Four Winds Casino Resort Announces 250 Room Hotel Expansion And New Multi-use Event Center

July 1st, 2011

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. – July 1, 2011 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce that Four Winds Casino Resort, the premier gaming destination in the Midwest, will soon expand to include an additional 250 hotel rooms and a multi-use event center. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed in summer 2012. The Pokagon Band also announced that it closed on a $410 million refinancing which will be used for payment of outstanding bonds and loans used for the development and operation of Four Winds Casino Resort.

A new nine-story hotel tower containing 250 hotel rooms will be situated adjacent to the current hotel tower. It will contain a mix of suites and standard rooms and will be furnished in the same exquisite style as the current hotel rooms. Once the new hotel tower opens, Four Winds Casino Resort will have a total of 415 hotel rooms.

The multi-use event center will be located next to the casino and can be configured in a variety of ways including a 1,600 seat entertainment space that will feature concerts by major headline acts. The space will also be available for a variety of special events, conferences and banquets.

Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, said, “The expansion validates the continued success we have had at Four Winds Casino Resort since it opened in August 2007. The hotel expansion and event center also fulfill the vision we had for the property dating back to its original conception.”

“The number one request that we received from our guests since opening was to add more hotel rooms,” said Matt Harkness, General Manager for Four Winds Casino Resort. “By adding 250 rooms, we’ll be able to accommodate a larger number of guests, including those coming to the property for big name entertainment at our new event center.”

More information, including details on an exact opening date and other elements of the expansion will be announced at a later date.

For more information on Four Winds Casino Resort or to make a reservation, please call 1-866-4WINDS1 (866-494-6371) or visit www.fourwindscasino.com.

About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Tribal Recognition was restored and signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Tribe’s ten county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northwestern Indiana. The Pokagon Band provides services including housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation to approximately 4,400 citizens of the Tribe. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., which is the premier gaming destination in the Midwest. The Tribe’s administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich. More information is available at www.pokagon.com.

About Four Winds Casino Resort
Four Winds Casino Resort is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and is located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Mich. The resort offers 135,000 square feet of gaming with approximately 3,000 slot machines and a large selection of table games including poker. It also features four restaurants, entertainment bars and retail venues, and a 165-room hotel, making it the premier destination resort for Midwest tourism. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. More information can be found at www.fourwindscasino.com.

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