Last week, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, operator of tribal gaming in Michigan, announced that it will be building a hotel at its casino in South Bend, Indiana.
The move comes as the tribe seeks an agreement with Indiana to add live dealer table games, as well as sports betting, to the property, according to MLive.com.
The tribe recently requested to begin negotiating for sports betting with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, according to the report. It’s unclear if the tribe could have online/mobile.
Indiana saw its commercial casino industry kick off retail sports wagering on Sept. 1. While tribal gaming is regulated by the federal government, the tribe will need the OK from Indiana as well.
Four Winds South Bend Casino opened in 2018. Construction on the 23-story hotel will begin this year.
More betting options for Michiganders?
Four Winds South Bend is located about 10 miles south of the Michigan border. If it gets a sportsbook, it will pull more gamblers from the Wolverine State.
The Blue Chip Casino, located just south of the Michigan border in Michigan City, Indiana, has a FanDuel Sportsbook, and it is already catering to the Michigan demand. According to Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden, the Blue Chip parking lot is full of Michigan license plates during football weekends.
Blue Chip and Four Winds are the only two Hoosier State casinos conveniently placed for Michiganders, though Indiana will soon kick off online/mobile sports wagering, which makes it so you can simply drive across the border into Indiana and place a bet from anywhere, even from your car while on the road.
Michigan’s sports betting bill is currently sitting in the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration. The bill would allow the state’s tribal casinos and the Detroit casinos to have sports betting.