Hot Seats, Art Show, Straight Cash: Michigan Casinos Celebrate Labor Day With Promos

Written By Matt Schoch on September 1, 2021 - Last Updated on August 31, 2021

How about one more summer getaway before fall kicks into high gear? Michigan casinos throughout the state are open for business if you make it happen this Labor Day weekend.

The annual end-of-summer holiday weekend signals the end of peak tourism season. Michigan casinos are wrapping up summer with cash giveaways, hot seats, live music and rewards point bonuses.

Here is a rundown of the Labor Day promotions out there this holiday weekend at Michigan casinos. (And if we see more, we’ll add to this list!)

$150K cash giveaway Sunday at Four Winds Casinos

The quartet of Four Winds Casinos locations are giving away $150,000 in cash to visitors on Sunday.

Forty-two W Club Players Club winners visiting either the Dowagiac, Hartford, New Buffalo or South Bend, Indiana, locations from noon-10 p.m. will win.

The drawings will proceed as follows:

  • Four members will be selected to win $1,500 every two hours from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. (That’s 20 winners.)
  • Every two hours from noon until 8 p.m., four more will have a chance to win $5,000 (now at 40)
  • Then at 10 p.m., two lucky W Club Players Club members will win $10,000 in cash (42 winners in all)

W Club Players Club members receive one free entry daily now through Sunday by visiting a promotional kiosk at any location. Additional entries can be earned by playing slots, table games or live poker with a card.

For complete details, visit the W Club Players Club or Guest Services.

Three nights of live music at Four Winds New Buffalo

The Pool Bar at Four Winds Casino New Buffalo is featuring live music throughout the weekend.

  • On Friday, CheckMark Sallie is playing from 5 p.m. until 8. Then, BBI Live is from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • On Saturday, Jason Paul is playing from 5 p.m. until 8. The Hipposonics are on from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • Then on Sunday, Mike Struwin is on from 1 p.m. until 4. Tim Velez performs from 5 p.m. until 8.

While you’re there, you can also check out the new Sportsbook Lounge, which opened on Monday.

Banksy art exhibit starts Friday at Northern Waters

The works of one of the more notable artists of our time will be on display this weekend at Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet of the Upper Peninsula.

World-renowned Banksy ,of the United Kingdom, has remained anonymous but made a big impact with his street works over the years. His exhibit is titled “Banksy Takes a Break” (Because Even Artists Take a Vacation) and is free to the public.

The works will be on display for two months, as The Contemporary at Northern Waters Resort Art Gallery debuts at the resort.

There is a ceremony at 7 p.m. Central time Friday to kick off the exhibit, which runs through Nov. 1.

Labor Day Hot Seats at Island Resort Casino in Harris

Will you make the wise decision of being north of the Mackinac Bridge to visit Michigan casinos this Labor Day weekend?

Island Resort Casino in Harris has Labor Day Hot Seats from Saturday through Monday.

Random $100 Hot Seat drawings will take place from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

As for entertainment, the band Risque is playing at Club 41 on Thursday through Saturday night.

FireKeepers Casino adding $500 poker bonus on Labor Day

FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek has one of the busiest poker rooms in the state.

One player on Saturday will be a little extra luck on Monday, as the casino is giving away a $500 high hand bonus from play between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The poker room at FireKeepers is now open 24/7. There’s also a new hotel tower there. Read up on our recent visit to FireKeepers Casino.

Free Play Frenzy at Wayland’s Gun Lake Casino

Head over to Gun Lake Casino in Wayland for a Free Play Frenzy promotion on Monday.

There, when you earn 100 promotional points from 3 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., swipe at any Promotional Kiosk to see what you’ve won.

GLC Rewards members can win up to $500 in free slot play or $500 in free bets.

Remember, masks are currently required at Gun Lake and also at Little River Casino in Manistee.

Bonus points at Odawa Casino in Petoskey

Odawa Casino Petoskey and Mackinaw City are giving rewards points multipliers for slot machine and table games play on Monday.

The Labor Day Red Hot Points promotion runs from 9 a.m. until 8:59 p.m.

Starting at 9 a.m., players earn 7x on rewards points, while the Elite Member Bonus is for 10x points until 12:59 p.m.

Then, players earn a 4x points bonus (7x for Elite Member) through 4:59.

Finally, from 5 p.m. until 8:59, players earn 2x points (5x for Elite Members).

Boogie Dynomite will be playing everything from the Bee Gees to Black Eyed Peas at 9 p.m. Friday at Victories Sports & Entertainment. After that show, a DJ will be playing until 2 a.m.

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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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