Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino Continues Massive Poker Room Expansion
Poker players in the Grand Rapids region of Michigan will soon have a swanky new poker room to frequent. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is in the process of completing a $26.5 million expansion that includes a new high limit VIP lounge, a new poker room, and more.
The expansion plan was first announced in August 2017. It was approved by a vote of 11-0 in the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's Tribal Council. In addition to the poker room and VIP room, it will include a new nightclub and sports bar.
The project was broken down into seven phases. The tribe initially anticipated it would be complete by spring of this year. It is the largest re-investment the tribe has made to the casino since its grand opening in 1997. The last significant renovation to the property was made in 2011 and included the addition of the 24-hour Legends Diner and the rebranding of the casino buffet.
What was once the casino's non-smoking area is being transformed into a sports bar and nightclub, equipped with a stage for entertainers, a VIP seating area, and 59 slot machines. The casino's poker room will be located in a new non-smoking area.
In the entertainment hall, which regularly hosts major music and comedy entertainment acts, new lighting features will be added along with an improved acoustic design. The stage is getting new multimedia panels that create visual effects and can complete virtual scenery on the stage.