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Volume 22, Issue 13

April 29, 2016

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) and its Four Winds Casinos announced that it will expand its Four Winds Dowagiac casino location. The new expansion will add 2,700 square feet to an existing 27,000 square feet to make room for 70 slot machines and two table games. There will also be an exclusive entrance and 70 parking spaces for players that have Copper status through the W Club, which is Four Winds Casinos’ player loyalty program. Construction is expected to begin spring of 2016 and will be finished this year. The work will not affect current operations at the casino.

“We have been extremely pleased with the response we have received from players at Four Winds Dowagiac since it first opened in April 2013,” said Mr. John Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “The expansion of Four Winds Dowagiac not only demonstrates the success of our Four Winds Casinos, but also our continued economic development which is responsible for providing important services to Pokagon Citizens including housing, education, family services, medical care, and cultural preservation.”

“This expansion is a direct response to players who have asked for more games at Four Winds Dowagiac,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “We are also pleased to extend exclusive benefits to our Copper Members through a private entrance and parking area.”

Four Winds Dowagiac currently includes 300 slot machines, five table games, and a Timbers restaurant. There is also a non-smoking area with approximately 20 slot machines. More information can be found at

  Economic Investment

On Monday, the Pokagon Band announced that it made more than $81 million in additional economic investments to the south west Michigan region in 2015. These investments do not include annual payments made directly to the State of Michigan pursuant to the Pokagon Band’s state gaming compact, job creation, and other ancillary benefits resulting from its Four Winds Casinos and other ventures. The Pokagon Band also notes that it has made approximately $248 million in additional investments to the economies of Michigan and Indiana over the past four years.

“These investments not only support area businesses through vendor payments, but also assist non-profit organizations, local governments, libraries, school districts, colleges, arts organizations, and students through direct donations from the Pokagon Fund and our three local revenue sharing boards,” stated Chairman Warren.

According to the Pokagon Band, during 2015 it spent more than $67.1 million with 3,287 vendors in Michigan and Indiana, of which $49.6 million was spent with 2,610 vendors in Michigan and $17.4 million was spent with 677 vendors in Indiana. Additionally, the Pokagon Band provided $1.9 million to the Pokagon Fund, which is supported by electronic gaming revenue from the Pokagon Band’s Four Winds New Buffalo. Through revenue generated from its casino locations, the Pokagon Band also made contributions of $4.4 million to the New Buffalo Local Revenue Sharing Board, $823,408 to the Hartford Local Revenue Sharing Board, and $612,872 to the Dowagiac Area Local Revenue Sharing Board.

The Pokagon Band has made donations of $267,000 to Memorial Children's Hospital over the past four years through its sponsorship of the Four Winds Invitational. This includes a donation of $80,000 to Memorial Children’s Hospital in 2015 to help fund a new multi-story home for Memorial Children's Hospital. Through its Four Winds Casinos, the Pokagon Band also donated $146,190 in gift cards to various charitable causes and events, and continued its support of the South Bend Cubs with the naming rights agreement for Four Winds Field.

Additionally, Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming economic development enterprise of the Pokagon Band, also invested $4.57 million in 2015. Since forming in 2007, it has invested $16.3 million in acquisitions and the development of its Pokagon Band.



The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) announced that it will hold its regular public meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the MGCB Detroit office, Cadillac Place, 3062 West Grand Blvd., Suite L-700, in Detroit.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the staff briefing, followed immediately by the agenda items. The Cadillac Place is in Detroit's New Center Area near the John Lodge Freeway (M-10), between Second Avenue and Cass Avenue. The Fisher Building and the Albert Kahn Building are nearby landmarks.

For more information regarding the MGCB, please its their website at



MotorCity Casino Hotel, in partnership with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, is hosting a job fair. Employment opportunities are available in culinary, security, hotel, internal maintenance and valet.

WHEN:Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:Conference Center (located inside MotorCity Casino Hotel), 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

All applicants must apply online at prior to the event and bring an updated resume to the job fair and may be asked to interview on the spot. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their skillsets, talents and past work experience. Business casual dress is required.

In addition, job seekers should bring identification such as a driver’s license, state issued photo ID or a passport. A drug screening and background check are required prior to hiring and/or successfully acquiring a Michigan Gaming license, if applicable.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply (note: some positions may require that you be 21 years or older).

Parking will be available on the surface lot located south of Sound Board theater's ground floor entrance; cross streets are Brooklyn and Spruce.

For specific questions, please contact Jacci Woods at 313.237.6714 or



On April 26, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced that Jennifer Shasky Calvery will be leaving her position as Director at the end of May.  Ms. Calvery has served as FinCEN’s director since September 2012. During her tenure, Director Shasky has spoken at length regarding the casino gaming industry and its ongoing enforcement efforts of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering rules.

According to FinCEN, under Ms. Calvery’s direction, FinCEN has enhanced its reputation within the U.S. government, throughout the U.S. financial sector, and with international financial partners as a key resource in the fight against terrorist finance, money laundering, and transnational organized crime. Her work to efficiently organize FinCEN into sharply focused and dedicated divisions has led to innovative uses of existing authorities to combat financial crime, improved application of technology to derive intelligence from FinCEN’s data, and targeted regulatory initiatives to address priority threats to the U.S. financial system.

“Our leadership team has only begun to tap the potential of FinCEN’s dedicated staff and its deep pool of data and resources,” said Director Calvery. “I hope that we have enhanced the agency’s solid foundation so that FinCEN can best perform its mission for years into the future. FinCEN has so much to offer in the fight against terrorism, against international financial crime, and against drug trafficking and financial fraud here at home. Serving as FinCEN’s director has been an honor and a privilege and I will apply the lessons learned here to my every future endeavor.”



Today, April 29, 2016, the Michigan Lottery announced that it is teaming up with Wesco to bring gas rewards to Wesco Rewards members.

Starting on Monday, Wesco Rewards members who purchase any $30 Lottery instant game ticket will earn a reward for 5 cents off the price of a gallon of gas. Members will earn a 5-cent gas reward for each $30 instant game purchased. Gas rewards may be combined to reduce the price of a gallon of gas. There is no limit on the number of gas rewards Wesco Rewards member may earn. Gas rewards may be redeemed on purchases of up to 20 gallons.

The Lottery currently offers two $30 instant games: $100,000,000 Diamonds and World Class Millions. Wesco Rewards members may earn gas rewards on $30 Lottery instant ticket purchases through June 26.


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