The expansion of gaming including casino gaming and resorts in Michigan has paralleled national trends in acceptance. Horse racing was legalized in 1933 in Michigan, followed by the legalization of a Michigan state lottery in 1972 and the increase of casino activity on Indian reservations in the 1980s. By the end of 1996, seven Indian tribes were operating 17 casino resorts in Michigan. Gaming and Casinos have become a thriving industry throughout Michigan.
The Michigan Lottery, which includes lottery ticket sales and charitable gaming, brought in $1.65 billion in fiscal year 1996.
Efforts to initiate legalized casino gaming in Detroit have been occurring since the 1970s. These efforts failed until the Windsor Casino opened its doors across the Detroit River in Canada in 1994. The steady flow of Michigan residents and U.S. dollars into the Windsor Casino, along with the continued expansion of Indian casinos in Michigan, has had a dramatic impact upon voter attitudes toward casino gaming.
This shift in attitudes culminated with the passage of Proposal E in the November 1996 general Michigan election. Proposal E enacted the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act (the "Act") by public referendum. The Act permitted the development and licensing of three privately owned casinos within the Detroit city limits.
When you step into a Michigan casino, there is a feeling of electricity that sweeps over you. The thrill of the lights. The rush of the cards. The sound of the slots. And it doesn't stop at the Michigan gaming tables. Casinos in Michigan are also known for their five-star restaurants, live shows and exhilarating nightlife, which help keep the evening fully charged. Whether we like the big city or choose to be surrounded by nature, Michigan casinos are premium choices for Michigan gaming!