Between pressures from North of the border and from Native American tribes, it was only ever going to be so long before Michigan established casinos of their own. Since that happened, Michigan has become one of the best places in the middle of the country for gambling. The oft-overlooked state is home to a wealth of casinos that exist near major population centers as well as on tribal lands. All in all, Michigan has proven to be a liberal state with regard to gambling laws, and gamblers around the world are happy about that.
Like many states within the US, Michigan’s casinos are a part of recent history. Unlike places like Atlantic City, where casinos have been around for decades, many of Michigan’s sites have less than 2 decades under their belt. With all that being said, the state is a gambling haven and can offer a top-notch gaming experience you would otherwise have to travel thousands of miles to attain.
Bay Mills Resort & Casino
FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Four Winds New Buffalo
Four Winds Hartford
Four Winds Dowagiac
Greektown Casino Hotel
Gun Lake Casino
Island Resort & Casino
Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center
Kewadin Shores Casino—St. Ignace
Kings Club Casino
Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino & Golf Course
Leelanau Sands Casino
Little River Casino and Resort
MGM Grand Detroit
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Odawa Casino Resort
Ojibwa Casino Resort—Baraga
Saganing Eagles Landing Casno
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel
Types of Michigan Casinos
An overwhelming majority of the casinos in Michigan are of the land-based variety. In terms of the state, a land-based casino is nothing more than one that is licensed and regulated by the state. At most of these casinos you will find many of the same games that you would find at casinos in cities like Las Vegas. From slots to table games and everything in between, it is all at your disposal in Michigan. What’s more, most of the state’s casinos also feature hotels, restaurants, shopping, and much more. As the industry, as a whole, continues to grow, so too will the number of land-based casinos.
In many ways, the tribal casinos in Michigan exist in much the same way that land-based, state regulated casinos do. In fact, other than their existence on sovereign, tribal lands, there really are no differences with regard to the games offered or the amenities that exist. Another difference is the fact that many tribal casinos exist in more rural areas, while many of the land-based casinos are positioned near major population centers such as Detroit.
Throughout the 20th century, Michigan was known much more for its industrial production than it was for any sort of gambling. Though there was plenty of gambling in the form of pari-mutuel bets placed on horse and dog races, there were not very many casinos to be had; in fact, there were none.
In the 1980s, thanks to a Federal Act that was passed, Native American tribes began offering high-stakes bingo games in bingo halls located on tribal lands. It wasn’t until 1996 when actual casinos began to make an appearance. Thanks to a referendum that was passed during that year, the scope of what was considered legal gambling was widened. Shortly after the referendum was voted for and approved, plans for 3 Detroit casinos were laid down. A major part of the reasoning behind the legalizing of land-based casinos was that lawmakers began to recognize that millions upon millions of dollars were travelling over the border to gamble at Canadian casinos each and every year. In an attempt to stop the outflow of money while simultaneously increase tax revenue for the state, casinos were approved.
After this, tribes from across the state petitioned lawmakers to allow them to host table and slot games in addition to the longstanding bingo games. After a few court battles, the tribes emerged victorious and began converting what were once bingo-only locations into full-fledged casinos. Ever since then the casino industry in the state has flourished and seems to be growing all the time. The next move for the state to make will be to legalize online casinos, however that is something that lawmakers have been quiet on.