What Are Michigan's Most Popular Casinos?

What Are Michigan's Most Popular Casinos?
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Whether a day visit, overnight stay or weekend relaxation, the Wolverine State has a casino for you.

To find the most desirable of Michigan’s 27 brick-and-mortar casinos, BetMichigan.com – your source for Michigan online casinos - used Google Trends and Ahrefs.com to find the most popular retail locations based on search volume over the past 12 months. Here is the top 10: 

Michigan’s Most-Searched Casinos

RankCasinoLocationGoogle Search Volume
1Gun Lake CasinoWayland33K
2MGM Grand DetroitDetroit24K
3FireKeepers Casino and HotelBattle Creek22K
4 Greektown Casino and HotelDetroit19K
5Little Rivers Casino ResortManistee16K
6 Turtle Creek Casino and HotelWilliamsburg12K
7 Motor City Casino and HotelDetroit6.6
8 Four Winds New BuffaloFour Winds6.5
9 Kewadin CasinoSault Sainte Marie6.2K
10 Odawa CasinoPetoskey4.8K


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Gun Lake Leads the Way

Situated halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Gun Lake Casino in Wayland tops the top 10 with a Google search volume of 33K. 
With more than 2,500 slot machines, 47 table games, a Michigan sportsbook and a variety of dining and beverage options, Gun Lake is currently in Year 3 of a four-year, $300 million project. Included is a 252-room, 15-story on-property hotel/resort, a spa and a unique six-story Aquadome featuring three pools inside a 32,000 square-foot glass dome. The space also can be turned into a concert/entertainment venue and banquet center. Completion date: March 2025.

MGM Grand Detroit is second (24K) on the list and is one of three Detroit destinations in the top 10, along with No. 4 Greektown Casino & Hotel (19K) and No. 7 MotorCity Casino Hotel (6.6K). This year, the casino is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

With a 400-room hotel, a 24-hour poker room featuring 18 large TV screens, a casino floor offering 160 table games, along with 2,500 slot/video poker machines and, of course, BetMGM Michigan Sportsbook, MGM Grand Detroit is the anchor to the Motor City.

Rounding out the top three is FireKeepers Casino & Hotel in Battle Creek (22K). Opened in August 2009 by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), the property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, an assortment of restaurants and lounges, a live poker room, and yes, a sportsbook. In August 2021, the hotel expanded with an additional 203 rooms and suites and a revamped 39,000-square foot first floor. 
Get this, they also sponsor two sporting events in Battle Creek: The EPSON Tour’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek Country Club will be held June 7-9 and the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on August 18.

Also on the list: No. 5 Little River Casino Resort in Manistee (16K), No. 6 Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg (12K), No. 8 Four Winds New Buffalo in New Buffalo (6.5K), No. 9 Kewadin Casino in Sault Sainte Marie (6.2K) and No. 10 Odawa Casino in Petoskey (4.8K).

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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