By Steve Beauregard
The nation’s tenth most populous state, Michigan also ranks number ten on the list of states with the most casinos.
There are a total of 26 casinos in Michigan. 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.
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.
The MGM Grand in Detroit has more slot machines than any other casino in Michigan
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.
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 3,330 slot machines, numerous table games, a renovated poker room, and the largest bingo hall in Michigan.
In addition to the hotel and spa, the Soaring Eagle has seven restaurants and an entertainment venue.
In terms of gaming square footage, the Soaring Eagle Casino Resort is one of the biggest casinos in the United States
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 22 table poker room, and bingo hall.
The resort has 243 rooms, six 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 and a 12 table poker room.
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, an events center and plenty of bars, including a Hard Rock Café.
There are also 2,600 slot machines/video poker machines, 49 table games, and even Keno.
(Related: Casinos in Chicago)
Here’s a list of Michigan’s 26 casinos (in alphabetical order)
Bay Mills Resort & Casino
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
Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino
Leelanau Sands Casino
Little River Casino Resort & Hotel
Motor City Casino Hotel
MGM Grand Detroit
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.
(Photos courtesy of the MGM Grand Detroit and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort)