Some of the best casino destinations call this Great Lakes state home
By Karrie Zukowski
Gorgeous as it may be, Michigan is not just a pretty state that borders four of the Great Lakes, has thousands of inland lakes and is the birthplace of Motown. It’s the place for entertainment, music, culture, outdoor excitement, family fun and such great food. And for gamblers, here are four more reasons to make Michigan a destination for your summer: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Firekeepers Casino Hotel, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Odawa Casino Resort.
SOARING EAGLE CASINO & RESORT
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI
Bring on the bliss as you step into the luxurious property and the largest gaming floor in Michigan, where 210,000 square feet of excitement welcomes you to the action-packed floor. Soaring Eagle is turning up the volume on entertainment this summer with Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino’s Summer Concert Series. There’s no better way to start the summer than to enjoy 311 & Dirty Heads, The Interrupters, Dreamers, and Bikini Trill perform on July 3. Rap/Hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Warren G hit the stage on July 11. See the biggest artist of Country music, Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw perform on August 10. Join Tim and special guests Devin Dawson & Levi Hummon for a night you won’t forget. For the full schedule, check out SoaringEagleCasino.com.
Bring on the fun where the party doesn’t stop, arrive early and stay late in ASCEND, the hottest spot to find great food, specialty drinks, craft beer, and entertainment! ASCEND is the perfect weekend destination to watch all Michigan sporting events, enjoy live entertainment or a late-night DJ spinning all of your favorites. If you’re in the mood for dinner for two, grab your significant other and indulge in Soaring Eagle’s endless dining choices. Whether it’s a mouthwatering masterpiece like the Siniikaung Signature Filet at Siniikaung Steakhouse, or the old-world Italian-style risotto at Isabella’s, with more than nine dining options on property, there is always something to delight.
Bring on the games, calling all High Limit players! Come and enjoy the high-limit roulette, blackjack, slots and unwind in the new VIP lounge. Show your skill in their poker room with over 18-tables or come and test your luck playing Omaha & Seven Card Stud. Soaring Eagle Casino has all your favorite ways to win with more than 3,200 slots, 70 table games, and Texas Hold ‘em! If you love bingo, whether its traditional or electronic, grab your dauber and head to the biggest bingo hall in Michigan.
Bring on the relaxation and immerse yourself in luxury and unwind in the comfort of first-class rooms and premium suites at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. There are many amazing amenities to choose from including a fireplace, in-room jacuzzi and beautiful balconies! Head downstairs to the beautiful 2,400 square foot pool or relax and be pampered when you book one of their amazing spa packages today.
Sister property, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino located in Standish, Michigan is putting the finishing touches on their hotel expansion this summer with the Grand Opening early fall 2019. The plan includes a new five-story hotel with 148 guest rooms and a hospitality suite. Great new dining options are coming your way, such as the new 195-seat restaurant, The Landing. Enjoy steak & eggs for breakfast, a Signature Burger for lunch or Prime Rib for dinner. The expansion will also include the Creekside Lounge, the new spot to enjoy cold drafts or a specialty cocktails and an all-day menu from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saganing Eagles Landing Casino will be adding 300 new slot machines to the gaming floor to go along with the variety of electronic table games including roulette and blackjack. Taking reservations soon! Be on the lookout for details at Saganing-EaglesLanding.com.
FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL
BATTLE CREEK, MI
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is the premier gaming destination, located in Battle Creek, Michigan and features a 111,700-square-foot gaming floor with over 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a 14-table non-smoking poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers six distinctive dining destinations, multiple lounges and a multipurpose event center. Also boasting eight-stories and a Four Diamond rating, FireKeepers hotel has stylishly designed rooms and suites, fully accessorized with all the high-end amenities you need to make any stay a night to remember. Whether you want to do it up, do it all or simply do nothing, the ideal getaway starts with the perfect accommodations.
Get ready to turn the world off and get your game on. From penny slots to the latest progressive options, all the favorite slots are at your fingertips. Look for some of these top games: Fort Knox, Hot Shot, Jaws, Sopranos, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz and Monopoly Money Grab. And be sure to become a Red Hot Rewards Club member, so you can start enjoying the benefits and discounts right away.
