Hessel

  • Address: N 3 Mile Rd, Hessel, MI 49745
  • Telephone: +1 906-484-2903
  • Website: https://www.kewadin.com/venue/kewadin-hessel/

Casino Size: 25,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Only gaming machines
Special Features: Free shuttle service from local motels

Kewadin Casino - Manistique

  • Address: US 2 East, Rte 1, Manistique, MI 49854
  • Phone: +1 906 341-5510
  • Website: https://www.kewadin.com/

Casino Size: 25,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Only Gaming Machines
Special Features: Free shuttle service from local motels.

Kewadin Shores Casino - St. Ignace

  • Address: 3015 Mackinac Trail, St Ignace, MI 49781
  • Phone: +1 906-643-7071
  • Website: https://www.kewadin.com/acommodations/st-ignace-hotel/

Casino Size: 56,168 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em
Special Features: Local motels/hotels offer packages with free shuttle service. Sports bar. 21-space RV park ($15 per night)

Kings Club Casino

  • Address: 12140 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715
  • Phone: +1 906-248-3227
  • Website: https://www.baymillscasinos.com/gaming/kings-club/

Casino Size: 6,500 Square Feet
Games Offered: Only gaming Machines
Special Features: Two miles from, and affiliated with, Bay Mills Resort & Casino. 75-space RV park ($27/$39 w/hookup) at Bay Mills

Leelanau Sands Casino

  • Address: 2521 N West Bay Shore Dr, Peshawbestown, MI 49682
  • Phone: +1 231-534-8100
  • Website: https://www.leelanausandscasino.com/

Casino Size: 29,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Bingo (Sun/Wed-Fri)
Special Features: RV hook-ups available for $7 per night

Little River Casino and Resort

  • Address: 2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660
  • Phone: +1 231-723-1535
  • Website: https://www.lrcr.com/

Casino Size: 75,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em
Special Features: 95-space RV park open April-October ($25-$45 per night). Spa.

MGM Grand Detroit

  • Address: 1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Phone: +1 877-888-2121
  • Website: https://mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com/

Casino Size: 75,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three-card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Big 6 Wheel, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud and Casino War, Poker, Four Card Poker

MotorCity Casino Hotel

  • Address: 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit MI 48201
  • Phone: +1 866-752-9622
  • Website: https://www.motorcitycasino.com/

Casino Size: 75,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three-card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Big 6 Wheel, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud and Casino War, Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em

Northern Waters Casino Resort

  • Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
  • Phone: +1 906-358-4226
  • Website: https://www.lvdcasino.com/

Casino Size: 25,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker
Special Features: 9-hole golf course. 14-space RV park ($15 per night)

Odawa Casino Resort

  • Address: 1760 Lears Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Phone: +1 877-442-6464
  • Website: https://www.odawacasino.com/

Casino Size: 33,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, Poker
Special Features: Hotel is 1/4-mile from casino. Free shuttle service to/from local hotels.

Ojibwa Casino - Marquette

  • Address: 105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI 49855
  • Phone: +1 906-249-4200
  • Website:http://www.ojibwacasino.com/

Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride
Special features: 7-space RV Park (Free). Table games open 2pm-2am/12pm-2am (Thursday-Sunday)

Ojibwa Casino Resort - Baraga

  • Address: 16449 Michigan Ave, Baraga, MI 49908
  • Phone: +1 906-353-6333
  • Website: http://www.ojibwacasino.com/

Casino Size: 17,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let it Ride, Bingo
Special Features: 12-space RV Park ($20 per night). 8-lane bowling alley. Table games open noon daily

Saganing Eagles Landing Casino

  • Address: 2690 Worth Rd, Standish, MI 48658
  • Phone: +1 888-732-4537
  • Website: http://www.saganing-eagleslanding.com/

Casino Size: 32,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Only Gaming Machines
Special Features: Electronic versions of blackjack and roulette. 50-space RV park ($20 per night)

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

  • Address: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
  • Phone: +1 989-775-5777
  • Website: https://www.soaringeaglecasino.com/

Casino Size: 150,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Three Card Poker, Bingo
(Wed-Sun)
Special Features: Casino is in two separate buildings. Gift shop. Art gallery. Off property RV park with free shuttle ($47-$65 per night)

Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel

  • Address: 7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
  • Phone: +1 231-534-8870
  • Website: https://www.turtlecreekcasino.com/

Casino Size: 72,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em

Michigan Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Michigan casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Michigan, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History of Gambling in Michigan

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  • 1972 - Act 382 was passed to allow nonprofit organizations to raise funds for bingo games, "Vegas Nights", raffles, and charity games.
  • Act 382 also allows for the licensing of bingo halls and suppliers. 
  • 1993 - The first Tribal Casino was opened in Mt. Pleasant by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. 
  • 1993 and 1998 Saw compacts for the opening of an additional 19 tribal casinos. 
  • 1996 Michigan voters approved three licensed casinos to be built in Detroit 
  • 2018 - Ban on online betting is removed, clearing the way for legal online casinos in Michigan 

Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations in Michigan

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Gambling Laws

Compared to other states, the minimum age for gambling in Michigan shows considerable variation.

The minimum gambling age is 19 at all five Kewadin casinos, plus the Odawa casino resort in Petoskey.

It is 21 at all other Indian casinos except for the following seven, where it’s 18:

  • Leelanau Sands
  • Turtle Creek
  • Island Resort
  • Ojibwa
  • Ojibwa II
  • Lac Vieux 
  • Soaring Eagle

Regulatory Organizations

 

Gambling In Michigan Today

Online casino gambling has now been legalized in Michigan, however, it is not available at the time of writing. It is hoped that online casinos will become available in 2020. 

At the time is not yet clear which casinos will be among the first to have their online casino apps and websites approved by the state. An online casino must prove that its games are fair and cannot be corrupted. It also must ensure that any guest is of legal age, has not self-excluded from gambling, and is of legal age. 

This process simply takes time, but the temporary closure of many land-based casinos has put on pressure to get online casinos available as soon as possible.

 

 

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For more information on visiting Michigan casinos or general tourism information, call the state’s de­partment of tourism at (800) 543-2937 or go to www.michigan.org.


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