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Empress River Casino

2300 Empress Drive, Joliet, IL 60434
888-4-EMPRESS (US only), 815-744-9400
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Ranked #14 of 17 Attractions in Joliet
Type: Casinos
Most recent review
- Apr 23, 2014
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Lockport, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Empress Casino no longer exists. Back before Hollywood bought it and re modeled, the Empress was Jolly Good. I won on several occasions. Starting with Craps, Black Jack and Video Poker. I seldom left without a few winnings.

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Joliet, IL
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is now Hollywood Casino and has been for at least two years. It has been updated after an extensive fire in the Casino over two years ago.

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ottawa, Illinois, USA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

went with some friends. music was loud, won some money, seen a few people from our area. we did not eat any food, just drank. haha

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Amarillo, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Best seafood buffet! Pavilion looks great since I was there last. No luck on slots or tables, but everything almost made my loss worth it.

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Springfield, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I know these experiences can range in accordance with how much one might win or lose at these types of places but you'll need some extra cash in your pocket to get started if you're playing some of the table games. Standard Blackjack doesn't allow anything less than a $15 minumum. Its been that way for years. You can play... More

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Chicago, IL
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at Harrahs but made 2 trips here. We actually had a lit if fun & were able to play much longer per dollar spent than at Harrahs! Liked the atmosphere too.

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Illinois City, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Since being rebuilt from being burnt down, empress casino now hollywood casino buffet quality has gone way down. Buffet price on friday night now 36.00 with tax. Crab legs on menu, but they ration them out to you. The rest of the buffet food you would get a better quality just going to a golden corral. On two different occassions... More

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Garfield, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Apparently this is now known as Hollywood Casino, was moved a few miles down river to its new location. The games were all top of the line, brand new games, plus a few oldies thrown in. Had an excellent feel to it. Wish we could go back again soon, but we live 800 miles away!

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

again i am a smoker so that bothered me that i could not smoke and if i am smoking i also will buy drinks so i did neither of course. the slots were a lil tight but they did have one celeb performer in the pit doing daughtry impressions and he was a dealer ( i say he is a... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

food, great presentation and taste. entertainment, small local bands are great especially the Vintage Wood band!!!

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