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HARTFORD, MICHIGAN - Calling the opening of the Four Winds Hartford casino "another step towards independence to improve the quality of life for the tribal members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians," Chairman Matt Wesaw helped to cut the ribbon on Monday.
Debra Mosier, Pokagon Tribal Member in New Casino
Four Winds Hartford officially opens today at 12 noon edt. The new casino is located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford, Michigan.
Pokagon Band Chairman Matt Wesaw
"Hartford is an area that is home to a large number of Pokagon Citizens and we are extremely proud to open a new Four Winds Casino here," said Chairman Wesaw. "Four Winds Hartford has created approximately 400 new jobs within the casino in addition to the hundreds of jobs that were created during construction. We look forward to welcoming area residents to our new casino."
Approximately 100 of the 400 jobs that have been created by the new casino are held by Pokagon tribal members. The Tribe has some 4,400 members.
Four Winds Hartford Casino Entrance
Hartford, Michigan is located 115 miles from Chicago, Illinois; 172 miles from Detroit; 81 miles from Grand Rapids and 45 miles northeast of the Tribe's flagship Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, which opened in 2007. The Tribe announced the expansion of nine-story hotel tower with 250 additional rooms that once completed will bring the total of hotel rooms at the New Buffalo location to 415.
"The Players Club points will be interchangeable at both locations," said Wesaw.
Maintaining a similar look and feel in design and finishers to Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford features 500 slot machines, nine card table games, including blackjack and roulette, a 100-seat restaurant called Timbers Fast Food and Deli. Four Winds Hartford is also home to Four Winds Outfitters gift shop where guests can find Four Winds logo apparel, tribal artwork and other unique merchandise.
On Monday, Pokagon Citizens were invited to play in the casino prior to today's formal opening.
posted August 30, 2011 6:00 am edt
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