Operators of the Four Winds casino in South Band have just completed a major step towards its huge expansion projects. Last week, representatives of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians that operates the casino, have ceremonially cut the ribbon on the expanded gaming area of the casino.
Major Expansion of Four Winds South Band Casino Completed
The gaming floor is now ready to welcome players from all over the state and the country. The new-look space now includes 850 slot machines, new additions to the table games section, and a brand new high-limit gambling area. Plus, it will feature an additional cage and cashier area. Overall, the surface of the new gaming floor occupies a 40,000 square feet area. It will add to the already existing 140,000 feet of casino space with more than 1,400 slot machines and 16 table games. The Four Winds South Band casino also includes a sportsbook operation that opened in November.
Further Expansion to Follow
The casino opened its doors in 2018 and immediately after that announced the plan, which is supposed to feature extra gaming space, a 23-story hotel, and various other amenities. These will include a convention area, spa, meeting space, lounge, bar, grille, and swimming pool on the roof of the establishment. The new meeting space, dubbed the Ribbon Town Conference and Event Center, is a multiple-purpose facility spreading over 24,000 feet area. The hotel will feature more than 300 guest rooms, which will make it the largest establishment of its kind in St. Joseph County.
The entire project is expected to be completed in early 2023. According to tribe representatives, the expanded casino will create between 350 and 400 new jobs in the region. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians already has a recruiting center in place as they begin the process of filling out new positions.
The tribal council chairwoman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Rebecca Richards, recently spoke on how significant the expansion is for the tribe and the whole surrounding region. She said that the new amenities and unique experiences that the extended resort will bring are something that didn’t exist in the South Band and Northwest Indiana before. It will help the tribe prosper and thrive moving forward. The new-look casino will also provide an opportunity for the local area residents to enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment, restaurants, spa and hotel amenities, as well as a premium gaming experience. The Indiana casino facilities were built in the first place with the idea of future expansion, and that is also the plan for the future.
The Only Tribal Casino in Indiana
Currently, the Four Winds is the only tribe-operated casino in the state. It started its operation in 2018 and in 2019, Michigan-based Pokagon Band applied for the Class III gaming license, allowing Vegas-style gaming tables on its premises. The compact between Pokagon and the state was approved by the Indiana General Assembly. Gov. Holcomb signed the deal in May 2021 and the federal approval came in early July of the same year.