Nation | Tribe: Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi
1123 129th Avenue
Wayland, MI 49348
Gun Lake Casino is located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo off Exit 61 on U.S. 131.
2021 exterior rendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.
Gun Lake Casino has greatly expanded since its opening in Feb. 2011. At that time it had a 83,000-square-foot gaming floor and 1,400 slot machines.
In 2017 the casino floor was expanded to 156,000 square feet and 2,050 slot machines.
In Late 2019 Gun Lake announced a $100 million expansion project to double the size of the casino. Completion is scheduled for summer of 2021. Details
2019-2021 Expansion Project
Gun Lake Casino announced a $100 expansion project in Oct. 2019 with a completion date of summer 2021.
The major features of the project include a larger gaming floor, an expanded entertainment venue and more dining options.
The gaming floor will be expanded by 72,000 square feet, 450 additional slot machines and 12 more table games. The additional space will include the high limits area and the smoking area as well as the main gaming floor.
Entertainment will be enhanced at Stage 131 by doubling its space with more seating, an outdoor patio and a new dining service.
Two new restaurants will be built. This will be upscale venues with details to be announced at a future date.
2016-2017 Expansion Project
A new $76-million expansion project is underway to increase the casino's square footage from 83,000 to 156,000 square feet. Construction began in January 2016 and will finish in summer of 2017.
The following is included in the plan:
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October 10, 2020
On Oct. 3 the Gun Lake Casino opened its new sports betting venue named Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge. Bets can be placed on professional and college sports with single bets, over/under bets and spreads. Self-serve kiosks are available throughout the casino and wagering windows are open Thursday-Sunday at these hours:
THU | 12PM - 11PM
FRI | 12PM - 12AM
SAT | 10AM - 12AM
SUN | 10AM - 11PM
The Gun Lake Tribe is the fourth Michigan tribe to launch a sportsbook. The first sportsbook in the state was opened by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians became the second tribe with sportsbooks launched at the Four Winds Casinos in New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford. Last week the Hannahville Indian Community opened a sportsbook at Island Resort & Casino.
May 29, 2020
October 23, 2019
Gun Lake Casino announced plans last week for a $100 million dollar expansion of its casino, entertainment and dining venues. The ground breaking for the project is expected soon and itscompletion is expected in the summer of 2021.
Rendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.
Gun Lake Casino President and COO, Sal Semola, said
"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."
"These 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."
Rendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.
The casino gaming area will be increased by 72,000 square feet. The increase will include a larger high limit area and larger smoking area. The additional space will have 450 more slot machines and 12 new table games. The total number of slot machines will become 2,500.
Stage 131 will have double the space allowing for more seats and a new outdoor patio an dining service.
Two upscale restaurants are also planned with details to be announced at a later date.
August 25, 2019
The Gun Lake Tribe celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a federally-recognized tribe on Friday Aug 23. The tribe, formally named Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, was granted recognition status by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on August 23, 1999.
Federal recognition of a tribe establishes a government-to-government relationship with the United States and protects the tribe's right of self-government. Reservation land is sovereign land owned by the tribe and held in trust by the federal government.
August 23, 1999 - The Gun Lake Tribe received federal recognition
2000 - Tribe adopted its constitution
2001 - Tribe applied for protection of lands under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
2003 - Tribe hired Station Casinos to manage its casino project
2005 - Reservation land was restored after years of legal challenges.
2009 - Gun Lake Casino held ground breaking ceremony.
2011 - Gun Lake Casino held grand opening.
Gun Lake Tribal History
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December 03, 2018
The Gun Lake Casino has been in operation for seven years. In that time the casino, the Gun Lake Tribe, and Gun Lake Investments have contributed the economy of Michigan $1.5 billion.
2,600 job positions have been created to support the casino. Each of those jobs have contributed $228 million into the economy every year.
The tribe employs 1,281 people for positions in their government, investment operations, and their casino. Payroll from these positions contribute annually $48 million.
Every year $36 million is spent by the tribe to purchase goods and services from companies that are located in the state.
$109 million is paid to the state and local governments. The money is used to pay for law enforcement, infrastructure improvements, and schools.
September 21, 2018
On September 14 the new poker room was opened at Gun Lake Casino. This is the newest of the other 40 card rooms in the state.
There are 100 people employed in the card room.
It is located in the previous area where Villa Pizza and Johnny Rockets were at the casino. It is a 3,500 square foot area.
Plans for the room were announced in May after the tribe had conducted research on what amenities and games guests were interested in. This resulted in developing a space for poker.
The casino property has worked many times on projects to renovate and expand the gaming venue. In 2016 $76 million was spent to bring more slot machines and table games. Last year plans for a new parking structure were announced.
Gun Lake Casino opened in 2011. It is located south of Grand Rapids by nearly 25 miles.
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