MotorCity Casino Hotel is the only one of the three commercial casinos in Detroit, Michigan that is locally-owned and operated.
Local billionaire businesswoman, Little Caesars Pizza co-founder, and Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers owner Marian Ilitch was one of the original investors in the casino and bought it outright in 2005.
MotorCity Casino Hotel is located on Grand River Avenue at the Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Downtown Detroit, less than a mile from MGM Grand Detroit.
The casino features approximately 2,700 gaming machines, 60 table games, and a poker room. MotorCity Casino Hotel also houses a 400-room high-rise hotel.
The property is home to Detroit’s only AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant with a skyline view, a food court with an award-winning buffet and a Little Caesars Pizza outlet. It also features half a dozen bars, and entertainment options that include a popular live performance venue.
MotorCity Casino Hotel should finalize plans to enter the Michigan online gambling and retail markets in 2020.
MotorCity Casino Hotel and its owner Marian Ilitch have few, if any, connections to online gambling or online and mobile sports betting operators.
FanDuel Sportsbook is an official gaming partner of Major League Baseball which gives FanDuel a loose connection to MotorCity considering Ilitch owns MLB’s Detroit Tigers. However, DraftKings has a partnership with MLB as well.
Ilitch is also connected to MGM considering Mandalay Resort Group was her MotorCity ownership partner before the company merged with MGM and was forced to sell to her. However, it’s highly doubtful that connection will lead to any online gambling partnership considering MGM is MotorCity Casino Hotel’s top competition in Detroit.
For now, the question of who will run online and mobile sports betting and online casino operations for MotorCity Casino Hotel remains unanswered.
The 100,000-square-foot casino at MotorCity Casino Hotel is open 24 hours.
It features close to 2,00 slots and video poker games, 60 table games, and Detroit’s only poker club. That means the best of electronic gaming and slots, a diverse selection of table games, and some of the city’s best live poker action.
MotorCity Casino Hotel also hosts a smoke-free gaming area on the 2nd floor..
The casino at MotorCity Casino Hotel runs a variety of promotions, including:
MotorCity Casino Hotel is home to 2,700 slots and video poker machines.
That means everything from traditional reel games to the newest five-reel and video games are available in denominations ranging from 1¢ to $100.
The slot area features an interactive audio/video system and the Lightning Link Lounge including 40 linked progressive jackpot slots.
MotorCity Casino Hotel doesn’t have the sheer number of table games you might find at the other Detroit casinos, but the list of different games is a lengthy and diverse one. They’ve got table games covered with 60, including everything from classic casino games to the latest trends.
Here’s a full list of the table games at MotorCity Casino Hotel:
Club Metro is MotorCity Casino Hotel’s player loyalty program.
The Program rewards members with comps for slots and table game play. Plus, it offers 3% comp back on most cash or credit purchases at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
Comps can be used for dining, shopping, spa treatments, and hotel getaways.
The Club Metro card also entitles users to a minimum 10% discount on food and retail purchases, hotel stays, shows at Sound Board, and spa treatment and services.
Every $15 in comps earned also entitles members to $5 in Reward Play.
Club Metro features four tiers all with increased earning potential, benefits, and discounts.
MotorCity Casino Hotel has a deep connection to Detroit sports as owner Marian Ilitch also owns the Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and Detroit Tigers (MLB).
The casino has long hosted viewing parties for Red Wings and Detroit Pistons games featuring food and drink specials and prize raffles.
Plus, it offers a free shuttle to home games at Little Caesars Arena and $10 in free Reward Play to anyone that visits the MotorCity Casino Hotel booth at the Arena.
MotorCity Casino Hotel issued a statement in 2020 saying it looks forward to “offering sports betting and online gaming to our guests and fans,” and “will be actively exploring this matter further with key stakeholders to ensure that we deliver a best in-class experience that operates in strict regulatory and league compliance.”
No specific sportsbook or online and mobile sports betting app details were included in the statement. However, MotorCity Casino Hotel is converting its Chromatics and Spectators live music venues into a new sportsbook.
The MotorCity website says the two-story space will be fitted with big screen TVs, plush seating, two bars, and several self-serve kiosks and betting windows.
MotorCity Casino Hotel may not be able to take bets on Red Wings and Tigers games because of Ilitch’s position as team and casino owner. However, MLB is considering a rule change that would make it possible to bet on the Tigers at MotorCity’s retail sportsbook or sportsbook app.
MotorCity Casino Hotel is home to an 10-table poker room that offers Daily High Hand Jackpots, Bad Beat Jackpots, and No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em and Pot-Limit Omaha cash games and tournaments.
Poker Room promotions also include a gas gift card giveaway to players putting in 40-plus hours at the tables.
The regular tournament schedule includes Bounty and Deepstack events three days a week and monthly guaranteed prizepool tournaments.
You can find out what’s happening at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Poker Room through the Bravo Poker Live App for Apple and Android mobile devices.
MotorCity Casino Hotel awarded a record “Bad Beat” jackpot of almost $569,000 in 2016.
MotorCity Casino Hotel launched a 400-room hotel, including 33 suites, in 2007.
The hotel does not have a pool, but there is a spa and fitness center available to hotel guests. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day for hotel guests.
There is also more than 67,000 square feet of function and banquet space on the property.
MotorCity Casino Hotel offers hotel packages that include everything from rooms to spa credit, dining credit, and free slot play.
MotorCity Casino Hotel offers a wide selection of dining and entertainment options, including:
In 1996, Michigan voters approved a proposal to build three new commercial casinos in Detroit. In 1997, Michigan lawmakers passed the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act giving three projects the go ahead.
The temporary MotorCity Casino facility officially opened on Dec. 14, 1999.
The temporary home incorporated a building that once housed the Wagner Baking Company, famous for making Wonder Bread.
The MotorCity Casino ownership group included the Mandalay Resort Group, Little Caesars Pizza billionaire Marian Ilitch, a group of more than 100 local investors dubbed Atwater Entertainment, and local investor Tom Celani.
In 2005, MGM Mirage, owners of the MGM Grand Detroit, acquired Mandalay Resort Group. Because Michigan law prohibits the ownership of more than one commercial casino, MGM Mirage was forced to sell one.
Ilitch became the sole owner of the MotorCity Casino at that time, paying $525 million for Mandalay’s 53.5% stake, $106 million for Atwater Entertainment’s 11.5% stake, and purchasing Celani’s 10% stake for an undisclosed amount.
At the time, Ilitch claimed buying the casino was a part of her family’s commitment to Detroit’s economic revival.
She went ahead with a $300 million expansion project that included construction of a 400-room, 17-story hotel tower. The new Motor City Casino Hotel opened for business in 2007.
MotorCity Casino Hotel now boasts being the only locally-owned and operated casino in Detroit.
The three Detroit commercial casinos combine to post record revenues of $1.454 billion in 2019. MotorCity Casino saw its highest revenue totals ever, with $493.6 million in annual revenue, second only to MGM Grand Detroit’s $623.5 million.