Little Traverse Bay Bands lose vote for Class III gaming at site

The Odawa Casino Resort in in Petoskey, Michigan. Photo from Facebook

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will go with Class II gaming at its new facility in Michigan.

The village of Mackinaw City voted 4-3 against Class III gaming at the site. But local approval isn't needed for Class II devices and patrons may not notice much of a difference.

"It's just a different math model," Eric McLester, the general manager of the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, about 37 miles away, told MLive. "You'll still hit a button and it will accept club cards."

By going with Class II games, the tribe won't have to share revenues with the community Plans call for a 56,000 square-foot structure with about 64 gaming machines at the site.

The tribe could break ground next month. The site -- which is already in trust -- used to house the shuttered Thunder Falls Family Water Park.

Get the Story:
Law allows different gaming facilities provided by tribe (The Petoskey News-Review 10/24)
Casino plans scaled back after Mackinaw City rejection vote (MLive 10/22)
LTBB Plans to Move Forward with Class II Casino In Mackinaw City (9 and 10 News 10/19)
Mackinaw denies class III casino 4-3 (The Cheboygan Daily Tribune 10/17)
Mackinaw City turns down Class III casino (The Petoskey News-Review 10/16)

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