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Argosy Alton BelleCasino

219 Piasa
Alton, Illinois 62002-6232

Argosy's Alton Belle Casino is a dock side
90 Foot twin stack Riverboat
Three gaming decks. 23,000 square foot casino
Located just 25 minutes from St. Louis

Open 7 days 8:00am until 6:00am.
1-800-711-GAME (4263).
Web Address:

29 table games featuring: Pai Gow Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Craps, Let-It-Ride, Roulette and Three Card Poker

Slot Machines:
  988 total, from a nickel to $5.00

28 Table Games:
  Pai Gow
  Caribbean Stud
  Three Card Poker

Argosy Casino - St. Louis - Key West Bar

Captain's Table Buffet The Outfitters Grill

3 Restaurants:
  Key West Bar
  Outfitters Grill
  Captain's Table Buffet
Lunch: 11am - 4pm
Dinner: 4pm - 9pm (Sun - Thurs) and 4pm - 10pm Fri & Sat.

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Argosy Alton Belle Casino

Argosy Alton Belle Casino in Alton Illinois
Empress Casino Joliet River Boat Casino

2300 Empress Drive
Joliet, Illinois 60436-9504

Located at crossroads Interstates 55 and 80, 40 Miles SW of Chicago.
Empress Casino located on the Desplaines River on Route 6.

36,266 square foot casino.
Open 7 days a week 10:00 am to 4:00 am.
Casino Admission: $5.00

Casino Information: 1-888-4EMPRESS
Telephone: (815) 744-9400
Web Address:

102 rooms at the Empress Hotel 1-888-4EMPRESS

Empress Hotel
  102 rooms
  Reservations (888) 4-EMPRESS Toll Free

RV Parking (80-site RV Resort)
Resort Reopens in April

Argosy's Empress Casino covers 50,000 square foot casino

Slot Machines - 1,133 total:
  Dime Slots 66
  Dollar Slots 382
  Five Dollar Slots 45
  Half Dollar Slots 53
  Nickel Slots 203
  Progressive Quarter Slots 369

32 Table Games:
  Black Jack
  Caribbean Stud
  Three Card Poker

Other Games:
  Twenty Five Dollar Slots - 10 machines
  Video Poker - 259 machines - $.05 to $100.00 bets

3 great restaurants Alex, Café Casablanca and the Marrakech Market Buffet

3 Restaurants:
  Alex (Steaks, Chops & Seafood) - Dinner
  Café Casablanca (Café) - Lunch, Dinner
  Marrakech Market Buffet (Buffet Style) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Argosy's Empress Casino and Hotel in Joliet Illinois
Casino Queen

200 S. Front Street
E. St. Louis, Illinois 62201

The Casino Queen is a four-story, 2,500-passenger, old-fashioned replica, paddlewheeler docked (no cruises) on the Mississippi river.

Located directly across from the St. Louis arch in East St. Louis Illinois.
(290 miles S.W. of Chicago)
East Saint Louis, Illinois

From Illinois:  Take I-55/I-70 to Third Street exit. Right on River Park Drive

Telephone: (618) 874-5000
Reservations 1-800-777-0777
Website address:

Casino Hours: 9am-6:30am
Valet Parking: $4
Casino Size: 27,500 Square Feet
1,000 of the most popular slot and video poker machines

Casino Queen Hotel has 150 rooms

Casino Queen Hotel
  Room Reservation Number: (800) 777-0777
  Rooms: 150
  Price Range: $89-$149
  Suites: 7 Price Range: $300
  10% room discount to AAA members.

4 restaurants located on the Casino Queen Royal Table, Gazebo Cafe, Riverview Grill and the Queen Courtyard Buffet
4 Restaurants: 
  Royal Table
  Riverview Grill
  Queen Courtyard Buffet:
Breakfast - $5.95
Lunch - $8.95/$10.95 (Sun)
Dinner - $12.95

$1 off buffets for slot club members.

Senior Discount: On Wed. until 3:30 p.m., if 50 or older receive free Danish, coffee, juice

Sr. 2-for-1 breakfast or lunch
Sr. 35% off in gift shop and free valet parking.

Sports Bar with Tv's and with live entertainment on weekends.
MetroLink light-rail station, adjacent.

Casino Queen features 1,000 of the most popular slot and video poker machines Table games such as Craps, Blackjack, Roulette Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow, and Mini-Baccarat.

High stakes wagering with table limits from $2 to $2,000

Table games:
  Let It Ride
  Caribbean Stud
  Pai Gow

140 RV Parking with Pull-through sites include cable television, full internet access, with bath house and laundry facilities, $22.95 to ?????

1-800-777-0777 For RV Parking Reservations

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Casino Queen
Casino Queen
The Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino

250 S. Grove Avenue
Elgin, Illinois 60120
click here for map

General Information:  847-888-1000
Toll Free:  1-888-508-1900

Grand Victoria Riverboat is 400 feet long, 100 feet wide and holds 1,200-passengers

400 feet long and 100 feet wide.
16-foot ceilings.
Table gaming is located on one deck in the casino.
The 1,200-passenger paddle wheeler-replica is docked on the Fox River.
Located 41 miles N.W. of Chicago

Open daily 8:30am until 6:30am (22 hours.)
Fun Book: Only available to groups
Valet Parking: $5

Table gaming is located on one deck in the casino Over 1000 slot and video machines
Table games: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps Caribbean Stud Poker and a Full-size Baccarat table

Over 1000 slot and video machines

Table Games:
  26 Blackjack tables
  6 Craps tables
  4 Roulette tables
  4 Caribbean Stud Poker tables
  1 Full-size Baccarat table

Many nearby Hotels and Motels

4 restaurants located on the Grand Victoria Riverboat The Buckinghams, Deli on Grove, The Grand Victoria Buffet

3 Restaurants plus a Deli
  $6.99 per person for lunch (11:30am - 3:30pm Mon-Thur)
  $9.99 per person for dinner (3:30pm - 9pm Mon- Thur)
  $14.99 per person for dinner (all day Fri, Sat and Sun)

Senior Discount: 10% off buffet, if 65, or older.

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Harrah's Joliet

150 N. Scott Street
Joliet, Illinois 60431

Local: 815-740-7800
Toll Free: 1-800-427-7247
Web Address:

Casino is on a barge docked on the Des Plaines River
Casino Size: 39,000 sq ft
Valet Parking: $5
Casino Hours: 8:30am-6:30am
Location: (43 miles S.W. of Chicago)

Harrah´s Joliet Casino & Hotel offers 200 premier rooms

Harrahs Hotel
  Reservation Number: 1-800-HARRAHS
  Rooms: 200 Price Range: $69-$159
  Suites: 4 Price Range: $325

2 Restaurants:
  Lunch - $7.99/$15.99 (Sat-Sun)
  Dinner - $9.99/ $14.99/$15.99 (Mon)/$18.99 Fri-Sun

Harrah's Offers:
  1100 slot machines

Table Games: 
  Caribbean Stud Poker

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Harrah's Joliet
Harrah's Joliet
Harrah's Metropolis Casino

203 South Ferry Street
Metropolis, Illinois 62960-202

(618) 524-2628 General Information
(618) 524-5678
Web Address:
Located at Southern tip of Illinois, dockside on the Ohio River.

Casino Open 9am-7am daily.
30,000 square foot casino

Take Highway 24 to Exit 37 (Highway 45), go north for three miles to Metropolis, turn left and go four blocks.

Hotel Amerihost
  120 rooms
  Located across the street from the Casino
  Hotel Reservations (800) 935-1111 Toll Free

Three restaurants

3 Restaurants:
  The Range Steakhouse
  Fresh Market Square Buffet
  Fresh Market Express

Harrah's Metropolis casino has 1,200 slot machines - 5 cents to $10,00.

