Parx Opens New Online Casino in Michigan, Play Gun Lake, Joining Ever-Growing Field
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If other states have shown anything in regards to online gambling, it's the more the merrier.
On Friday, April 23, at 11 AM local time, the Michigan Gaming Control Board authorized a new internet casino gaming partnership to launch: the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan teamed up with the Parx Interactive brand to launch Play Gun Lake. The site is the 12th in the Great Lakes State to have online casino gambling, with a 13th also providing only sports betting.
“We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of Play Gun Lake, powered by our partner Parx Casino. Together, we are excited to offer Michigan players the latest high quality online gaming platform,” Vice President and General Manager for Gun Lake Casino Jose Flores said. “Our guests can now play their favorite casino games online, while expecting the same trusted entertainment experience provided by Gun Lake Casino.”
The Michigan Gaming Control Board welcomed the new site to the ever-growing list of online casinos around the state, which will eventually number 15.
"We welcome the addition of Gun Lake Casino and partner Parx to Michigan's growing online gaming market of 13 operators and providers," Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard S. Kalm said. "Their participation will generate revenue to support education, economic development and the Gun Lake Band's tribal community."
While the online casino was allowed to start on Friday, the Gun Lake Band sports betting site will have to wait until all regulatory requirements are met, which should be sometime in the near future. Online casino gambling has been good for the casinos, but it is sports betting where the money has been flowing in around the country. Michigan is expected to jump up near the head of the class in the country, although it has a huge gap to close to the undisputed king of gambling right now, New Jersey.
Parx Casino, which is located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (just outside the city limits of Philadelphia), has also partnered with PlayTech, which allows online casinos to use live dealers on their apps. Right now, the Play Gun Lake app has 31 online slot machines and seven table games, but it is the live dealer games that have taken the country by storm in the states with legalized online gambling.
This news comes on the heels of a $300 million expansion for the Gun Lake Casino, which has already broken ground in Wayland. It will add up to 250,000 square feet of space to the casino.
“We are proud of the continued growth of Gun Lake Casino, which is directly connected to the outstanding effort of our team members,” Gun Lake Tribe Chairman Bob Peters stated. “The Tribe remains steadfastly committed to reinvest in our collective future, for the benefit of tribal citizens, team members and the local community.
“This will provide even more employment opportunities and enhance Gun Lake Casino’s position as a tourism driver for Western Michigan.”
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