Ranking Michigan Casinos By Google Reviews For December

Written By Dave Briggs on December 11, 2023 - Last Updated on December 13, 2023
Image of a Michigan poker chip and five golden stars. Michigan retail casinos ranked by Google Reviews

Google reviews make up one way products and services can be rated by customers. PlayMichigan recently looked at how Michigan’s retail casinos rank based on their Google Reviews scores. The top casino in Michigan may surprise you.

Yes, Google reviews — like most online reviews — are not science. They can be influenced by sponsorship, paid reviews, bots and more. But if there are enough of them, they can provide one of many tools for rating a casino.

And, as of the first week of December, Michigan’s 25 retail casinos had 167,579 reviews, collectively.

The average scores ranged from a high of 4.3 to a low of 3.7.

Four Winds New Buffalo the top-rated casino in Michigan

Four Winds New Buffalo is the top casino in Michigan as ranked by Google Review score

Despite the fact Detroit has three world-class casinos, Four Winds New Buffalo actually scored the highest with an average Google review score of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The facility located on the shores of Lake Michigan about an hour from Chicago, opened in August of 2007. It is home to:

  • 124,000-square foot gaming area
  • 2,200 slots
  • 48 table games
  • 415-room hotel
  • four restaurants

Four Winds New Buffalo also had a respectable number of reviews. By that score, it ranked seventh with 9,821 Google reviews.

RankCasinoGoogle Review Score
1.Four Winds New Buffalo4.30
T2.MotorCity Casino4.20
T2.MGM Grand Detroit4.20
T2.Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort4.20
T2.FireKeepers Casino Hotel4.20
T2.Bay Mills Resort & Casino4.20
T7.Island Resort and Casino4.10
T7.Little River Casino Resort4.10
T7.Kewadin Hotel Hessel4.10
T10.Hollywood Casino at Greektown4.00
T10.Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center4.00
T10.Saganing Eagles Landing Casino4.00
T13.Four Winds Dowagiac3.90
T13.Odawa Casino3.90
T13.Four Winds Hartford3.90
T13.Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel3.90
T13.Gun Lake Casino3.90
T13.Kewadin Casinos - St. Ignace3.90
T13.Kewadin Casinos - Christmas3.90
T20.Dancing Eagles Hotel3.80
T20.Northern Waters Casino Resort3.80
T20.Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge3.80
T20.Kewadin Casinos - Manistique3.80
T24.Ojibwa Casino Marquette3.70
T24.Ojibwas Casinos Baraga3.70

Two Detroit casinos, plus three others tied for second

Five Michigan casinos tied for second with an average Google review score of 4.2.

They are:

The Hollywood Casino at Greektown in Detroit did not fare as well. It ranked tied for 10th with a Google review score of 4.0.

In two other Google review categories, MotorCity was tops in Michigan. MotorCity had the most total reviews: 22,452.

MotorCity Casino is the top casino in Michigan as ranked by number of Google Reviews

RankingCasinoNumber of Google Reviews
1.MotorCity Casino22,452
2.Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort22,340
3.MGM Grand Detroit20,510
4.FireKeepers Casino Hotel17,088
5.Hollywood Casino at Greektown15,295
6.Gun Lake Casino13,790
7.Four Winds New Buffalo9,821
8.Little River Casino Resort7,071
9.Saganing Eagles Landing Casino5,873
10.Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel5,277
11.Island Resort and Casino4,677
12.Odawa Casino4,413
13.Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center3,146
14.Kewadin Casinos - St. Ignace3,022
15.Four Winds Hartford2,440
16.Bay Mills Resort & Casino2,186
17.Four Winds Dowagiac2,050
18.Kewadin Casinos - Christmas1,399
19.Northern Waters Casino Resort1,163
20.Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge1,098
21.Ojibwa Casino Marquette952
22.Kewadin Casinos - Manistique811
23.Ojibwas Casinos Baraga397
24.Kewadin Hotel Hessel172
25.Dancing Eagles Hotel136

MotorCity tops by number of ‘thumbs up’ categories

MotorCity also had the most individual categories (20) that customers rated as being “thumbs up.” These are areas such as: nightlife, dining, wellness, cleanliness, location, etc.

MotorCity Casino is the top casino in Michigan as ranked by number of "thumbs up" categories

Soaring Eagle was second in both total reviews (22,340) and “thumbs up” categories (19).

MGM Grand Detroit had the third most reviews (20,510) and tied with Little River Casino Resort for most “thumbs up” categories (18).

RankingCasino"Thumbs Up" Categories
1.MotorCity Casino20
2.Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort19
T3.MGM Grand Detroit18
T3.Little River Casino Resort18
5.Bay Mills Resort & Casino14
6.Odawa Casino13
7.Island Resort and Casino12
8.Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center11
9.Hollywood Casino at Greektown10
T10.Northern Waters Casino Resort9
T10.Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge9
12.Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel8
12.Kewadin Casinos - St. Ignace8
14.Dancing Eagles Hotel3

In terms of the casinos with the most “thumbs down” categories, the list was:

RankingCasino"Thumbs Down" Categories
1.Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center6
T2.Hollywood Casino at Greektown5
Island Resort and Casino5
4.MotorCity Casino4
T5.MGM Grand Detroit3
T5.Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel3
T5.Kewadin Casinos - St. Ignace3
T8.Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort2
T8.Dancing Eagles Hotel2
T8.Northern Waters Casino Resort2
T11.Little River Casino Resort1
T11.Bay Mills Resort & Casino1
T11.Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge1
14.Odawa Casino0
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Dave Briggs is a managing editor and writer for Catena Media. His expertise is covering the gambling industry in Michigan with an emphasis on online casino, online sports betting and horse racing sectors. He is currently reporting on the gambling industries in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Canada.

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