Gun Lake Casino isn’t the largest casino in Michigan, but that hasn’t stopped it from entering the online gambling market along with more than half a dozen other casinos. The site operates as part of a partnership with betParx, the online platform of Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.
We like to keep on top of every online gambling option in Michigan and the rest of the United States, so we decided to ask our experts to undertake a full review of everything Gun Lake Casino has to offer.
Let’s check it out.
We’re happy to report that there’s a lot going on in Gun Lake Casino Promotions section, although the caveat to that is that the sportsbook promos certainly outweigh those for the casino.
We’re only covering the offers for the casino below, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there are lots of interesting promos for the sportsbook too, if that interests you.
You can check out all the offers running on Gun Lake Casino at any time in the Promotions tab, in the menu at the top of the screen.
The Gun Lake casino welcome bonus is a good one. New players qualify for a 100% bonus based on their first deposit worth up to $750, with 500 free spins thrown in for good measure.
The wagering requirements are pretty reasonable too, starting at just 10x for slots. Given that you can claim up to $750 in bonus cash, these wagering requirements are better than average.
We’re big fans of the format of the free spins too. Your 500 spins get awarded over five weeks, with 100 released each week. It means the overall value of the bonus is spread out, and you keep feeling the benefits for more than a month. Given we all know how easy it is to blow through a number of free spins as soon as you receive them, it’s a nice idea.
There are 20x wagering requirements attached to any winnings from your free spins, which is fair enough too given the welcome bonus package is so generous overall.
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You don’t need a promo code to claim the Gun Lake Casino welcome bonus. Instead, you just need to register your account and make your first deposit. When you do, you’ll be prompted to accept the bonus offer and your bonus funds will be waiting for you in your account.
For a limited time only, Play Gun Lake also has a no deposit bonus offer for new members. All you need to do is sign up, and you’ll receive $20 in bonus cash to start playing real money games immediately.
This time, the bonus cash comes with a 20x turnover rate.
Best of all, this doesn’t affect the regular deposit bonus, which only kicks in once you deposit some of your own money.
Promos for live dealer games are pretty rare, with bets on live tables often excluded from clearing bonus cash. It’s therefore great to see that Play Gun Lake has come up with an on-running promo, especially for the live games.
If you win 10 hands of live blackjack between 6-8 on Tuesdays, you’ll receive 10 Gold Coins. Gold Coins are effectively bonus cash that can be exclusively used on live tables, with each Gold Coin worth $5.
This is a nice promotion. It’s not that difficult to win your 10 Coins worth $50, and it encourages people to try out live dealer games.
Play Gun Lake doesn’t have a rewards program or loyalty program for now. This is definitely something we’d like to see added – it would be great for regular online players to receive some kind of benefits for the physical casino for example.
Gun Lake Casino is located at 1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348, south of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing. The casino is owned and operated by the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of the Pottawatomi tribe, and opened its doors in 2011.
The significant expansion was completed in both 2017 and 2021, but the biggest project yet is scheduled to be complete by 2025 – a $300 million, 15-story hotel complete with an aqua dome.
2021 was also the year Gun Lake made the move online, launching Play Gun Lake as part of a partnership with Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. The skin and much of the content are similar to betParx, which is Parx’ online platform in New Jersey, PA, and Ohio.
The first thing to acknowledge here is that Play Gun Lake’s menu of games is small. In fact, it might just be the smallest selection in Michigan, with just over 100 games in total on the books.
If you’re looking for a very deep selection of games, it’s definitely not here. But Play Gun Lake still has a fun menu, even if it’s on the smaller side.
The games are powered by Playtech, with the software provided as part of the company’s IMS platform. While Playtech is a great company that produces high-quality games, it would be nice to see a wider range of software providers represented.
We’re covering it all below.
There are around 90 slot games at Play Gun Lake, including some of Playtech’s most popular titles like Bonanza Blast and Age of Egypt. Producing movie and TV slots is a specialty of Playtech, and you’ll find lots here including Baywatch, Top Gun, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
If you like these pop culture-style games, you’ll love the slots menu at Play Gun Lake.
We like the volatility rating Play Gun Lake provides in its slot menu, which ranks every game from 1-4 chili peppers. You can filter by different numbers of peppers too, to help you find your favorite type of games easily.
There are a small number of table games on the menu: roulette, blackjack, video poker, and baccarat. The good news is that there are at least multiple types of both blackjack or roulette, so you can experiment a little.
Overall though, it’s a pretty bare-bones array of table games. Craps, keno, sic bo, bingo, and more types of poker would all be welcome.
There are no scratch games at Play Gun Lake.
