Indiana's Four Winds South Bend Casino to Add Live Poker Room

Indiana poker players will soon have a new place to play in South Bend. The Four Winds South Bend Casino announced plans this week to build a live poker room. Operators of the tribal casino are eager to get started and say construction will begin next week.

Casino general manager Scott Rice says the new room will be built for 10 poker tables, each of which will offer seating for up to nine players. It will be located in an area currently occupied by slot machines, in the northwest corner of the casino.

Rice expects the room to be complete and ready to open by Labor Day. The poker room will open with $1 and $2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em, $2-to-$5 No Limit Hold'em, $3-to-$6 Limit Hold'em, as well as $1-to-$3 Pot Limit Omaha. Rice says the games were selected based on feedback from patrons.

Four Winds South Bend is currently limited to electronic games. Not only does it lack a poker room, but it is also entirely absent from other casino games such as blackjack, baccarat, and games played against the house. These games remain prohibited for tribal casinos in Indiana under the state Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

With poker, however, players are playing against each other. Four Winds offers video poker machines. According to the South Bend Tribune, the law is not entirely clear on whether or not Class II casinos such as Four Winds are allowed to operate live poker. Michael Hoenig, general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission, says poker is authorized by Indiana law.

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