As The REEF opens its doors to newer prospects, some 300 miles away, the Kings Club Casino has been permanently closed. Owned by the Bay Mills Indian Community, operators of DraftKings Casino MI, the Kings Club Casino has been locked since the COVID-19 pandemic. Many customers have believed the casino will open soon but as recently confirmed by Bay Mills, the building will never see its doors open again.
However, unlike most closures, this one is good-intentioned and not borne out of difficulties. The tribe owners believe that the closure will divert the audience to its larger and more prestigious Bay Mills Resort & Casino some two miles away.
“Kings Club is permanently closed. We are operating out of the single location of Bay Mills Resort & Casino and are getting ready for a hotel expansion which we hope to complete in two years,” said Michael Thomas, Bay Mills Resort & Casino Marketing Director. “It made the most sense, given extra costs and smaller available work force in our area, to concentrate our efforts on a single location.”
Kings Club Casino was opened in 1984 and formed part of the Bay Mills Blackjack Casino in Brimley. It featured about 280 slot machines and blackjack tables, making it the first Native American tribal casino to have other games besides bingo.
Bay Mills will now focus on its ongoing $65 million expansion project that is due for completion in 2024. The new Bay Mills Resort & Casino will include a spa, nail salon, pool with splash pad, conference rooms, arcade and 134 additional rooms.