Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Poker Room Review

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is a tribal casino and hotel located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, approximately 2.5 hours northwest of Detroit in Central Michigan.

The casino opened in 1996 and the resort in 1998. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation.

The 210,000-square-foot casino on the property currently boasts more than 3,300 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and a bingo hall. There are nine dining establishments and bars, and a 6,500-capacity indoor concert venue and 16,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater on the property, both hosting various shows and events.

In January 2020, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort began a hotel remodeling project expected to take about two and a half years to complete. The renovation will include new hotel rooms and infrastructure starting with the sixth and seventh floors, the resort’s front desk and administrative areas. All rooms will be upgraded by mid-2022.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is expected to finalize plans to enter the Michigan online gambling, online poker, and retail, online and mobile sports betting markets in 2020.

Plans to convert the new sports bar and nightclub on the property into a sportsbook are already underway.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

  • Address: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
  • Owner: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation
  • Operator: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation
  • Hours: 24 hours / 7 days a week
  • Casino games: 3,500+ slots, blackjack, craps, roulette
  • Sportsbook: Expected in 2020
  • Poker: Tournaments and cash games (Texas Hold ’em, Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Razz, HORSE, Round by Round, Dealer’s Choice,  SHOE and HOP)

Soaring Eagle online gambling partnerships

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort management has made it clear it has plans to launch a new sports betting app you can use to bet on sports and play online casino games.

It remains unclear if Soaring Eagle is seeking established online gambling partners for this endeavor, if it will find a software developer, or just create the app independently.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort did partner with gaming software developer Aristocrat with plans to launch a free-to-play online casino app in 2013. The result appears to be a casino information and player loyalty program management app that has not been updated in two years.

Since Michigan passed online gambling and sports betting laws, three other Michigan-area tribes have struck deals with online gambling entities. This includes The Stars Group, Scientific Games Corp. and PointsBet Sports Betting, each of which has been tasked with providing online sports betting and online casino services for the tribes.

The casino at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

The 210,000-square-foot casino at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is open 24 hours.

It features more than 3,300 slots and video poker games, 70 table games, a bingo hall and a poker room.

Plus, the Slot Palace and VIP High Limit and smoke-free gaming areas.

That means one of the largest selections of slots and table games in Michigan, in addition to bingo and live poker action.

The casino at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort runs a variety of promotions, including:

  • Bonus Play Payday: Player car points bonuses.
  • Leap Into Cash: Win $100,000.
  • ACCESS Mobile Earn & Win: Earn and win your way to 15,000 reward points.
  • Earn Some, Win Some
  • Pick Your Prize
  • Seniors Day Giveaway: Three $500 Premium Play winners each hour.
  • Hot Seat Frenzy: Win $500 in Premium Play on Hot Seat Frenzy Sundays.
  • Payout Party: Win a jackpot of $1,200 or more and get invited to the Payout Party.

Slots

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is home to more than 3,300 slots and video poker machines

All the latest classic reel and video slot machines can be found, including progressive jackpot slots, on the main gaming floor and the Slot Palace.

Bingo

The Soaring Eagle Bingo Hall is the largest in Michigan. Bingo runs Wednesday through Sunday with morning, afternoon and evening sessions featuring traditional paper and electronic bingo units.

Bingo promotions include Super Saturdays with new ways to win, Birthday BINGO offering you $10 in BINGO Bucks and a special dauber on your birthday, a Bingo Millions Coverall Add-On, and several progressive jackpots offering the chance to win up to $50,000.

Table games

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort has more than 70 table games. That means everything from casino game classics to progressive jackpot games.

Table games at Soaring Eagle include:

  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Single Zero Roulette
  • 3 Card Poker
  • Chase The Flush
  • Criss Cross Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Hold ’em
  • Let It Ride
  • Crazy 4 Poker
  • Mississippi Stud

Access Club loyalty program

Access Club is the Soaring Eagle Casino player loyalty program. Access Loyalty Cards are free to anyone 21 or older.

Members can earn and redeem points for Premium Play and Reward Dollars at Soaring Eagle properties, including:

  • Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
  • Saganing Eagles Landing Casino
  • Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel
  • Waabooz Run Golf Course & Hideaway RV Park

Points earned based on every $1 cash or credit spent:

  • Slots = 2 Points
  • Video poker = 1 Point
  • Hotel room or RV space = 10 Points
  • Bingo = 20 Points
  • Dining, spa, golf, gift shops, shows = 4 Points

Every 1,000 points is worth $1 in Premium Play for slots, table games or bingo. Every 500 points is worth $1 in Rewards Dollars that can be used for spa services, dining outlets, the hotel and concert tickets

Additional rewards can be unlocked, including:

  • Personalized direct mail offers
  • Premium Play for slots and table games
  • Dining Dollars
  • Complimentary overnight stays
  • Exclusive invitations to tournaments and VIP events

Soaring Eagle Sportsbook

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort opened the Ascend sports bar and nightclub in 2018 knowing that legal sports betting in Michigan was a distinct possibility in the not-so-distant future.

