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Any info on Horseshoe Southern Indiana and/or Harrahs Joilet

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Champster1, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. Champster1

    Champster1 High-Roller

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    Heading for a week long "midwest" vacation, 8/18-24. Typically do Vegas, Bahamas or Bermuda in August, but don't feel like dealing with the heat ( plus we are doing Vegas Oct 5-12), and decided to try cooler climes!. Decided to visit Louisville and Chicago, so Horseshoe and Harrahs were both close to those locations (Horseshoe-Louisville, Harrahs - Chicago).

    WE have never stayed at either before, but couldn't beat the price for 3 nights at each (free). Hoping some VMB'ers can offer some good advice!
     
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  2. Backagain1

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    Sorry. No info to offer. :(
     
  3. MrBBonz

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    Horseshoe southern Indiana is the closest casino to me (ky). Its really in the middle of nowhere, corn fields for a few miles before you get there. Its near Louisville and a small town called new Albany, a few gas stations and liquor stores before you get there so you can get supplies. The casino is an actual river boat, but once on it you wont know it, very large. The hotel is decent, from what Ive seen from, being there the rooms are limited to a few variety. 2 queen and 1 king variety with a spa room upgrade that has a spa tub inside the room. I think all the rooms have fridges. It wont be vegas level of comfort, but the rooms are usually clean and quiet. The do have a nice pool to. The view sucks though, one side is woods and the other is a river. The walk to the casino is fairly long, but they do have shuttle golf carts that will drive you around along with people movers (moving sidewalks). They have several resturants and cafes. Smoke and rye has bands and a great drink menu with decent bbq. Cafes are standard fare (burgers/chicken/sandwhiches) and binions steak house is a nice place to get a quality meal.

    The players club is impossible to miss since its right outside the entrance to the casino, several kiosks as well for promo things. the casino is 4 levels, first being non smoking. Each level has its own bar, and level 2 ( I think) has a "night club" that is in the middle of the casino, kind of odd placement but has a dj and bottle service if that's your thing. Small though. Level 4 has high limit slots, tables and a diamond lounge. Level 3 has the most table games. Drinks aren't comped no matter what you gamble, so be prepared for that. Also drinks are only served from 7am-3am.

    I enjoy going there because its a bit more energetic than other ones near me. Good rules on BJ can be found also. It would fit in with a downtown vegas casino fairly well in terms of gambling and amenities. If you have any particular question, I can probably answer it. I just feel like I can ramble to much on general posts.
     
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    I did the Horseshoe Southern Indiana a couple years ago just for something different and will probably never go back.
    • The hotel itself is fine and similar to Horseshoes in Tunica and Shreveport. Same design outside and clean & comfortable inside.
    • If you do buffets, the Spread buffet was one of the tastier buffets we ever had. We also ate at Legends, which was meh...but I think it's been replaced.
    • I wasn't a fan of the casino. Full disclosure, my wife and I are non-smokers who got killed during the three days we were there, so that may add to the negative review. The boat has four levels and we had to go down to the 1st level (which is non-smoking) before we could breathe comfortably. I did find a decent little VP bar on that floor which was where I parked for most of the trip. The tables were on the upper levels and jam packed. The entire trip we felt bottled in due to the low ceilings that come with being on a riverboat. The slots were outdated and the ones we did like to play were in the haze-filled upper floors.
    • The highlight of the trip was driving into Louisville to get a bite to eat and do some light shopping.
     
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    I like Horseshoe Hammond better than Harrahs Joliet. Much better selection of machines, in my not so humble opinion, anyway.
     
  6. Champster1

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    Thanks Bonz, cman and dmr for the feedback! Any idea how , if any, the Diamond lounge at either location functions ( charge for booze, has decent food, hours open) and or even exists?

    Also are there any bonus bets on thier craps tables and/or Paigow tables?
     
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    Diamond lounge at horseshoe has a small bar that you can buy drinks from. They used to have a two hour window on certain days for free drinks, but not sure that exists anymore. They sometimes have snacks and such to eat on. I have never noticed anything super special about craps there, though they do offer huge odds if that's your betting style. Never fool with paigow, so nothing there.

    To echo a previous post, the smoke is rough there, you will notice it quickly. They did replace legends with smoke and rye, and its a godsend. Legends was dirty and run down with crappy food to boot. Now they have decent bbq and a great drink menu with a respectable whiskey menu. Bartop VP sucks from the ones Ive seen, but on the floor you can find full pay.
     
  8. Champster1

    Champster1 High-Roller

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    Bonz....Full pay starting quarters, or $1.00? Thanks for the quick feedback too!!
     
