Four Winds Casino New Buffalo

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 Feb. 15

The tribe also opened a retail sportsbook at the New Buffalo location in July 2020 and also have betting kiosks at the two other Michigan locations.

Four Winds Casino New Buffalo location and hours

  • Address: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, MI
  • Owner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Operator: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Casino games: 3,000-plus slots and table games
  • Sportsbook: Opened in 2020
  • Poker: Tournaments and cash games (no-limit hold’em, Omaha 8 with kill and pot-limit Omaha)
  • Legal Gambling Age: 21+

Other Locations

Four Winds Casino – Hartford

  • Address: 68600 Red Arrow Highway Hartford, Michigan
  • Owner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Casino games: 500-plus slots and table games
  • Sportsbook: Opened in 2020
  • Poker: No

Four Winds Casino – Dowagiac

  • Address: 58700 M-51 South, Dowagiac, Michigan
  • Owner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Casino games: 400-plus slots and table games
  • Sportsbook: Opened in 2020
  • Poker: No

Four Winds New Buffalo online gambling partnerships

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 over the summer that the plan then 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).

Four Winds is one of three casinos planning to leverage their well-known brands to market their own sports betting and online casino apps.

The casino at Four Winds New Buffalo

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:

  • $175,000 EZ Street: Win cash in hourly drawings, including a $25,000 grand prize.
  • $75,000 Sweet Ride Saturday: Win an Audi TTS Coupe or a share of $14,000 in cash or instant credit in hourly drawings.
  • Senior Day: Wednesdays buy one buffet, get one buffet free. Plus, 25% off at Hard Rock and earn 100 W♣ Points to receive $10 in instant credit or free slot play.

Four Winds opened a retail sportsbook in the New Buffalo location in July 2020.

Slots

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:

  • Reel Adventures with a jackpot that starts at $200,000, including the Johnny Cash, James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Monopoly and Willy Wonka slots
  • Timber Wolf Grand with a jackpot that starts at $250,000.
  • Buffalo Grand and 5 Dragons Grand with a jackpot that starts at $500,000.

As of March 2020, the following progressive jackpots were also available at Four Winds New Buffalo:

  • Wheel of Fortune – 25 cent jackpot – $207,250
  • Wheel of Fortune – $1 jackpot – $449,490
  • Wheel of Fortune – $5 jackpot – $1,141,027

Table games

Four Winds New Buffalo has 48 table games, including:

  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack with Lucky Lucky
  • Blackjack with 21 + 3 & Top 3
  • Free Bet Blackjack
  • 6 to 5 Single Deck Blackjack
  • High Card Flush
  • Criss Cross Poker
  • Let it Ride
  • D.J Wild
  • Craps and Bonus Craps
  • Heads-Up Hold’Em
  • Crazy Four Poker
  • Mississippi Stud Progressive
  • Mini and Midi Baccarat with Dragon Bonus
  • Roulette
  • Three Card Poker Progressive
  • Pai Gow Plus

Plus, there are Dynasty Dealer Assist Blackjack and Roulette electronic table game terminals and a Custom Electronics Craps table.

W♣ Players Club loyalty card

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:

Red Card (new members)

  • W♣ points can be used toward instant credit/free slot play, dining credit, gift shop merchandise at The Promenade Shop and Four Winds Outfitters and Kids Quest credit.
  • Members-only exclusive offers sent by mail or email.
  • Online account access to view the point balance, promotional entries, current offer and past year win/loss statement.

Veterans’ Card (US military veterans)

  • All Red Card benefits
  • 20% off all dining

Copper Card (50,000+ points)

  • Priority parking
  • Front of line privileges at the W♣ Players Club and cashier’s cage.
  • Exclusive access to the W♣ Players lounge for you and a guest with a complimentary buffet.
  • Priority line access at The Buffet.
  • 20% off at The Promenade Shop, Four Winds Outfitters, Quill Boutique and Kids Quest.
  • Priority seating at Hard Rock Cafe.

Premier card

By exclusive invitation from an executive host.

Earning points and comps

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 sportsbook

Four Winds New Buffalo 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.

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.

The New Buffalo book is located adjacent to Timbers restaurant and C Bar.

Four Winds also plans to launch an online and mobile sports betting app and website with Kambi serving as its technology partner.

Four Winds New Buffalo poker room

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 New Buffalo amenities

 Four Winds Hotel

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.

Dining and entertainment

Four Winds New Buffalo features five restaurants, including:

  • Copper Rock Steakhouse: Perfectly aged steaks and award-winning wines.
  • Kankakee Grille: Comfort food, hometown favorites, craft beers and specialty cocktails.
  • The Buffet: All-you-can-imagine buffet featuring cuisines from around the world.
  • Timbers: Deli and restaurant dishes at Timbers Fast Food & Deli.
  • White Birch Market: Freshly brewed coffee, gourmet sandwiches, salads, pastries, assorted desserts and gelato.

Bars and lounges on the property include:

  • C Bar: Classic brews and specialty cocktails with luxury seating in the center of the gaming floor. In-bar video poker and live entertainment on the weekends.
  • Pool Bar: Outdoor oasis featuring a pool, hot tub, two fire pits, poolside service and the pool bar with entertainment, drinks and dining. It is accessible by the hotel and Hard Rock Cafe.
  • Martini Bar: Infused vodka drinks, bourbons, specialty Martini recipes and other classic cocktails on the casino floor.

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 history

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.

As of March 2020, management hasn’t announced any plans for sports betting or online casino operations. However, as an increasing number of tribal and commercial casinos across the state add sportsbooks and go online, Four Winds New Buffalo is expected to join them.

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