MotorCity Casino Hotel and Sportsbook

Owned and operated by local Detroit billionaire Marian Illitch, MotorCity Casino Hotel is one of the three casinos you’ll find in the city.

The gleaming steel facade stands out among the skyline of Detroit.

This state-of-the-art hotel and gaming venue offers over 2,700 different slot machines, a poker room, a retail sportsbook and 60 table games.

The hotel features Detroit’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, Iridescence. Situated at the top of the hotel, this dining experience includes an excellent menu and splendid views of the city and the waterfront.

Becoming a member of the Club Metro rewards program will give you discounts on food, merchandise, gaming and access to VIP accommodations.

Their 100,000-square-foot gaming floor is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week and holds poker tournaments and cash games on a regular basis.

The Casino’s History

Owner Marian Illitch was one of the original co-founders of Little Caesars Pizza as well as one of the original investors in MotorCity Casino, but in 2005 she bought the rest of the casino and hotel and now owns it outright.

Illitch is a huge presence in Detroit as the owner of MLB’s Detroit Tigers and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

The hotel and casino also provide free shuttle service to hockey and basketball games and gives $10 in free play to fans who visit the MotorCity Casino Hotel booth while at the game.

Given Illitch’s sports connection, MotorCity Casino often hosts watch parties for Detroit Pistons and Red Wings games and offers specials on food and drink during the events.

MotorCity’s Online Gambling Partnerships

MotorCity Casino Hotel has partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook in order to provide a retail sportsbook experience at the casino in addition to online sports betting beginning sometime in late 2020 or 2021.

The FanDuel-branded sportsbook will be a two-story facility that will feature 67 high-def TVs, six betting windows, a display featuring up to the minute scores, 54 betting kiosks and a VIP area.

With FanDuel Sportsbook you can place wagers on all major US sports including football, basketball, boxing, golf, motorsports, soccer and baseball.

Detroit is already the sixth-largest gambling market in the United States, and the online sports betting industry in Michigan is ready to take off. It will most likely resemble New Jersey and Pennsylvania where 90% of sports wagers are placed online.

Slots and Table Games at MotorCity

You can play the slots while using the MYMotorCity app which you can deposit funds onto, view special free play offers, check your balance and order a drink without having to get up and relinquish your slot machine.

MotorCity has over 2,700 video poker and slot machines featuring an interactive audio/video system. The newest titles and the most classic of games are on display with denominations as low as a penny or as high as $100.

They also have an assortment of 40 linked progressive slot games inside their Lightning Link Lounge where you win totals could quickly add up to extra bonuses.

The casino also has all of Vegas’ favorite table games including specialty games like progressive three-card poker.

Here’s a list of table games they offer:

  • Roulette
  • Single zero roulette
  • Blaze roulette
  • Mini-baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Spanish 21
  • TriLux blackjack
  • House ,oney blackjack
  • Super 4 progressive blackjack
  • Buster blackjack
  • Craps with fire bet
  • Progressive pai gow poker
  • Progressive three-card poker
  • Progressive Mississippi stud
  • Progressive Ultimate Texas Hold’em
  • Criss cross poker
  • Casino war

And if you need any help playing one of the  games their website offers a complete list of detailed instructions on each game as well as what kind of odds you may expect.

MotorCity Poker Room

The poker room at MotorCity is considered the absolute best in Detroit. This 10-table room has no-limit Texas Hold’em and pot-limit Omaha tournaments and cash games.

They also feature daily high hand jackpots and bad beat jackpots. At the time of this article, the latest bad beat jackpot was awarded in a game of Texas Hold’em at a total of $114,000.

One of the promotions at their poker room is a gas gift card for every player who spends more than 40 hours a month at the card table. It starts at $40 of free gas and increases $10 for every additional 10 hours you play poker.

They have tournaments three days a week that include bounty and deepsatck games in addition to guaranteed prize pools every month.

In order to see a schedule of all their daily jackpots, you can log into Bravo Poker’s mobile app and select MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Promotions at MotorCity Casino Hotel

By becoming a member of their Club Metro loyalty program, you’ll start building points to use on merchandise and a slew of other services.

As a new member, you’ll immediately get $10 in reward play once you activate your email address.

One thing that differentiates their loyalty program from others is once you earn comps you are not forced to use them within a certain time limit. They never expire and you can use them in whatever way you want.

When you use your Club Metro Card at MotorCity Casino hotel you’ll receive 3% comp back on just about all purchases.

You can then use these comps on spa treatments, at retail stores and at restaurants. And for every $15 in earned comps you’ll receive $5 in reward play.

Also your loyalty card will get you at least a 10% discount on shows at their music venue, the Sound Board, as well as on hotel stay, restaurants, spa services and other retail purchases.

You can also download the MYMotorCity mobile app so you can access your Club Metro account. In addition to coupons, discounts, free play and accommodations at MotorCity Casino, it will also alert you to tournaments and grant you priority invitation to entertainment events.

Hotel Accommodations

Once the day’s gaming action has ended, you’re going to want to slip back into your room and enjoy a comfortable and tranquil setting. The number of luxurious amenities offered at MotorCity will allow you to do just that.

All rooms come with imported bed linens, bathtubs with separate showers, large flat-screen TVs, personal safes, room service, complimentary high-speed internet access and a granite-top desk with an ergonomic chair.

At this hotel features more than 400-rooms, including 33 expansive suites containing the latest technology, you will also have access to dry cleaning and laundry services in addition to complimentary valet parking.

They also feature a high-end, 24-hour fitness center that holds over a dozen weight machines, a complete set of free weights and over a half-dozen elliptical and treadmill machines.

And if exercise isn’t your idea of winding down after a day of gambling, check out MotorCity’s D.Tour Spa. They have 10 different treatment rooms that offer massage treatments, facial treatments, steam rooms, thermal whirlpools, rain shower installations and dry saunas.

Restaurants at MotorCity

From one of the most revered, fine dining restaurants in the state of Michigan to a quick and casual buffet, MotorCity offers dining options to suit the needs of every guest.


As soon as you enter the Iridescence restaurant from the 16th floor of the hotel, you will stare out over the Detroit skyline through a 20-foot high glass wall. Complemented by its shimmering blue and gold decor, this high-end establishment is the epitome of class.

Along with stunning city views, the menu features a seafood raw bar of tuna, Alaskan king crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and octopus. For meat-eaters, their top-of-the-line selection offers dry-aged beef that hails from Niman Ranch in America as well as Wagyu strip loin imported from Japan.

And with hundreds of bottles to choose from their Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your entrees.

Assembly Line Buffet

This buffet is a little something beyond the usual buffets you’ll see at most casinos in Las Vegas. Instead of the food coming from massive vats of pots and pans from behind the kitchen, their chefs cook in smaller, more cuisine-style portions right before your eyes.

You’ll find a healthy selection of international and American cuisine here. Every day of the week they offer something different: Seafood Mondays, Latin Tuesdays, Steak Wednesdays, Caribbean Thursdays, Shrimp Fridays, Italian Saturdays and Soul Food Sundays.

In addition, they also have their own bakeshop, sushi bar and a create-own-dessert counter.

Grand River Deli and Burgers

If you’re really in a hurry to get back to the gaming floor, you can skip the buffet lines and order directly from a kiosk at Grand River Deli and Burgers.

You can grab a burger from a variety of choices, or a fresh salad or even a pastrami or corned beef sandwich if you prefer.

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