Detroit's Greektown Casino Names New CEO, Sets New Direction

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved the choice of Michael Puggi as CEO of Detroit's Greektown Casino-Hotel, the Detroit Free Press reported last week. Under his direction, Puggi said the casino — which filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and now ranks last among Detroit's three casinos — will enjoy a resurgence, thanks in large part to a planned $18 million renovation.

"There are some pretty exciting things that will bring Greektown into the now and make it more relevant to the competition and Detroit in general," said Puggi, a 30-year casino veteran who has worked previously for such companies as MGM Resorts and Herbst Gaming.

Among the upgrades that Puggi is planning are remodeled interiors, improved dining offerings and a new marketing campaign that will help re-launch the property. First up, however, is a modernization project encompassing the casino's Opa/Center and Apollo bars, and possibly its patio overlooking Monroe Street in downtown Detroit.

"Greektown's positioned very well to really move forward," Puggi said.

Originally opened in 2000, Greektown introduced its adjacent hotel in 2009 and now offers 2,600 slots, 67 table games, 400 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, visit