aying homage to the heritage of the Pokagon Band, the Four Winds Casino Resort is situated on a beautiful landscape off of I-94 at Michigan Exit 1 in New Buffalo, Michigan. and offers 12,077 sqm of gaming space including 3,000 slot machines and 100 table games. It also features a 165-room suite-hotel, six restaurants, entertainment bars and retail shops. The doors will open to the public at noon on August 2nd.
"This is a proud day for members of the Pokagon Band," said John Miller, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and President and CEO of the Pokagon Band Gaming Authority. "On behalf of the Pokagon Band, I would like to thank the members of our Tribal Council, members of the Pokagon community and Lakes Entertainment for helping to make this vision a reality."
"It’s an absolutely spectacular property. It has the look of a Northwoods lodge with all the amenities of a modern casino," said Matt Harkness, General Manager, Four Winds Casino Resort. "Our staff will offer a level of guest service that has not been seen before in the region. We encourage everyone to come out and experience the difference."
Over the course of the next year, renowned Native American artist Mike Larson will paint four murals in the rotunda that symbolize significant moments of Pokagon Band history. Materials such as copper, cedarwood and stone can be found throughout the property, which are utilized in many tribal ceremonies.
Players of all games are encouraged to join The W Club, the ultimate player loyalty club, offering greater flexibility and control of earned points and complimentaries. Club members are also entitled to exclusive slot jackpots. Unique to Four Winds Casino Resort is the Midwest’s only World Poker Tour Poker Room, where players have a chance to participate in special promotions with a chance to win a seat at a World Poker Tour satellite event, valued at us$ 10,000. The room holds 19 PokerPro tables with seating for up to 158 people at a time.
In addition to its gaming attractions, the Four Winds Casino Resort also offers six restaurants. "If the Four Winds Casino Resort were located in Las Vegas, it would be the second largest casino in terms of gaming positions," said Lyle Berman, CEO, Lakes Entertainment, which was retained by the Pokagon Band to develop and manage the property.
"It offers a full complement of slot machines, including progressive slots linked to other Native American casinos, ensuring the highest jackpots in the region. Also featured are approximately 100 table games including Blackjack, Craps, No Way Craps, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Crazy Four, Let It Ride, Mini and Midi Baccarat, Rapid Roulette and Roulette. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Pokagon Band on this first class property."
Players at Four Winds can also experience the excitement of three entirely new categories of slot game play from Chicago-based WMS Gaming. Slots such as Monopoly Big Event, Top Gun and Super Money Grab provide unique player experiences and represent the next-generation in casino entertainment. In addition, WMS is supplying dozens of other favorites at Four Winds including Life of Luxury, Hot Hot Super Jackpot and Hot Hot Penny.