New Michigan casino has little Indiana impact

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The opening in early August of Four Winds Casino Resort just across the state line in New Buffalo, Mich., had only a small impact on the five casinos operating in northwest Indiana.

Total revenue at the five casinos increased by $1 million in August from July 2006, to $10.49 million, according to the Post-Tribune of Merrillville.

The exception was Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Its revenue fell nearly $6 million from its July total of $27 million. Blue Chip also was down $3 million from August a year earlier.

Approximately 20,000 people went to Four Winds in each day of its first week. The casino opened Aug. 2.

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