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Stay & Play: FireKeepers Casino & Hotel

Just east of Battle Creek, FireKeepers Casino Hotel rises beautifully from the I-94 (exit 104) landscape and is a gem in the crown of Southwest Michigan. It is hard to believe, but August 2019 marks FireKeepers Casino Hotel’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate 10 years of achievement, entertainment and expansion, FireKeepers has planned an August to remember with over $1,000,000 in prizes throughout the month.

Stepping onto the 111,700 square-foot gaming floor, it is easy to see why FireKeepers Casino Hotel was awarded Best Casino in the Native Midwest by Casino Player Magazine. With 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and a bingo room, there is a gaming experience for every level of expertise and any budget. To celebrate FireKeeper’s 10th Anniversary, the gaming floor will be exploding with cash and prizes. Every Friday and Saturday in August (from 2 PM – 10 PM) they will be giving away a share of $400,000 in Red Hot Credits and a 2020 Ford Explorer. The Tournevent of Champions Slot Tournament will be held on August 4th and the 1st place winner will receive a trip to Las Vegas and a spot in the $1,000,000 slot tournament. August 5th the 10th Anniversary celebration kicks off at 1:30 PM and a $142,000 prize promotion runs from 3 PM – 8 PM where 10 winners every hour will select from a prize board with two of the winners walking away with $10,000 cash! These are just a few of the incredible events happening in August (check out our inset for more details).

In addition to the exciting gaming floor, FireKeepers Casino Hotel is home to world-class dining. Whether you are looking for a juicy burger and ice cold beer or an elegant, gourmet meal and a bottle of fine wine, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has you covered. Nibi is FireKeeper’s signature restaurant and is a fine dining experience featuring beautiful steaks, fresh seafood and an award winning wine selection. If you are looking for the classic, Las Vegas dining experience, head over to the Mijem Buffet. Mijem offers an incredible assortment of classic and international dishes and a dessert bar, second to none. If an ice cold beer, classic pub fare and fun atmosphere are at the top of your wish list, head over to Dacey’s Taphouse. Dacey’s offers 50 beers on tap and amazing burgers, wings and pizza. Smoke ‘N Fire features some of the area’s best BBQ as well as amazing classic American cuisine. If you want a quick bite, right off of the casino floor, head over to Café 24/7 any time of the day or night and enjoy classic comfort food.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is also home to a state-of-the-art event center. With new, cutting edge sound system and seating for 2100 the venue draws some of the biggest names in music and comedy to Southwest Michigan. The event center at FireKeepers Casino Hotel is also the perfect location for weddings, corporate parties, meetings and conferences. From catering to cakes, the superb staff of FireKeepers can transform the event center into the venue of your dreams.

After a day of gaming and an evening of entertainment and dining, retreat to a beautifully appointed and relaxing room in FireKeepers Casino Hotel eight-story, Four Diamond rated luxury hotel. Each room is equipped with flat screen TV, iPod docking station, high speed internet access and in-room dining. Guests of the hotel are also greeted with complimentary valet parking, 24 hour access to the fitness center and access to the award-winning hotel pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. With 243 rooms currently available and construction on a second hotel tower, featuring another 203 rooms scheduled for completion in December 2020, FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a one of the premier hotels in Southwest Michigan.

Red Hot Careers
After touring the gorgeous facilities and sampling some of the outstanding cuisine, I asked Vice President of Marketing, Jim Wise, “what is FireKeepers’ crowning glory?” and without hesitation, he replied, “our team”. With over 1800 team members, FireKeepers Casino Hotel is easily one of the largest employers in Southwest Michigan. The FireKeepers leadership appreciates that they are a service driven business and patrons have many options for gaming, but you want to go where you are greeted by team members who are welcoming, engaging, enthusiastic and appreciative. This friendly, customer satisfaction driven team truly are what sets FireKeepers above and beyond.

While it is very easy to see the shining achievements inside FireKeepers Casino Hotel, some of the most impressive work being done by FireKeepers is happening in the community. FireKeepers Casino Hotel was a 10 year dream and vision of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and since opening the doors to FireKeepers Casino 10 years ago, the tribe (1500 members) has been able to enrich the lives of their tribal members with cutting-edge facilities and services including: medical care, education services, elder services and a tribal court system. One of the most exciting benefits is all tribal members can receive full education expenses paid for post-secondary degrees.

In addition to the wonderful tribal benefits, FireKeepers Casino Hotel is proud to support the Southwest Michigan community through various philanthropic projects. The Fire Hub restaurant is a major investment, featuring an upscale, affordable restaurant in the front section of the building with the Kendall Street Food Pantry in the rear of the building. Run in conjunction with the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, the pantry distributes food to less fortunate families in the Battle Creek Area. In addition to the traditional food pantry staples, each day FireKeepers Casino Hotel flash freezes all unused food from the Mijem Buffet into family-size meals and distributes them to local families in need. The Fire Hub restaurant’s most important goal is to give back to the community and it donates 80% of its profits to supporting local charities.

Grab your friends and head out to FireKeepers Casino Hotel. It’s time to Get Your Vegas On!

Heather Dombos is a Florida girl who brings a little sass & southern charm to everything she does. This wife, dog mom, and closet Trekkie loves reading, hiking, long days on the beach and exploring Michigan.

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