Two Years After Shutdown, Gun Lake Casino Reopens Poker Rooms in Michigan



  • Gun Lake Casino has reopened its physical poker rooms for players in Michigan after closing it during the pandemic.
  • The casino also offers impressive promotions for players who play its poker titles after the reopening.
  • Also, GLC announced that its Phase 5 expansion building project will be completed in March 2023.

The COVID-19 pandemic came with a lot of downturns, and the gambling industry wasn’t spared. At the start of the global health crises, Gun Lake Casino was one of the worst hit among operators in Michigan.

The casino was forced to close its doors to onsite players in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the virus. And while it temporarily opened the gaming floors soon afterwards in June 2020, its poker rooms have remained locked for the past two years.

However, gamblers got some respite when the poker rooms were opened on Friday the 16th of December. This development has been highly anticipated and represents a breath of fresh air to gamblers who have had to seek out alternatives.

Gun Lake Casino Offers Promotions as Part of its Poker Room Reopening Activities

In a tweet posted by the official Gun Lake Casino account on December 12, the operator announced that its video poker rooms would reopen. “POKER IS COMING,” the tweet read, before going to state that the GLC poker rooms will go live on December 16.

Commenting on the development, Jose Flores, the Vice President and General Manager of Gun Lake Casino said the following in a press release:

“We know our guests have been eager for our poker room to open back up, and we finally feel we are far enough past the pandemic that we can do so safely. We’re excited to bring the poker room back for our guests, and offer another great way for them to enjoy gaming entertainment here with fellow poker players.”

To the delight of most players, the announcement did not come in isolation. The casino decided to throw in several promotional offers to commemorate the re-opening of the poker rooms. Gun Lake Casino Michigan gave players Hold ‘EM High Hand Promotions worth up to $500 every hour for actively playing between 3pm to 11pm from Friday to Sunday.

Similarly, the rooms introduced a Made Hand Progressive bonus for clients who play Texas Hold’em Live video poker games. This promo started at the re-opening on Friday and will last till February 1, 2023. The regular GLC Rewards Dollars promotion is also set to make a comeback in the poker rooms. 

Expansion of Gun Lake On-Site Property Scheduled for Completion in 2025

The news of Gun Lake Casino’s reopening of poker rooms comes at a time when the brand is making massive moves towards physical expansion. In May 2022, the casino had a large ceremony to mark the start of construction work in its $300 million edifice. This Phase 5 expansion on the west of its Wayland property has now been confirmed for completion in March 2025.

CEO of Gun Lake Casino, Sal Semola claims this Phase 5 expansion will “transform the property into becoming a first-class destination resort.” He further added that, saying “Over the past 11 years, the Gun Lake Tribe and our Gun Lake Casino Team Members have worked tirelessly to make this all a possibility. This is just the next step towards making our property the premier entertainment destination in the Midwest.”

Gun Lake Casino’s new building is set to feature an Aquadome with three pools which can be transformed into a banquet hall or a large concert venue, on a needs basis. The expansion project also includes a 15-floor hotel which will definitely see the casino site become one of the biggest hospitality destinations in this part of Michigan.

Holidays Look Promising for Customers of Gun Lake Casino

In the wake of the opening of the poker rooms, there are also interesting bonuses to expect from the casino as we move into the festive season. But first, GLC invites you to donate a new toy at its Reward Center. In turn, you’ll receive free play on a slot worth up to $100.

Players can also compete for a grand prize of a 2023 BMW X3 during the festive period. The draw takes place on the 1st of January at 1am. Other rewards include a free play promo of up to $1000 when you earn 100 Reward Points and visit the Promotional Kiosk during the reward period.

All regular rules, terms and conditions will apply to these bonuses and promotional offers. There are also impressive promotions to expect at other online casinos during this period. Staying up to date with your favorite casino’s newsletters and social media platforms is a sure way to ensure you don’t miss out on Santa’s goodies.

Jessica is a news contributor to Gamble Online Michigan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics but has over three years of experience working in the hospitality and gambling industry. Despite her core finance and investment banking background, she has been a casino feature writer for N1 Interactive Limited and multiple gambling affiliate sites. Her work has been featured on the bet365 blog, and Max Force Racing. She spends her time between Michigan and California, staying up-to-date on the latest industry developments