Online poker is yet to make landfall in Illinois, despite horseracing and participating in the lottery are legal. The landscape in Illinois is quite stagnant with no real time line expected of when we can see online poker become legal.
In brighter news a bill to pass and legalize fantasy sports was introduced that would see the decision made in 2015 to outlaw fantasy sports overruled. The new bill is expected to be discussed by the House at some point in 2018. If the fantasy sports bill makes a U-turn and is allowed in the state this may fuel the fire under bringing online poker back to the Prairie State.
For those of you who can’t wait for online poker to become a reality but find yourself in Illinois here is a look at some the best land based Casinos in Illinois.
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
There is plenty of options when it comes to Jumer’s Casino which bills itself as a best place for “Las Vegas” style gambling.
The six table poker room offers poker game variants such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha. The poker room is open 12pm-4am Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-4am Friday-Sunday and is closed on Monday’s. The poker room has an array of promotions such as Bad Beat jackpots as well as weekly poker tournaments which are held on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s.
Players need to register at least 2 hours prior to the tournament and will be seated on a first come first served basis.
There is also a 205 luxury hotel as part of the complex to round off your stay along with all the dining and entertainment options you would expect from a leading Casino.
Jumer’s also offers its casino players access to their Player’s Club where you can receive all sorts of tempting casino promotions.
If you are looking for an authentic race-day experience then look not further than Arlington Park. You won’t find poker or slot games, but what you will find is a prestigious horse race track for all your equestrian gaming needs.
Harrah’s Joliet Casino
Harrahs Joliet Casino and Hotel has its very own World Series of Poker Room, that is open daily from 8am to 5.30am
Poker tournaments run every Saturday at 12pm that include a mix of NL Hold’em, PLO, Mini-Deep, and Limit tournaments. NLH tournaments are usually seen with a $2,000 guaranteed prize pool and players may re-enter up until the end of the third round of play. Monthly Poker Room promotions include Splash the Pot, Hot Seat and entry into free-roll tournaments. A monthly calendar of tournament events and promotions can be found on the website.
If live poker is not your thing, Harrahs Joliet Casino has 200 video poker machines which feature games such as Hot Roll Poker and Super Draw 6 Card Poker.
There are all the other table game, slots and entertainment you would expect from a Harrahs casino property.
Harrahs Metropolis has a Poker Room that is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6am. It has a much more paired back schedule compared to its Harrahs counterpart in Joliet Casino.
21 table games are available at Harrahs from craps to blackjack to roulette along with video poker machines.
There is casual dining and buffet options along with a hotel if you plan to stay overnight.
Hollywood Casino Joliet
There is no dedicated poker room at the Hollywood Casino Joliet but with over 1,000 slot machines and plenty of table games and entertainment options there is certainly enough to keep you occupied.
Again there is no dedicated poker room in Rivers Casino but it goes offer poker on the casino floor. Along with the classic table games you can expect at the Casino there is: Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Pai-Gow Poker, and Mississippi Stud Poker.
If you are looking for a day out at the racetrack then check out Fairmount park.
Grand Victoria Casino
The Grand Victoria has a dedicated Poker Room specialise in No Limit Hold’em games —but you must ring before you go to secure your seat at the tables. The Bravo Poker Live Mobile App can be downloaded prior to visiting to gain special access to the poker room. Every Sunday and Wednesday a Deep Stacks tournament is run in the Poker Room with buy ins starting at $100. Royal flush and Bad Beat Jackpot promotions also run throughout the month.
Entertainment and dining options are also available at the casino.