Bingo in michigan
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Moose, 427 West Maumee Street, Adrian, Michigan 49221-2025, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 Phone: (517) 263-2882 Akron
VFW, 4734 Dutcher Road, Akron, Michigan 48701-9522, USA. Game play: Mon-6:30 Phone: (989) 691-5560 Albion
American Legion, 1230 Edwards, Albion, Michigan 49224-0192, USA. Game play: Wed & Sat-6:00 Phone: (517) 629-9300
Elks Lodge, 10723 28 Mile Road, Albion, Michigan 49224-0332, USA. Game play: Mon-6:45 Phone: (517) 629-9450 Algonac
VFW #3901, 1005 Pointe Tremble Rd, Algonac, Michigan 48001-1612, USA. Game play: Tue-6:00 Phone: (810) 794-3033 Allegan
American Legion, 632 Eastern Ave, Allegan, Michigan 49010-9045, USA. Game play: Fri-6:00 Phone: (616) 673-2762
Eagles, 110 Chestnut Street, Allegan, Michigan 49010-1314, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 & Sun-2:00 Phone: (616) 673-9956 Allen Park
Legion Hall, 6737 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan 48101-2005, USA. Game play: Tue-11:00am Thu-6:30 Sat-6:30 Sun-5:45 Phone: (313) 382-3633 Alpena
Alpena Senior Citizens, 501 River St, Alpena, Michigan 49707-2436, USA. Game play: Mon-Thu-Sat-6:30 Phone: (989) 356-3585
Knights of Columbus, 1880 Hamilton Road, Alpena, Michigan 49707-8148, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 Phone: (989) 356-0777 Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. Hotline: 248-866-0985, Email: [email protected], Contact name: Tom Booms, Disabled facilities: Yes, Playtime: Wednesday 6:00 PM
Remarks: Progressive game, Knights of Columbus #587, Pull Tabs.
[Submitted January 2015 ] Armada
Amvets, 75185 North Avenue, Armada, Michigan 48005-0501, USA. Game play: Mon-6:00 Phone: (810) 784-5919 AuGres
VFW, 3651 E Huron Road, AuGres, Michigan 48703-9594, USA. Game play: Tue-7:00 Phone: (989) 876-8717 Augusta
Knights of Pythias, 501 E Michigan Ave, Augusta, Michigan 49012-9325, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Sun-2:30 Phone: (616) 731-5811 Baldwin
VFW, 1763 North M-37, Baldwin, Michigan 49304-0937, USA. Game play: Fri-6:00 Sun-5:00 Phone: (231) 745-2134 Baraga
Ojibwa Casino, 797 Michigan Ave, Baraga, Michigan, USA. Game play: Casino Open 24 hours Bingo-Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri-4:45 Phone: (800) 920-4746 Barton City
Eagles, 671 Sanborn, Barton City, Michigan 48705-9752, USA. Game play: Sat-6:45 Phone: (517) 736-3050 Battle Creek
American Legion, 1125 Columbia Ave E, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014-5103, USA. Game play: 7 days, 6:00 except Fri-6:30 Phone: (616) 963-3356
American Legion, 228 20th St N, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015-1803, USA. Game play: Tue-Thu-6:30 Fri-12:00noon Phone: (616) 964-7230
Burnham Brook, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49017, USA. Phone: (269) 966-2566, Playtime: Thur 12:30pm.
[Submitted July 2006 ]
Ealges Lodge #299, 19757 Capital Ave N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017, USA. Phone: 269-963-8360, Contact name: Roy Grenier, Playtime: Mon 6:30pm
Remarks: Accross from M-66 Bowl, We still use Hard Cards.
