Lake Michigan Circle Tour Road Trip -- Casinos Edition

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  1. random_roller, Jun 4, 2021

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    I have wanted to drive the Lake Michigan Circle Tour for some time. Well, something that approximates that route, as my wife and I have already traveled various parts along Lake Michigan from Milwaukee (WI) to Benton Harbor (MI) at many different times over the years. Those places are an easy day trip from Chicago, so we can visit them anytime. After agreeing to skip those areas, I talked my wife into going along. First and foremost, we wanted to beat the inevitable Memorial Day traffic jams; thus, we departed Chicagoland on Saturday, May 22 and returned on Thursday, May 27. We also decided to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising (MI) and nearby Marquette (MI), both located on the shores of Lake Superior. Given the time constraints, Friday Fish Fry in Wisconsin and stopping off at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Ashland (WI) and Duluth (MN)/Superior (WI) will have to wait for another day.

    One of the highlights for me was watching MV Kaye E. Barker, a Great Lakes bulk freighter, being loaded with taconite pellets at an ore dock in Marquette (MI). There are only a handful of locations in the country where this happens and this one probably offers the best viewing. Yes, there are a few places in the US where steel is still made (from scratch) and thus the need for taconite. I'll post a few pictures from our road trip in this thread at some point.

    Below is a quick summary of most of the casinos we stopped off at during the road trip. I didn't include Kewadin Casino (Christmas, MI -- no craps) or Oneida Casino Airport (Green Bay, WI -- previously reviewed). Nor did I include Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (Milwaukee, WI -- previously reviewed and didn't visit this trip; just waved as we drove by on I-94). Note that a few of these casinos don't charge a vig on a Buy 4/10 bet. Live table games at these smaller, somewhat remote casinos are definitely not available 24/7, so check in advance and plan accordingly; many of these casinos aren't 24/7, with hours and operations further affected by the pandemic. Do your homework in advance and make the appropriate inquiries if you're planning a visit.

    Special mention to Superior Eats at Ojibwa Casino (Marquette, MI). During our road trip we found out there aren't many restaurants open after 9pm during the week in Upper Peninsula, Michigan. By population, Marquette (21,355) is the biggest city in the UP. Next up is Sault Ste. Marie (14,144). Yikes, lol. Fortunately, this place was still open when we stopped by, so we ordered salads and burgers. Both were really, really good. The cashier who took our order was very friendly, too. Alas, live table games were temporarily suspended because of the pandemic.

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  2. yacraps, Jun 5, 2021

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    nice trip Roller what a good way to breakout from old man winter lock down..;)
     
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    as I mentioned to you random, we have friends near gun lake casino and Ive been there a few times the past few years. during late morning hours during week I couldnt game a craps game, once it wasnt even open....other times noone there....except me....by early afternoon there was action...not sure whats going on now.....I dont even recall a parking garage back then...parked right in front of it. it was a 5-10 minute ride from plainwell.

    the road that its one off the highway there....maybe not a highway, but if you follow that road east....few miles there was a nice lilttle resort hotel on a lake....we have never been able to book a room there on weekends, always wedding parties and always booked....and not cheap either...cant recall the name of the place....there arent many hotels in the area.....one hotel in plainwell....one chain hotel...guesss one would have to go north or south kalamazoo or grand rapids for larger hotels.

    and I will say it again....drive around michigan, other states....very little population, yet, casinos or indian casinos all over....drive into the most heavily populated area in america, NYC, not a single full casino. how fucking stupid were/are NY politicians
     
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    and thankyou random, your scouting reporst are greatly appreciated by this poster
     
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  5. random_roller, Jun 5, 2021

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    Gun Lake Casino reminds me of the house that over the years has been renovated and had additions added. Now there is a parking garage. The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) are still working on the facility. Sometime later this year, the casino is slated to unveil a more formal main entrance and additional space for gaming and live entertainment. Right now, the main entrance isn't what one might expect of a decent size gaming establishment such as Gun Lake Casino.

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    Well, it's an entrance. Unfortunately, IMO the current traffic flow is not well designed. The biggest problem is just off to the left (out of sight) is where buses, rideshares, and shuttles pick up/drop off, so there are a lot of people hanging around (and in the way), with many of them smoking. Remember the Clint Eastwood movie The Gauntlet, near the end where his character is driving the bus to deliver a witness to City Hall? A gauntlet of heavily armed police officers funnels the bus along the route until finally there is no space left for it to maneuver. That course might have been easier in some ways to navigate than this one, lol. Hopefully the Gun Lake Casino parking garage offers a better experience. BTW, once the current capital project has been completed, construction is scheduled to begin on a 250 room hotel, spa & glass dome pool.