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    I am not 100% at the quarter level. I have seen 8/5 at that level, and I want to say I have seen 9/6 but cant say for sure. But you have to be on the look out, they are spread around. Even in the HL area the 5$ JoB can be different from machine to machine, which is annoying to me. I have a vegas trip this week, so I wont be going to Horseshoe for another month or so, if you get there before me let me know what you find.

    PS. I'm not a huge VP player at horseshoe since they don't comp drinks, so I am by no means the go-to for the best answers lol. 7/5 was the best Ive found at bartops anyways.
     
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    We just returned from a road trip that included Harrah's Joliet, Horseshoe Tunica and Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The rooms are similar in both casinos. I know Southern Indiana used to be a Caesars and I think Joliet might have been too. The Diamond Lounge in neither has free alcohol although Southern Indiana has 4 free drinks per Diamond player on Tuesday and Thursday night(Tues-7 to 9, Thurs-7-10) and Joliet sometimes has discounted drinks in the Diamond Lounge.(posted near the buffet food line).

    Joliet has a full meal served buffet style in their Diamond Lounge and you are not charged extra reward credits if you go in more than once. They are open for both lunch and dinner. The Diamond Lounge at Southern Indiana has hot food at 6:00. Yesterday they served pork loin, dressing, corn, rolls and a fabulous spinach salad. Dessert is served at 9:00.

    I played on a bank of progressive dollar machines at Southern Indiana that were 8/5 bonus poker. The best quarter I could find were 8/5 progressives on the first floor. I can't actually remember the pay scales at Joliet except there is a 100 play 9/5 Jacks or better that I played for pennies and there are 9/6 double double bonus at the bar. Joliet is smoke free.

    Food options at Southern Indiana are limited. If Smoke and Rye is open the buffet is often closed. There is a deli on the boat open 24 hours and a small restaurant in the hotel. If you have any more questions I would be happy to try to answer them as we just got back today.
     
  11. Champster1

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    Outstanding feedback! We're the quarter 8/5 progressive bonus poker also? As far as nearby attractions, how far would you say Chicago is from Joliet and Louisville from s Indy? We will be at both 3 days each and I promised the misses that we would sight see at least one day each trip.

    Fwiw our original plan was to go from buffalo to s Indy then to Tunica and thrn back to Buffalo. But the drive back to buffalo would have been over 13 hrs. So Joliet was a closer, and hopefully, better option!

    I really appreciate all the good feedback from our VMB family. Feel free to keep adding!
     
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    The Progressive Bonus Poker is on the South wall next to a bar on the fourth floor. I forgot that there is also a bank of 9/5 Jacks on the first floor that are also progressives. The machines are individual progressives so you need to look at all in the circle to find the best one.

    Downtown Louisville is just across the bridge from New Albany, maybe half an hour. The Louisville Sluggger factory is downtown and very interesting. We plan to visit there again. There is also a glass blowing factory that my handicapped daughters really enjoyed. You also need to try to visit Churchill Downs and the museum there. There are also several bourbon tours you can take if you want to take a longer trip south. My husband really enjoyed Makers Mark and the tour there but takes a while to get there(maybe 1 1/2 hours).

    Not sure how long it takes to get to Harrah's Joliet from SI. We are in South Bend and it is about 4 hours to get home and it is about an hour and a half from my house to Joliet. So less than the 5 and a half hours as you would take a more direct route. We have only been to Navy Pier from Joliet and it seems like it took about an hour but ,we got in a horrific traffic jam on the way back and it took several hours to get back. If you are going to be anywhere near Hammond on the way to Joliet you might want to stop in and see Horseshoe Hammond. It is a beautiful casino right on the lake. The Diamond Lounge here is very good and has seats overlooking the lake. Hammond was our home casino for many years as it is closer to South Bend but the lack of a hotel and the much better offers and better video poker(Hammond's has been decimated) have caused us to move to Joliet.
     
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    Harrah's Joliet was never a Caears. It was built when there was just Harrah's only in Nevada. Folks who only know the Harrah's properties from the strip that they didn't build would probably be surprised to see the hotels they actually can develop. I haven't been in one that was a five star, but every hotel outside of Vegas I've stayed in has been solid with some nice touches of luxury. For Joliet, those touches would be the large rooms with really big bathrooms including a soaking tub. I've not been to any of their casinos locally in a long time so I can't give any up to the moment details on them.

    Joliet is near the Rock Island Metra train line if you want to head downtown Chicago. There are some Route 66 sites to check out as well as a minor league baseball team several blocks away. Otherwise, expect what you would see in a suburbs even though it is a city in its own right. There is a Hollywood casino not far away. And in Northern Indiana, there are two other casino not that far away from Horseshoe Hammond.
     