[Submitted July 2006 ]
St Jeromes Church, 229 Collier Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-1259, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Sat- 6:00 Phone: (616) 968-2218 Bay City
Amvets, 520 N Pine, Bay City, Michigan 48708-9190, USA. Game play: Fri-10:00am Phone: (989) 894-4814
Boys and Girls Club, 300 Lafayette Ave, Bay City, Michigan 48708-7728, USA. Game play: Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-6:30 Phone: (989) 892-6723
Knights of Columbus, 360 River Rd, Bay City, Michigan 48708-9601, USA. Game play: Thu-6:30pm Phone: (989) 892-1531
Pulaski Hall, 1401 S Grant St, Bay City, Michigan 48708-8059, USA. Game play: Mon thru Fri-6:30 Phone: (989) 895-9216
St Alban Cloverlead Club, 105 S Erie Street, Bay City, Michigan 48706-4431, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (989) 892-4135
Village Hall, 1338 N Johnson St, Bay City, Michigan 48708-6258, USA. Game play: Sun thru Thu-6:30 Fri-6:30 & 11:00pm Phone: (517) 892-7283 Beaverton
Beaverton Lions Club, 142 Saginaw St, Beaverton, Michigan 48612-0096, USA. Game play: Sat-6:00 Phone: (989) 435-3481
Eagles, 1380 Estey Road, Beaverton, Michigan 48612-8829, USA. Game play: Mon & Fri-6:30 Phone: (989) 435-3148 Belding
VFW post #4406, 148 N. Bridge St., Belding, MI 48809, USA. Phone: 616-794-9624, Playtime: Wednesday 6 pm
[Submitted February 2013, updated February 2014.] Benton Harbor
Knights of Columbus, 1650 Nickerson Ave, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022-2420, USA. Game play: Tue-6:00 Phone: (616) 925-1766 Berkley
Our Lady of LaSalette Church, 2219 Coolidge Highway, Berkley, Michigan 48072-1569, USA. Game play: Tue-7:00 Phone: (248) 546-7865 Bessemer
VFW, 605 W Lead Street, Bessemer, Michigan 49911-1321, USA. Game play: Mon-6:45 Phone: (906) 667-0812 Birch Run
Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N Beyer Rd, Birch Run, MI 48415, Saginaw, USA. Phone: 989-624-4665, Website: www.birchrunexpos.com, Playtime: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 PM
[Submitted April 2006 ]
Knights of Columbus, 11105 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, Michigan 48415-0141, USA. Game play: Mon & Thu-7:00 Phone: (989) 624-9860 Boyne
Knights of Columbus, 1170 S M 75, Boyne, Michigan 49712-9726, USA. Game play: Wed-6:00 Phone: (231) 582-7125 Brimley
VFW, 8968 West M-28, Brimley, Michigan 49715-0355, USA. Game play: Tue-6:45 Phone: (906) 248-5450 Burt
Albee Township Comm Ctr, 10645 East Road, Burt, Michigan 48417-9627, USA. Game play: Wed-7:00 Phone: (989) 770-4844 Burton
Blessed Sacrament, 6336 Roberta Street, Burton, Michigan 48509-2438, USA. Game play: Mon-Wed-Fri-10:00 Phone: (810) 742-3151
The Palace, 5238 Lapeer Road, Burton, Michigan 48509-2022, USA. Game play: Mon thru Fri-6:30 Sat-10:30 Sun-6:00 Phone: (810) 742-9729 Cadillac
Elks, 122 1/2 South Mitchell Street, Cadillac, Michigan 49601-0247, USA. Game play: Sun-5:15 Phone: (231) 775-5331
Moose, 7461 East 34 Road, Cadillac, Michigan 49601-0164, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Thu-10:00 am Phone: (231) 775-7629 Carney
American Legion, 222 Highway 41, Carney, Michigan 49812-0130, USA. Game play: Sun-6:45 Phone: (906) 639-2333 Caro
Knights of Columbus, 903 Ryan Road, Caro, Michigan 48723-0094, USA. Game play: Mon-7:00 Phone: (989) 673-5322
VFW Post 4164, 1030 W Caro Rd, Caro, MI 48723, Tuscola, USA. Phone: 989-673-4766, Disabled facilities: yes, Playtime: Tue, Fri, Sat 6:00 pm
[Submitted August 2010 ] Caseville
Eagles, 7017 E Park St, Caseville, Michigan 48725-1258, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (989) 856-4104 Cassopolis
