Illinois Casinos

by Steve Bourie  Learn more about the author 

Illinois was the second state to legalize riverboat casinos. Riverboat casinos began operating there in September 1991 with the launching of the first boat: the Alton Belle.

All Illinois riverboats remain dockside and do not cruise. Unlike Mississippi, however, the casinos are not open 24 hours and state law limits the number of gaming licenses to 10.

Click here to see a list of Illinois casino slot machine payback statistics.

Admission is free to all Illinois casinos and, unless otherwise noted, all casinos offer: slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud poker and three card poker. Some casinos also offer: let it ride (LIR), baccarat (B), mini-baccarat (MB), poker (P), Texas hold em bonus (THB),  pai gow poker (PGP) and four card poker (FCP).

If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that Illinois gaming regulations do not allow casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages. The minimum gambling age is 21.

For more information on visiting Illinois contact the state’s Bureau of Tourism at (800) 226-6632 or

Shown below is a list of all Illinois casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.



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