• by Kirk Gaw

The Road To Entertainment At "4 Winds Casino" On 23

The Pokagon Band of Indians "4 Winds Casino," between Walkerton, and South Bend is part of a highway towards entertainment for our Walkerton Page readers. Besides Slot Machines, Video Poker, and Table Games, you can use your "W Club" membership card to win vacations, prizes, and credit! Succulent menu items, and exotic drinks to enjoy!

The new South Bend "4 Winds Casino" is one of 4, operated by the Tribe between Indiana and Michigan. It is the first Indian Tribe Casino in Indiana. It wasn’t easy to get it built either! Between 8 complexes in Southern, and Central Indiana, this new resort is the 5th Casino in Northern Indiana. Lobbyists from the lower extremities of Indiana tried to stop our South Bend one from happening. They expected that they could monopolize our Northcentral Indiana gamers? But, the Pokagon Tribe did not give up to get it built at Prairie Avenue. They plan, soon, to begin the construction of a new hotel to improve the complex!

Congratulations to Fletcher who won a $13,939.46 jackpot one weekend!

Right now you can take advantage of the outdoor patios to sit and visit while enjoying a drink and get fresh air. The complex is massive! The parking garage dominates the grounds while, the luxurious, rustic details immerse visitors in the aural light of luxury. Located along SR 23, the well traveled route to Walkerton.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 citizens.

The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. Four Winds South Bend opened January 16, 2018. It owns and operates a variety of business via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe’s non-gaming investment enterprise.

Look at so many specials happening for tourists like you! Senior Day is every Wednesday 25% off for "W Club Members" 55+, buy one buffet get the other free!

Wine Down Wednesdays 1/2 on select wine bottles and glasses of wine 3 course meals at $24 Also, be sure to be hooked into Wednesday Winnings where 20 people will be selected to win between 7pm and 11pm! There is a drawing every hour where 4 Lucky W members will each receive a chance to pick from the drawing drum to win between $100 and $1,000 of instant credit/ free slot play!

Bloody Mary Sundays and slots!

They have Beef & Beer Thursdays featuring $3 domestic drafts & bottles plus $10 cheeseburgers! Sundays Jazz Brunch Featuring local Jazz Performers 12pm – 3pm; also, don’t miss the $5 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s! Even $10 pizza’s all Sunday long!

Center Cut Sirloin and Seasoned Fries for $20 on Tuesdays Kankakee Grille.

Eric Donner showing off rings during nighttime acoustic performance at Kankakee Grille.

"DaZed and ConfuZed" a local group performing at Kankakee Grille!

Beginning September 9th, on 2nd Sundays of the month the South Bend Casino will feature a blackjack tournament. Buy in to win for only $60! Based on the full tournament, top finishers will share more than $7,500 CASH! In the Table Games Pit Area.

Four Winds South Bend has 175,000 square feet and includes 1,800 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure. The casino has hired more than 1,200 people to date. The casino is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

John P. Warren, is the Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potowatomi Indigenous, Frank Freedman is the Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos and Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. There will never be a dull moment in our Southwestern St. Joseph County ever again! “This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us and we’re pleased to have you here today,” Freedman said. “We’re proud to be here today for the first tribal casino in the state of Indiana and the fourth Four Winds property.”

“This will be an entertainment destination for the region,” Freedman continued. “We’ve hired and trained over 1,200 of the best people to provide the same superior level of quality and service our guests have come to expect from the Four Winds brand. We offer more than just gaming; we’re excited to bring four new dining experiences to the South Bend region—including Copper Rock Steakhouse, The Buffet, Kankakee Grille, and Timbers.”

Four Winds Outfitters Store for discriminate shopping at the casino!

White Birch Market has plenty of snacks at the casino.

As part of the local agreement, the Pokagon Band has agreed to make an annual payment to the city of South Bend equal to 2 percent of net win. Half of these payments (1 percent of net win) will be paid directly to the city’s general fund to cover costs of providing services other than sewer, and water to the site, and for other purposes.

The other half of these payments (one percent of net win) will be paid directly to the South Bend Redevelopment Commission to fund initiatives broadly aimed at contributing to the improvement of educational opportunities in the city and to address poverty and unemployment in the city. The annual payments made to the city will not be less than $1 million annually if the casino has between 850 and 1,699 games and will not be less than $2 million if the casino has more than 1,700 games.

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