- By Tribal Business News Staff
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians officially opened its expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend as part of an ongoing large-scale build-out at the facility.
With the expansion, the casino added 11 new table games and 850 new slot machines, as well as a new high limit area, bringing its total offerings to 1,900 slot machines and 27 table games, according to a statement.
Four Winds South Bend now boasts more than 98,000 square feet of gaming space.
In addition to the newly opened space, the tribe is in the process of a large-scale expansion project at the property, including the addition of a 23-story hotel tower, spa, convention center and ballroom. The tribe expects the project to be completed in the first quarter or 2023.
The expansion follows approval of a Class III gaming compact with the state of Indiana in 2021, which allowed the tribe to add slot machines and table games, as Tribal Business News previously reported. The South Bend location opened in 2018 offering Class II bingo games.
The tribe also operates three Class III Four Winds Casinos in Michigan in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac.
“It’s hard to believe we opened our first Four Winds Casino location 15 years ago in New Buffalo, Michigan on August 2, 2007,” Tribal Chairwoman Rebecca Richard said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud of the success of our four casino locations, which is a credit to our hardworking casino operations team and all of our Four Winds team members.”
The tribe projects the expansion will add 350 to 400 new jobs at the casino once construction is completed.
“Today’s unveiling of the newly expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend will provide guests with a glimpse of what’s to come for the remaining build-out,” Four Winds Casinos COO Frank Freedman said in a statement. “During our 15-year-history we’ve continually strived to not only offer something distinctively unique, but also raise the bar for gaming in the Midwest by way of our amenities, dining options, entertainment and excellent service provided by our warm and welcoming staff.
“We are very excited for guests to experience our new slots and table games, and we look forward to showing more of what Four Winds South Bend has to offer in the coming months.”
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