Four Winds South Bend Adds New Gaming with Class III license
The Four Winds South Bend Casino is now open for business, at least on a completely different level.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on August 5 to unveil the new slots and table games that are now offered on-site. The new class III games at Four Winds South Bend include no less than 16 new table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, bonus Criss Cross poker, as well as some new electronic table games.
Four Winds is owned and operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and it has been seeking to offer Class III gaming options since 2019. It has taken the state a lot of time to grant the tribe its wish, but it was finally approved this year.
Four Winds has always been operating under a Class II gaming license, which means that a limited amount and type of games could be offered. Games that featured customers going head to head could be played, but there were no games against the house.
Governor Mike Holcomb was in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with several other lawmakers. Four Winds is the only tribal casino that is up and running in Indiana, and this was a big move in the gaming industry.
The Pokagon Band and Governor Holcomb worked together to create a new gaming compact, and that was also approved by the U.S. Department of Interior. According to the terms of the compact, Indiana will receive 8% of the casino revenue.
A new sportsbook will also be available at Four Winds Casino, giving sports bettors in the state another option. The tribe will not have the ability to partner with a sports betting operator, and so all of the betting will have to be done on-site. This isn’t a major drawback as bettors in the state still have access to a wide range of mobile sportsbooks from other operators.
College football betting is legal in the state of Indiana, and this location is expected to attract plenty of action on Notre Dame football. The Blue Chip Casino is the only other gaming facility in that part of the state, and it could mean that Four Winds Casino has become a gaming leader in the competitive Indiana casino market.
No More William Hill
Sports bettors in the state of Indiana that previously used William Hill Sportsbook might have gotten a surprise on Monday, but not if they had been paying attention. Caesars Entertainment purchased William Hill in early Spring, and it was announced that a rebrand was coming.
On Monday, the new Caesars Sportsbook was rolled out in eight states across the country, and Indiana was on that list. The mobile app was rebranded under the new name, and there were no more signs of William Hill Sportsbook in Indiana.
Customers that had not yet signed up at William Hill will need to download the new Caesars Sportsbook app in order to join the new company, which they can do so from williamhill.com. For those bettors that were already on the William Hill platform, a simple update of the mobile app will make the switch.
If Indiana is ever able to legalize and launch online casino gambling, then Caesars will have an even bigger presence in the state. The Caesars Rewards loyalty program is one of the best in the industry, and this will be a huge advantage for sports bettors in the state.
The launch of this new company should help Indiana post some strong sports betting numbers in August, and those will be available at some point in September.
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