The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians opened the Four Winds Casino Resort on August 2, 2007.
Paying 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 130,000 square feet of gaming space. It also features a 165-room suite-hotel, four restaurants, entertainment bars and retail shops.
“It’s an absolutely spectacular property. It has the look of a north woods lodge with all the amenities of a modern casino,” said Matt Harkness, former General Manager of the Four Winds Casino Resort in remarks at the Casino’s grand opening. “Our staff will offer a level of guest service that has not that has not been seen before in the region.”
Upon entering Four Winds from its main entrance, guests enter an expansive rotunda, which includes two stunning fireplaces. These fireplaces pay tribute to the Potawatomi Indians, who are known as the “Keepers of the Fire.” 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, cedar wood and stone can be found throughout the property, which are utilized in many tribal ceremonies.
In addition to its gaming attractions, the Four Winds Casino Resort offers visitors a wide range of dining options in a relaxed and casual twenty-four hour environment. From the Copper Rock Steakhouse, a white table cloth gourmet dining experience, to The Buffet – with seating up to 500. A romantic dinner or a deli sandwich – the food service staff of Four Winds Casino Resort has your needs covered.
The Casino 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: a large selection of 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.
Constructed at an estimated cost of $160 million, the 52 acre development is expected to draw more than four million visitors a year to the New Buffalo area.
Four Winds Casino Resort features:
- More than 124,000-square feet of gaming.
- 3,000 slot machines, including progressive slots linked to other Native American casinos. As the only Native American casino in the area, Four Winds has the highest jackpots in the region.
- A large selection of 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.
- The Midwest’s only World Poker Tour Poker Room. Players can participate in promotions and win seats on the World Poker Tour.
- A 415-room hotel and a special events center.
- Covered parking garage with 2,200-spaces.
- Valet parking
- A 1,000 place outdoor parking surface
- Tour bus parking
- A 10,000 square foot, fully equipped child care center for children 6 weeks to 12 years-old, as well as CyberQuest, a supervised arcade for older kids.
- Several restaurants ranging from a 500-seat buffet to the high end Copper Rock Steakhouse and the Hard Rock Cafe.
World-Class Entertainment Venue
The Casino’s Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500 seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000 sq. ft. event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. For the concert and performance schedule click here
Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds is located adjacent the gaming floor and spans two levels with seating for 275 and a performance stage. The new Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds has a unique, high energy atmosphere and features rock n’ roll memorabilia from its unmatched collection. Hard Rock’s menu offers an array of classic American food such as burgers and a large selection of sandwiches and salads.
The Four Winds Casino Resort is now the single largest employer in the area. Economic studies predict the casino will support 3,500 jobs in the community, including nearly 2,400 at the casino. In addition, it should provide the state of Michigan with an estimated $20 million in annual revenues and provide more than $4 million a year to local governments and agencies.