    The road you're talking about is 129th Avenue, which runs east-west in front of the casino. Not sure if you're referring to Bay Pointe Inn on the shores of Gun Lake.
     
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    Yeah, it's good to get out once in a while. Even if it means spending time in Michigan, home to more delusional college football fans than anywhere else on the planet. Fortunately, we didn't venture that close to Ann Arbor. The Upper Peninsula is beautiful -- and would be even more so during the fall when the leaves are changing color.
     
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    yeah bay pointe thats the p;lace.....we have friends in delton also, its a quick ride from bay pointe. but we always end up in plainwell, thats around 25 minute ride.

    if our friends dont get down to visit us on the way home we will probably take a day from new buffalo since its real close and pay them a visit.
     
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    We spent the first night of our road trip in Manistee, Michigan, about 263 miles from Chicago. By far the worst thing about this part of the drive is getting out of Chicagoland. Losing an hour because of the time zone change was a minor inconvenience in comparison. Oh well, it is what it is. In the morning we toured the City of Milwaukee, a retired railcar ferry that made countless runs from 1930-1981 between various ports on Lake Michigan. In addition to railcars, it carried a few passengers on its sailings. Apparently back in the day, it was cheaper and less time consuming to transport railcars via ferry across Lake Michigan -- say, between Milwaukee (WI) and Muskegon (MI) -- rather than have them hauled & switched by multiple railroads through Chicago along the way. We also toured the US Coast Guard Acacia, a retired multipurpose vessel primarily used primarily as a buoy tender. It is moored next to the City of Milwaukee.

    City of Milwaukee

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    City of Milwaukee -- Interior view looking aft (rear). Note the idler car on the left -- a flat car that was used when loading/unloading freight cars. The locomotive was too heavy so it wasn't allowed onto the ship; thus, an idler car(s) was used as an extension between the locomotive and the freight car(s) being moved. The raised rear gate was lowered when the ship was sailing to help keep most water from flooding the hull. Usually it worked well enough...

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    City of Milwaukee -- Interior view looking forward.

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    USCG Acacia

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    Even though Manistee is a quite small city (estimated population 6,083 in 2019), it has a casino: Little River Casino Resort. This is a very nice facility and even has an RV park. It is one of my favorite casinos on the road trip, helped in part by no vig on the Buy 4/10.

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    Buy 4/10, no vig? :confused: Will they let you lay the 4/10, no vig? :cool: This is "conspicuously" generous. I mean you rarely see a triple 12 field, or single zero roulette, both of which would "theoretically" provide a much larger profit for the casino, than this "theoretically" break even bet. So here is the question, why the "apparent generosity".
     
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    One of Mike’s neighbors stopped by between the first and second hole for a beer.

    This golf cart cost him $11,000. He bought it from a OSU fan in The Villages (FL).

    Resembles RR’s dream car.
     

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    Perhaps the casino is trying to entice noted 4 & 10 tosser @Dave G Ct to visit.
     
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    DO THEY ALLOW A NO-VIG LAY ON 4/10? Seems like a simple, and obvious question. The answer would be either 1. Yes, or 2. No, so which is it. :cool: Why the suspense?
     
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    I don't know, this one might be tough to beat.

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    Speaking of cars, Barney was recently photographed driving around.

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    Yo, lazy dumbass, you ever think (probably not very often) if you wanted the answer, you should contact the casino yourself.
     
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    YOU posted this information. If you dont want to discuss a subject, then why would you post it? :confused: I think it's a pretty good question, and depending on the answer, might raise other questions. Actually, either answer would raise other questions. In any case, YOU brought the subject, to the board. :cool:
     
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    Among others, you have reading comprehension issues. I posted about a Buy 4/10 bet. I mentioned absolutely nothing about a Lay 4/10 bet in that post. YOU brought up the Lay 4/10 bet. Verstehen?
     
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    Killer pictures Roller...I've always been a sucker for the water front Great lakes are just that...the no vig on the 4-10 buy is awesome that casino looks very inviting those are the hidden treasures hope you have a cool summer
     
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    [email protected]#$king Roller..LOL...glad to see you posting..LOL..
     
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    LOL..he wouldn't understand even if you drew a picture :rolleyes:
     
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