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Since 1997, the Michigan Gaming website has been a comprehensive resource regarding gaming in the state of Michigan. This site is an RMC Ventures, LLC publication, with contributions by the original creators of the site, Attorney David Waddell and Gaming Analyst Robert Russell, and additional contributions by Attorney J.J. Burchman.

Mr. Waddell,  Mr. Russell and Mr. Burchman are also associated with Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C., which proactively assists clients in managing regulatory issues in an effort to maximize company profits and avoid legal problems.

As Governor Whitmer has begun a phased lifting of her executive stay-at-home orders, tribal casinos have also begun to announce planned openings.  Island Casino & Resort, owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, reopened on Saturday, May 16.  Several restrictions were in place, including a smoking ban, requiring guests to wear masks, and requiring guests and employees to undergo temperature checks before gaining entrance to the casino.  The casino has not opened any tables games and there are plexiglass dividers in some areas.  In an article published by Native News Online, Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Chairperson Kenneth Meshigaud noted: “The Tribal Council made their decision to open based on data from the Michigan Departments of Health, the rate of infection in the three-county area surrounding the Casino and the full range of precautions to be implemented for the safe operations of the gaming facility.”

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians “Odawa”) also recently announced plans to open two of its casinos.  The Odawa Casino Mackinaw is scheduled to open Friday May 22, and the Odawa Casino Petoskey is scheduled to open Friday May 29.  Both facilities will have restrictions, include limitations on slot machines, no valet parking, and limited table games.  Like Island Casino, both Odawa Casinos will require temperature checks for guests and employees, masks for guests, and a ban on smoking.  The Odawa Hotel at the Petoskey property plans to begin taking reservations starting June 11.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians operate five casinos under the Kewadin brand across the Upper Peninsula.  They have announced planned openings of the casinos for June 1. 

The American Gaming Association has developed a tracker showing which casinos across the United States remain closed and which are open.  The tracker can be accessed at:


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