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“The Empress Casino no longer exists.” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #10 of 10 Attractions in Joliet
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Joliet, IL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“The Empress Casino no longer exists.”
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.

Visited November 2013
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ottawa, Illinois, USA
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“with some gamblers”
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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Awesome”
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.

Visited January 2013
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Springfield, Illinois
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
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“Could have skipped it but didn't”
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 for less, but they stick it to you by only paying 6-5 when you are dealt 21 as opposed to the standard 3 -2 payoff. They also strategically place those tables near the poker room, knowing that the typical male waiting for a seat the poker table, just might be tempted to pull up a chair at the blackjack table. In fact, that may be the ONLY reason they even have these tables, because they're aren't very many of them. The slots seem stingy too. I didn't try the buffet, but a previous review quotes a price of $36? Not in a million years would I ever do that. Now named the Hollywood Casino. Not sure if this place was ever a good idea from the start. Your results may vary. Good luck if going.

Visited August 2012
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Chicago, IL
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“Hollywood Casino Joliet”
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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