Four Winds Casino in South Bend offers 1,800 slot machine-style bingo games. They will soon be replaced by traditional slot machines as well as table games and sports betting once the Tribal Gaming Compact agreed by the state of Indiana and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi on January 21st is completed.
The Indiana Senate voted between 36 and 11 Tuesday to approve a tribal-state gaming compact that paves the way for table games, sports betting, and other non-bingo games at Four Winds Casino in South Bend.
Senate Bill 356 codifies the agreement made on January 21st by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Matthew Wesaw, chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.
Under the contract, Four Winds can offer any game of chance that is permitted in state-regulated casinos. Though mobile sports betting and all other electronic games ultimately allowed in Indiana are limited to the 166 acres of tribal property in South Bend.
The tribe agreed in the contract to pay 8% of their slot machine profits to Indiana in exchange for an exclusivity agreement that essentially freezes state gambling laws within 50 miles of Four Winds Casino, including counties in Lake, Porter and LaPorte .
As a result, the Majestic Star's move to Hard Rock Casino in Gary can be completed. But no other casinos in the area are allowed to leave their footprint at the port, and no other casinos could relocate to northern Indiana.
The treaty must next be approved by the Indiana House and the US Secretary of the Interior for it to take effect.