Top 5 Riverboat Casinos Worth Visiting in the US

Top 5 RiverboatThere’s no more classic gambling experience than playing in an all-American 19th-century riverboat casino. Found at a variety of riverside locations, they combine the historical glamor of the golden age of gambling with the bang-up-to-date facilities demanded by today’s casino clientele. To mark World Oceans Day on June 8, the team at has looked at the most memorable riverboat casino experiences in America today.

1. The Amelia Belle (Location: Amelia, LA)

Expect a gaming experience with a distinct Cajun flavor at the Amelia Belle Casino. Located between Morgan City and Houma in the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, the Amelia Belle combines a traditional riverboat location with a host of gaming opportunities. Opened in 1995 as the Bally’s New Orleans Casino, the property is now owned and operated by Boyd Gaming.

The Amelia Belle contains over 800 slots and offers 11 table games. Sportsbetting fans are well catered for, too, as the venue is home to a FanDuel Sportsbook.

Food lovers can enjoy a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog and a range of classics, including nachos and gumbo.

This four-story boat is one of the most beautiful casinos in America.


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2. Casino Queen Marquette (Location: Marquette, Iowa)

It might not be as big as some of the riverboat casinos on our list, but the Casino Queen Marquette still offers a memorable and arguably more intimate gambling experience.

Situated in Marquette, Iowa, just across the Mississippi from the charming town of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, it’s home to more than 500 slots and eight table games, including 21+3 blackjack. You’ll also find electronic table games, including fusion blackjack, fusion roulette, and shoot to win craps. There’s also a sportsbook.

The venue offers a variety of dining options, including an all-you-can-eat buffet, home-style chicken, classic burgers and hot dogs, and a bakery.

Players can expect plenty of offers and promotions at the Casino Queen too, both on the gaming floor and in the dining rooms. If you want to make a night of it, book in at one of the venue’s partners’ hotels.

3. The Hollywood Casino (Location: Aurora, Illinois)

The first of two Illinois venues on our list is the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, a western suburb of Chicago. Situated on the Fox River, it’s owned by Gaming & Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming.

This riverboat casino opened in 1993, the Hollywood Casino has 53,000 square feet of gaming space. That’s room for more than 1,000 slot machines and a host of table game action, including blackjack, mini-baccarat, roulette, and craps. Sports bettors can test their handicapping skills at the Barstool Sportsbook.

There’s also a steakhouse which is open from Thursday through to Sunday, as well as a sports bar which is open daily.

The Hollywood Casino, Aurora, is part of the MyHeroes program. This offers a variety of discounts, upgrades, and promotions to active-duty military, veterans, and first responders.

4. Grand Victoria Casino (Location: Elgin, Illinois)

First opened back in 1994, Grand Victoria Casino is located approximately 40 miles west of Chicago and is owned and operated by gaming giant Caesars.

Based on the Fox River, this beautiful riverboat property offers players a huge variety of gaming opportunities, complete with grade A service. On offer are over 1,110 slots as well as a huge range of table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card, Mississippi stud, high card flush, and baccarat.

If you’d rather take on real-life opponents than the house, there’s a poker room that runs from 10am to 4am from Wednesday to Sunday. You’ll find games to suit most bankrolls here. The in-house Caesars Sportsbook offers action on sporting events big and small throughout the year.

The Grand Victoria is also home to three restaurants, including a deli and a pizzeria. The pick of the bunch is the award-winning Buckingham’s Steakhouse and Bistro, which offers a classic fine dining experience.

5. Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (Shreveport, Louisiana)

Situated on the Red River in downtown Shreveport, Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall first opened in 1994. The authentic 19th-century paddlewheel riverboat is home to three floors of slots and casino games.

The casino offers games including blackjack, single deck blackjack, craps, craps no more, roulette, let it ride, Mississippi stud poker, and three-card poker with 6 card bonus. The slot collection currently runs to around 750 titles, with more added regularly.

Sam’s Town also includes a FanDuel Sportsbook, 514 hotel rooms and suites, and a variety of eating options. Pick up a quick bite or grab a coffee at Java’s Deli or tuck into some hearty classics at Smokey’s Joes. If you want to glam it up a bit, head to William B’s Steakhouse.

If you need to work off some of that fine food, Sam’s Town also comes with a swimming pool and fully-equipped fitness center.

There are plenty of attractions close to Sam’s Town too. Shreveport’s museums, botanical gardens, and an I-Max movie theater are all just a short walk away.

Riverboat Casinos Conclusion

If you want a gaming experience that offers something a little different, a visit to a riverboat casino should certainly fit the bill. The venues offer oodles of atmosphere and all the gaming options you’d find in a standard brick-and-mortar casino. Visit one of the five venues on our list for a gambling trip you won’t forget.

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