- The Gun Lake Tribe plans to add space for more casino games and amenities for guests.
- Rush Street Interactive partnered with the Gun Lake Tribe to provide a social sports betting app in July.
- A Michigan sports betting bill that is currently sitting in the legislature would legalize retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos as well as mobile sports wagering.
WAYLAND, Mich. – Gun Lake Casino is set to expand its Wayland property in order to make room for additional casino space, dining options, and entertainment features. The development costs are expected to reach $100 million and the new areas are expected to open in the Summer of 2021.
“We have undergone a careful and detailed process to understand how to best serve the needs of our current guests – and enhanced dining, entertainment, and gaming amenities are a high priority,” said President and CEO for Gun Lake Casino, Sal Semola.
“The great new amenities will provide new experiences for our guests as part of our continued effort to make Gun Lake Casino the premier entertainment destination in western Michigan.”
Announced on Friday, the expansion will add 72,000 square feet to what is already a 156,000 square foot venue. Current plans call for an increase of 450 slot machines, 12 additional table games, and a bigger non-smoking area. More details will be released closer to the opening date.
While this is a major advancement to the gaming opportunities for Gun Lake Casino visitors, it is not the only gaming expansion the casino has announced this year.
In July, Gun Lake Casino became the first tribal casino to launch the CASINO4FUN social gambling and sports betting app in Michigan through their partnership with Rush Street Interactive.
“As states move forward in legalizing sports betting and online gaming, our CASINO4FUN product provides our brick-and-mortar casino partners with the marketing opportunity to both increase the engagement levels of current casino customers and convert the play-for-fun social players into play-for-real money patrons should online gaming become legalized in their state,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive.
Right now, there is a Michigan sports betting bill sitting in the Ways and Means Committee in the State House. If signed into law, MI HB 4916 would legalize both online sports betting in Michigan as well as online casinos. The bill would also grant tribal casinos in the state and the three commercial casinos in Detroit the ability to open retail sportsbooks.
The bill is currently being stalled due to a dispute between the bill sponsor and MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The legislative session in Michigan lasts until December 31, so there is a chance that it could pass before the end of the year.
While the Gun Lake Tribe did not announce the addition of a legal sportsbook to their casino, they could be granted the ability to add one as they are making other renovations.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.