The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians have opened Four Winds Hartford, in the southwest portion of Michigan, some 45 miles northeast of Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, which is located near the Indiana border.

“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 Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “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 facility.”

Four Winds Hartford is a 52,000-square-foot casino, with 500 slot machines, nine table games including blackjack and roulette, a 100-seat restaurant, a 15-seat bar and a gift shop. The New Buffalo property has 3,000 slot machines, 100 table games and a 165-room hotel.

The opening follows the announcement of a new nine-story, 250-room hotel tower at the New Buffalo casino, which is expected to be completed in summer 2012. Tribal leaders told WNDU, a South Bend, Ind.-based, station, that they're open to the idea of building more satellite casinos across the area, and that the Hartford casino was built with the ability to expand in the future. The tribe’s compact allows for an additional 500 machines at the facility.