VFW, 131 South Broadway, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031-1242, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (616) 445-8278 Cedar Springs
American Legion #287, 91 First Street, Cedar Springs, Michigan, USA. Game play: Thu-Fri & Sun-6:30 Phone: (616) 696-9160 Centerline
Saint Clement, 8075 Ritter (School), Centerline, Michigan 48015-1430, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (586) 757-1737 Central Lake
VFW, 1805 South Main Street, Central Lake, Michigan 49622-0245, USA. Game play: Thu-6:00 Phone: (231) 544-6455 Charlevoix
American Legion #226, 106 East Garfield Ave, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720-1721, USA. Game play: Mon-6:30 Phone: (231) 547-9203
VFW, 12735 US 31 North, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720-2102, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Phone: (231) 547-9284 Charlotte
American Legion, 1001 West Lawrence, Charlotte, Michigan 48813-0741, USA. Game play: Thu-6:00 Phone: (517) 543-1344
Eagles, 116 Lansing Street, Charlotte, Michigan 48813-1674, USA. Game play: Mon & Tue-6:00 Phone: (517) 543-6361
VFW, 695 Lansing Street, Charlotte, Michigan 48813-8401, USA. Game play: Wed-6:00 Phone: (517) 543-1719 Cheboygan
Council on Aging, 1531 Sand Road, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721-5155, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Phone: (231) 627-7234
Eagles, 218 North Main Street, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721-5063, USA. Game play: Wed-6:45 Phone: (231) 627-7361
Knights of Columbus, 9840 N Straits Highway, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721-0249, USA. Game play: Mon-6:30 Phone: (231) 627-5088 Chesterfield
North Gratiot Hall, 47650 Gratiot, Chesterfield, Michigan 48051-2718, USA. Game play: 7 days, 6:30 Fri & Sat-10:30 pm Sun-1:30 Phone: (586) 598-4960 Clare
Moose #1038, 1890 Ludington Rd, Clare, Michigan 48617-0058, USA. Game play: Sun-6:00 Phone: (989) 386-2513 Clarkston
Knights of Columbus, 5660 Maybee Rd, Clarkston, Michigan 48346-3128, USA. Game play: Wed & Sun-6:30 Phone: (248) 625-3772 Clawson
Knights of Columbus, 870 N Main St, Clawson, Michigan 48017-1550, USA. Game play: Tue & Wed-6:30 Phone: (248) 588-3547 Clinton
American Legion, 204 Jackson Street, Clinton, Michigan 49236-0325, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (517) 456-7180 Clinton Township
Senior Center, 40730 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, Michigan 48038-2942, USA. Game play: Fri-12:30 Phone: (810) 286-9333
Slapsticks Bingo Hall, 35691 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp, Michigan 48035, USA. Phone: 586-792-7170, Contact name: Mike Collins, Playtime: Thur, Fri, Sat, 6.30 Fri 10.30
Remarks: $1000 jackpots at all games. March 1st 2011, open 7 days 6:30
[Submitted February 2011 ] Clio
VFW Bingo Post #1452, 10380 N. Saginaw, Clio, Michigan, 48420-8222 USA. Phone: 810-686-0647, Playtime: Wed- 6:30 pm
[Submitted February 2007 ] Coldwater
American Legion, 84 W Chicago Street, Coldwater, Michigan 49036-1606, USA. Game play: Fri-6:00 Sun-3:00 Phone: (517) 278-5256
Eagles, 827 E Chicago St, Coldwater, Michigan 49036-2059, USA. Game play: Wed-10:30am Phone: (517) 279-8611
Moose, 1247 W Chicago Road, Coldwater, Michigan 49036-0219, USA. Game play: Mon-6:00 Sun-3:00 Phone: (517) 278-6118 Comins
Eagles, 3510 N Abbe Rd, Comins, Michigan 48619-0134, USA. Game play: Wed-11:00 am Phone: (989) 848-5475 Comstock
Dad of Foreign Service Vets, 5990 E Michigan Ave, Comstock, Michigan 49041-0141, USA. Game play: Tue & Thu-6:30 Sun-2:00 Phone: (616) 342-5601 Comstock Park
American Legion #47, 3811 West River Drive, Comstock Park, Michigan 49321-8983, USA. Game play: Mon-10:30am Phone: (616) 784-6280 Constantine
