SOUTH BEND, IN – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casinos hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend, which now spans more than 98,000 sq. ft. and includes 1,900 slot machines, 27 table games, a new high limit area, an additional cage and cashier area. The expanded gaming floor is part of a large-scale expansion at the property, which will also feature a new 23-story hotel tower with 317 hotel rooms including 83 suites, a spa, convention area with a ballroom and meeting space, cafe, outdoor swimming pool and terraces. The expansion will be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
“It’s hard to believe we opened our first Four Winds Casino location 15 years ago in New Buffalo, MI, on August 2, 2007,” said Rebecca Richards, Tribal Chairwoman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. “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. We’d also like to thank our project manager, general contractors, construction workers and vendors in helping us reach this important milestone.”
“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,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Office of Four Winds Casinos. “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.”
The newly expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend features eleven new table games. A total of 850 new slot machines include popular titles such as Dragon Link, Cash Express, Big Fish, Buffalo Link, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, Jumanji, Conan and Cashman Bingo. A dedicated video poker section has also been created with an additional 56 games.
Four Winds South Bend’s new High Limit Room features an additional 46 slot machines with denominations ranging from $0.05 to $100.
The expansion of Four Winds South Bend has created 350 construction jobs with ten percent being Native American preference, and will create an additional 350 to 400 new jobs at the casino resort once construction is complete.