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Four Winds Casino South Bend

Tribal Organization: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

FOUR WINDS CASINO SOUTH BEND
3000 Prairie Ave
South Bend, IN 46614

866-4WINDS1
866-494-6371

Four Winds Casino South Bend celebrated its grand opening on January 16, 2016. It is the largest casino in Indiana.

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Four Winds South Bend

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has spent $400 million to build this casino in South Bend, IN. It is the fourth casino operated by the tribe and the first one located outside of southwest Michigan.

Background History

When the state legislature approved land-based casinos in 2015, it included a provision to approve an Indian casino in South Bend.

In April 2016 the South Bend city government approved a deal with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to build a $400 million casino in their town. An environment impact report was finished for federal review and accepted.

The key milestone to proceed with this casino project came in November 2016 when the Bureau Of Indian Affairs gave its approval. Their decision transfered 166 acres of Pokagon Band land into federal trust under the U.S. Interior Department and included federal approval to build build a Class II gaming casino.

The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) defines Class II gaming as gambling played against other players only and not the house. This includes electronic slot machines that play against other players. Slot machines that play against the house are Class III gaming.

For Class III gaming the Pokagon Band must negotiate a gaming compact with the State defining specific casino games and the money the casino will pay to the state. Federal review and approval of the compact is required.

The Pokagon Band has named their casino "Four Winds Casino South Bend". It is the first Native American casino in Indiana.

Location

The casino is built on 166 acres located between Prairie Avenue, U.S. 31 and Locust Road in South Bend, Indiana.

News Updates

News Four Winds opens poker room September 4, 2018 - Four Winds has opened it new live poker room over the labor day weekend. It features 10 poker tables. The casino is not licensed to add other table games, such as blackjack. ... Read more News Four Winds South Bend to add live poker room July 10, 2018 - Live poker is coming to Four Winds Casino in South Bend. A new poker room will offer 10 poker tables. Each table will accomodate up to 9 players. ... Read more News Four Winds Casino South Bend Opened Jan 16
01.14.2018 - Five years ago plans were announced for the Four Winds South Bend Casino. Now the casino is scheduled to open on January 16. Located south of Prairie Avenue, the site is 166 acres. ... Read more
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216,000 sq ft of gaming space

1,800 electronic slot machines (Class II)

No table games (No house gambling per Class II)

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Tribal Residential Village

44 housing units

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Four winds opens poker room

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September 04, 2018

The Four Winds South Bend Casino has opened the new live poker room. The room had a soft opening during Labor Day weekend.

There are 10 poker tables that offer live gaming. Video poker was already offered at the casino.

Guests had requested a live poker room be added to the casino. The announcement that the casino would develop the poker room was made two months ago.

There are no plans at this time to add blackjack or other table games. This is due to the gaming license that was granted to the casino. It is a Class II casino. Therefore, games where visitor bet against the house are not allowed.

The Four Winds South Bend Casino is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

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Four Winds South Bend to add live poker room

July 10, 2018

On Tuesday plans were announced for the addition of a new gaming room that will offer live poker. The casino currently offers bingo type electronic gaming machines.

The room will offer 10 tables. It will be located in the casino's northwest corner at the current slot machine location. Up to nine players can be accommodated at each poker table.

Construction is scheduled to begin next week. It is estimated that by Labor Day the new room will be completed.

Games to be offered are $1 to $3 pot Limit Omaha, $1 to $2 No-Limit Texas Hold 'em, $3 to $6 Limit Hold 'em, and $2 to $5 No Limit Hold 'em.

No other plans for additional live dealer games have been announced.

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Four Winds South Bend is classified as a Class II gaming facility. This means that special permission would need to be given before the casino could offer games like baccarat or blackjack where players bet against the house.

Poker is considered a different type of game since players are playing against other players.

The Four Winds South Bend currently offers 1,800 games. Bets range from a penny to $25.

There are also five dining options. Three bars. The Four Winds Outfitters offers gift shopping.

The reason behind the addition of the new room is to offer a different amenity to their guests. Visitors have been requesting the addition of poker.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians own the Four Winds South Bend.

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