American Legion, 65079 US 131 North, Constantine, Michigan 49042-9670, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 Phone: (616) 435-4075 Coopersville
Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center, 375 Main Street, Coopersville, MI 49404, USA. Phone: 616-997-8555, Email: [email protected], Contact name: Lee Ann Creager, Website: http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org, Disabled facilities: barrier free, Playtime: Monday, 6:00 pm
Remarks: effective 1/7/13
[Submitted December 2012 ] Copemish
American Legion, 18483 Cadillac Highway, Copemish, Michigan 49625, USA. Game play: Sun-2:00 Fri-7:00 Phone: (231) 378-2248 Davison
Glastonbury Seniors Club, 300 S Main Street, Davison, Michigan 48423-1637, USA. Game play: Wed-6:00 Phone: (810) 653-0810
St John, 404 N Dayton St, Davison, Michigan 48423-1349, USA. Game play: Wed-Thu-Sun-7:00 Phone: (810) 653-2377 Dearborn
PLAV, 7900 Greenfield, Dearborn, Michigan 48126-1061, USA. Game play: Tue-11:00 Thu-6:30 Phone: (313) 582-0461 Dearborn Heights
St Mel Church, 7506 Inkster Road, Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127-1668, USA. Game play: Fri-6:45 Phone: (313) 274-0684
VFW, 6828 N Waverly Street, Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127-2210, USA. Game play: Wed-6:30 Phone: (313) 274-4666 Decatur
VFW, 560 N Phelps Street, Decatur, Michigan 49045-1033, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Phone: (616) 423-7454 Detroit
Knights of Columbus, 4391 Larkins, Detroit, Michigan 48210-2866, USA. Game play: Wed & Fri-11:30am Thu-6:30 Phone: (313) 843-5233
St Bartholomew Church, 2291 East Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48234-1861, USA. Game play: Thu-1:00 Phone: (313) 892-0545
St Hedwig Church, 3245 Junction St, Detroit, Michigan 48210-3203, USA. Game play: Sun & Mon-6:15 Phone: (313) 894-5409 Dorr
American Legion, 4310 18th Street, Dorr, Michigan 49323-9737, USA. Game play: Mon-6:30 Phone: (616) 681-2259 Dowagiac
American Legion, 806 North Orchard, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047-1122, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Phone: (616) 782-3003
Moose Lodge #933, 54867 M 51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047, USA. Phone: 269-782-2807, Playtime: Wed 6:00 pm, Sun 3:30pm early birds 3:00pm
Remarks: computers as well as paper play. we also feature Big Money Bingo.
[Submitted February 2008 ] East Jordan
American Legion, 305 Main Street, East Jordan, Michigan 49727-9440, USA. Game play: Fri-6:00 Phone: (231) 536-9217 East Tawas
American Legion, 900 E Lincoln St, East Tawas, Michigan 48730-1650, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 Phone: (989) 362-4022 Eaton Rapids
Rocking Chair Deserters, 201 Grand Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827-1717, USA. Game play: Wed-6:00 Phone: (517) 663-2335 Ecorse
American Legion #319, 3914 West Jefferson, Ecorse, Michigan 48229-1729, USA. Game play: Sun-6:30 Phone: (313) 928-7111
Downriver Pennsylvania Club, 3648 W Jefferson, Ecorse, Michigan 48229-1840, USA. Game play: Thu & Sat-6 00 Phone: (313) 388-6945 Edmore
VFW, 1490 1/2 E Main St, Edmore, Michigan, USA. Game play: Mon-6:15 Phone: (989) 427-3856 Edwardsburg
American Legion, 25995 US 12, Edwardsburg, Michigan 49112-0047, USA. Game play: Fri-7:00 Phone: (616) 663-8888 Elmira/Boyne Falls
Hudson Township Auxiliary Bingo, 07865 Reynolds Road, Elmira/Boyne Falls, Michigan 49730, USA. Phone: 231 549-2789, Hotline: 231 549-2646, Email: [email protected], Contact name: Joan Wasylewski, Website: hudsontownship.org, Playtime: Wednesdays beginning at 7p.m.
Remarks: doors open at 5:30. Michigan Progressive Jackpot.
