Editor’s note: As of Jan. 22, this casino is open and following state-mandated COVID-19 pandemic protocols.
Harrah’s Joliet Casino is a docked riverboat casino along the east bank of the Des Plaines River. It is one of the most popular gaming establishments in Illinois.
The casino has 40,000 square feet of gaming space. It features over 600 video slots and 31 tables where you can play blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps and other exciting games.
You can stay at a the 200-room hotel and visit one of many bars and restaurants inside the casino.
You must be 21 years or older and present a valid ID.
Harrah’s Joliet is a beautiful property with art-deco style architecture.
On 40,000 square feet of gaming space, the casino hosts more than 600 video slot machines and more than 30 tables on a single floor.
There was a WSOP-sponsored poker room at Harrah’s, but it closed permanently in October 2020.
Unfortunately, Harrah’s Joliet doesn’t have a sportsbook. However, since sports betting is legal in Illinois, the casino could add a Harrah’s sportsbook in the near future.
Harrah’s Joliet runs frequent promotions, and the most popular is Caesars Rewards. There’s also the midweek multiplier promotion that lets you get three to seven times more points, depending on your tier level.
If you love playing popular slots, the slot-game selection at Harrah’s Joliet won’t disappoint you. There are over 600 modern video slots, varying in denominations from a few cents to several dollars.
The casino proudly advertises their collection of Link, Buffalo and Wonder 4 games. They include:
Other highly popular slots include titles like Dancing Drums, Cash Machine, Fortune Coin, Treasure Ball, among others. The casino also features several progressive slots where the jackpots can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Apart from video slots, Harrah’s Juliet hosts over 200 video poker machines in Illinois. The most popular video poker games include:
Denominations range from 5 cents to $25. There are also several video keno machines with denominations from 25 cents to $1.
Harrah’s Joliet has 31 tables where you can enjoy games that range from casino classics to some new and inventive games.
The most popular game at the casino is blackjack. One interesting thing about is that Harrah’s Joliet dealers will allow you to combine your blackjack bet with your side bets in order to reach the table minimum.
Here is a list of all the table games available at Harrah’s Joliet:
While some of the table games will allow you to bet big, Harrah’s Joliet doesn’t have a high-limit room.
As it’s run by Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s Joliet is a part of the operator’s rewards program Caesars Rewards.
You can sign up for the Caesars Rewards Visa card. By using the card, you pick up reward credits. You get five credits for every $1 spent at the casino, two credits for every $1 spent on gas stations, airline tickets and grocery stores. You can earn one credit even when using your card outside of the casino.
You can also earn credits by staying at one of the casino’s partnered hotels and dining at the participating restaurants. If you spend $750 within the first 90 days, you will automatically get 10,000 reward credits as a bonus.
There are six tiers: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Diamond Plus, Diamond Elite and Seven Stars. Gold members can automatically upgrade to Platinum if they make their first purchase using their Visa credit card within the first 90 days.
You can redeem credits for free play at the casino, hotel accommodation, shopping, dining, buying live event tickets, getting discounts at spa and fitness centers and more.
Harrah’s Joliet Casino is adjacent to a three-star hotel that offers luxurious accommodation to all players.
The 11-floor hotel has 204 modern rooms with state-of-the-art amenities. You can choose one of “luxury” or “premium” rooms with either one king-sized or two queen-sized beds. Several rooms also come with a picturesque view of the Des Plaines River.
Some of the rooms’ amenities include beverage-filled refrigerators, HD TV sets with pay-per-view movies, a hairdryer, private voicemail, air conditioners and room service. All rooms are nonsmoking.
Property amenities include free parking, free internet, a fitness center with gym, conference rooms, meeting rooms, laundry service and an on-site ATM.
There are three restaurants on-site. All the Harrah’s Joliet Casino restaurants are reasonably priced, but you can get a discount if you’re a Caesars Rewards member.
Harrah’s Joliet Casino opened on May 4, 1993, by hotel developer John Hammons. At that time, only riverboat casinos were allowed in Illinois. Harrah’s 200-foot yacht named Northern Star set sail with more than 500 slot machines and 40 table games. Another boat called Southern Star was added to the fleet in early 1994.
In 1999, a $30 million hotel was built. Two years later, when the Illinois law no longer required casinos to be on riverboats, Harrah’s Joliet became permanently docked.
Caesars Entertainment ran Harrah’s Joliet. It was acquired in 2020 by Eldorado Resorts, a company that soon changed its name to Caesars Entertainment.