Gun Lake Casino opens in Allegan County, Michigan.

Wayland Township, Michigan (AP) February 2011

The state’s newest tribal casino has opened in west Michigan.

Hundreds of people gathered inside and outside the Gun Lake Casino last week, awaiting the public opening of the gaming facility in Allegan County’s Wayland Township, about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids.

The opening of the $157 million facility came after more than 15 years of debate and lawsuits for the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

The Grand Rapids says the 76,000-square-foot casino features 1,450 slot machines and 28 table games. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Marcia Hale and Tracey Hale of Wyoming planned to play slot machines and video poker games all night. Marcia Hale said she had to work at 5 a.m., but might stay until then.



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