1,200 slot machines:
  5 cents to $10,00

Table Games - 25 total: 
  Caribbean Stud Poker
  Let It Ride

Other Games:
  Video Poker- 97 machines

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Harrah's Metropolis Casino Illinois
Hollywood Casino

8 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

Phone: 630-801-7000
Toll Free: 800-888-7777
Web Address:

This is a merging of two boats referred to as Hollywood Casino.
32,000 square feet of gaming space make up the two casinos.
Open 8:30 am to 6:30 am

Hollywood Casino features award-winning restaurants

3 Restaurants:
  Fairbanks Steakhouse
  Take Two Deli
  Epic Buffet serves:
Lunch: 11:30am - 3pm, $8.99/$11.99
Dinner:  4pm - 9pm, $12.99/$15.99 (Sun - Thur, Fri and Sat) 4pm-11pm

On the Fox River between New York Street Bridge and the Illinois Avenue.
Bridge 38 miles west of Chicago.
O'Hare Airport, 38 miles.

Hollywood Casino has 1,105 slot Nickel to $25 machines

1,105 slot machines:
  Nickel to $25 machines

61 table games include

61 Table Games:
  34 Blackjack
  7 Craps
  4 Roulette
  6 Caribbean Stud
  2 Mini baccarat
  8 Poker

Don Rickles

Hollywood memorabilia for movie fans
No on-site lodging; off-site lodging available, 1/2 block

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Hollywood Casino Aurora, IL
Jumer's Casino Rock Island

18th St.- Mississippi Riverfront
Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 793-4200 General Information
(800) 477-7747 Toll Free
Web Address:

Open 8:00am-3:00am daily

Three enclosed decks house 13,200

13,200 square foot, Casino Rock Island is an 189 ft.900 passengers turn-of-the-century casino riverboat.. Three enclosed decks house two casinos areas, a restaurant, several bars and an entertainment lounge.

Casino Directions
From Chicago:  165 miles: take 88 west or 80 west to 280/74 west (combined route). Stay on 280 west, when it splits then exit to route 92 into Rock Island. That will bring you directly in front of the boatworks.

From St. Louis:  232 miles: take 55 north to 74 west to 280/74 west (combined route). Stay on 280 west when it splits then exit to route 92 into Rock Island. That will bring you directly in front of the boatworks. Or take 67 north which takes you into downtown Rock Island. Turn right on 9th Avenue. Then turn left on 18th Street. That takes you directly in front of the boatworks.

From Peoria:  90 miles: take 74 west to 280/74 west (combined route). Stay on 280 west, when it splits then exit to route 92 into Rock Island. That will bring you directly in front of the boatworks.

Effie Afton (Buffet Style)
  Lunch Buffet - $5.95
  Dinner Buffet - $8.95
  Sunday Brunch - $5.95

Casino has 700 slots and 18 table games

700 Slots

18 Table Games:
  Caribbean Stud Poker
  Video Poker- 20 machines
  Table bets from $2.00 to $1000.00

No accommodations on premises
Stay across the river at:
Jumer's Bettendorf Hotel
Address: I-74 @ Spruce Hills Drive
Bettendorf, Iowa U.S.A 52722
phone 1: 319-359-7141
phone 2: 1-800-285-8637

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Jumer's Casino Rock Island
Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, River Boat Casino

21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, Illinois 61611-2011

(309) 698-7711
General Information (309) 699-9317
Casino open daily 8:30am - 4:00am
26,116 square foot casino
Web Address:

Directions To Casino:
Take I-74 to exit 95B, East Peoria, IL

Five restaurants

Five Restaurants:
  Boyd's Steakhouse
  Nelsons Deli
  Bourbons Lounge
  Centerfield 9
  Island Buffet

Par-A-Dice Hotel

Par-A-Dice Hotel
  208 rooms and suites
  Reservations: 1-800-547-0711
  Safe on Line Reservations

Table Games - 30 total Casino open daily 8:30am - 4:00am.

Slot Machines:
  1,150 5 cents to $100.00

Table Games - 30 total:
  Caribbean Stud Poker
  Progressive Video Poker

  31 machines- 0$.25 to $1.25 bets
  Video Keno - 40 machines- $0.25 to $1.00 bets
  Video Poker- 141machines- $0.25 to $5.00 bets

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Par-A-Dice Hotel and River Boat Casino

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