Magazine Votes Island Resort Casino's RV Park Best
The Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Mich., was selected a favorite multiple times by readers of the Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine.
The casino is the statewide winner of awards in eight evaluation categories following a 2011 Readers' Choice Awards survey of Native American casinos in the magazine, the Escanaba Daily Press reported.
The casino's 53-site RV park was voted "Best RV Park." The park is open May 1 through Nov. 30.
In the survey, readers rated 20 Michigan casinos in 35 detailed gaming and amenities areas.
The Island poker tournaments were selected as the "Best Poker Tournaments" and bingo won three of six rated categories for "Most Comfortable Bingo Hall," "Best Bingo Packages," and "Best Early Bird Bingo." The Firekeepers Restaurant was deemed "Favorite Casual Restaurant," while Sweetgrass won for "Best Casino Golf Course." The Island also won for "Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Staff."
"To be identified in a prestigious publication like Midwest Gaming & Travel is a tribute to the commitment of all our employees and our loyal patrons who contribute to our overall success and popularity," said Island General Manager Tom McChesney in a press release.
The casino also placed second in five categories and third in six others. Bingo received three of the second-place awards, including "Best Overall Bingo Hall," "Best Bingo Jackpots," and "Best Bingo/Casino Combination."
The Island finished just behind Mount Pleasant's Soaring Eagle Casino in total number of awards; the Island won 19 total while Soaring Eagle received 23. Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek also received 19 awards with three first-place finishes.
Of the 11 Upper Peninsula casinos, the Island was the only one to win awards this year. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Island has been the top vote getter of all U.P. casinos.
"The larger Midwestern casinos in metropolitan and tourism locations enjoy greater numbers of visitors which logically suggests more survey voters," said McChesney. "When matched against such highly populated venues as Mount Pleasant's Soaring Eagle, Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee and Mystic Lake near Minneapolis, plus all other Midwest Native American casinos, I'd say we've measured up very well."
The annual survey was conducted with data compiled from respondents of the U.S. and Canada.