Those who are looking for the chance to try some casino gambling or visit a horse track in order to place some bets will certainly find both of these opportunities in Illinois, as there are plenty of great places to visit here and many of them will have just what you are looking for in terms of betting. The Prairie State was the second state in the US to ever allow riverboat casinos, with the first having opened its doors in 1991; and though the tax rate here is the highest that casino operators will face anywhere else in the US, they are still lining up to the extent that all of the available licenses in Illinois have already been taken.
All of the riverboats will accept players on board only if they are over the age of twenty one, so if you are bringing along younger friends or family members with you to Illinois they will have to wait on land for your return. There is a lot of great gaming on offer though, with options such as slots, blackjack, and roulette. There are sixteen gambling venues in total here, which gives you a great range of choice, and all of them are located in different cities except for the two which can be found in Joliet. The Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel is the biggest in the state, with one thousand two hundred and eleven slot machine games on offer alongside nineteen table games, and the second largest is the Argosy’s Empress Casino, which has one thousand one hundred and thirty three slots and thirty two table games. As for the biggest casino gambling space which is available, you will certainly not feel claustrophobic in the eighty thousand square feet of gambling space which is available at the Grand Victoria Elgin Riverboat Resort. The other options within the state are the Argosy’s Alton Belle Casino, which was the very first to open here; the Arlington Park horse racing track; the Balmoral Park Racetrack; the Casino Queen and Hotel; the Du Quoin State Fair Horse Track; the Fairmount Park horse racing track; Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel; Harrah’s Metropolis Casino; the Hawthorne Race Course for horses; the Hollywood Casino Aurora; Jumer’s Casino Rock Island; the Maywood Park Race Track for horses; the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino; and, last but not least, the Springfield Horse Racing track, where you can enjoy yourself by placing some bets.
It is also worth noting that there is a state lottery on offer here which you can buy a ticket for if you would like to, so there are plenty of opportunities in Illinois to get the entertainment which you are after. The general selection of games which you will find on offer includes slot games, as well as 3 card poker, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, let it ride, mini-baccarat, and roulette, with a few other options available in some places too, so there ought to be something to suit anyone out there.