Kings Club Casino Permanently Closed As Bay Mills Focuses On Expansion

Written By Drew Ellis on May 2, 2023
Kings Club permanently closed

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan’s retail casinos were forced to close temporarily.

One of the casinos that never reopened was Kings Club Casino in Brimley.

Many Northern Michigan casino goers have wondered if Kings Club, run by Bay Mills Indian Community, would ever see its doors open again.

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no, though the tribe will beef up its operations of its flagship Bay Mills Resort & Casino, which is just over 2 miles away.

Kings Club Casino permanently closed

As the pandemic first hit in Michigan in March of 2020, Kings Club Casino was among the statewide casinos forced to close.

While the state’s other retail casinos have since resumed operations, Kings Club will not reopen.

“Kings Club is permanently closed. We are operating out of the single location of Bay Mills Resort & Casino and are getting ready for a hotel expansion which we hope to complete in two years,” said Bay Mills Resort & Casino Marketing Director Michael D. Thomas. “It made the most sense, given extra costs and smaller available work force in our area, to concentrate our efforts on a single location.”

Kings Club Casino was located at 12140 W Lakeshore Dr. in Brimley.

Bay Mills undergoing $65 million expansion project

The expansion that Thomas is referring to is a $65 million project that is planned to be finished sometime in 2024.

Expansion plans in the interior will include:

  • 134 additional rooms with balconies
  • New deli
  • Spa with massage therapy rooms
  • Pool with a splash pad
  • Hot tubs
  • Nail salon
  • Fitness center
  • Arcade
  • Conference spaces
  • Storefront

There will also be upgrades to the exterior that include:

  • New fishing piers
  • Gardens
  • Gazebos
  • Outdoor patios
  • Marina upgrades

Kings Club Casino history

Kings Club Casino opened up as part of Bay Mills Blackjack Casino back on July 4, 1984.

Bay Mills was the first US gaming facility owned by a Native American tribe to include slots and blackjack games instead of just bingo.

Kings Club Casino was a short drive from Bay Mills Casino & Resort. It was a 7,500 square foot casino that also included a café and billiard tables.

Upon its closure, Kings Club Casino featured 280 Class III slot machines.

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Drew Ellis is currently the Lead Writer of 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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