[Submitted March 2012 ] Erie
VFW #3925, 1944 Erie Road, Erie, Michigan 48133-9701, USA. Game play: Sun-8:00 Phone: (734) 848-8091 Escanaba
Eagles, 608 Ludington St, Escanaba, Michigan 49829-3830, USA. Game play: Mon & Sun-6:45 Phone: (906) 786-3451
Roundup Hall, 201 North 12th Street, Escanaba, Michigan 49829-3527, USA. Game play: 7 days, 7:00pm Phone: (906) 786-1679 Essexville
Knights of Columbus, 1021 Woodside Ave, Essexville, Michigan 48732-1234, USA. Game play: Mon-Tue-Sun-6:30 Phone: (517) 893-6378 Farmington
American Legion, 31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, Michigan 48336-4238, USA. Game play: Fri-6:30 Phone: (248) 478-9174 Farwell
VFW Hall #3039, 391 S Webber St, Farwell, Michigan 48622-0157, USA. Game play: Tue & Fri-6:30 Phone: (989) 588-4181 Fenton
VFW, 1148 N Leroy Street, Fenton, Michigan 48430-2758, USA. Game play: Tue-6:30 Wed-10:00am Sun-3:00 Phone: (810) 629-3700 Ferndale
VFW, 177 Vester Ave, Ferndale, Michigan 48220-1711, USA. Game play: Tue-6:00 Phone: (248) 545-2026 Flat Rock
Huron Valley Eagles #3732, 13636 Telegraph Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134, USA. Phone: 734-782-9215, Email: [email protected], Contact name: Jeremy Schroeder, Website: www.huronvalleyeagles.com, Playtime: Monday 6pm, Saturday 11am
Remarks: Monday night standard hard games with Pot Of Gold, Share The Wealth and 2 Jackpot games. Saturday morning Canadian style – all dobber – unique patterns – 2 odd/even coveralls – double action quickies. Michigan Charity game tickets sold both days.
[Submitted March 2010 ] Flint
American Legion, 4314 West Carpenter Road, Flint, Michigan 48504-1136, USA. Game play: Tue-10:00am Thu & Sun-6:00 Phone: (810) 732-7660
Ben Agree Hall, 3549 S Dort Hwy, Flint, Michigan 48507-2076, USA. Game play: Mon & Fri-10:00am Wed-Fri-Sat & Sun-6:30pm Phone: (810) 743-3346
Bingo Hall, 3312 Corunna Road, Flint, Michigan 48503-3264, USA. Game play: 7 days, 6:30 Phone: (810) 232-2881
Catholic Charities, G5378 Fenton Road, Flint, Michigan 48501-0815, USA. Game play: Fri & Sat-6:30 Phone: (810) 234-4693
DAV #122, 3185 West Pasadena, Flint, Michigan 48504-2329, USA. Game play: Fri & Sat-7:00 Phone: (810) 732-8490
Fisher Hall, 4150 Van Slyke Rd, Flint, Michigan 48507, USA. Game play: 7 days, Mon-Wed-Thu-Sun-6:30 Tue & Sat-10:30am & 6:30 Phone: (810) 767-0600
Pasadena Hall, 3497 W Pasadena Ave, Flint, Michigan 48504-2331, USA. Game play: Tue-Wed-Thu-Sun-6:30 Sat-10:30am Phone: (810) 732-0837
Ray Woods Memorial Hall, G5411 N Saginaw St, Flint, Michigan 48457-0563, USA. Game play: Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-6:30 Sun-5:30 Phone: (810) 789-2822
Saint Leo’s Parish, 3641 Wyoming Ave, Flint, Michigan 48506-2606, USA. Game play: Mon-Thu-6:30 Tue-1:00pm & 6:30 Phone: (810) 736-2150 Fowlerville
V.F.W. Bingo, 215 South Detroit Street, Fowlerville, Michigan 48836-1048, U.S.A. Phone: 517-223-9842, Playtime: Friday 6:30pm
Remarks: Doors open at 4:00
[Submitted January 2013 ] Fremont
Moose Lodge, 15 West Main, Fremont, Michigan 49412-1135, USA. Game play: Sun-1:00 Phone: (231) 924-4840
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Michigan Bingo Halls and Online Games
Bingo’s heyday has long since passed, but the game is still played at hundreds of charity events and bingo halls, plus some tribal casinos across Michigan as well.
