On January 31, 2018, Gun Lake Casino was recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as the 2017 “Newsmaker of the Year,” in Arts & Entertainment.

The catalyst for the award was the Casino’s recent $76 million expansion that opened in May 2017. The expansion doubled square footage at the casino and increased electronic gaming machines. Other expansion amenities include the 300-seat Harvest Buffet, the new Stage 131 entertainment lounge, a high limit gaming room, and the Chill bar.

Tribal Chairman Scott Sprague accepted the award on behalf of the Tribal Council, casino management staff and valued team members.

“We thank the Business Journal for recognizing the Gun Lake Casino expansion as a noteworthy event in West Michigan,” said Scott Sprague, Chairman of the Tribe. “This award is possible because we value great guest service, offering revenue with the local community.”

The Business Journal noted that the Tribe has shared over $100 million with state and local governments over 14 separate distributions. The fall 2017 revenue sharing distribution saw an increase of 24% due to the expanded number of electronic gaming machines.