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four winds casino

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four winds casino

just wondering has anyone been there yet.

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1. Re: four winds casino

Yes. It is a beautiful place, but they definitely have a lot of kinks to work out. I do not think they planned for such large crowds. The buffet was a 2 hour wait, they ran out of many types of alcohol, and the drink service when you are playing was not good. We also had to stand in line for about 30 minutes to get a players card.

We ate at the steak house and the food there cannot hold a candle to the steak houses at either Resorts or HorseShoe. The waitress was rude and the dinner service took over 3 hours.

On a positive note, the rooms were absolutely beautiful. We all were upgraded to suites due to our play and they were great. The slots in the high limit room were pretty good too. A lot of people were hitting jackpots.

I would definitely go back to play, but would not dine there again!! Hope that helps.

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The place is great looking, and they weren't quite ready for the massive crowds. A lot of dealers were still too new to keep the games going smoothly, but otherwise they did a good job and were nice. The TITO machines in the main paths were a bad idea, created alot of backups and many were down to only one working machine. I think there was only one cashier area where chips and check cashing were done at, so that made for some more longer lines.

Other than that it was a great place, lots of games (slots and tables) to pick from, drinks (well & beer) were only a $1.50 for a saturday night thats almost as good as free, the drink service at the table and slots were almost ono-existant, but there were at least 2 large bars that you could go to to get your own.

I didn't like the raising of the table limits, they seemed to go up quickly for $5 to $15 as the night went one, and it seemed like they killed the action on the tables one they were at $15 min. Best to go from $5 to $10 and keep them there so you don't lose all the players.

Didn't have a chance to dine there or stay, maybe next time.

Not sure about their digital poker room (no dealers), but didn't give it a try this trip, one more thing on the list. With the WTP branding, I was surprised they didn't have the WTP texas holdem table game.

It's 5 stars (out of 5) for gaming in the Chicagoland area (though a hour drive), probably 4 for places like Tunica & AC, maybe 3 compared to Vegas.

Worth the trip (and maybe a few more).

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Planning a trip soon but the word i get is it is MUCH easier to get to than the blue chip....beautiful....and a good ventilation system so you don't choke on the smoke.

A pal of mine won $500 at the quarter slots so she LOVED it!

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DH and I are heading down tomorrow for the day. Will post an update when we get back. Plan to eat the noon buffet.

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Just back from a day trip to the new casino. From Grand Rapids it took us only 1 hour 40 minutes to get to the parking lot! The drive into the casino is beautiful! Long curvey road thru the woods. Dont be in a hurry or you will get car sick! Very nice casino. We followed the signs which directed us right into the big parking ramp. Looks like there is some outdoor parking on the motel side but most is reserved for the valet lot. We arrived around 8:30AM and walked right up to the players club with no waiting. When we left at noon, both players clubs had lines of upwards of 30-40 people each. The casino is very large and roomy. As non smokers I did not feel smoke was a big issue. There is a small section of non-smoking machines along the back wall. Seemed like very good air circulation. Video Slots were very nice to us today which always helps with first impressions. DH won $150 on Wheel of Fortune .25 play. DH also did pretty well with .01 and up video poker. Lots of new games which I have not seen previously, along with the old favorites. Many .01 and .05 games, which were busy.

Today the crowd was definately older folks, waitress service was slow but I counted at least 5 different self serve counters with coke products and coffee. We had the noon buffet for $11, the quality was close to anything we had in Vegas. Beautiful dining and serving area. Food was fine! No complaints. Outstanding salads and desserts. Oh, they do charge a 6% resort tax on top of the listed price, so it was a bit more than $11.

When we joined the players club, we were given $10 in free play. We were also told that we would be getting a mailer which would have info on our win-loss for today. Our losses would be rebated to us in a credit, which we would have to use in a certain amount of time. (I cant remember what she said). Maybe the end of the year??? Any questions feel free to ask. We enjoyed our time there and certainly will visit again, as it is the closest casino to Grand Rapids.

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A group of us are going to Four Winds Casino next weekend. The menu at the Copper Rock Restaurant looks awesome. Has anyone eaten there lately???

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Actually..

I have family that lives in the area... and they have tried to make a point of eating at every restaurant in the Casino (they are the newest restuarants in a small town, after all...) Anyways, the only one they weren't thrilled with was the Steak House (as it is really pricey) and the Buffet (as it is simply a buffet and they aren't buffet people, so why the tried it... I'm not sure). =)

But, they keep going back to the restaurant, so I'd say that's a good sign. We had dinner there one night, and my meal was great... the service was just a little slow (which doesn't make sense for a casino that would want to get you back out on the playing floor)!

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Thanks for your reply - it gives me something to go on- glad you had a great meal! Yes, the menu does look quite pricey but I was hoping that was reflective of the quality...and I suppose since it's relatively close to Chicago they figure they can charge city prices!!!

My husband and I are not big gamblers but the plan is...my husband thinks he is going on a guys-only golf weekend at that part of the state. His friend, who is a bit of gambler, is going to steer him to the casino for drinks and a meal. About a dozen of us are going to be in the bar for a surprise 50th birthday celebration (which is a month before his real birthday)! We are then spending the night at the Marina Grand Resort and the guys are, indeed going golfing all day Sat., while the girls hit the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall...then regrouping at the Tabor Hill Winery at the end of the day and Timothy's restaurant for dinner in Union Pier that night. Also, a pricey menu but looks fabulous. Ever eaten there??

What is really funny about all this is he has been travelling quite a bit lately so he hasn't even mentioned this golf weekend to me yet - not knowing I'm the one who's been planning all this for 6 weeks!

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Four Winds is a nice addition to the area for gamblers. Allegedly, if it were in Vegas, it would be the 2nd largest gaming floor there. A woodsy lodge style environment, not the normal super glitz and glitter of a casino. Enjoy the odd drive in if you want, but don't take your hands off the wheel, as it is constant left-right, left-right ,left-right turning for the entire mile road back to the property. Outdoor lot, parking garage, or valet service.

Wander around, as slot denominations are scattered everywhere. 70% video, 30% reel. 5 of the restaurants are inside the casino itself, so you may see children inside there too. They promote a "family resort", with kids club. Hotel rooms start at $189. The intro month is over, with drinks and the buffet already having price increases. The buffet even charges more yet if you eat on a weekend ($14 lunch, $22 dinner). The weekends are a madhouse......crowded! I prefer week nights for more flexibility to move around. As seems to be the trend, penny slots are the most popular. Be careful how much you can wager on one of those machines. More than just a penny! The casino max bet machine can take you up to $800/pull. Lots of winners starting to show up now. The casino has a $100,000 random slot jackpot, which has paid off twice already. It can select any machine in the house as a winner.

Four Winds itself also got lucky, as it has several of the multi-million dollar worldwide progressive slots. 2 of those have hit there, each in the upper 6 digit figures.

Good luck if you go, and have fun. For casino hoppers, don't forget that there are 5 other casino boats on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana, all within 40 miles West of Four Winds.

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10. Re: four winds casino

go4sun, you are a veritable wealth of knowledge!

thanks so much for your advice/info on the Shipshewana forum

I'll check out the other sites you mentioned, too, hadn't heard of those before (the casino forum). Sounds like fun.

of the 5 casinos you mentioned in the NW Indiana area, which is your least favorite? (in case we decide to skip one or two and actually do some non-gambling sight-seeing). or run out of $$, whichever comes first.

Thanks!

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