Groups are flocking to Indiana’s casino resorts for their group-friendly rates, thrilling action and gourmet dining
Often offering attractive rates and a multitude of dining, golfing and entertainment options, casinos make an excellent addition to a tour itinerary. With themes that range from Victorian to contemporary, Indiana’s gaming destinations offer high-stakes action and spacious accommodations to satisfy groups on any budget.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, located in the city of Anderson and less than one hour from Indianapolis, is one of the Midwest’s premier harness racing facilities, providing hours of thrills both on the racetrack and casino floor. Host of the annual $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes and ranked Standardbreds from across the continent, the complex includes a 7/8-mile oval track, stables for groups to visit and stadium seating with excellent views of the action. The accompanying Trackside complex features betting windows, luxury suites and prime views from the Pegasus Lounge. Dining options include the Prime Harvest Buffet, Caballo Loco Grill & Cantina and Dan Patch Brewhouse, which serves some of Indiana’s best craft beers.
After the races, head down the escalators for an evening of action on the easy-to-navigate casino floor. Awaiting guests are 2,000 slot machines and e-table games such as baccarat, craps and roulette plus video poker stations. Group members seeking a craft cocktail can try the creative creations at the Double R Bar. Harrah’s Hoosier Park is accommodating to large groups and can offer dining packages, visits to the Winners Circle and complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to nearby Noblesville and Anderson hotels.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, a 233,000-square-foot complex outside of Shelbyville, features a Las Vegas-style casino floor that boasts 2,200 high-paying slots and table games. Group members can enjoy the largest poker room in the Indianapolis area and electronic roulette, which uses realistic drag-the-chip capabilities and player-friendly onscreen help. Surrounding the casino floor is a variety of tempting dining options, including Center Cut (which showcases farm-fresh beef and an extensive wine list), Winner’s Circle Brewpub (where patrons can sample craft beer and enjoy simulcast racing) and the Grand Buffet (where guests can enjoy prime rib and fresh seafood). For nail-biting Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, head to the race course clubhouse to enjoy expansive stadium seating and a simulcast center to place bets of all sizes. Looking to package your group gaming experience with accommodations? Indiana Grand partners with local Indianapolis and Shelbyville hotels to provide an all-inclusive experience.
Evoking 19th century spa retreats, French Lick Resort in West Baden has enough activities to fill an entire itinerary. Located in the towns of French Lick and West Baden, the campus includes two AAA Four-Diamond historic hotels in the Mediterranean Revival style, three golf courses, two spas and dining options that range from elegant steakhouses to casual delis. One of the resort’s centerpieces is French Lick Casino, a 24-hour gaming complex that boasts 1,000 new and classic slots, progressive jackpots and video keno of multiple denominations and themes. In addition, 37 live-dealer tables host blackjack, craps and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, while groups can enjoy refreshments at the baseball-themed Casino Park Grill. The resort is proud to welcome groups and offers a variety of accommodation packages and meeting spaces to fit your needs.
Thirty minutes from downtown Chicago and offering stunning views of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Horseshoe Hammond is the gaming hub of Northwest Indiana. The complex notably houses the largest poker room in the Midwest (featuring 34 all-limit tables) and Benny’s Back Room, which hosts weekly games. Horseshoe’s other gaming highlight is the gorgeous Le Chang Asian Room, which evokes the glamorous casinos of China with dark wood and etched glasswork. Featuring games such as Pai Gow Tiles and Mini Baccarat Dragon Bonus, the room also offers authentic Chinese cuisine at the Foo Noodle Bar. The vessel’s two main public floors include over 1500 slot machines, 300 video poker machines and two bars. Hungry group members can dine at the Eatery, John Binion’s Steak and the Village Square Buffet, which features Latin, Italian and Asian stations at an all-inclusive price. Other areas to explore include The Venue, multipurpose performance and meeting space designed for group travelers, Sixth Street Bar, which serves local craft beer and cocktails, and Push, a nightclub featuring a 360 bar.