The game’s popularity peaked in the mid-1980s before the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act passed in 1988 and many tribal bingo halls across Michigan and the entire US turned themselves into casinos with Las Vegas-style gambling instead.
However, bingo games still run at several tribal casinos and hundreds of halls across the state taking advantage of Michigan’s charitable gaming laws that allow qualified nonprofit organizations to obtain charitable gaming licenses and host events.
With Michigan lawmakers passing online gambling legislation in 2019, online casinos are coming to Michigan, some of which will bring online bingo with them.
Read on to find out more about bingo in the Great Lakes State, the version of the game that is popular online and where you can still play bingo across the state.
Bingo and Michigan gambling laws
In 1972, Michigan lawmakers passed Act 382 creating rules to govern charity bingo games throughout the state.
The act defined bingo as a game where players purchase one or more cards divided into numbered squares and a caller randomly picks numbers from one to 75.
Players scan the cards to see if the called number is there and mark it off when it is. The first player to string together numbers in the winning bingo pattern, as set before the game starts, shouts out “bingo.” Once that card is verified, he or she collects a pre-set prize.
The law only allows qualified nonprofit organizations to obtain a Michigan charitable gaming license and conduct bingo games. However, Michigan charity bingo halls have been allowed to assist nonprofit organizations in obtaining licenses and running games.
There are three types of Michigan charitable gaming bingo licenses nonprofit organizations can obtain:
- Large Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo one day per week with prize limits of $1,100 per game and $3,500 per session. Licensees can also run a Michigan Progressive Jackpot Bingo Game: This jackpot is not subject to the prize limits. Instead, progressive jackpots consist of the preceding session’s unclaimed jackpot and 50% of card sales for the Michigan progressive jackpot bingo game in the current session.
- Small Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo one day per week with prize limits of $25 per game and $300 per session. Progressive jackpot bingo games cannot be played under the small bingo license.
- Special Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo for up to seven consecutive days with prize limits of $1,100 per game and $3,500 per session. Nonprofit organizations can obtain up to four special bingo licenses per year. Michigan progressive jackpot bingo games cannot be played under this license.
Bingo without a license
The act also allows for bingo to be run without a license by senior citizens clubs, groups, or homes consisting of members who are 60 years old or above. As long as:
- Bingo is conducted for amusement and recreation only, not for fund-raising
- Only members, guests, and employees can play or operate the game
- No more than 25 cents is charged for cards
- The retail value of all prizes does not exceed $100 in a single day
- All revenue from bingo is used for prizes and reasonable expenses incurred in operating the game
- No person is compensated solely for playing or operating the game
Native American bingo
To solve economic problems on American Indian reservations several Michigan tribes opened large-scale bingo operations in the early 1980s.
By the mid-1980s many of these operations were converted into the full-scale tribal casinos that still operate to this day. A handful still run bingo operations without the same prize limits charity gaming licensees are subject to.
Bingo at Michigan online casinos
Michigan passed an online gambling bill in December 2019 making online casinos legal in the state, pending the creation of rules and a licensing process.
The licensing and rule-making processes are now underway. A draft of the rules was sent to various stakeholders in April 2020 and license applications were made available to Detroit’s three commercial casinos and 23 tribal casinos across the state in May.
The executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board has said the first Michigan online casinos could be live by November 2020 if certain aspects of Michigan’s rule-making process are expedited.
These operations could run online bingo games, provided the game is included in the rules governing online gambling in the state or operators ask the board to approve the game.
Free and real money online bingo
Just like many land-based casinos do, Michigan online casinos are likely to offer free bingo games where registered players can win real money.
Both brick-and-mortar and online casinos do this as a way to reward loyal players and draw them to the casino. However, the online games are often so large the chance of winning anything substantial is slim. Either the prize is split among too many players or you need to beat thousands of other players to claim it.
If you want a realistic shot at winning real money playing bingo online, stick to paid games where your chances of winning are significantly improved.
Slingo vs. Bingo: What’s the difference?
Slingo games are a type of video slot game you might find at a land-based or online casino in Michigan.
Slingo takes its name from bingo. However, Slingo games combine elements of traditional bingo, slots, and casino games.
There are several different Slingo games available at online and physical casinos, many of which also incorporate skill and decision-making into the gaming experience.
