US – Four Winds Casino adds table gaming to its mixBy Phil - 9 August 2021
The Four Winds Casino in South Bend, Indiana, has officially launched 16 new table games transforming the venue from a Class II gaming facility to a Class III one.
Governor Eric Holcomb and officials from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Governor said: “Today was a special day as we celebrated Four Winds Casino’s ability to have Class III gaming. Thanks to our partnership with Chairman Wesaw and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, our state will continue to be the very best place in the world to live, work, play, study and stay.When Jeffersonville does well, South Bend benefits. When South Bend or St. Joe or Elkhart County’s doing well, Vanderburgh County does well. This is a big win for the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indiana and for the state of Indiana.”
Four Winds CEO Frank Freedman said: “All these tables behind me are here. 16 table games. The tables alone, I believe it’s about 150-additional jobs, plus or minus, just now, because of what we just did here, and more to come.”
Matt Wesaw, tribal council chairman with the Pokagon Band, added: “The compact is very important to us because now it allows us to compete at an even level with all the commercial casinos in the state of Indiana. It will increase our revenue, obviously.”
The tribe is also building a 23-story hotel and adding 40,000-square feet of gaming floor, expected to be completed in the Autumn of 2022.