Kings Club Casino
In Brimley, Michigan, just off the shores of Lake Superior, sits Kings Club Casino. The club opened its doors on Independence Day, 1984, and continues to be operated by the Bay Mills Indian Community.
This casino is distinct as it was the first in the United States to be tribally-owned that included slots and blackjack gaming.
The club’s basic features include a 7,500-square-foot gaming floor which includes over 280 slot machines and a cafe.
Besides Kings Club, its sister casino, the Bay Mills Resort and Casino, sits right up the street along with the Wild Bluff Golf Course. All three locations are owned by the BMIC.
History of Kings Club Casino
The Upper Peninsula-based club opened under the leadership of Wade Teeple, who served as the tribal chairman, and Andrew LaBlanc, the general manager. The club was originally named Bay Mills Blackjack Casino, offering pull tabs, table games and a full-service bar.
Over three decades later, the casino continues to grow, and in addition to its many gaming features, it also includes Chum’s Cafe, known for its popular whitefish basket.
The casino offers 280 slot machines plus video poker. and is open 10 a.m. to midnight every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The casino is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Bay Mills Resort and Casino
Located nearby is the Kings Club’s sister casino, the Bay Mills Resort and Casino, where there’s more variety, including a few popular slot machines and table games.
Opened in 1995, the Bay Mills Resort and Casino comprises over 17,000 square feet, a 144-room hotel, plus multiple restaurants. If you’re looking for more than just slots and video poker, the Bay Mills Resort is the place to be.
Here are some features regarding the Bay Mills Resort and Casino:
Two of the more popular slot machine games the casino offers is Willy Wonka and the Jackpot Party Ultimate Spin.
Willy Wonka contains a central bonus feature known as the Dream Factory Bonus, where a wheel spins around the circumference of a cabinet bank’s topper and may award one of three “free games” played on expanding wheels or a “you get nothing” credit prize.
The Jackpot Party Ultimate Spin offers two distinct flavors known as Far Out Orange and Groovy Grape which are showcased on the Twin Star Ultra Cabinet’s 55-inch ultimate high-definition screen.
The Jackpot Party’s bonus features include a gigantic disco wheel that can award you additional spins like credit prizes and progressive jackpots.
Table games offered in the sister casino include blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold‘em, craps, three-card poker, Let it Ride, roulette and live poker.
Blackjack at Bay Mills offers only a $5 minimum as you bet against the dealer. Ultimate Texas Hold‘em is in the same boat, betting in a head-to-head matchup against the dealer. If your final five-card hand is a three-of-a-kind or better, you win the option for a bonus bet.
Craps offers a variety of bets and three-card poker features three ways to play and four ways to win, giving you the option to bet against the dealer, bet the value on your three-card hand, or bet on both.
In Let it Ride, you’ll make three equal bets while receiving three cards that combine with two community cards to create your best five-card poker hand. After seeing your opponent’s first three cards, you may either withdraw your first bet or “Let it Ride.”
Then, the dealer reveals the first community card, and you can either withdraw on the wager or “Let it Ride” again before the dealer reveals the final community card.
Finally, Bay Mills offers live poker tournaments every Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. There’s a $20 buy-in for $1,000 worth of chips and payout goes to the top five places. Every Friday at 7 p.m. there’s a bounty tournament with a $45 buy-in for $5,000 worth of chips. The top-three spots are paid.
Wild Bluff Golf Course
Also owned by Bay Mills Indian Community and just up the street from Kings Club is the Wild Bluff Golf Course. The course offers breathtaking views of the wooded landscape along with Lake Superior in the background, plus a championship-style layout.
The course also contains a practice facility for teeing off, a chipping area and a practice putting green, along with five sets of tees ranging from 5,300 yards to 7,500 yards.
Also included at Wild Bluff is golf instruction, the golf shop and live events that occur throughout the summer.
Sunrise View RV Park
The Sunrise View RV Park is located within walking distance from Kings Club, the Bay Mills Resort and Casino and the Wild Bluff Golf Course. If you’re the outdoorsy type, this is the ideal spot for you.
With the RV Park comes cable TV, free WiFi, restroom and shower facilities, and electric and water hookup. You’re getting the total package in this park and its proximity to Lake Superior, Kings Club and other hot locations make it a go-to destination.
The RV Park has a 124-trailer capacity, with sleeves that measure 30 feet wide and 58 feet long, plus a 10-foot wide pull-through gravel dock for the trailers, trees, picnic table and fire pit.
Bay Mills Resort sits just across the street from the park.
Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
Chum’s is located within Kings Club Casino and offers a variety of lunch and dinners. Sandwiches, soups and salads make up the bulk of the lunch menu and Chum’s takes pride being known for offering filling lunches.
The famous whitefish platter is offered every Friday and Saturday beginning at noon and comprises of three pieces of Great Lakes whitefish, battered and deep-fried to perfection and served with fries and coleslaw, along with a roll and tartar sauce.
Chum’s is also known for its grinders, a style of sub sandwich. The grinders come in both six- and 12-inch lengths. The Italian and turkey grinder both sell for $6.99 for a six-inch and $9.99 for a 12-inch, while the fish grinder sells for $7.99 and $10.99, respectively, for the six- and 12-inch.
Their summer hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Wednesday through Sunday and their winter hours range from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
7 – Hotel and Other Dining Options
Within the Bay Mills Resort and Casino is a 144-room hotel that offers a wide selection of rooms at affordable prices.
Accommodations include the double queen, which range from $69 to $99 per night, the king jacuzzi which goes from $89 to $119, special accessible rooms that range from $69 to $99 and a hotel suite for $225.
Sacy’s restaurant offers a buffet price for just $16.99 and children five years and younger eat for free. Sacy’s has also been awarded the “best steaks in the tri-county” award for three years in a row and offers an upscale dining experience. For more information on Sacy’s, visit this link.
The North Winds Lounge is located next to Sacy’s and serves as the perfect meeting place before hitting either Bay Mills or Kings Club. The lounge is known for its variety of refreshments which include specialty drinks and wines. For more information, go here.
Back Bay Grill and Games is located near Waishkey Bay and offers many 50-inch flat-screen televisions that are visible from any seat.
If you’re up for a genuine challenge, try a pound of wings with the bar’s special Nuclear Sauce. If you can handle it, they’ll award you with a T-shirt.
While Kings Club may be small, it’s part of a nice chain that includes a larger casino and a high-end golf course among other amenities.
Whether you just want to stick to the slots at Kings Club, take a walk up the road to visit its sister location or play a round of golf, Kings Club serves as a small hub that can turn a day into a full weekend where every activity is within walking distance.
You can’t beat the casino’s location especially since there is a lot to do in such a compact space. If you’re ever near Brimley, check out this historic casino and its nearby locations.