Holiday joy came early to the nearly 1,000 employees at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Mich., as the casino bosses handed out $611,000 in quarterly bonuses to its team members last week.
The bonuses come as the casino, like other tribal and commercial gambling facilities in the state, moves closer to launching an online casino and online sportsbook. It’s a massive opportunity for the casinos sprinkled around the state of Michigan.
Since the inception of the bonus program in 2011, Gun Lake Casino — which is owned and operated by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) — has handed out $16.4 million in bonuses.
“Throughout these times our priority focus has been the health and safety of our guests and team members with our Play It Safe Initiative,” Sal Semola, Gun Lake Casino’s president and chief operating officer, said in a press release. “We are exceptionally proud, especially during a pandemic, to continue providing a superior gaming experience despite the challenges in doing so. I extend a heartfelt thank you to our team members and the community for complying with our safety protocols and continuing to follow these measures diligently.”
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This hasn’t been the only bit of positive news coming out of Allegan County. Last month, the casino opened up its Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge — named after Gun Lake’s location between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo on U.S. highway 131 — in a partnership with Parx Casino located in Pennsylvania.
And earlier this year, the casino was named one of Western Michigan’s “best and brightest” companies to work for by The National Association of Business Resources.
“The awarded bonuses are only one way we display our appreciation for the constant efforts of the hundreds of team members we employ,” Semola said. “The achievements we have reached this year would not be possible without the foundation of our business – our team members.”