Turtle Creek Casino Hotel in Northern Michigan

Turtle Creek Casino opened in July 2008. This tribal casino is both owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Turtle Creek Casino is located in the Traverse Bay area of Michigan, four miles east of Traverse City on M-72 in Williamsburg.

Head into the casino and you will be met by more than 56,000 square feet of gaming space. There are more than 1200 slots and electronic casino games — many with big progressive jackpots. Roulette, craps, blackjack and poker-themed games are spread in the table games section. You can now enjoy sports betting at the Onyx Sportsbook. This is operated by sports betting giant William Hill. An online sports betting option will be available soon.

This page features all of the information you need to get the best from your trip to the Turtle Creek Casino. You will find details of all the casino games offered, the sports betting options, and the rewards for players below.

History of the Turtle Creek Casino

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Northern Michigan, owns this casino. This tribe received their federal recognition in 1980. The Grand Traverse Band was the seventh tribe to join the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. As well as opening the Turtle Creek Casino in 2009, the tribe also owns and operates the Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

In the more than a decade since the casino has opened, the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in Michigan has gone from strength to strength. The announcement of a sports betting and online partnership with gambling powerhouse William Hill will provide a boost to this Northern Michigan venue.

Slots at the Turtle Creek Casino

There is something for everyone in the slot range at Turtle Creek, with 1,200 games in all. Many slots have progressive jackpots. Others give you a chance to win big prizes via bonus features, expanding wilds or wheel spin bonuses.

Turtle Creek features a unique ‘Lightning Link Room’. This area of the casino is dedicated to the Lightning Link slots from Aristocrat. Titles include Happy Lantern, Magic Pearl, Sahara Gold and High Stakes. They share a hold and spin bonus, with different free spins bonus games for each of the individual titles. The biggest jackpot (the Grand) is linked between the games. You can also find the Dragon Link slots range on the casino floor.

Other featured slots at the Turtle Creek Casino include:

  • Lightning Zap slot machines (similar to the Lightning Link range)
  • Dancing Drums
  • Cleopatra
  • China Shores
  • Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania
  • Fort Knox
  • Zeus Son of Kronos
  • 88 Fortunes
  • Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond
  • Kronos: Father of Zeus
  • Crazy Money Deluxe
  • Buffalo Stampede
  • Colossal Diamonds
  • Super Sky Wheel

Alongside the impressive range of slots, you’ll also find your favorite video poker games, as well as video keno.

Table games at Turtle Creek Casino

All of your favorite table games are available at this casino, including blackjack, roulette and craps.  Alongside the standard games, you will also be able to enjoy all of these games in an electronic format, with baccarat added into the mix.

The table limits from game to game and within games can vary. Here’s a summary of each of the popular table games:

  • Blackjack: Tables with limits of $5-$200, $10-$300 and $25-$500 are all available. Players can also request higher limits.
  • Craps: You can enjoy craps at stakes between $5 and $500.
  • Roulette: At the roulette tables you can play for between $1 and $25 for inside bets and between $1 and $500 for outside bets.
  • Crazy 4 Poker: Limits of $5-$500, Let It Ride between $5 and $25, Mississippi Stud between $5 and $25 and Ultimate Texas Hold’em has limits of between $5 and $50.

Onyx Sports Bar

Sports Betting takes place at the Onyx Sports Bar. The new sportsbook is powered by William Hill that brings years of experience to Turtle Creek. The sportsbook is open daily from noon till midnight between Monday and Thursday, extended to 10am to 2am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can also enjoy complimentary access to Golden Tee golf, billiards, darts, and shuffleboard in the Onyx sports bar.

Online gambling options

As part of the partnership with William Hill, the company will also offer both online sports betting and casino gaming. You’ll be allowed to place wagers as long as you are within Michigan state lines. Apps and browser-based gambling will be available to both residents and visitors to the state. Sports betting will include live betting — that lets you bet on matches currently being played.

The online casino gaming includes many of the games you can enjoy on the casino floor of Turtle Creek. Other games such as blackjack, roulette, keno and scratch offs are also available.

Turtle Creek Casino rewards and promotions

The rewards program at the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is the ‘Grand Rewards Players Club’. This program has five levels — Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pinnacle and Onyx. On signing up, which is free, you’ll be automatically added at Sapphire level. The more you play, the higher the level you can reach.

Benefits you can enjoy as part of the club include discounts on gas, hotel rooms, restaurants and facilities, pre-sale on concert tickets, personal hosts, complimentary hotel rooms (including late checkouts) and complimentary VIP experiences.

You can use your Grand Rewards Card at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, as well as the Turtle Creek Casino.


There are a series of regular player promotions at Turtle Creek Casino. Exclusive Turtle Creek Casino Hotel promo codes and coupons can be used to claim many of these deals. Keep an eye out for seasonal promotions and one-off deals too. Here is look at some of the most popular regular offers:

  • Beachin’ Wins: Use your Grand Rewards card when you play on selected days and you will have a chance to win a share of up to $60,000 in cash.
  • Super Seniors Day: Guests aged 65 or older who play on a Tuesday can enjoy immediate e-credit prizes throughout the day.
  • Happy Birthday: On your special day, swipe at the kiosk and you can win immediate e-credits and point multipliers.
  • Veterans Appreciation Day: The first Wednesday of every month will see veterans enjoy points multipliers, 25% off restaurant bills, and more.

Turtle Creek Casino Hotel

The casino is home to a hotel that features 127 rooms and 10 suites. Each room features a 37” flat screen TV, a pay-per-view movie service, in-room coffee makers, hair dryers, make up mirrors, ironing boards, and in-room dining. Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi is available. The hotel has a 24-hour workout room and a gift shop.

A shuttle runs directly from the local airport, while you’ll also find another shuttle that runs from this casino to its sister site, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, for golf, spa treatments, and more.

Dining options

There are several dining options at the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg, MI. ‘Bourbons 72’, is the premier steak house and bourbon bar at this venue. You can enjoy signature prime cut steaks, fresh seafood, and choose from over 72 different bourbons behind the bar. ‘Seasons’ is the buffet dining option, with a casual atmosphere and plenty of different options. ‘The Deli’ is ideal for a quick bite, while ‘Coffee Spoon’ serves pastries and breakfast sandwiches alongside that coffee kick.

There are also several bars located around the casino. The Onyx Sportsbook features 13 flat screen TVs, two billiard tables and Golden Tee Golf video game. The mid-level bar features comfortable couches in a modern and sophisticated atmosphere as well as multiple flat screens and surround-sound. The Tower Bars offer floor to ceiling waterfalls with lights overlooking the casino floor.

How does Turtle Creek Casino compare?

The Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel is one of the premier casino sites in Northern Michigan. In terms of pure numbers of games, there are bigger casinos in the state. What Turtle Creek claims is to prioritize quality over quantity.

Slot players will find many of the newest and most exciting slots on the casino floor. A trip to the Lightning Link room gives you multiple games to win the Grand progressive jackpot, or the chance to enjoy a hold and spin bonus. Table games provide the right balance between classics like blackjack, newer ‘carnival’ games, and games with progressive jackpot side bets.

With a Grand Rewards card in your hand, you will have the opportunity to earn as you play. You can enjoy discounts and more at Turtle Creek and other casinos owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

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