  14. Champster1

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    Thanks Beth and Leo. Definitely appreciate the info on vp and nearby attractions in both Louisville and Chicago.

    Keep em coming!

    Love my VMB family!
     
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    I am not sure where you play, but you may be disappointed by HSI. It's my usual place to gamble now that we have moved back to Louisville. Like other posters have mentioned, its out in the middle of F'ing nowhere. You have to go to the west side of Louisville and cross the river into Indiana, once you cross its a 9 mile drive down rural highway 111 where you can never go fast enough for some of the Rednecks that go down there. They had a number of head on collisions at night from reckless drivers, so they finally put in rumble lines on the road to wake people up falling asleep. They have two parking garages the front for casino and the rear one for Hotel guests.

    The Hotel is pretty meh..your basic Harrah's style rooms, clean, but nothing special. They do have an indoor pool and offer spa services. Originally the design was to have the hotel up by the river, but the property was on a fossil bed, so they had to place the hotel waaay back on the property edge. Dining has been severely curtailed on property. You have Binion's which is the nice steakhouse, The Buffet which used to be Paul Dean's, its closed on Mon and Tues now and no longer serves breakfast during the week. They have corner sandwich place called Jack's Corner that serves mostly prepared food. Smoke and Rye is a nice barbecue place place that replaced Legends. Its basically a bar / resto with live music on weekends. They spent some money on this place. You can usually get discretionary comps with $2500 and higher coin in daily 500 TR (buffet passes, etc). Coin in of $5000 daily and you can usually get meal comps for two to Smoke and Rye. Just see host on duty or go to total rewards.
    PM me if you want the name of a local host.

    There is another Cafe on the casino floor on deck two that serves deli style food and some hot items (burgers, chicken wings, hot dogs, etc) It's a little better then Jacks corner. A half way decent place for lunch. The hotel also has a small counter service cafe.

    The diamond lounge is on 4th deck of boat near HL room and opens at 4pm. Its serves a hot meal from 6pm to 8pm, be prepared cause the locals line up for the hot food like cattle at the trough. Lines of 30 people waiting 20 minutes ahead of time is not unusual. It's your basic hot entree with a side, they have fruit and crackers available other times. Also the Diamond lounge is smoking, so if your a non smoker you won't like it. No way to avoid the puffers and it reeks of cigarette smoke when the room fills up. The bar is nice and on tues and thurs they offer free drinks (Diamond limited to two drink tickets per guest) in evening. Lastly they don't staff a bartender during all hours. On weekends the normal bartender does not start till 5pm, so your at the mercy of the cocktail server who is working the casino floor and HL room. I have literally gone 30 to 40 minutes without being able to get a drink in DL.

    Gambling is a mixed bag. They have a really nice poker room on first floor, VP selection is decent lots of 8/5 across multiple denomination (BP, Bonus Dlx, DDB, TDB), I have even found some 9/6 Bonus Dlx scattered around. Lots of quarter progressives on 1st deck (non smoking), Dollar progressive on 4th and 1st decks. Lots of multi line on 2nd floor by deli. Personally I like to play the bank of multi line in the high limit room (.25, $1, $2 demo). They have some slant tops with Ultimate X and Supertimes pay multi-line. It's quieter up there and the drink service is pretty good. Free soft drink stations are available on certain floors by bars.

    Penny slot selection is limited, they don't have the most recent games and the few new ones they have are located on second deck near Envy the nightclub they put in. They also have some electronic table games on second deck.

    Harrah's Joliet is going to be a little nicer, but its located in the far SW suburbs a good 45 minute trip to get into downtown Chicago. Buffet is okay, the diamond lounge is nicer then HSI, and rooms are about the same quality.
    Personally I like Horseshoe Hammond way better for both casino size and gaming. I realize your trying to take advantage of some comps, but my advice would be to priceline a decent hotel in the suburbs of Chicago or Downtown and drive out to Hammond.
    You will enjoy the gaming way more and have easier access to the city. You can take the train from Harrah's Joliet to downtown as well. The Metra rail station is two blocks from the casino if you don't want to drive into downtown Chicago.

    HSI is really a dump in comparison to what it used to be. If you have frequented a lot of Midwest casinos its on par with what you might find out in Tunica, Iowa, or other rural states. HSI used to be Caesars Indiana, you can see the remnants of the old Caesars themes. The property has been neglected in recent years and you can see it in the staffing cuts and wear and tear. Personally I like some of the newer properties more such as
    Jack Casino in Cincy (Former Horseshoe btw they will match your Diamond status), Indiana Live (Racino outside of Indy), Horseshoe Hammond, and Rivers. These are much nicer gaming establishments, nicer restaurants, and plenty of non smoking areas.
     
