Owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and located in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Firekeepers Casino Hotel is a sleek and modern gambling destination.
In just the first two years of operation, it contributed more than $25 million to the state of Michigan and created close to 1,500 jobs.
This high-end gaming venue is home to a 112,000-square-foot gaming floor, a live poker room, bingo room and over 70 different table games. With a vast amount of stylized rooms and suites, this AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel has a wide range of restaurants as well as a multipurpose event center.
Becoming a member of the Red Hot Rewards Club will give you discounts toward food, merchandise, gaming and access to VIP accommodations.
The gaming facility offers up hundreds of slot machines, craps tables, roulette wheels, poker and poker tournaments and all of your other favorite card games.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP)
Through many trying years and periods of social and economic adversity, the NHBP has established a network of businesses and opportunities that have contributed to the tribe’s success as well as to people throughout lower and Central Michigan.
The Potawatomi Nation originally occupied lands from Detroit to Grand River but were eventually forced to move to lands west of the Mississippi River.
But almost as this forced removal began, several of the tribe’s number returned to Michigan and throughout the 20th century fought to regain rights to their original homeland. It wasn’t until 1995 that the Potawatomi Nation won back full access to its lands and received recognition from federal authorities.
Under the guidelines of the Tribal State Gaming Compact, the NHBP gives 2% of its yearly slot machine revenue to the Local Revenue Sharing Board. This organization then disburses the money to local municipalities and governments.
Up to the time of this article, the NHBP has contributed over $190 million to the state of Michigan and the Local Revenue Sharing Board.
Firekeepers online gambling partnerships
Firekeepers Casino Hotel has partnered with Scientific Games Corp. in order to provide a retail sportsbook experience at the casino as well as online gaming and online sports betting beginning sometime in 2020.
The retail sports betting site will be inside the casino at Dacey’s Taphouse, which will eventually change its name to Dacey’s Sportsbook.
Unlike the high intensity of sportsbooks you might see at Vegas casinos, this sportsbook will embrace a laid-back and casual vibe.
The sportsbook will also offer bettors access to Don Best Sports, a website and app that gives wagerers real time betting data on odds, lineups, injuries and game scores.
The addition of the sportsbook and online gaming will surely attract sports betting enthusiasts from across the central Midwest.
Table games at Firekeepers
Firekeepers has over 70 live table games. That is an incredible number of games to find at a casino outside of Las Vegas.
The vastness of the gaming floor is hard to imagine, and its interior design of fluted steel and glass columns makes the gambling experience all the more enjoyable. You definitely won’t find any worn out tables and chairs in this gaming venue.
Available games include baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, Mississippi stud, pai gow poker, Crazy 4 Poker, ultimate Texas Hold ’Em, let it ride and three-card poker. Firekeepers also offers bingo tournaments, keno tournaments and video poker.
If you haven’t played one of these games and you want to give one a shot, the casino also offer free classes on table games.
Craps lessons are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and roulette is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best part is you don’t have to lose any money while learning because there’s no buy-in required.
Casino hosts are available to newcomers and can give you a couple of pointers on your game of choice. These kinds of services demonstrate how committed Firekeepers is to making its patrons feel comfortable.
Firekeepers’ poker room
The poker room at Firekeepers is considered one of the finest and most prestigious in the country. Its professional tournaments regularly have total prize pools of over $1 million.
Poker News has even designated the Firekeepers poker room as one of the best in the country.
It has weekly no-limit Texas Hold ’Em poker tournaments as well as Omaha and seven-card stud. The poker room features 26 tables, cell phone charging stations and free Wi-Fi.
In this card playing facility you’ll find poker fans from all over the country filing in to get a little taste of the action. This is definitely the mecca of poker playing in the central Midwest part of the country.
Promotions at Firekeepers Casino Hotel
Every Wednesday starting at 2 p.m. Firekeepers has a keno tournament. Winners have the chance to win keno cash and property gift cards. The top six winners every month will be eligible to win hotel accommodations, cash, free dinners and various other prizes.
Visitors just signing up for the Red Hot Rewards Club immediately receive $5 in rewards credit as well as earning the chance to spin the Big Wheel at one of the promotional kiosks, which could be worth up to $250 in rewards credit.
But the biggest promotional opportunity comes in the form of Firekeepers’ special blackjack side bet where you can win up to $5,000 or a custom made classic American automobile from Count’s Kustoms auto shop.
You just have to find the blackjack tables that have the Count’s Kustoms theme and make the additional side bet. If in your first hand you get dealt an ace, you win even money. But if you get blackjack in your first hand, you go ahead and spin the Big Wheel, where you can win the $5,000 in cash or that tricked out custom vehicle.
Whether you’ve spent a long day leaning over the poker table, watching the dice roll or the roulette ball spin, you’ll want to retire to a comfortable and spacious room, and Firekeepers offers just that.
Every room comes with a giant flat screen TV, a personal safe, room service, a coffee maker and high-speed internet access.
You’ll have access to complimentary valet parking, and instead of having to make a trip to the cleaners or laundromat, Firekeepers will also provide dry cleaning and laundry service.
And if you need to wind down from the day’s gaming action, it provides a multi-level indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna and a Jacuzzi hot tub.
Or if you like to start the day getting your blood pumping, it has an ultra-modern fitness center that’s open 24 hours a day.
The rooms, from standard doubles to presidential suites, are designed with a contemporary flare that includes granite vanities and fireplaces, separate living rooms and whirlpool baths. And if you really want to live it up, you could book one of the luxury suites with a full kitchen and a grand piano.
Restaurants at Firekeepers
From buffets to fine dining, you’re sure to find something to suit your mood and palate at one of the multiple restaurants at Firekeepers Casino Hotel. Options include:
With a large array of hot and cold dishes, if you want something fast but still want to sit down for a while and enjoy a decent meal, then a casino buffet is usually the way to go.
Lunches run from $18-$23 every day of the week, and offerings include a full salad bar, steak and potatoes and American fare as well as a selection of various other homestyle cooked classics.
The dinner buffet runs at about $35 on weekends, with culinary fare that varies from spreads of seafood to different cuts of aged beef from around the country.
As you first enter this restaurant, you will instantly be able to recognize just from the modern decor, that this is Firekeepers’ top of the line dining experience.
This elegant dining room serves everything from lobster chowder to king crab as well as filet mignon and New York strips. And with a wine list that offers well over 400 different vintages, you are sure to find a bottle that pairs well with your dinner selection.
If you’re looking for more laid-back dining accommodations, then you might want to stop into Dacey’s Taphouse.
It has tons of large flat-screen TVs and a bar that runs 42 different taps of beer, much of which is craft brewed in Michigan. This is the ideal place to kick back and catch a game and a beer between your time on the gaming floor.
This lounge-like atmosphere offers burgers, fries, wings and nachos but also has street style tacos or a buffalo chicken salad if you prefer.
Smoke ’N Fire
Located just adjacent to the casino is Firekeepers’ American fare restaurant, Smoke ’N Fire.
Here you’ll be able to grab breakfast all day, including the signature chicken and waffles plate, an American classic.
It also offers a diverse variety of specialties such as crab cake hush puppies, smoked pork belly skewers, pastrami and BBQ sandwiches, beef brisket, fried catfish, jumbo crab cakes, salmon and filet mignon.