Located in Dowagiac, Michigan, the Four Winds Dowagiac has been operating as a casino and resort since 2013. This is a land-based casino that is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and features a design inspired by the people of the Potawatomi. This casino is one of four owned and operated by the tribe, with the others located in New Buffalo Township and Hartford in Michigan, and South Bend in Indiana.
This casino is a more intimate one than many others. It offers a 12,000 square foot gaming floor with more than 400 slot machines and seven table games, including 21+3, roulette, Lucky Lucky Bonus Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, and high card flush. It also offers dining for those who want a snack or drink while visiting Dowagiac. The casino has a rustic feel of a hometown casino that fits in well with the location.
|Address||58700 M-51, Dowagiac, Michigan, 49047|
|Number of slots||400|
|Number of table games||7|
|Minimum age to gamble?||21|
Online Gambling At Four Winds Dowagiac
Michigan expanded its options for gambling in December 2019, allowing the implementation of sports betting and online gambling through the existing state casinos. At the time of legalization, it was believed that sportsbooks would be open by March in some areas, while other areas might have to wait a few months longer. Although COVID-19 slowed down the launch of retail sportsbooks, and sports betting overall, Four Winds launched its retail sportsbook in all locations in July 2012.
As it stands currently, online gambling and sports betting have not been implemented at the Four Winds Dowagiac. However, this will likely be coming in the future. The Pokagon Band started making arrangements to initiate discussions about online betting in the summer of 2019. Probably, the first of the Four Winds casinos to receive this benefit will be the largest, which is located in New Buffalo Township.
Four Winds Dowagiac Casino History
As a federally recognized Native American tribe, the Pokagon Band was given the ability to develop casinos in 2007. The first casino opened by the group was in New Buffalo Township through a compact with Michigan under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Four Winds Hartford, which is a satellite casino, was opened in August 2011, while the Four Winds Dowagiac opened in April 2013.
This casino started at 27,000 square feet in size with hundreds of slot machines and a handful of table games. In 2016, the Pokagon Band started with plans to expand the casino to add 2,700 square feet to the casino, along with nearly a hundred more slot machines and a few new table games. Also added through the expansion included 70 parking spots for certain loyalty club members and an exclusive entrance.
Today, there is plenty to do at the Four Winds Dowagiac, with new slot games like Buffalo Grand, Lightning Link, Dragon Link, Lock it Link, and Dancing Drums. There is also a wide selection of table games and poker options like Top 3 Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud Progressive, and others.
Four Winds Dowagiac Loyalty Program
At the Four Winds Dowagiac, the player loyalty club is the W♣ Players Club, which is entirely free to join. As a member of the club, you receive a selection of perks, points, and fast rewards that you can use around the casino. The club card that is provided to you can be used at all of the Four Winds casinos in Michigan and beyond.
Earning points is simple with a point for every $2 spend on slot machines or $7 on video poker machines. Once a user reaches 100 points, this can be redeemed for a dollar of free slot play or instant credit. Poker also offers points per hour of play that can be used for retail items, food, or slot play.
There are four types of cards available, including:
- Red Card – Available to new members
- Copper Card – For members with over 50,000 points
- Premier Card – Available only by invitation from an Executive Host
- Veterans Card – Only accessible to U.S. Military veterans
The Red Card offers a limited number of perks like credit toward free slot play, gift shop merchandise, and dining at restaurant locations. Gold Card members also receive things such as priority parking, front of line privileges at guest services, and more. Veterans Cardholders get the same benefits as those with a Red Card, as well as 20% off dining.
Four Winds Dowagiac FAQ
About 78 miles. It’s also about the same distance from the Four Winds Dowagiac to Chicago, Illinois. Some of the smaller towns and cities near the casino include South Bend, Berrien Springs, Edwardsburg, Union, and Mishawaka.
Yes. While most of the Four Winds Dowagiac casino welcome smoking, there are smoke-free areas. Part of the slot machine area is non-smoking for those who prefer that. There are also a few table games available in smoke-free areas.
Yes. The Four Winds Dowagiac casino is open at all hours of the day and night for guests to stop in. It is also open every day of the year, including major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. In many cases, special events occur on holidays.
No. Unfortunately, there is no upscale steakhouse at Dowagiac at this time. However, there is a deli/restaurant in the hotel called Timbers Fast Food & Deli. Some of the menu items, including gourmet hot dogs, deluxe burgers, hand-tossed salads, pizza, chicken wings, and battered onion rings.
Yes. There is a selection of parking available at the Four Winds Dowagiac with both valet and self-parking choices. The parking lot isn’t overly large and is close to the casino for the convenience of the guests.