Four Winds Casino New Buffalo is a tribal casino and hotel located in New Buffalo, a Lake Michigan beach town just about an hour from Chicago.
The casino opened in 2007 and is owned and operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, a federally recognized tribe. The tribe also owns and operates the smaller Four Winds casinos in Hartford, MI, Four Winds in Dowagiac, MI, and Four Winds in South Bend, IN.
Four Winds New Buffalo features 125,000 square feet of gaming with more than 2,600 slot machines and 48 table games. Unlike some tribal casinos across the state that allow for some younger patrons, the Four Winds gaming area is only for players age 21 and up.
There is also a 415-room hotel on the property, which includes five restaurants, entertainment bars, retail venues, and a pool.
The Four Winds casinos in Michigan partnered with Kambi for online sports betting and online casinos, which launched in February 2021.
The tribe first opened a retail sportsbook at the New Buffalo location in July 2020, and also has betting kiosks at the two other Michigan locations. An entirely revamped Sportsbook Lounge space opened in late August 2021.
Four Winds and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians inked a deal with Kambi for the company to operate their online sports betting and online casino products.
Frank Kennedy, senior vice president of casino operations at Four Winds Casinos, told PlayMichigan the plan was to brand the online products as Four Winds.
Kambi is a popular platform in Michigan, serving as the technology partner for Greektown Casino in Detroit, Little River Casino Resort in Manistee (via BetRivers), and Island Resort Casino in Harris (via BetAmerica).
The 125,000-square-foot casino at Four Winds New Buffalo is open 24 hours.
It features more than 2,600 slots and 48 table games.
That means a huge selection of slots, some with progressive jackpots of more than $1 million, plus the most popular classics and latest trends in table games.
The casino at Four Winds New Buffalo runs a variety of promotions, including:
Four Winds opened a retail sportsbook in the New Buffalo location in July 2020.
Four Winds New Buffalo features more than 2,600 slot machines from penny slots to $100 machines. Progressive slots start at $100,000 and get even bigger, including:
As of March 2020, the following progressive jackpots were also available at Four Winds New Buffalo:
Four Winds New Buffalo has 48 table games, including:
Plus, there are Dynasty Dealer Assist Blackjack and Roulette electronic table game terminals and a Custom Electronics Craps table.
Four Winds W♣ members earn points, perks and rewards for playing with the card.
The W♣ Players’ Club card can be used at all Four Winds Casinos locations. Enrollment is free and the W♣ features three tiers, each with increased benefits:
By exclusive invitation from an executive host.
You earn a point for every $2 of coin-in on a slot machine and $7 coin-in on video poker machines. Table game earnings vary.
Every 100 points can be redeemed for $1 of instant credit/free slot play or dining credits, merchandise or credit at Kids Quest.
Four Winds New Buffalo first opened a retail sportsbook in July 2020, as Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael made the first bet. He placed a $20 bet on his Bears to win the Super Bowl.
An updated Sportsbook Lounge was unveiled in August 2021. The new setup features 22 televisions, including eight 85-inch TVs. Guests can sit on sectional sofas, at dining tables, or alongside the sports bar.
Customers can enter the lounge through the main entrance near the sportsbook kiosks, across from Timbers restaurant.
Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight, Mondays through Thursdays; 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
The flagship New Buffalo location has 18 betting kiosks, with six apiece in Dowagiac and Hartford. The kiosks are open 24 hours.
New Buffalo also has four betting windows at the sportsbook. Bets can be placed at the cashier’s cage at the other Michigan locations.
Four Winds also launched online sports betting and online casino products in February 2021.
Four Winds once ran a poker room with 20 electronic full-ring and heads-up tables.
It ran tournaments, sit and gos, cash games and satellites to major World Poker Tour events before it closed in 2012.
It reportedly closed due to a management decision to focus on other games.
Four Winds is home to a 415-room hotel that is connected directly to the casino.
Four Winds Hotel rooms boast pillowtop mattresses, oversized bath sheets, soft and fluffy robes, flat-screen HD televisions and high-end finishes.
Rooms come with a coffee maker and Starbucks coffee, a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and high-speed internet access.
Four Winds Hotel is also home to a fitness center, pool and pool bar.
Four Winds New Buffalo features five restaurants, including:
Bars and lounges on the property include:
Entertainment venues on the property also include the 17,000-square-foot, 1,600-seat Silver Creek Event Center, which opened in July 2012.
It is an intimate venue where you can catch some of the biggest names in show business.
Performers including Diana Ross, Gregg Allman, Michael Bolton, Huey Lewis & the News, ZZ Top and Sheryl Crow. Jay Leno has even visited previously.
There is also a Kids Quest supervised activity center for children on the property. Activities include karaoke, arts and crafts, quiet play and gym adventures. Game systems include PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One, and there is an iPad station.
Four Winds New Buffalo opened on Aug. 2, 2007, as the first and primary property in the Four Winds Casino chain. It is owned and operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
Four Winds New Buffalo offers more than 2,600 slot machines, 48 table games, five restaurants, entertainment bars, retail venues, a pool and a 415-room hotel. Management calls it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest.
The other Four Winds properties include Four Winds Hartford with more than 500 slot machines, eight table games, a 74-seat restaurant and a 15-seat bar.
Plus, Four Winds Dowagiac features 400 slot machines, seven table games and one restaurant.
Finally, Four Winds South Bend offers over 55,000 square feet of gaming space, 1,400 games, four restaurants, three bars, a players’ lounge, a coffee shop and a 10-table poker room.
Four Winds New Buffalo features a casino rotunda that is built in the style of the Potawatomi people’s traditional lodges.
The New Buffalo property underwent a major expansion in 2012, which included building a nine-story 250-room hotel tower and the 1,600-seat Silver Creek Event Center.