The Gun Lake Tribe announced that its contract with Station Casinos LLC to manage the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan expired on February 6, 2018. The contract expired pursuant to federal Indian gaming law which limits the term of management contracts to seven years. The Tribe prepared to assume casino management responsibility for many years. A transition plan had been developed dating back to the 2011 opening of the Casino.

“This is a significant milestone because we are taking another step toward complete self-sufficiency as a tribal government,” said Scott Sprague, Tribal Chairman. “We appreciate the relationship with Station Casinos as it enabled us to open a professional gaming operation from day one. We also gained valuable knowledge and experience that we will use to continue our success.”

A key step in the transition occurred in October 2017 when Sal Semola stepped in as President & Chief Operating Officer of Gun Lake Casino. President Semola brings over 40 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry working throughout the United States at numerous successful tribal and commercial properties. Semola assumed operational control by providing a seamless transition in all areas of management of the Casino and working on the master plan.

The Gun Lake Casino currently has over 1,000 valued team members. The Gun Lake Tribe has shared over $100 million with state and local governments over 14 separate distributions since the Casino opened.