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Mini TR: Indiana (OH/KY) riverboat gaming - the new Hollywood Casino

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by baronworm, Jul 9, 2009.

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  1. baronworm

    baronworm Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I had occasion to be in Cincinnati earlier this week, and for the first time I thought I'd make the 20 minute drive over to Lawrenceburg, Indiana to check out the riverboat casinos. My timing turned out to be quite tight, so I only had a little bit of time in the casino. (enough time to win $100 on the craps table and then hightail it back to CVG)

    In particular, I stopped at the Hollywood casino. This is the biggest, and closest, of the riverboat casinos. http://www.hollywoodindiana.com/

    Little did I know that this particular casino - formerly known as the Argosy - had only just opened for business after a big renovation. More like a total rebuild from the ground up.

    Having never been in the Argosy, I can only comment on the new Hollywood. And that comment is.... wow.

    I was very impressed, the size, scale, and decor of the place compared favorably to a mid- to high-end Vegas property like the venetian or MGM. (and I'm still skeptical that I was ever actually on a boat...)

    This vegas similarity does include the limits, unfortunately. (nothing less than $10)

    I didn't sample any of the dining options, so I can't comment on the cuisine. They had a buffet and a coffeeshop, and presumably a steakhouse of some sort but I didn't actually see one.

    Pros:
    Lovely decor, 40-foot ceilings, fun hollywood theme
    Non-smoking tables (I noticed both roulette and craps...)
    LOTS of tables (they had 4 craps tables going at 2pm on a Wednesday)
    Single-zero roulette wheel (but only in the high-limit room, and it wasn't spinning when I was there)


    Cons:
    Valet parking isn't free (wha?) unless you have the high-end players card
    No limits lower than $10 that I could see.

    Bottom line:
    If you're in the midwest and you crave a vegas-style experience, I think you'd be happy with this place.

    p.s. one particularly interesting thing I observed was that the blackjack/roulette dealers didn't have any black (100) or purple (500) checks. I asked about this, and was told that,
    "they pulled all of those chips from the tables this morning, a security problem"

    with some more pressing, the dealer explained to me,
    "apparently someone managed to dye some white ($1) chips black."

    doh!
     
  2. baronworm

    baronworm Low-Roller

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    oh another Pro...

    the craps tables all had 10x odds
     
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