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New Four Winds Gaming Facility Opens In Michigan

Add Michigan to the list of states that is increasing their gambling industries in the hopes of helping the state budget. The Four Winds Hartford casino resort was opened for the first time on Tuesday in New Buffalo, Michigan, and they are rolling out the red carpet in week one.

The opening coincides nicely for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with the Labor Day weekend. gamblers have an extra day off from work on Monday, and the casino is hoping that their customers spend their time at the casino late into the night on Sunday. Plenty of incentive is being offered for customers to stick around.

If patrons have already signed up for a Four Winds W Club card, they can win over $100,000 in the first weekend alone. Drawings will be held, and various promotions will be run to ensure that everyone has a grand time the first time they step foot into the new gaming facility. The casino is giving away $150,000 at either Four Winds location early in the weekend, and $150,000 on Sunday.

"Four Winds Hartford created approximately 400 new jobs within the casino in addition to hundreds of jobs that were created during construction," said Chairman of the tribe operating the casino, Matt Weesaw. "We look forward to welcoming area residents to our new facility."

Gambling expansion is nothing new across the US in the past several years. The economic recession has created a much larger need for immediate revenue, and lawmakers have responded by offering up solutions that add casinos to their state. It has been a formula used in dozens of states, and one that is paying off big.

In Pennsylvania, the gambling industry has been solely responsible for bringing thousands of jobs to residents after lawmakers legalized table games last year. The state has become a gaming giant on the East Coast, and it is expected that many other states will bring table games into the mix in future years. Florida is considering full-scale casino resort expansion.

Michigan is a state that has a deep history with casino gambling. Detroit has several gaming facilities that thousands of gamblers flock to each day. Recently, Detroit casinos have been opposed to some of the expansion taking place in other areas of the state, fearing that an increase in competition would hurt their bottom line revenue figures.

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