In 1996, Ohio's conservatives handily defeated an initiative to legalize riverboat gambling in the state, with 62 percent of voters opposed to the initiative and only 38 percent supporting it. Travelers are often disappointed to learn that riverboat gambling is illegal in the Buckeye State. Fortunately, Indiana, Ohio's neighbor to the west, is a riverboat gambling hub. Some of its most popular riverboat casinos on the Ohio RIver are just a short drive from metropolitan Cincinnati. Many of these casinos feature hotel accommodations, allowing gamblers to stay where they play. Gambling near my location.
Formerly known as Argosy Casino, the Hollywood Casino (hollywoodindiana.com) is a riverboat gambling facility and hotel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Hollywood Casino boasts over 3,200 slot machines, 89 tables featuring 20 different games and a World Poker Tour poker room with 41 tables dedicated exclusively to poker. If gambling doesn't tickle your fancy, you can shop in Hollywood Casino's exclusive gift shop, Rodeo Drive, or dine in one of its five upscale on-site restaurants.
Grand Victoria Casino and Resort
The Grand Victoria Casino and Resort (grandvictoria.com) is in Rising Sun, Indiana, less than an hour's drive from Cincinnati. With nearly 1,300 slot machines, 37 table games, five on-site dining options -- ranging from casual to elegant -- and hotel accommodations featuring whirlpool spas, an indoor pool, a health club and sauna, the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort offers something for everyone. The resort is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can hit the slots whenever the urge strikes.
Belterra Casino Resort
The Belterra Casino Resort (belterracasino.com) is a riverboat casino with over 1,550 slot and video poker machines, 41 table games and a poker room that hosts daily tournaments. The Belterra has an on-site hotel with full-service spa and salon, shopping center, championship golf course and a staggering seven restaurants and eateries. Open 24 hours, seven days a week, the Belterra Casino Resort is an hour from Cincinnati, in beautiful Florence, Indiana.
Horseshoe Southern Indiana
Formerly known as Caesar's Indiana, Horseshoe Southern Indiana (horseshoe-indiana.com) is a riverboat casino two hours outside of Cincinnati in Elizabeth, Indiana. The casino offers 2,400 slot machines, over 140 gaming tables and a comfortable poker room with 30 tables. Horseshoe's on-site hotel has a fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor fitness trail, gift shops and six dining options. Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.