Detroit Casinos Still Limited As Workers’ Strike Hits Third Week

Written By Drew Ellis on October 31, 2023 - Last Updated on November 3, 2023
Photo of Detroit casino workers on strike for story on what's currently available at Detroit casinos in the strike's third week

The Detroit casino workers are entering their third week of striking.

With each passing day the three Detroit casinos – the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Hollywood Casino at Greektown – are losing out on millions of dollars.

PlayMichigan strolled through all three casinos on Tuesday to see how they are operating.

What is closed at the Detroit casinos during the third week of the strike?

All three of the Detroit casinos are seeing select limitations in what they are currently offering.

With 3,700 union workers on strike, the commercial casinos are stretched thin with available staffing.

All three locations are no longer offering valet parking, while many food and beverage services have also been impacted.

MGM Grand Detroit

The MGM Grand Detroit looked very similar to what it did two weeks ago.

While there are a lot of slots still operational, including in both indoor smoking sections, there are still banks of slots closed off near the poker room and BetMGM Sportsbook.

The poker room remains closed during the strike, while table games are closed from 5 a.m.-11 a.m.

BetMGM Sportsbook has closed its in-person betting counter, but is maintaining its betting kiosks for those looking to make wagers.

BetMGM Sports Lounge currently is only available Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, while running 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

MotorCity Casino

Like we noted two weeks ago, MotorCity Casino has still closed off all access to its first floor. Patrons will be directed and limited to the games available on the second floor of the casino.

That means that its poker room is currently closed, along with any exclusive slot and table games that are offered on the first floor. On the second floor, table games are available from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. each day.

The Club Metro area, which is home to the rewards program for customers, is now only available from 1-9 p.m.

FanDuel Sportsbook has closed its retail betting counter as well, but is leaving the betting kiosks open.

Hollywood Casino at Greektown

Of the three casinos, Hollywood Casino at Greektown appears to have closed off the least amount of features.

Both the first and second floor are open with a full array of slots and table games appearing to be open.

The second floor remains a smoking floor with a few select non-smoking sections, while the first floor is smoke free.

The escalator to the third floor of Greektown was closed off, which is home to the Baccarat room and the High Limit area. It wasn’t clear if that was a permanent closure due to the strike.

What is closed currently at Greektown is the Trappers Club, as well as Barstool Sportsbook. The dine-in sportsbook isn’t available, same for the retail betting counter. However, like the other locations, the betting kiosks are still operational.

Self-serve beverage stations remain open and Trappers Bar will be open daily noon-2 a.m.

Striking workers head to Lansing on Halloween

All three Detroit casinos still saw dozens of picketing workers on Tuesday, some even in costume.

However, a large group of the DCC headed to Lansing on Tuesday.

Over 300 workers went to the Michigan State Capitol.

The striking workers are appealing to Michigan leaders to join them on the picket line and allow Detroit to raise its minimum wage by repealing the “Death Star” bill, SB171.

The bill would repeal preemptions on local government control of labor and workforce policies. The bill was passed by members of the Senate Labor Committee in September.

Last week, the Detroit City Council passed a resolution backing unionized casino workers in their efforts to receive a new contract.

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Drew Ellis is currently the Lead Writer of PlayILottery.com. He was the former Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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