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Michigan Tribal Casino Adds 14-Table Poker Room

Gun Lake Casino Hires 60 Poker Dealers For New Room


Michigan’s Gun Lake Casino, one of about two dozen tribal casinos sprinkled around the state, unveiled a poker room on Sept. 14.

The room, which joins about 40 other card rooms in the state, employs about 100 people, according to the casino. Gun Lake Casino announced plans for the room back in May.

The state of Michigan is home to tribal, commercial and charitable card rooms.

The Gun Lake Casino room occupies space that was once leased by the Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza eateries, which includes 3,500 square-feet in space. The Gun Lake Tribe performed “extensive research to determine market demands” for poker, a press release said.

“We are thrilled to offer this new amenity to our guests,” commented Sal Semola, president & chief operating officer for Gun Lake Casino. “The Gun Lake Tribe has done an incredible job listening to our guests and community, which this new poker room is attributed to.”

The tribe and the casino are also working toward opening a 475,000 square-foot parking structure, which was announced at the end of 2017.

Gun Lake Casino, located about 25 miles south of Grand Rapids, opened in 2011 and has steadily been expanding since. In 2016, the tribe announced plans for a $76 million expansion, a project that included additional slot machines and table games. The poker room came later.

The largest poker room in the state (22 tables) belongs the FireKeepers Casino. Detroit, which is home to the state’s three commercial casinos, has a handful of card rooms. The largest are MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino with 17 tables apiece.