Four Winds South Bend is officially open and operating. The casino is expected to shake up the Indiana gaming industry. It is the first Native American and owned gambling venue. This new gaming venture is located at 3300 Prairie Road in South Bend. It joins Four Winds locations in Michigan that include Hartford, New Buffalo, and Dowagiac. The difference between the four casinos is that Four Winds South Bend is a World Class II gaming facility. Unlike the other three Pokagon Band Tribe’s venues in Michigan. The three casinos operate under the third class licenses. More so, the South Bend venue doesn’t have table games and traditional slot machines.
Four Winds South Bend Casino– Gaming
Class II gaming includes bingo, keno and more gambling games that related to them. Also pull-tabs and non–banked card games, known as games that you play exclusively against other gamblers rather than the house or the gambler that acts as a bank. Casino-style gaming usually includes everything else along with banked-card games. More so, Class II and Class III machines look alike.
Travis Waldo, Director of technology at the National Indian Gaming Commission, says, “In Class II, you’ll typically see more consistent wins and more consistent payouts, but jackpots are a little smaller. People tend to like that Class II a lot better”. Class III is considered the most lucrative with additional slots, lotteries, horse racing and banked-card games such as blackjack and baccarat, roulette and craps. The Pokagon Band tribe has a compact in the state of Michigan and the three casinos are all Class III facilities and function at a Vegas-style gambling. With the compact, it means the tribe should pay a certain percentage of its slot proceeds. The total percentage is eight percent.
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
The tribe may lack a compact with the state, but an agreement with South Bend provides the city with two percent of the Four Winds South Bend casino annual revenue. This will go towards the city’s budget as well as extra agreements to fund the local projects and government. The South Bend Tribune reported that Four Winds South Bend did not say the odds at the new facility are better than those at one of the commercial casinos. Four Winds South Bend 175,000 square feet of gambling space feature 1,800 latest games that range from $.01 to $25, three restaurants, a gourmet market, 24-hour deli and three bars and also a gift shop.