Gun Lake Casino Michigan
Gun Lake Casino is a tribal casino located in Wayland, Michigan.
It is located off Exit 61 on US 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
The casino opened in 2011 and is owned and operated by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. It was initially managed by an affiliate of Las Vegas, Nevada-based Station Casinos and private investors from Michigan. However, the band took control when its management agreement with Station Casinos came to an end in 2018.
Gun Lake Casino features more than 160,000 square feet of gaming with more than 2,500 slot machines and 47 table games. There’s a high-limit room, multiple restaurants, including a sports bar, brewpub, chophouse, 300-seat buffet and a 225-seat cafe, as well as lounges and a popular live entertainment venue.
You must be at least 21 years of age to gamble at Gun Lake.
In September of 2021, the casino underwent a massive expansion, adding 72,000 square feet to the existing property. It included additional slots and table games, an expansion of the 131 Sportsbook, three new restaurants and two outdoor patios.
The new restaurants include the Shkode Chophouse, CBK (a brewpub) and 131 Sportsbar & Lounge.
Prior to the recent expansion, Gun Lake converted part of its Stage 131 venue into the Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge, taking sports bets there beginning in October 2020.
The casino also announced plans to build a 250-room hotel on the property. The project will cost an estimated $300 million, the casino announced.
The band agreed with Pennsylvania’s Parx to launch the sportsbook, along with the sportsbook and casino website and app across Michigan.
Parx Casino and partner GAN have previously launched online gambling and sports betting operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Gun Lake Casino location and hours
Gun Lake Casino is located at 1123 129th Ave., in Wayland, MI. The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Gun Lake Casino online gambling partnerships
In March, Gun Lake Casino agreed with Parx Casino for its sportsbook and online gambling operations.
Parx is a Philadelphia-area casino that has launched online operations in the Keystone State. Parx will be one of 15 sports betting operators and 15 online casino operators in the state.
Parx powered the new Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge, which opened in October 2020.
The online casino launched in April 2021, with online sports betting following in August 2021.
Parx Casino and online gaming software partner GAN have previously launched online gambling and sports betting operations in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The casino at Gun Lake Casino
The 156,000-square-foot gaming floor at Gun Lake Casino is open 24 hours.
It features more than 2,000 slots and 47 table games.
There is a variety of slots, video poker and keno machines, plus the most popular and latest trends in table gaming, along with a sportsbook.
Gun Lake Casino runs a variety of promotions, including:
- Senior 55+ Celebration: Receive 55% off the lunch buffet.
- $100,000 Golden Ticket: One lucky winner will receive a 2020 Silverado 1500, 2020 Chevrolet Impala, 2020 Can-Am Maverick Sports, 2020 Karavan trailer, $10,000 and one reserved parking space for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.
- Weekly Golden Ticket: Win $5,000 and five Golden tickets each Saturday.
- Senior Golden Ticket: Guests who are 55 or older have a chance to win Golden tickets, $555 in free slot play and $1,000 every Wednesday.
- Preferred and Up Golden Ticket: Win a Golden ticket or up to $1,000.
- Choose Your Treasure: Play for a chance to win a Golden ticket, or up to 1,000 bonus entries in the Golden ticket drawing.
- Greg Norman Gift Giveaway: Earn 200+ rewards points every Sunday or Tuesday to redeem for Greg Norman’s luggage.
- Bonanza Bucks: Play with your GLC Rewards card for a chance at $20,000 and $50,000 in bonus bucks. All those playing when it hits get $25 in free slot play.
Gun Lake Casino features more than 2,000 slot machines, which includes penny slots, video poker and keno machines.
Gun Lake Casino has a selection of 47 table games.
It includes the classics and new favorites like three-card poker, progressive Mississippi Stud, progressive four-card poker and progressive Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
GLC Rewards is Gun Lake Casino’s players’ loyalty club.
GLC Rewards members can earn, access and use points, comps, rewards and exclusive tier benefits at Gun Lake Casino.
Members earn rewards dollars and rewards points. Rewards dollars and comps are fully visible; you can use them how you want and when you want.
You can rack up rewards points and hold onto them throughout the one-year earning period.
Just play your favorite games with your GLC Rewards card and you’ll earn:
- Slots: Every $1 equals 1 point
- Keno: Every $1 equals 1 point
- Video Poker: $2 equals 1 point
- Table Games: Average bet amount times the hours played equals points.
- Appliques Gift Shop Purchases: $1 equals 1 point
- Sandhill Cafe Purchases: $1 equals 1 point
- Harvest Buffet Purchases: $1 equals 1 point
- Poker Room: One hour of live play equals 50 points.
