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Harrah's Joliet Illinois.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by dalej42, May 27, 2012.

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  1. dalej42

    dalej42 Low-Roller

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    I just moved to Chicago and I'm thinking of taking the Metra to Harrahs Joliet soon. The Video poker doesn't look great, although it doesn't seem to be as bad as many of the Indian places. How's the blackjack?

    Any other general comments about the casino? I'm looking to build up some TR points so I can hopefully swing a Bally's comp for the Las Vegas Traders Expo in November.
     
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    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Surprisingly, all the non-Vegas CET properties I've visited have okay BJ (at least compared to their Vegas properties). I was up at Harrahs Joliet last year about this time of the year and saw the following:

    $10 8 deck, H17, DAS, RSA, no surrender
    $50 6 deck, S17, DAS, RSA, no surrender (HL room only)

    I think they all had one of those gimmicky side bets, but I always ignore those so I can't remember which one.

    So, not fantastic, but not awful either.

    As with most non-Vegas joints, service/dealers were hit or miss. But most were friendly enough.

    I actully thought the craps dealers were very good. And I think they offer 10x odds.

    The casual restaurant was decent and not too pricey. I didn't get a chance to check out the nicer (steakhouse?) place.

    The casino is non-smoking, but there is a large smoking lounge not far from the action.
     
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    Stacks O. Purple Low-Roller

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    I would advise you to cross the border into Indiana and go to the Horseshoe in Hammond. Much bigger, many more gaming and dining options to choose from. The downside is that it allows smoking, if you're a non-smoker.
     
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    dalej42 Low-Roller

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    Can I get to Hammond, IN without a car from Lake View in Chicago? I could care less about the smoking.
     
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    You can access four Illinois casinos via trains from Lake View. They have shuttles from Chinatown and other areas that go to the Indiana boats which you can find on the Indiana casino websites.

    You can take the Blue Line to the Rosemont stop and take the free shuttle to the Rivers Casino. This is the shortest trip from your neighborhood.

    The Metra will drop you 3-4 blocks from Harrah's Joliet.

    The other two options are Metra to Aurora or Elgin.

    I live 5 minutes from the Rivers Casino but haven't checked it out. I have not gambled locally since the 1990s. I did go to Harrah's last year for the "Harrah's Road to Whatever" promotion which earned $200-$300 depending on how many Harrah's you visited. The boat was nicer than the 1990s, but it is still too cramped and crowded for my tastes to go regularly.
     
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    dalej42 Low-Roller

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    I really like the Rivers Casino out by Ohare. I stayed by Ohare when I first moved here and went there a few times. I'm looking to play at a Harrah's property because I want to stay at Ballys in Las Vegas in November for a convention. I'm a loyal MGM player, but last year I stayed at Luxor and tried to make it to Ballys every day for the convention and the walk/monorail was just too much hassle.
     
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    dalej42 Low-Roller

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    Is there any $25 a hand options? That is my usual comfort level.
     
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    Both the Harrah's joints are nice. I tend to go to Joliet because of the hotel. Horseshoe doesn't have a hotel and even though they can put you up in a local one if they play allows, the only nice hotel in the area appears to be at Ameristar and I doubt they comp that. Both have great steakhouses. They took out the casual restaurant and buffet at Joliet in favor of a Paula Deen's restaurant/buffet combo. I wasn't impressed with it and I think that they realize it may need some tweaks to make the regulars happy. That being said, I still like the buffet over the one at Horseshoe. It's always looked lovely no matter who had owned it but the food has just never impressed me. Can't help you with VP or BJ, though.
     
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    There were $25 tables (and $15). But they were all in the smae pit as the $10 ones so I assume same rules. All the tables in the HL room were $50 and it wasn't too crowded when I went. Might be worth asking them to lower an open table so you can get the good rules.
     
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