Introduction to Michigan Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Michigan slot machine casino gambling consists of three commercial casinos in Detroit and 23 tribal casinos throughout the state. Furthermore, Caesars Windsor is a popular destination just across the international border from Detroit in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Michigan
The minimum legal gambling age in Michigan depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 18 or 21 if alcohol is available
- Poker Rooms: 18
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The minimum legal age for gambling at Caesars Windsor is 19 years old.
In 1996, Michigan voters approved three licensed casinos for Detroit via the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Michigan
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in Michigan if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in Michigan
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) within the Michigan Department of Treasury regulates commercial casinos in Detroit. Further, the MGCB provides compliance oversight authority for tribal-state compacts with Michigan’s federally recognized tribes.
Federally recognized American Indian tribes are sovereign nations. As such, the State of Michigan does not have general regulatory authority over tribal casinos, although the state has oversight authority of compliance with state-tribal compact provisions.
Instead, through the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988, Michigan’s tribes have tribal-gaming compacts in place to allow Class III games-of-chance slot machines. Therefore, the National Indian Gaming Commission and each tribal government regulate Michigan’s tribal casinos.
For Canadian casinos, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), a crown agency, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) regulates gaming at Caesars Windsor across the international border from Detroit.
Casinos in Michigan
Michigan has three commercial casinos, 23 American Indian tribal casinos, and a nearby Canadian casino across the international border from Detroit.
The largest casino in Michigan is MGM Grand Detroit.
The second-largest casino is Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.
Commercial Casinos in Michigan
Detroit’s three commercial casinos and the popular Caesars Windsor in Canada are:
- Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino across the Canadian border from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario.
- Greektown Casino-Hotel
- MGM Grand Detroit
- MotorCity Casino Hotel
Tribal Casinos in Michigan
Tribal casinos in Michigan are a thriving business, and many major expansion projects are underway throughout the state. This is especially true for casinos in northern Michigan.
Michigan 23 tribal casinos are:
- Bay Mills Resort & Casinos in Brimley, 53 miles north of Mackinaw City
- FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, 113 miles west of Detroit
- Four Winds Casinos Dowagiac, 21 miles north of South Bend, Indiana near the Indiana border
- Four Winds Casinos Hartford, 50 miles north of South Bend, Indiana
- Four Winds Casinos New Buffalo, 34 miles northwest of South Bend, Indiana near the Indiana border and Lake Michigan
- Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, 172 miles west of Mackinaw City
- Island Resort Casino in Harris, 160 miles west of Mackinaw City
- Kewadin Casinos Christmas in Munising, 129 miles northwest of Mackinaw City on Lake Superior
- Kewadin Casinos Hessel, 41 miles northeast of Mackinaw City
- Kewadin Casinos Manistique, 89 miles west of Mackinaw City
- Kewadin Casinos Sault Ste. Marie, 59 miles north of Mackinaw City on the Canadian border
- Kewadin Casinos St. Ignace, 12 miles north of Mackinaw City
- Kings Club Casino in Brimley, 56 miles north of Mackinaw City
- Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge in Peshawbestown, 20 miles north of Traverse City
- Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, 58 miles southwest of Traverse City
- Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, 268 miles west of Mackinaw City near the Wisconsin border
- Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, 38 miles south-southwest of Mackinaw City
- Odawa Casino Mackinaw in Mackinaw City
- Ojibwa Casino Marquette, 158 miles northwest of Mackinaw City on Lake Superior
- Ojibwa Casino Baraga, 239 miles northwest of Mackinaw City on Lake Superior
- Saganing Eagles Landing Casino & Hotel in Standish, 158 miles south-southeast of Mackinaw City on Lake Huron
- Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, 157 miles northwest of Detroit
- Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg, 11 miles east of Traverse City
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Michigan slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Michigan is:
- North and East: The Canadian Province of Ontario
- South: Indiana Slots and Ohio Slots
- West: Minnesota Slots and, across Lake Michigan, Illinois Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Michigan.
Our Michigan Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Michigan? If so, join our Michigan slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Michigan. Join us!
Payouts and Returns in Michigan
Detroit’s commercial casinos have a minimum theoretical payout of 80%. In addition, they have a maximum theoretical payout of 100% unless otherwise approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Class II skill-based electronic gaming machines at commercial casinos in Detroit also have these payout limits when played perfectly. Return statistics from Detroit’s casinos are not publicly available.
Payout limits for machines at Michigan’s tribal casinos don’t exist nor are return statistics publicly available.
Finally, Canadian casinos in Ontario such as Caesars Windsor have a minimum theoretical payout of 85% and a maximum theoretical payout of 99.1% for Class III Vegas-style games-of-chance. However, Class II competition-style games-of-skill machines such as video poker have a minimum theoretical payout of 88%.
According to Canada’s OLG Slots Brochure, Ontario casinos have a single return statistic: Their average return is 91.8%.
Summary of Michigan Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Michigan slot machine casino gambling consists of three casinos in Detroit and 23 tribal casinos throughout the state. Otherwise, Caesars Windsor in Canada, across the border from Detroit, is a popular casino destination.
Annual Progress in Michigan Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, there has been little change to the slots gaming industry in Michigan.
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