Michigan Casinos – Best Places to Gamble in MI

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!

The MGM Grand in Detroit has more slot machines than any other casino in Michigan
The MGM Grand in Detroit is one of the biggest casinos in Michigan

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 twelve 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.

List of Top Gambling Venues in Michigan

Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Williamsburg7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690https://www.turtlecreekcasino.com/
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino Standish2690 Worth Rd, Standish, MI 48658https://www.saganing-eagleslanding.com/
Ojibwa Casino Resort Baraga16449 Michigan Ave, Baraga, MI 49908https://www.ojibwacasino.com
Ojibwa Casino Marquette105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI 49855https://www.ojibwacasino.com/
Odawa Casino Resort Petoskey1760 Lears Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770https://www.odawacasino.com/
Kewadin Casino Manistique5630 W, U.S. Rte 2, Manistique, MI 49854https://www.kewadin.com/accommodations/manistique/
Kewadin Casino HesselN 3 Mile Rd, Hessel, MI 49745https://www.kewadin.com/
Four Winds Casino New Buffalo11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117https://www.fourwindscasino.com/newbuffalo
Kewadin Shores Casino St Ignace3015 Mackinac Trail, St Ignace, MI 49781https://www.kewadin.com/accommodations/st-ignace-hotel/
Four Winds Casino Hartford68600 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford, MI 49057https://www.fourwindscasino.com/hartford/
Gun Lake Casino Wayland1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348https://gunlakecasino.com/
Little River Casino & Resort Manistee2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660https://www.lrcr.com/
Island Resort & Casino HarrisW 399 U.S. Rte 2, Harris, MI 49845https://www.islandresortandcasino.com/
Leelanau Sands Casino Peshawbestown2521 N West Bay Shore Dr, Peshawbestown, MI 49682https://www.leelanausandscasino.com
Northern Waters Casino Resort WatersmeetN5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969https://www.lvdcasino.com/
MGM Grand Casino Detroit1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226https://mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com/en.html
MotorCity Casino Hotel Detroit2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201https://www.motorcitycasino.com/
Four Winds Casino Dowagiac58700 M-51 S, Dowagiac, MI 49047https://www.fourwindscasino.com/dowagiac/
FireKeepers Casino Hotel Battle Creek11177 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014https://firekeeperscasino.com/
Bay Mills Resort & Casino Brimley11386 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715https://www.baymillscasinos.com/
Hollywood Casino at Greektown Detroit1211 Chrysler Dr, Detroit, MI 48226www.hollywoodgreektown.com
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino Standish2690 Worth Rd, Standish, MI 48658www.saganing-eagleslanding.com
Kewadin Casino ChristmasN7761 Candy Cane Ln, Christmas, MI 49862www.kewadin.com/accommodations/christmas/
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Mt Pleasant6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858www.soaringeaglecasino.com

Related reading: Michigan online casinos

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 is the 2nd biggest casino in Michigan
Soaring Eagle is the 2nd biggest casino in Michigan

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. (We count this place as part of the main Soaring Eagle).

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.

FireKeepers is one of the busiest casinos outside of Detroit
FireKeepers is one of the busiest casinos outside of Detroit

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.

Four Winds Casino New Buffalo is the southernmost of Michigan's 26 casinos
Four Winds Casino New Buffalo is the southernmost of Michigan’s 26 casinos

There are also 2,600 slot machines/video poker machines, keno, and 48 table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette.

Gun Lake Casino

Located roughly halfway between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Gun Lake boasts 2,700 slot machines, 50 table games, a sportsbook, and poker room.

The Gun Lake Casino Buffet, called The Harvest Buffet, is very popular and fairly affordable. The casino is currently undergoing a $300 million dollar expansion that will add a 15 story hotel tower, along with a 32,000 square foot indoor pool complex.

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Michigan Casino List

Here’s a list of Michigan’s 26 casinos (in alphabetical order)

Michigan Casino FAQ


(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the MGM Grand Detroit, G3Newswire, the Four Winds media blog, and Visit Michigan)