Indiana Casinos & Gambling
Indiana Riverboat Casinos
Casino gambling has become one of the most lucrative activities in the state of Indiana. There are at least ten casinos operating here currently, with another casino under development as we speak, due for completion in December 2006. The casino games however, are not played on land, but on boats and barges. While Indiana regulations do not permit casino gambling on land, a large variety of casino games are entertained on these boats.
Despite a slump in the overall economy, Indiana?s riverboat casinos are still raking in millions of dollars in profit and the people have not stopped coming. Although gaming activity in Indiana is comparatively restricted (being closely monitored by Indiana?s Gaming Commission) the fun and excitement these games offer to tourists and locals alike, have made Indiana a flourishing gambling destination.
In Indiana?s busy casinos, the top casino gaming activity is poker. Due to the popularity of televised poker tournaments here, there has been an increased interest with high-stake poker games among regular casino players in Indiana. There are tournaments sponsored by casino resorts and conventions held by Poker clubs on a weekly basis.
Poker is such a popular game now that in casino resorts, like the Beltarra for instance, players are actually issued pagers to notify them of their turn at the tables! Because the waiting lists get so full at these poker tables, players are given time to roam around the casino while waiting for their turn to play.
Poker rooms in Indiana are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The most popular poker game played here is the Texas Hold'em, which can be described as a simple game - easy to learn but extremely difficult to win.
Indiana Horse Racing
Over at Hoosier?s park, pari-mutuel horse racing is the main attraction. Since the opening of the park in 1994, race days have increased from 54 races to 250 races today. So popular was the demand for horse race meets that a second pari-mutuel track was opened in Indiana in 2002.
Indiana Gambling Laws
To keep tabs on casinos and gambling, the Indiana Gaming Commission has sought the help of police by requesting their presence on board the riverboats and racetracks. Background checks are also done by the Indiana State Police to companies before they are given the license to operate.
In Indiana, casinos are required to maintain an Eviction List that puts the names and identities of those who are prohibited to enter the casino or racetrack. This blacklist of names usually includes repeat offenders as well as disgruntled addicted gamblers. It also goes without saying that a casino allowing minors to gamble in their premises are sanctioned a heavy fine by the gaming commission.
Any person engaging in bookmaking, pool-selling or found operating a slot machine accessible to public places like schools and churches will also be arrested for committing a Class B Felony.
Where To Stay while gambling in Indiana
When in Indiana, here are some recommended Casino Resorts and Hotels:
Belterra Casino Resort
Located in Switzerland County, Indiana, a few hours away from Cincinnati, Ohio and ten minutes away from Kentucky Speedway.The casino resort features 1607 slots and 44 table games, a driving range, gift shop, golf yard, bar and grill, fitness center. With Multilingual Staff.
Toll Free - (888) 235-8377
Toll Free - (888) BELTERRA
East Chicago Hotel
Located at Pastrick Marina and is accessible from Chicago via the Skyway/Indiana Toll to Cline Avenue East. The resort features 1966 slots and 50 table games, bingo seats, restaurants, ballroom and gift shop.
Toll Free - (800) 427-7247
Toll Free - (877) 496-1777
Best Western Northwest
Located near the Majestic Star Casino in Hammond, take (SR912) Cline Avenue south and right turn to the 80/90 interstate This hotel is a smoke free property
Blue Chip Casino and Hotel
Located in Michigan City, Indiana this casino hotel has 1724 slots and 49 tables, with restaurants featuring deli or grill
General Info (219) 879-7711