  16. Champster1

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    Outstanding report funk houser! Just reduced my HSI by 1 day to just this Friday and Saturday! Looks like that may have been a smart move. Gonna stop in Cincy Thursday night, and use some Laquinta points for a free stay.

    We will check out Hollywood lawrenceburg ( would appreciate any feedback on that) and probably hang out in Cincy for lunch and some quick sightseeing Friday before moving on to HSI ( approx 2 1/2 hrs away)! May also stop at Jack however the VP there looks a lot worse than Hollywood lawrenceburg! Will probably stop in for the Diamond match ( up grade) though!

    I gotta admit, you answered about all of my questions with regards to VP and the Diamond lounge. I can almost envision the line there! Your "redneck" highway gives me pause,lmao, but I will be very observant those last 9 miles!
    Probably spend a good amount of time Saturday in Louisville, since we have never been there!

    Harrahs Joliet looks like a considerably safer bet for this journey so I'll probably keep all 3 nights there. I do agree, from what I have heard, that the H Hammond location is worth a stop on the way back to Buffalo ( if not while we are at Joliet). You are spot on with the Metra rail info too!!

    Thanks again for all the feedback! Hopefully someone knows something about Hollywood Lawrence too!
     
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    Call me somewhat impressed! I emailed the head host, Jim S., at Hollywood Lawrenceburg, regarding a comp room there for tomorrow night!

    Within 5 mins he emailed me back with a response letting me know that a host would get in touch with me ASAP. 30 mins later I'm comped! Cancelled my Laquinta room ASAP ! Save my points for another day!

    Hopefully someone can give me some info on this location also!
     
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    I have not stayed in the hotel, so I can't comment. I have been to the casino twice. Hollywood in Lawerenceburg used to be the old Argosy but was having a rough go at it and was sold to Penn gaming. It's nice a deal since Penn picked up the Trop in Vegas.
    If you have been to any of the Hollywood themed casinos in Aurora IL, Joliet (former empress), Columbus, or St. Louis they are pretty much themed the same. The slot club was themed after movies Marquee rewards with different levels, celebrity, producer, etc. I didn't find it very competitive and the mailings have not been that great for the play I did show them. I think the comps are up, since they lost a chunk of business to Jack Casino in CIncy (Formerly WhoreShoe ) :) which is waaaaay nicer property.

    They did have a loss return promotion however for new sign ups about a year ago. It's kind of an odd shaped casino, its on a barge in the river and the supporting structures look like metal outbuilding from the outside.
    Again Lawerenceburg is a trip out past the airport in Covington KY and over the river west of Cincy. Like HSI you are heading west out to rural Indiana. It's a small town, luckly the casino is not too far from the interstate exit, about a mile.


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    Dining had a good selection. I ate at buffet there and Hops house. In short I would use a comp, but its the only really dining around. I would not go out of my way to eat on property, but it will do in a pinch when staying onsite.
    VP was okay when I was there last. They have some quarter progressives on the main floor over by cashiers cage I played. Mostly .25 Bonus Deluxe single line play is what I played there. They had some newer slots, but I did not have much
    luck there. I think based on the casino ranking the hold at Lawerenceburg is slightly higher then other IN casinos, except for maybe Tropicana in Evansville. I would rank the place on par with HSI, but the casino is slight nicer due to the theme.
    If your a non smoker you going to be stuck with people around you puffing away since IN does not restrict smoking in casino's like IL and OH. I did not experience it too much, but I usually visited during off peak times. Once HS opened in Cincy, I pretty much only played there. Good luck on your trip.
     
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    Your stay at Lawrenceburg is free because you're going to be paying for it on the slots.
     
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    I hope you somehow are right on that penny machine. Joliet hasn't offered penny VP in all the years I've visited! And the paytables on their lone 2c game definitely wasn't 9/5!


    A little late to this @Champster1 sorry. People covered a lot though already.

    Hopefully the VP buttons worked better at Lawrenceburg than they did when I visited last summer.

    As for Joliet, the buffet isn't very good, the snack bar is much better.

    In Joliet, VP is generally better than all the other places listed. But you have to know where to look. At the bartops, they offer 9/5 JoB with STP (98.72% w/STP) for quarters (and remember you can select 1 line via the touch screen and still bet 5 or 6). For dollars they have a 9/6 DDB with a progressive (98.98%+prog.). And "Airport Deuces" on STP games (99.19% w/STP). If you happen to be a Quick Quad fan, they also have 7/5 Bonus (98.29%) for single line quarters
    On their Five Star machines.

    Good luck on your trip!