I have been playing at Gun Lake Casino since they opened last year! Let's just say I won't be going there anymore! Not bc I lost and I'm a whiney loser but bc I don't feel like I'm getting fair play. I play blackjack and slots if I win. They have a crazy rule that u can't split aces more than once which happened to lose me about $100 on one hand. But that is not why I'm writing this review. I am writing this review bc I have put several thousand dollars thru their slot machines and I have decided that they r the tightest machines I have ever played...u almost have to force them to pay by dumping hundreds into them...which doesn't always work out so well. Their free play for slots sucks. I played a similar amount at 4 winds in new buffalo, mi and received at least $300 to $400 in free slot play plus a couple free nights at the hotel. At Gun Lake Casino I received about $100 total in free slot play and a voucher for $40 for food which was only good for one day. Bottom line, avoid this casino if at all possible. Give ur money to someone in need instead! They didn't make over $100 million the first year in business by paying people that walk thru the door. So remember that before u take too much cash in that place. Not to mention its small, dealers suck (but have improved since opening), it's smoky as hell (and I'm a smoker), and busy as hell on weekends. Oh they also raise their table games minimum bet to $15 for bj on Friday and sat. Night...and that's only 2 tables..the rest are $25 minimum and up...just go somewhere else that is at least being watched by a gaming commission! Learn from me please and don't make the same mistake!
I'd been hoping for this Casino to get the go ahead and open for over ten years since it's in my home area. Now that it's open I'd have to tell my friends to avoid going since the payouts are so bad and table limits are high. It's not uncommon to go through $500 in a couple hours without playing anything bigger than quarters! If they get the least bit busy on the tables even during a week day, they raise the minimums to $10 or higher. Some times it looks like they would rather have people waiting to play a $5 table while the other higher minimum tables set empty. Makes no sense to me at all. I think the sooner the "Station Casinos" management team is gone the better off GLC will be. This is Wayland Mi., not Vegas! The players club is the biggest joke of all. If you go 2-3 days per week and spend 4-6 hrs. per day playing you will get a whopping 5-10 dollars per week of free play which will last all of 2-3 mins. Same on your Birthday..........maybe a free cookie all the way up to 3X points. BIG DEAL!!!! If your within 1.5 hours of any other Casino in Mi. do yourself a favor and avoid Gun Lake until they change their attitude about how much to payout and how to treat their loyal guests!!
The slots at Gun Lake Casino t-i-g-h-t! I understand a casino is in the business to make money and it is our choice on whether or not to visit but it's sad when one isn't even enjoying themselves when they lose hundreds of dollars! It would be one thing if the slots paid out some small winnings but it was not uncommon for me to put a $100 in and not receive anything over a $5.00 hit in return. It's just a matter of time before word starts spreading and the masses eventually skip this casino. The novelty of the "new-ish" casino quickly wore off and I would only recommend going if you have $500 or so in your pocket to throw away in a couple hours!
I have been to every casino in Michigan, and I thought fire keepers was bad. I have never seen such horrible slot, table pays, and players club in my life.
You can see the suits walking around glad handling the customers who drop a lot of money. I have been there often on since they opened, and I have never had anyone come up to me and ask me how I was doing. Of course I would've given them a piece of my mind, so it's probably a good thing.
I'm only 30 minutes away, but I will drive to an a half hours to Traverse City, or blue-chip.
Never going back, gun lake......... Just wait until another casino opens up that's closer, you will lose 70% of your customers.