Illinois Gambling

Illinois Gambling Laws

There are 9 casinos and 7 horseracing tracks in Illinois. The legal age for gambling in Illinois is 21 at profit casinos, and 18 at casinos for charity. More details age limits for the other forms of gambling in Illinois are listed below.

Illinois Legal Gambling Age

According to Illinois law, a minor at an Illinois horsetrack is someone individual under the age of seventeen. Kids 16 or older may work at the horse tracks, but cannot place pari-mutuel wagers until the age of 17.

The legal gambling age for gamblers "casino gaming for profit" is 21. The legal gaming age in Illinois for "casinos run by charities" is 18. The legal lottery gambling age is also 18.

Riverboat Gambling Act

The Riverboat Gambling Act was passed in Illinois in 1990. This law made Illinois the second U.S. state to legalize riverboat gambling, which makes Illinois on the cutting edge of America's evolving casino laws of the last two decades. Many states would follow the example set by the Illini.

Casinos which buy a license under the Riverboat Gambling Act can have up to 1,200 "gaming positions". That is, they can have up to twelve hundred combined seats at gaming tables, slot machines and video poker machines. Riverboat property owners can have either one or two riverboat properties under the license. If a second riverboat is part of the overall casino property, then more than 1200 gaming positions can be license.

Riverboat casinos are charged an admissions tax and a wagering tax. These casinos pay standard tax rates depending on the cities where they are located. Presumably, the larger cities (and therefore larger gaming demographics base), the larger the gambling tax.

Casinos in Illinois

Most of the casinos in Illnois are located in proximity to Chicago, though a few are located across the river in southern Illinois in proximity to St. Louis, Missouri.

Argosy’s Alton Casino

1 Piasa Street
Alton, Illinois 62002-6232
618-474-7400

Games: Dollar Slots, High Rollers Slots, Nickel Slots, Penny Slots, Quarter Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Roulette
Restaurants: Key West Bar, La Cantina, Outfitters Grill, The Captain’s Table Buffet
Hours: From 8am until 6am daily.

Hollywood Casino in Aurora

1 New York Street Bridge
Aurora, Illinois 60506-3317
630-801-1234

Games: Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Half Dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Penny Slots, Quarter Slots, Twenty Five Dollar Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Epic Buffet, Fairbanks Steakhouse, Take Two
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 until 4:30am. Friday and Saturday and Holidays from 9:30am-5:30am.

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino

21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, Illinois 61611-2011
309-698-7711

Games: Big hit Slots, Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Half dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive video Poker, Quarter Slots, Two Dollar Slots, Video Keno, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Roulette
Restaurants: Bourbons, Boyd’s Steakhouse, Nelson’s Deli, Par-A-Dice Island Buffet
Hours: Daily from 9am until 6am.

Casino Queen & Hotel

200 South Front Street
East Saint Louis, Illinois 62201-1222
618-874-5000

Games: Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots. Half Dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Quarter Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it ride, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Deli & Chips, Gateway Café, Java Junction, Market Street Buffet, Prime Steakhouse
Hours: Daily from 9am-7am.

Grand Victoria-Elgin Riverboat Resort

250 South Grove Avenue
Elgin, Illinois 60120-6447
847-468-7000

Games: CDS Bingo, CDS Easy Street, Dollar Deluxe, Half dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Quarter Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Roulette
Restaurants: Buckinghams, Fox & Hounds, Grand Victoria Buffet, Westminster Deli
Hours: Daily from 8:30am-6am.

Empress Casino Joliet

2300 Empress Drive
Joliet, Illinois 60436-9504
815-744-9400

Games: Dime Slots, Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots, half Dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Progressive Slots, Quarter Slots, Twenty Five Dollar Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mini-Baccarat, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Alex Steakhouse, Café Casablanca, Marrakech market Buffet, Oasis Gold Lounge, The Deli, VIP Lounge
Hours: Daily from 8:30am until 6:30am.

