We have been to this casino 25-30 times sine it opened and the slot payouts are always the same. Unless you hit a jackpot, (which I question some of them that are announced) you will never leave there with any of their money!! They want a hotel and a bigger casino and want the patrons to pay for 110% of it, and then some. We decided to give up on the place and head back to Traverse City. It's well worth the gas money up there,or any where else for that matter.
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!
After reading many bad reviews I was hesitant to go to Gun Lake. Here's my review. PROS- Customer service is great, the entire staff was friendly and available. The food was what I expected, pretty good. The casino is small but still has a decent slot selection. Everything is clean and nice looking., Not smoky at all. Table games are good, dealers are great. Drinks aren't overpriced. CONS - I can see how this casino would be very crowded on weekends. Their player's card is a joke. The slots DO NOT PAY OUT. Very stingy. I'm ok with losing money as long as I can play for awhile. Not here! You lose lose and lose. I talked with a few other patrons and this seemed the norm for Gun Lake.
Went to Gun Lake Casino 3 times the first week they were open. After feeding the slots approx $600 my biggest win was $36.00 which was quickly eaten up by subsequent machines. I've been to most of the casinos in the state and was not happy to see many machines I recognized. Other gamers seem to be wandering aimlessly looking for a friendly machine or one they recognized. Probably 90% of the machines have to be played at the maximum bet. I noticed several machines that were down. I would guess this to be caused by slot machines that were bought as seconds. A few machines did not play as advertised and some machines had symbols pop up that weren't on the menu. Some machines offering a denomination option when there was none. Went to Gun Lake in the morning and came away broke. Went to Soaring Eagle in the afternoon and had a ball, winning $150 on one slot and several other hits on several machines. In a weak moment I'll probably return to Gun Lake but not to soon.