Rising above the Lake Michigan shoreline farther east is the striking Spa Blu Tower, a 22-story hotel and crown jewel of the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City. The elegant casino floor includes 42 table games such as mini baccarat and Caribbean stud, while eight live poker tables offer some of the hottest action in Indiana. Group members seeking rejuvenation will find their inner zen at Spa Blu, a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center. The complex includes steam rooms, whirlpools and manicure services that are available at a group rate. Groups will also appreciate Blue Chip’s variety of dining options, such as the exquisite cuts at William B’s Steakhouse, hearty pub food at The Game and indulgent deserts at It’s Vegas Baby!
Four Winds Casino in nearby South Bend, newly opened in 2018 and designed as a grand lodge with tribal touches, entices visitors with some of the state’s largest jackpots. Over 1,600 games include Wheel of Fortune Big Money, Penn & Teller and a million-dollar jackpot with a Monopoly theme. Poker lovers can enjoy the property’s 10 live tables and relax in the beautifully appointed Players Lounge, while a variety of penny slots will intrigue other group members. Famished after an evening on the floor? Copper Rock Steakhouse serves gourmet dry-aged meats and succulent lobster, Kankakee Grille specializes in wood-fired pizza and White Birch Market brews aromatic coffee. Four Winds is welcoming to motorcoach groups and also runs scheduled bus runs to Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Goshen.
Sporting a Victorian-inspired hotel and a riverboat complete with a pilot house and smokestacks, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg offers an exciting gaming experience 30 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Hollywood’s 136,000-square-foot, two-story layout can entertain nearly 9,000 guests with a variety of slots and table games such as blackjack, roulette and High Card Flush, while the Hollywood Poker Room features 19 tables welcoming to newcomers and serious players alike. Group members can unlock their inner movie star at the complex’s five restaurants as they enjoy classic martinis at H-BAR, prime beef selections at Final Cut Steakhouse and gourmet coffee blends at Hollywood & Grind. Cap off your evening at Boogie Nights, a ‘70s- and ‘80s-themed dance club, and be sure to take advantage of Hollywood’s free shuttle service to local hotels. If your party wishes to stay onsite, Hollywood’s dedicated group sales department that can package the casino’s numerous lodging, dining and gaming options.
Farther downstream on the Ohio River are the quaint town of Rising Sun and Rising Star Casino, a Full House Resorts property that boasts nearly 1,000 of the newest vivid video slots that range from one-cent to one-dollar denominations. Table games include traditional standbys such as roulette and craps in addition to innovative new additions such as Spanish 21 (a blackjack variation that discards some 10s from the
deck) and Mississippi Stud Progressive Poker. Delicious dining options include River View Buffet, which serves carved meats and a salad station; Wellington’s, a high-end steakhouse serving fresh seafood and pork chops; and Queen City Market, which caters to guests looking for a quick bite before returning to the casino floor. Also on property is the Links at Rising Star Casino, a Tim Liddy-designed gem and the only Scottish Links-style course in Southern Indiana. The resort’s entertainment venues include the Windsor Lounge, which showcases national stand-up comics, and the Grand Theatre, which hosts everything
from rock concerts to Broadway-quality musicals.
Minutes from the Indiana Wine Trail, Belterra Casino is one of the largest casino resorts in the state. Over 38,000 square feet of gaming spaces is complemented by a full-service spa, conference space and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Floating alongside the Ohio River, the Miss Belterra riverboat casino offers two levels of highstakes table games such as craps and blackjack and slot areas on the entrance level, while the non-smoking Live Poker rooms features Texas Hold ‘Em and live tournaments for your group’s enjoyment.
Dining options include 19 Steak & Seafood (where you can indulge in dry-aged beef and a diverse raw bar), Stadium Sports Bar & Grill (the ultimate sports bar with 30 high-definition TVs to follow every game)
and the expansive Buffet at Belterra. The site also offers flexible menu and lodging packages for visiting groups, with meeting rooms and professional planning services to ensure a thrilling Switzerland County
A property that includes over 1,000 slots, 350 hotel rooms and five restaurants on the banks of the Ohio River, Tropicana Evansville is one of Indiana’s premier gaming destinations. Texas Hold ‘em, roulette and craps all offer high-energy action on a casino floor dripping with Las Vegas glamor. The elegance continues at the Piano Bar at Cavanaugh’s, an upscale nightclub with signature martinis and nightly live entertainment. More nightlife can be found at 421, a high-energy lounge with a dance floor. Dining options include the Cajun-themed Chef Subra’s Recipes and diverse selections at the Kitchen Buffet.