The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi owns and operates three different Four Winds casinos in the state of Michigan located in the cities of New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac.
Through the tribe’s multiple governmental organizations and its casinos, the Pokagon Band has helped to benefit the well-being of many communities and has put more than 2,200 people to work.
At the Four Winds casinos in Michigan, you’ll always find some of the best gaming action in the Midwest as well as concerts by some of the most famous music acts and best comedians in the country.
All of the Pokagon Band’s Michigan hotels feature excellent guest service, high-end decor, great restaurants and exciting nighttime events.
The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi
Throughout recent years the tribe has flourished through various business ventures, including the Four Winds Casino.
This has contributed greatly to the economic development of Michigan, and the tribe continues to reinvest in the health and well-being of its members as well as other regional communities.
The Pokagon Band has put over $71 million into the Michigan Economic Development Corp. since 2007 as well as paying $24 million to the local municipalities of the New Buffalo area.
Since the early 1800s, the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi has been fighting for sovereignty.
After having repeatedly been forcibly relocated from one part of the country to another, and even at one point having to flee into Canada, the Pokagon Band has still managed to retain its dignity and cultural identity.
It was only after 150 years of being chased off their homeland by federal authorities that in 1994 the tribe’s members were finally recognized by the government as an indigenous tribe of America and regained their sovereignty.
Four Winds Casino Hotel New Buffalo
About an hour drive from Chicago, and located near the banks of Lake Michigan, you’ll find Four Winds Casino and Hotel in New Buffalo, Michigan.
This facility features a massive 125,000-square-foot gaming venue with more than 48 table games and over 2,600 slot machines.
Four Winds and the Pokagon have partnered with Scientific Games (SG) Interactive in order to offer their guests access to a free-play online casino using SG’s social gaming platform, the Play4Fun Network. You can access the social gaming network here.
As Four Winds is among the largest casinos in Michigan, and since sports betting and online gambling have become legal in the state, you can expect Four Winds New Buffalo to offer sports betting in 2020. It is also likely at some point that it will add a retail sportsbook to the casino.
The casino at Four Winds Buffalo
The casino at Four Winds Buffalo offers tons of table games and slots, all operated by Bally Technologies. These are also the same games featured on Four Winds’ free online platform.
Some of the slots progressive jackpots start at $100,000. However, be sure to be on the lookout for the slot game Cash Connection, which has a starting jackpot of $400,000, as well as Buffalo Grand, with a jackpot of $500,000.
Some of the 48 table games include such popular classics as blackjack, roulette, let it ride, craps, Mississippi stud, three-card poker, baccarat and pai gow plus.
Also be sure to check the custom electronic craps table. This high tech version of craps offers instant payouts and fast and exciting play.
The High Limit Room at Four Winds Buffalo
Located just off the casino floor at Four Winds Buffalo is the exclusive and private High Limit Room, which serves only the most serious of players.
Here you’ll find first class service and high-stakes gaming with such amenities as a private cashier’s cage, specialty made hors d’oeuvres and an Asian buffet.
High stakes games include blackjack, blackjack with Lucky Lucky, blackjack with 21 + 3, midi baccarat, and 80 different high end slots that take denominations as high as $100.
The W Players Lounge at Four Winds Buffalo
Once you’ve enjoyed the action at the High Limit Room, you might want to step into the W Players Lounge. Access to this lounge is for W Rewards members only, so be sure to sign up as soon as you begin your stay at the casino.
Once you’ve settled into this stylish and comfortable lounge, you can refresh yourself by partaking of its complimentary buffet, which includes a variety of cuisines, a full salad bar and a selection of coffees, juices, teas and sodas.
In addition, it presents a spread of gourmet pizzas as well as a selection of fabulous pastries and desserts.
The hotel at Four Winds Buffalo
Connected directly to the casino is Four Winds’ upscale, 415-room hotel. With all the amenities of a luxury hotel, it provides great service and a variety of comfortable accommodations to choose from.
The hotel features a seasonal pool, a pool bar, a 24-hour fitness center, several retail stores and a supervised play and entertainment area for kids called Kids Quest.
Rooms vary from your basic double-queen to exquisitely maintained suites. All feature pillowtop mattresses, Wi-Fi, Starbucks coffee and large screen TVs.
If you opt to make a reservation for one of the suites, you’ll have access to such amenities as whirlpool baths, panoramic views of New Buffalo’s lush forests, master bathrooms, flatscreen TVs with five-speaker surround sound, and living rooms.
Dining at Four Winds Buffalo
Four Winds plays host to a variety of restaurants, with a range of cuisines and atmospheres.
Copper Rock Steakhouse
This high-end restaurant is sure to please even the most picky of world travelers. It offers cuts of beef that have been aged for almost two months and are sourced from not just the best ranches in America, but also the best from Japan and Australia.
With over 450 bottles of wine to choose from, this restaurant has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence eight years in row.
Its menu also features such succulent dishes as crab-stuffed shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, lobster, filet mignon, lamb, duck, scampi, prawns and a large selection of gourmet desserts.
Hard Rock Cafe
The only Hard Rock Cafe in all of Southwest Michigan, this is a great place to hook up with friends, hear music, have a beer and sample some classic American eats.
Located right off the Four Winds Casino floor, the Hard Rock has a live performance stage where the best bands in Michigan play every week.
While at the restaurant, take a trip down memory lane and check out some of rock history’s artifacts, including musical instruments owned by some of the most famous musicians who ever played.
If you want to take a break from the gaming action for a while, but don’t want to have to wait too long, then a casino buffet is always a good way to go.
This all-you-can-eat selection offers a wide variety of cuisines from around the world.
The buffet spread includes hand-carved meats such as ham, turkey and prime rib, as well as seafood selections. And for breakfast, it makes omelets per your specifications.
The Timbers Fast Food & Deli
Have great sandwiches made for you at the Timbers Deli. You’ll find what you need at this deli, including deluxe burgers, gourmet jumbo hot dogs, chicken wings, pizzas, fresh made salads and beer battered onion rings.
This is a great option for those players who are on a hot streak and need to get back to the gaming action as fast as possible.
The White Birch Market
This is a high class coffee shop that offers high-powered, caffeine octane for gamers whose engines are starting to wind down a bit.
In addition to lattes, iced coffees, cold brew coffees and espresso, you can also grab a sandwich, a salad, a pastry or other kind of goody to help you keep going.
Four Winds casinos in Hartford and Dowagiac
The Four Winds casinos in Hartford and Dowagiac do not have hotels, so they are not the resort destination that New Buffalo is. But both these gaming venues have much of the same table game and slot action that New Buffalo does.
Each casino floor offers over 400 slot machines that feature favorites like Buffalo Grand, Dragon Link, Dancing Drums, Lock it Link and Lighting Link.
In addition, each gaming facility has about 10 game tables. Here you’ll find fan favorites like craps, blackjack with 21 + 3, blackjack with Lucky Lucky, roulette, high card flush, Mississippi stud progressive and big raise poker
Both locations feature The Timbers Fast Food and Deli, so you’re able to recharge on a sandwich or burger and get back quickly to your card game of choice.
And all three casinos are part of Four Winds’ W Rewards club. Becoming a member of the rewards club will give you discounts toward food, merchandise, gaming and access to VIP accommodations.
Specifically, Four Winds W Rewards club gives you credits toward free slot play, discounts at any one of the restaurant locations, discounts toward the children entertainment center — Kids Quest — as well as priority parking, and access to the exclusive W Players Lounge.