HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 41CLASS III GAMES APPROVED FOR MACKINAW CITY CASINO

Odawa Casino’s request for the approval of the Village to operate “Class III” gaming machines at its Mackinaw City location was recently approved by village officials. The casino noted the decision will allow it to improve the gaming experience for guests by bringing them the same types of slot machines available at the casino’s Petoskey location.

According to the Petoskey News, draft minutes from the December 7 village council’s meeting indicate that members voted 5-1 to approve, with one council member absent.

The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, which runs the facility, was successful in getting an amendment to its gaming compact with the state of Michigan in 2003 that permitted Class III gaming provided that the tribe obtained local approval.  Previously, the local government had not given the approval for Class III games, and the tribe opened a Class II facility. 

“We’re always looking for ways to make playing at Odawa Casino as fun and exciting as possible for guests,” said Eric McLester, general manager of Odawa Casino to the Petoskey News. “So we’re delighted to be able to provide Vegas-style action with all new Class III machines in Mackinaw City. This truly brings the Odawa Casino experience to the tip of the mitt.”

According to the Petoskey News article, the new machines will be installed in phases over the next few months with the first batch coming “very soon”. In addition, Odawa Casino noted plans for a major expansion at the Mackinaw City site in summer 2018, to include a bar and grill along with an additional 100 new slot machines.


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