In January 2020, with Michigan sports betting laws finally passed, Soaring Eagle Casino officials said Ascend is the property’s new sportsbook or soon-to-be sportsbook.

Ascend advertises itself as the place to be for televised sporting events and live entertainment. There are several large-screen TVs and plenty of seating, in addition to food and drinks.

The venue has the ability to show sports and is a comfortable spot to watch a game. The next step is to install betting kiosks and an odds display. That should happen at some point in 2020.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort officials also claim there are plans to launch a new Soaring Eagle app through which you can bet on sports and play online casino games.

The app is still in the works, as are regulations for online gaming and sports betting in Michigan. It is expected to launch in 2021.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort officials view retail sports betting as an entity that can drive more people to the property and that online wagering will be an option for those who cannot travel there.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort poker room

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is home to a newly renovated smoke-free 18-table poker room.

The room offers Texas Hold ’em, Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Razz and multi-game cash play and tournaments.

The poker room is open 24/7, and promotions include Bad Beat Progressive Jackpots, Early Bird reduced rake, Sit-N-Go Tournaments and $100 Pot Splashers.

The monthly tournament schedule includes:

  • Seniors and $65 Deep Turbo No Limit Texas Hold ’em Tournaments every Monday and Thursday
  • $20 Unlimited Re-Buy Bounty Tournament every Tuesday
  • $70 No Limit Hold ’em Bounty Tournament every Wednesday
  • $50 Round X Round No Limit Texas Hold ’em & Pot Limit Omaha Tournament every Saturday
  • $250 Deepstack No Limit Hold ’em Tournament select Saturdays
  • $350 Deepstack Bounty No Limit Hold ’em Tournament select Saturdays
  • $70 No Limit Hold ’em Bounty Tournament every Sunday

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort amenities

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort has gone through two major renovations. In 2011, the buffet was re-branded and a 24-hour diner launched. In 2018, a $26.5 million renovation project was completed, creating a new high limit gaming and VIP lounge, poker room, sports bar and nightclub, and enclosed non-smoking gaming area, redesigning children’s areas, updating the entertainment hall, and rebranding the sub shop.

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Hotel

Soaring Eagle is home to a 516-room hotel. Accommodations include:

  • Premium suites
  • Superior rooms
  • Deluxe jacuzzi rooms
  • Deluxe fireplace rooms
  • First class rooms

All the rooms are undergoing renovations in phases that are expected to be complete in 2022.

Hotel amenities also include:

  • 2,400-square-foot “free form” pool
  • Indoor and outdoor whirlpool spa
  • Full-service spa

Dining and entertainment

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is serious about dining and entertainment, with nine restaurants, bars and eateries, two massive concert venues, and a sports bar and nightclub:

  • Ascend Sports Bar & Nightclub: The place to be for select televised sporting events and live entertainment. Plus, the property’s soon-to-be sportsbook.
  • Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: Award-winning menu centered around hand-cut aged steaks, chops and fresh seafood.
  • Isabella’s: Flavors of old-world Italy
  • Legend’s Diner: Classic Americana with a contemporary twist open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Aurora Buffet: Familiar favorites and world cuisine for lunch or dinner.
  • Central Deli: Deli-style comfort foods.
  • Native Grind Coffee Shoppe: Coffee and cafe-style menu.
  • SLICE!: Pizza by the slice.
  • Water Lily Lounge: Drinks.
  • The Entertainment Hall: Converted bingo hall, now a concert venue with 3,260 reserved seating and space for 3,285 in general admission.
  • Soaring Eagle Outdoor Arena: Amphitheater hosting the Outdoor Concert Series with 5,089 reserved seats and space for 11,000 in general admission.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort history

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort opened as a casino in 1996. The resort part came in the form of a 500-plus-room hotel added in 1998.

Already owners of one of the largest casinos in the state, members of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation proved they were serious about entertainment options at the property when they converted a former bingo hall into The Entertainment Hall concert venue in 2000.

Five years later the commitment continued with the launch of the Soaring Eagle Outdoor Arena amphitheater in 2005 and the launch of the summer A-list Outdoor Concert Series.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort underwent a renovation in 2011 with the Firefly Buffet re-branded as Aurora Buffet and remodeled, providing space for the launch of the 24-hour Legends Diner.

In 2017, the tribe announced plans for a massive $26.5 million renovation.

A new sports bar and nightclub and a new high-limit and VIP lounge area came alongside Entertainment Hall renovations, the enclosing of the casino’s non-smoking area, and a re-designing of the Kid’s Quest and Cyber Quest areas. The poker room was also relocated and the sub shop re-branded. It all opened in 2018.

In January 2020, with Michigan sports betting laws finally passed, Soaring Eagle Casino officials announced the new sports bar and nightclub will soon become the property’s new sportsbook.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort officials also said there are plans to launch a new Soaring Eagles mobile app with sports betting and online casino games.

Plus, the tribe began a hotel remodeling project expected to take until 2022 to complete. The renovation will include new hotel rooms and infrastructure. Construction will be done in phases.

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