Given that the game menu at Play Gun Lake is so small in general, we were actually quite impressed that there were any live dealer games at all. In total there are four tables: two live blackjack tables, live roulette, and live baccarat.
It’s a good start, but we’d obviously like to see the options expanded somewhat.
Play Gun Lake has a great sportsbook hosted on the same platform as the casino. When you sign up, you’ll automatically gain access to the book as well as the range of sports betting bonuses and promotions.
Just like with the casino, you can place a sports bet from anywhere as long as you are physically located in Michigan.
One upside we always observe with a smaller menu of games is that they tend to feel more manageable on mobile. Having a thousand games at your fingertips is great, but it can also be overwhelming on the smaller screen.
Play Gun Lake’s mobile app is simple but well designed, and pretty much perfect as a vehicle for the games on offer at the casino.
You can download it from both the App Store and Google Play Store, where it’s rated 3.2/5 from 62 reviews. It’s not the highest-rated app in Michigan, but it more than does the job.
We tested the mobile site out on iPhone and Android, and it worked very well on both – not the slickest software we’ve ever used but smooth and reliable.
Michigan really isn’t short of online casinos, with new platforms appearing all the time. Below you can see an overview of how Play Gun Lake compares with some of the other top options in the state.
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Below you can see the full list of banking options at Play Gun Lake.
We’re giving Play Gun Lake a very good score for its banking options. We always like to see lots of different payment methods supported, and that’s exactly the case here.
Most of the methods come with a $10 minimum deposit, although a Wire Transfer comes with a hefty $5,000 minimum. Play Gun Lake also doesn’t charge any fees for deposits or withdrawals, although there may be charges from your bank or whatever payment processor you use.
Play Gun Lake gets a good score for its withdrawal experience too.
The fastest possible withdrawal methods give you access to your winnings within 3 days – which is pretty good all things considered. You need to submit a request for a withdrawal, which takes 72 hours in total.
While we don’t love this concept, 3 days is at least not the longest pending period we’ve ever seen. After that time has elapsed, your money gets released as fast as the technology allows.
That means PayPal and Play+ Card withdrawals arrive immediately, while ACH Transfers take another couple of days. Paper checks take longer still.
We’re very happy with the customer support at Play Gun Lake, and the general care and attention paid to customers. The Help Section for example is very detailed and includes a search bar that lets you sort through the many articles more easily.
It’s easy to contact Play Gun Lake directly too.
You can send an email to [email protected], or simply jump on the live chat channel which you’ll see at the bottom right of the screen. Live chat support is available from 10am-midnight, 7 days a week.
Play Gun Lake is something of a newcomer to the world of online gambling, and nothing we’ve seen so far leads us to consider the site anything but totally secure and trustworthy.
The gaming software is provided by Playtech – one of the biggest names in the industry with a trusted reputation built up over decades. In addition to the individual license Play Gun Lake has received, Playtech holds licenses from both the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority.
Gun Lake Casino is fully licensed – as part of a partnership with Parx Casino – by the The Michigan Gaming Control Board.
We always include some areas of suggested improvement with our reviews, and there are no prizes for guessing where we start with Play Gun Lake.
The menu of games is probably the smallest in the state. There are a few notable blank spots in the catalog – jackpot slots, bingo games, craps, scratch games, keno, game show type live games, and more.
We’re fine with the idea that having a massive menu of games isn’t Play Gun Lake’s USP, but there’s no getting away from the fact that there are a lot more options elsewhere.
Although the bonuses and promotions are pretty good in general, the lack of a VIP reward program is notable. This would be a nice and simple addition to improve things.
Despite being certainly one of the smaller casinos out there, there are still lots of things to like about Play Gun Lake. There are lots of interesting promos, both for new and regular players. We particularly like the live dealer happy hour, since it’s pretty hard to find bonuses for live dealer games.
Making both deposits and withdrawals is very easy, and the customer support is clear and responsive. We’re totally happy with Play Gun Lake from a safety point of view too.
Ultimately, it comes down to the question of what kind of game menu you’re looking for.
If you want thousands of different games from obscure providers, you won’t find them here.
But for a small selection of good quality games from one of the most experienced gaming companies around – Playtech – Play Gun Lake is a solid option in Michigan.
Gun Lake Casino is exclusively licensed in Michigan.
Yes. You can download the Gun Lake Casino app for both iOS and Android phones and tablets.
No. Depending on your chosen method, you’ll receive your winnings after 3 days.
Gun Lake Casino has a 100% deposit bonus for all new members, plus 500 free spins.
Yes. Gun Lake Casino has a small selection of live games powered by Playtech.
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