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel

151 North Joliet Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432-4018
815-740-7800

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Dollar Slots, Double Diamonds Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Half Dollar Slots, Magic Carpet Ride Slots, Nickel Slots, Quarter Slots, Red White * Blue Slots, Three Wishes Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mini-Baccarat, Roulette
Restaurants: Ace’s Diner, Mosaic, Starbucks, The Reserve, Union Station Buffet
Accommodations: Harrah’s Joliet casino Hotel
Hours: Daily from 8am until 6am.

Harrah’s Metropolis Casino

151 North Joliet Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432-4018
815-740-7800

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Dollar Slots, Double Diamonds, Five Dollar Slots, Half Dollar Slots, Magic Carpet Ride Slots, Nickel Slots, Quarter Slots, Red White & Blue Slots, Three Wishes Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mini-Baccarat, Roulette
Restaurants: Aces Diner, Mosaic, Starbucks, The Reserve, Union Station Buffet
Accommodaitons: Harrah’s Joliet Casino Hotel
Hours: Daily 8am-6am.

Jumer’s Casino Rock Island - Riverboat Casino

1735 First Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-793-4200

Games: CDS Bingo, CDS American Pride, CDS Egyptian Gold, CDS Top Dog, Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Nickel Slots, Quarter Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean stud Poker, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em
Restaurants: Effi Afton, Peacock Café
Hours: From 8am until 3am daily.

Horsetracks in Illinois

Arlington Park

2200 West Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60006
847-385-7500

Games: Daily Double, Exacta, Pick 3, Pick 6, Quinella, Race Book, Superfecta, Trifecta, Two in the Money
Restaurants: Cobey’s Food Court, Hearth Grill, Million Room, mr. D’s, Paddock Pub, Silk’s Lounge
Hours: May through September on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until 7pm.

Fairmount Park

9301 Collinsville Road
Collinsville, Illinois 62234-1799
618-345-4300

Games: Daily Double, Exacta, Pick 6, Quinella, Race Book, Rolling Pick 3, Superfecta, Trifecta

Restaurants: Black Stallion Dining Room, First Turn Café, Top of the Turf
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10am until 11pm. and Friday & Saturday from 10am until 12:30pm.

Balmoral Park Racetrack

26435 South Dixie Highway
Crete, Illinois 60417-4389
708-672-1414

Games: Race Book
Restaurants: Balmoral Dining Room, Lincoln Room

Du Quoin State Fair

655 Executive Drive
Du Quoin, Illinois 62832-3850
618-542-1515

Games: Race Book

Maywood Park Race Track

8600 West North Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
708-343-4800

Games: Race Book
Restaurants: ½ Mile Bar & Grill, Favorites Bar & Café, Saddle & Sulky Room, Winners Circle
Hours: Daily from 11am until 12am.

Springfield Horse Racing

801 East Sangamon Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702-1813
217-782-4231

Games: Race Book
Restaurants: Concession Stand
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.

Hawthorne Race Course

3501 South Laramie Avenue
Stickney, Illinois 60804-4598
708-780-3700

Games: Daily Double, Exacta, Pick 3, Race Book, Superfecta, Trifecta
Restaurants: Gold Cup Dining Room
Hours: From 11:25am until closing time daily.

Online Gambling in Illinois

Many online gambling sites restrict users from Illinois. As always, this forces gamblers who want to legally gamble to strike out for the brick-and-mortar casinos in Illinois.

Lottery Gaming in Illinois

Currently, the Illinois State Lottery has seven different lotto games to choose from. These are Mega Millions, Lotto, Little Lotto, Pick’n Play, Pick 3 and Pick 4 and Instants lottery tickets. The Mega Millions lottery is a part of a multi-state lottery jackpot system with extremely high pay-offs. The standard Illinois Lotto game has sizable jackpots, but they are not as high as the Mega Millions jackpots.

Most of the other lottery games offer smaller prizes.

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