TYPES OF CASINOS IN ILLINOIS
All of the casinos in Illinois are riverboat casinos, Illinois was the second state to legalize riverboat gambling and the boats began operating in September 1991 with the launching of the first boat: the Alton Belle.
Seven of the riverboat casinos in Illinois are either on boats or on docked barges. These Illinois casinos remain dockside and do not cruise. The other three casinos: Rivers in Des Plaines, Jumer”s in Rock Island, and the Casino Queen in East. St. Louis, are all land-based casinos. Interestingly, however, they all qualify as being riverboat casinos because they are all built over a shallow pit filled with a few inches of water.
Unlike Mississippi casinos, the casinos in Illinois are not open 24 hours and Illinois casino laws limit the number of gaming licenses to 10.
There are five casinos in Illinois near Chicago, two casinos towards the center of the state and three casinos in southern Illinois. See our Chicago casinos section for more details on the five properties, as well as details on some casinos in Indiana that are within a short drive of Chicago.
All casinos in Illinois are non-smoking and, unless otherwise noted, all offer: slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and three card poker. Some Illinois casinos also offer: let it ride, baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, Ultimate Texas hold em, Caribbean stud poker, Mississippi stud, pai gow poker and four card poker.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Illinois casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Illinois casinos.
If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that gaming regulations do not allow casinos in Illinois to provide free alcoholic beverages. The minimum gambling age is 21.
For more information on visiting Illinois casinos, or general tourism information, contact the state’s Bureau of Tourism at (800) 226-6632 or www.enjoyillinois.com
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Illinois. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.