Playing Slingo is easy. The game involves taking a fixed number of spins, drawing five numbers each, before finding and marking off these numbers on a bingo-style card.
You can also draw wilds that allow you to check off numbers anywhere, give you additional free spins, and instant wins.
Your wins will be based on how many lines of Slingo you can mark off on the card, similar to how wins payout on a slot machine.
Slingo’s flagship games include Slingo Riches and Slingo Extreme.
Can I play online bingo in MI?
Right now you can’t play online bingo in Michigan, but that option may soon be available. Once online casinos have been licensed and begin to open, the rules may allow them to run online bingo.
Even if they do not, Michigan online casinos may ask for approval from the board to run online versions of bingo.
Online casinos in other states run online bingo, suggesting there is a chance Michigan could follow their lead.
How 90 ball bingo works
The type of bingo most US online casinos run is a “90 ball” version of the game.
While 90-ball bingo is similar to the standard 75-ball game typically found at bingo events, there are some differences.
To start, the game cards feature 27 squares in a three-row and nine-column grid. Each row has five squares filled with numbers and four blank spots. Each column will only feature numbers from one of nine batches.
The first column has numbers from one through nine, the second 10 through 19, and so on, up to 90.
Cards for this version are sold in groups of six called strips. Like traditional bingo, numbers are randomly-drawn and you try to string together these numbers on your card in the winning bingo pattern that was set before the start of the game. The blanks on each card are considered already filled.
You can win one of three ways playing 90-ball bingo:
- Any line: Be the first to get all five numbers in a row
- Two lines: Be the first to get all five numbers in two rows
- Full house: Be the first to get all five numbers in all three rows
The addition of 15 numbers and the different makeup of the card is the only difference between 90-ball bingo and the traditional game.
However, all occurrences of a number are automatically marked off on your strips when you play online, making it more like electronic bingo than traditional versions.
Michigan bingo halls
There are more than 300 bingo halls and tribal casinos that run games across the Wolverine State.
The following is a list of Michigan tribal casinos looking to launch online gambling operations that already run live bingo games:
Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge
- Address: 2521 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Peshawbestown, MI
- Bingo: Wednesday through Friday starting at 5 p.m. ET
- Owner: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
- Online casino partner: William Hill
Four Winds Casino New Buffalo
- Address: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Michigan
- Bingo: Occasional bingo promotions held in the event center
- Owner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
- Online casino partner: Scientific Games
Firekeepers Casino and Hotel
- Address: 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Michigan
- Bingo: Two sessions daily Thursday through Monday. Nine progressive jackpots and seasonal bingo promotions.
- Owner: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
- Online casino partner: Scientific Games
Northern Waters Casino Resort
- Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, Michigan
- Bingo: Occasional bingo promotions
- Owner: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Online casino partner: PointsBet
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
- Address: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Isabella Indian Reservation, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
- Bingo: Wednesday through Sunday with two or three sessions per day and early-bird games. Plus, the Bingo Millions Coverall Add-On with the chance to win $1,000,000 with a coverall in 47 balls or less
- Owner: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation
- Online casino partner: Aristocrat
Odawa Casino Resort
- Address: 1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey, Michigan
- Bingo: Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, two sessions per day beginning at 11 a.m. ET with Progressive jackpots that start at $1,000 and $2,500
- Owner: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
- Online casino partner :The Stars Group (PokerStars Casino)
Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie
- Address: 2186 Shunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI
- Bingo: 200-seat bingo hall with progressive to two-part jackpot games Saturday afternoon and senior bingo at noon every Thursday.
- Owner: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
- Online casino partner: GAN
Wrapping up: Online bingo and bingo in Michigan
With more than 300 bingo halls and tribal casinos running games across the state, somebody forgot to tell Michigan the game’s popularity has been waning since the mid-1980s.
Live bingo is alive and well in the Great Lakes State and the first online casinos to offer the game over the internet are bound to have increased traffic as a result.
With live bingo games running at several tribal casinos that are planning to go online in late 2020 or early 2021, online bingo in Michigan is quite possibly set to take off.Guide to playing live and online bingo in Michigan. Find out about the different versions of the game and best sites to play bingo games online. ]]>