Greektown set to expand

Sep 2, 2008 7:01 PM

By GT Staff | Greektown Casino is hoping to make itself more competitive with the other two major players in the Detroit area with a recent refurbishment and coming expansion.

Construction crews are nearly finished with their work on the property, allowing surrounding roads that have been closed for almost a year to be re-opened. Those roads prevented potential customers from patronizing the casino.

Greektown Casino recently installed 600 new slot machines to bring the casino’s total to 2,600 as well as a high-roller slot area that’s slated to open in November.

The casino also expanded the slot floor by 33 percent and has new machines including $1 Wheel of Fortune progressives, Triple Double Diamond Free Games, Double Strike Gold, Super Lucky 2x3x4x5 Pay, Super Times Pay Free Games, Lil Lady, Wolf Run, Lion Dance, Desert Spirit, Mayan Riches, Arctic Fox, Lady of the Lake and Red Lions 1 for 1. The casino now has over 100,000 square feet of total gaming space

Also on tap and set to open in the near future is the Greektown Casino-Hotel, an architecturally stunning 30-story, 400-room hotel which will feature 10 banquet/meeting rooms and an 1,100-seat live theater.

Owned by the Sault St. Marie Chippewa tribe, the Greektown casino has had trouble recently competing with the ritzier MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity. The casino has been in and out of bankruptcy protection and reportedly had to lay off 89 workers in June as part a cost-cutting program.

Greektown Casino is expected to lose more than $15 million this year, mostly which is the result of the bankruptcy and its costs according to the website onlinecasinoadvisory.com.

The casino’s website is www.greektowncasino.com.