You can redeem your points at a rate of $1 for every 500 points for:
- Slot play
- Table game bets
- Entries for select drawings
- Food and drinks
Rewards dollars are instantly redeemable.
GLC Rewards includes five tiers with increasing benefits:
- Preferred (7,500 points)
- Reserve (30,000 points)
- Elite (120,000 points)
- Elite+ (Invite-only)
Various GLC Rewards benefits include:
- Hotel partner rates
- Free valet parking
- Special dining offers
- Tier-based promotions
- Harvest Buffet discount
- Sandhill Cafe discount
- Applique gift shop discount
- Alcohol discounts
- Priority parking
- Early access to gift giveaway items
GLC Rewards also offers benefits through local partners, including:
- Gilmore Collection: Free entree on your birthday
- Complimentary Mug Club membership at the B.O.B.
- Complimentary Dr. Grins comedy tickets on Thursday nights
- Friends and family rate at the Redstone Inn in Colorado
- Gilmore Collection Restaurant food discount Sunday through Thursday
- Judson’s at the B.O.B. food discount on Monday and Tuesday nights
- Complimentary cover/entertainment charges at the B.O.B.
- Twenty Monroe live ticket pool
- Complimentary group room charges at Gilmore Collection entities
Gun Lake Casino sportsbook
The Gun Lake Casino opened Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge in October 2020.
The new Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge brings you the best in sports betting. There is a betting counter at Stage 131 and self-service kiosks located throughout the casino.
It will offer single bets, over/unders, spreads and more for a variety of professional and collegiate sports, including football, basketball, baseball, racing and boxing.
The sportsbook also features a full-service bar where you can watch several games at a time.
Stage 131 is Gun Lake’s existing entertainment and game viewing venue featuring live entertainment, big-screen TVs, and ice-cold beer on 20 draft lines with rotating and seasonal features.
Gun Lake Casino poker room
Gun Lake Casino features a nonsmoking, 14-table poker room spreading Omaha and No-Limit Texas Hold’em cash games and tournaments.
The room is home to multiple big-screen TVs, self-serve beverage service, automatic shuffle machines and USB charging ports at every seat. Tournaments run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Promotions include a bad beat jackpot.
Gun Lake Casino amenities
Dining and entertainment
Gun Lake Casino features two restaurants, including:
- The Harvest Buffet: A 300-seat, multistation buffet that uses fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Harvest offers an upscale buffet experience.
- Sandhill Cafe: The 24/7 cafe offers tasty specials, significant portions, great value and high quality.
Bars and lounges on the property include:
- Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge: Features hot local entertainment, big games on the big screens and no cover charge.
- Crossroads Bar: Crossroads offers cold beverages and big-screen sports on the casino floor.
- Chill Bar!: This bar features frozen drinks made with high-quality Fat Tuesday’s mixes and fun souvenir cups. It is right in the heart of the casino.
- On The Side Bar: All of your favorites are available while you play. Plus, it features a rotating rare draft beer. It is near the parking garage entrance.
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Gun Lake Casino history
Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011 despite construction delays. It was due to the legal battle surrounding the federal government’s decision to give the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians the land to build it on.
Lawsuits caused the delays, but after the casino opened, the casino never closed. In 2018, the last of any legal actions were dismissed.
The original casino featured more than 1,600 slot machines, 33 table games, a food court and a 225-seat cafe, along with a handful of bars, lounges and a live entertainment venue.
In 2017, Gun Lake Casino finished a $76 million expansion, almost doubling its size. The remodel included a buffet, high-limit gaming room and the Stage 131 entertainment lounge.
Ultimately, 73,000 square feet of space was added to the existing 83,000-square-foot facility. The casino features 2,050 electronic game machines and 42 table games. Gun Lake also features an employee dining room and lounge.
Gun Lake Casino had been managed by an affiliate of Las Vegas, Nevada-based Station Casinos and private investors from Michigan since it opened. But in 2018, the band took over. Its management contract with Station Casinos had come to an end.
In 2019, Gun Lake Casino announced plans to add another 72,000 square feet to the existing 156,000-square-foot facility. The expansion will include the addition of another 450 slot machines, 12 table games and a larger nonsmoking area.
In the meantime, Gun Lake Casino converted part of Stage 131 into the Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge at Gun Lake Casino, which opened in October 2020.
The band also entered into an agreement with Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino, providing the retail sportsbook operations on the property and an online and mobile sportsbook and online casino in Michigan. The online casino service launched in April 2021, with the online sports betting portion following in August 2021.
Parx Casino and software partner GAN have previously launched online gambling operations in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Gun Lake also announced plans in April 2021 to build a 250-room hotel and resort on the property. There was no estimate given as to when the resort will open.