The nation’s tenth most populous state, Michigan also ranks number ten on the list of states with the most casinos. In fact, there are over 31,000 slot machines in the state!
All total, 26 casinos call Michigan home. Twenty-three of these are Indian casinos, while the other three are commercial casinos in Detroit.
Every casino has slot machines/video poker machines, and all the larger ones have the normal table games you’d find at most casinos, i.e. blackjack, craps, roulette, and various carnival games. Some now have sports books!
Casino gambling is a multi-billion dollar business in the state. While we don’t know the money made from tribal casinos (they aren’t subject’s to regulatory disclosure), we know that just the state’s three privately-owned casinos generate over a billion dollars of gambling revenue each year.
In addition to the state’s twenty-six casinos, there are two horse racing tracks (with simulcast betting), countless charity “Millionaire Party” gambling fundraisers found throughout the state, and lottery games – not to mention casinos across the border in Indiana, and in Windsor Canada.
In other words, Michigan residents and visitors have a plethora of gambling options.
Michigan’s twenty-six casinos are spread out across the Wolverine State, from a Four Winds casino in New Buffalo just across the Indiana border in the far southwest part of the state, all the way up to the Ojibwa Baraga Casino in the upper part of the Upper Peninsula. (The UP has eleven casinos)
Twelve different Native American tribes own and operate the state’s 23 Indian casinos. The other three casinos are in Detroit and are owned by corporations, including the MGM Grand.
(This map shows you the locations for each of the 26 casinos in the state. Clicking on the black star will reveal the casino’s name. The state’s six biggest casinos are in color.).
Indian casinos began operating in the state in 1994, while the three state-regulated casinos in Detroit began offering gambling in the summer of 1999 – a couple of years after Michigan voters approved a casino ballot measure.
Biggest Casinos in Michigan
Here’s a look at the state’s six biggest casinos (in order). All have over 2,000 slot machines/video poker machines.
MGM Grand Detroit (purple star)
Opened in 2007, the state’s largest casino boasts 3,500 slot machines, and 143 table games, not including the large poker room. It also now has a sports book.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (green star)
This massive casino/resort in Mount Pleasant in the heart of the state is the largest Native American casino in Michigan. It boasts 210,000 square feet of casino space, making it one of the largest casinos in the United States.
Soaring Eagle has 3,300 slot machines, and 70 table games, including blackjack, real dice craps, three-card poker and other carnival games with progressive jackpots. It is also home to plush 14 table renovated poker room, and the largest bingo hall in Michigan.
In addition to the 514 room hotel and spa, the Soaring Eagle has nine different restaurants and an entertainment venue. A satellite casino, the Soaring Eagle Slot Palace across the street, has an additional 700 slot machines.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel (red star)
Just six miles east of Battle Creek, the Firekeepers has 2,900 slot machines/video poker machines, 70 table games, a 26 table poker room, bingo hall and new sports book. You can still play keno here too.
The resort has 243 rooms, seven restaurants and an events center that plays hosts to big name musical acts.
Greektown Casino (purple star)
Situated right in the heart of Detroit, Greektown has 2,800 slot machines/video poker machines, 61 table games, a 12 table poker room and sports book.
Motor City Casino (purple star)
Just a little northwest of downtown, Motor City has 2,700 slots/video poker machines, 59 table games, and a 12 table poker room.
Four Winds Casino Resort New Buffalo (brown star)
Michigan’s most southern casino is less than 2 miles north of the Indiana border and comes complete with a pretty hotel, with 415 rooms, six restaurants, a 17,000 square foot events center and plenty of bars, including a Hard Rock Café.
There are also 2,600 slot machines/video poker machines, keno, and 48 table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette.
(Related: Casinos in Chicago)
Michigan Casino List
Here’s a list of Michigan’s 26 casinos (in alphabetical order)
Four Winds Dowagiac
Four Winds Hartford
Four Winds New Buffalo
Greektown Casino Hotel
Gun Lake Casino
Island Resort & Casino
Kewadin Casino Christmas
Kewadin Casino Hotel – Sault Ste. Marie
Kewadin Casino Hessel
Kewadin Casino Manistique
Kewadin Shores Casino & Hotel
Kings Club Casino
Leelanau Sands Casino
Little River Casino Resort & Hotel
Motor City Casino Hotel
MGM Grand Detroit
Northern Waters Casino Resort
Odawa Casino Petoskey
Odawa Casino Mackinaw City
Ojibwa Casino Baraga
Ojibwa Casino Marquette
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel
What is the gambling age in Michigan?
Unfortunately this answer is all over the map (literally). For example, you have to be 21 years or older to play in the three Detroit casinos, whereas many of the Indian casinos (but not all), allow you to play when you are 18 years old.
Casinos that allow 18 year-olds to play include Turtle Creek and Soaring Eagle.
Up north, you only have to be 19 years to play at any of the five Kewadin casinos.
You do have to be 21 years of age to play at the Four Winds casinos and at the FireKeepers Casino.
* Per the state’s tribal gaming compacts (or agreements), twelve different tribes are allowed to have casinos. According to figures from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s casinos produce the most combined revenue. (They own the Soaring Eagle casinos).
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi is the second most successful tribe (in terms of casino revenue), even though they only have one casino: FireKeppers. In third place is the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, who operate the three different Four Winds casinos.
* There are 31,300 slot machines in Michigan casinos. Nine thousand are in the three Detroit casinos combined, while there are 22,300 spread throughout the state’s 23 Indian casinos.
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the MGM Grand Detroit, G3Newswire, the Four Winds media blog, and Visit Michigan)