SOUTH BEND — Four Winds South Bend Casino announced plans Tuesday to build a live poker room, adding the card game to its repertoire of bingo-based slot machines.
Scott Rice, general manager of the casino, said construction will begin on the 10-table room in the northwest corner of the casino next week, in an area currently occupied by slot machines. Each table can host up to nine players. The room is expected to be completed by Labor Day.
The offering of games will include $1 to $2 No-Limit Texas Hold ’em, $2 to $5 No Limit Hold ’em, $3 to $6 Limit Hold ’em and $1 to $3 pot Limit Omaha.
The addition of the live poker games doesn’t mean the casino will be adding blackjack, baccarat or other table games where players compete against the “house,” as those would still be prohibited in the casino, which is classified as Class II under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
“The difference with poker, is you’re playing against other players,” Rice said, “not against the house.”