What beats the thrill of a dealer flipping a jack right onto your ace? Or when the roulette ball falls exactly on your number? With over 70 live table games, this kind of excitement can happen at any moment. And the newly renovated, spacious 22-table, non-smoking poker room is a guaranteed winner. Games like blackjack, Mississippi stud and Ultimate Texas hold-em are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Poker Room!
And for you high rollers, check out the Aurora High-Limit Lounge. It’s a private haven for the Sizzlin’, Blazin’ and Inferno members, featuring a wide selection of high-limit slots and table games. With exclusive amenities like a fireplace lounge and a deliciously delightful menu prepared just for you.
Did somebody mention food? No trip would be complete without trying any one of the six delectable dining options. Dacey’s Taphouse is Battle Creek’s newest craft beer experience is right here. 50 taps. Big-screen TVs. An expanded menu. And a completely fun and entertaining atmosphere, floor to ceiling, with its own dedicated entrance. You’re going to love this place.
For dining perfection, sample the wares a NIBI. From the minute you enter FireKeepers’ signature restaurant you know you’re in for one unrivaled dining experience. From the gorgeous fresh seafood to the thick, juicy rib-eyes, this is the spot where great meals, good friends and unforgettable nights come together.
If you’re looking for a little casual fare with a wide selection look no further than Mijem Buffet. Here you can enjoy an endless variety of the freshest hot and cold dishes featuring a tempting array of international favorites. Top it off with a visit to the dessert bar with its everflowing chocolate fountain.
Finally, headline entertainment, live music, popular DJ’s and big screen sporting events, keep the excitement going. At the Event Center, you can see big-name entertainment like Dennis Miller May 17, Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour with special guest Abby Anderson, May 30 and Reba, July 13.
For more information visit www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.
MOTORCITY CASINO HOTEL
MotorCity Casino Hotel is an exciting escape destination in the heart of Detroit. With world-class luxury hotel accommodations, spa facilities, fine dining, live performance venues, and high-energy gaming, in just one visit you’ll experience what it’s like to be a highroller.
At the MotorCity Hotel, guests are surrounded by elegance, the latest technology and quality amenities. Decorated in a contemporary fashion with soothing colors of tans, blues and creams, this hotel, has all the perks. When staying in one of the 400 luxurious rooms or 33 spacious suites, you’ll enjoy such amenities as complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel property, decadent bedding with 300-thread count linens, exclusive on-screen pillow library, marble bathroom with separate soaking tub and shower, inroom coffee maker featuring Starbucks coffee, exclusive D.Tour Spa bath products, 24-hour in-room dining and fitness center.
When you step into MotorCity Casino, you enter a world that’s been designed for action. With over 2,700 slot machines, plenty of table games and Poker Room, it’s a player’s paradise.
MotorCity provides an innovative, interactive gaming experience for slot players. Traditional reel games and the newest five-reel and video games are available in denominations ranging from 1-cent to $100. The slot areas offer a complete, interactive audio/video system to enhance guests’ play. Some popular games featured are Fu Xuan, Fort Knox, Fortune 88, Fu Nan Fu Nu, Fate of the 8 Power Wheel, Star Watch, Queen of Atlantis, Money Rain Deluxe and Crazy Money Deluxe.
And don’t forget to stop by the Lightning Link Lounge! Lightning Link is an explosive collection of 40 linked progressive games with multiple denominations and themes. Free games and bonus strikes will keep you on the edge of your seat. A single bonus spin could award multiple progressives and bonus values!
MotorCity also offers a wide variety of exciting table games, from the ever-popular blackjack, craps, and roulette, to other specialty table games like mini-baccarat, progressive 3-card poker, progressive pai gow poker, Spanish 21, progressive Mississippi stud and chase the flush poker.
