Four Winds Casino In Michigan To Open Sportsbook On Monday

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Less than two weeks after reaching a partnership agreement with the Kambi Group, the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo will be unveiling its retail sports betting capabilities to the public Monday.

Four Winds is staying mum on exactly what those capabilities are in terms of square footage of the sportsbook area, teller windows, and self-serve kiosks, but Steve “Mongo” McMichael — a defensive lineman from the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Chicago Bears — will be making the ceremonial first bet.

The Pokagon Band of Potowatomi Indians is the latest tribe to enter the sports betting fray in the Wolverine State. The agreement with Kambi announced July 1 covers the Pokagon Band’s three casinos in Michigan, with the other locations in Dowagiac and Hartford, and a fourth in South Bend, Ind. There is no online/mobile sports betting available in Michigan yet, but the state’s gaming control board announced in May it had begun accepting online gaming supplier license forms.

Last month, FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek was the first tribal casino in Michigan to launch retail sports betting at Dacey’s Sportsbook. Sports betting had been available at the state’s three casinos in Detroit for less than a week in March before being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pokagon adds to list of tribes adding retail sportsbooks

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Other tribes throughout the state have reached deals with service providers for retail sportsbooks that are expected to eventually include online/mobile platforms. Rush Street Interactive entered an agreement with Little River Casino Resort last month, and four other tribes have deals with service providers:

  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians: William Hill
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority: FOX Bet
  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians: PointsBet
  • Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians: DraftKings

Kambi, which has outfitted sportsbooks previously for RSI, DraftKings, and Penn Gaming, has a track record of making quick turnarounds. Four Winds reopened its casino June 15 and does not operate under the authority of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has kept Detroit’s three casinos closed while monitoring COVID-19 case totals.

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