And because you can’t fully enjoy yourself with an empty stomach, MotorCity provides exceptional dining options for refueling. The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, Iridescence, will exceed your expectations on every level. Modern American cuisine is complemented by breathtaking city views and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. If variety is key, chefs prepare the best in American and international cuisine with premium ingredients right before your eyes at the Assembly Line Buffet. Soak in some Detroit history at The Lodge Diner. Another notable mention is Grand River Deli & Burgers for juicy and tender burgers, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade soups, breads, and sides. So from fine dining to quick bites, MotorCity has got you covered.
And to complete the MotorCity experience, visit the Sound Board. This intimate setting, seats up to 2,400 fans allowing them to get close to their favorite entertainers. Upcoming events include Night of Knockouts XVI June 7; K. Michelle, June 8; Rob Lowe, June 14; Michael McDonald, June 19 and WAR, June 23. For more information, visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
ODAWA CASINO RESORT
Odawa Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, delivers Vegas-level excitement with a quaint Petoskey address. Odawa Casino features a $140 million facility spanning nearly 300,000 sq. ft., 50,000 sq. ft. gaming floor with nearly 1,000 slots, dozens of table games including high limits and a dedicated Poker room. You can also find dining for every occasion with three restaurants and two bars and high profile events that fill the 900 seat performance space inside Ovation Hall.
Getting away from it all shouldn’t have to mean leaving behind the comforts of home. Odawa Hotel brings you all the amenities and services you expect from a Northern Michigan getaway. From the moment you enter, you’re wrapped in the warm and welcoming décor of this AAA Three Diamond-rated Hotel with breath-taking views of the Little Traverse Bay. Cozy up by the stone fireplace, take a plunge in the indoor pool or let your stresses melt away in the hot tub. The Odawa Hotel, conveniently located a scant three minutes from the Petoskey location, showcases 127 guest rooms, 10 luxury suites, an indoor pool and hot tub, complimentary breakfast and FREE shuttle service between the casino and the hotel.
Everyone has a lucky machine! From penny games and classic reels to video poker, your lucky machine is sitting among the nearly 1,000 slots at Odawa Casino, just waiting to pay out. Earn bragging rights and play it first at Odawa. Experience the very latest in gaming and keep your play fresh with the hottest, most sought-after games like Jackpot Party Ultimate Party Spin, Double Blessings, Ultimate Fire Link, Kronos Unleashed, Mayan Chief Great Stack, Dragon Spin, Monopoly Hot Shot, Wonder Woman Golden Lasso, Willy Wonka World of Wonka, Dragon Emblem Jackpots and Penn & Teller.
Play your pleasure! Experience the exhilaration of Sin Citystyle tables in a sophisticated setting. Pull up a chair and rest your elbows at these classic gaming hot spots—where a roll of the dice or turn of the wheel can find you Lady Luck. Games include roulette, craps, bonus spin blackjack, blackjack, three card poker, 6 card bonus, let it ride, i-table roulette, double deck blackjack and ultimate Texas hold ‘em.
Savor every moment as you indulge in some variety! Odawa Casino offers dining options as distinctive as its guests. From a quick bite on the run to a gourmet meal paired with the perfect wine. Every craving can be satisfied. Every budget can be met. And every expectation can be surpassed.
Sage is the answer to gourmet dining, delivering an exceptional menu, an outstanding wine list with service to match—all in a stylish, intimate setting. In the Odawa language, Waas-No-Dé means Northern Lights. The Waas-No-Dé Buffet has a spread of more than 100 dishes and is just as dazzling as the Northern Lights themselves. Located just steps from the gaming floor, Copper Café is open from early morning to late at night and will keep you fueled up and moving.
It’s time to relax and let go—northern Michigan style! Odawa Casino’s entertainment venue showcases headliner concerts, a vibrant nightlife and an upscale city lounge-feel, minus the urban chaos. Many world famous entertainers have graced the stage in Ovation Hall, including Diamond Rio, The B-52s, Ron White, The Temptations, Don Rickles, Joan Jett, The Oak Ridge Boys and the list goes on. For more information about Odawa Casino Resort and all they have to offer, visit www.odawacasino.com.