Riverboat Gambling, Saint Louis
A cultural reference to most people in the entire world, this mythic river showed me the emptiness of downtown. Two closed boat (during the day), one in each side, were transformed in casinos, waiting for the nightly visitors.
I crossed the bridge (which allows me to tell my friends that I travelled to Illinois by foot) and the other side was a terrible disappointment. The only interesting thing was the meeting with a local policeman, who came to ask what the crazy Portuguese was doing in such an hostile place, and ended driving me to the best spot for the picture I wanted to take (yes, this one of the tip) and back to the bridge. Nice guy!
Previously when we were there, there was a regular schedule to embark on the Casino Queen boat. Once the boat leaves the shore, the gambling on cards, tables, rouelettes and slots can legally start. The boat will cruise down the river and back within 2 hours. So we enjoyed the riverside night view.
But now, casino boats can be docked for gambling. And so the Casino Queen is permanent docked and you can enter or leave anytime. There are many other riverboat casinos and have free shuttle to pick up from major hotels. Just call their toll free numbers.
Casino Queen was our favorite because it is on the other side of Mississippi river bank in East St. Louis and so had the best view of the Gateway Arch and city skyline of St. Louis.
While you are here, if you like to gamble and have a great dinner, Harrah's is the place to go. Located in Earth City, just minutes from downtown and easy to get to, here you will have a lot of fun, eat good food and, if you like, stay in a nice hotel. The Casino is close to the UMB Bank Pavilion which is our outdoor concert venue. So if you are in town for a concert, this is a great place to stay.
The iBAR located on the Island Casino is really fun. Great gaming action and an iBar dance venue. A great place to go with friends or just as a couple. I usually do very well at the slots.
I put Harrah's web address on this tip. Just go to the "Casino Locator" option at the top and you will be able to get Harrah's St. Louis information.
We went to the Casino Queen in Illinois which is across the Mighty Mississippi from St. Louis. Locals cautioned my husband to go to the Illinois side to gamble.....I don't know why as I didn't ask. I love to play slot machines. We weren't there too long as once I win, I am out of there!!!:) I won 100$ in 10 minutes and that was it! I just always figure that once I win, that is it for me!
This casino is near the Arch. I also visited the St Charles Casino. The casinos don't actually go down river. They're permantly docked. I like playing craps and I've never seen a crap table that had 2, 3, 11 and 12 on it.
If you like to gamble, there are plenty of riverboat casinos. I recommend avoiding the ones downtown in favor of the riverboat in St. Charles, St. Louis which is really only about 20-25 minutes by car from downtown St. Louis and even closer if you stay at Westport or the Airport.
You have to pay a $2 enterance fee to get in which is good for the lifetime of the ship. One tip for you is there is a free soda machine on the second level. Another tip is the Casino Queen in Illinois which just across the river doesn't charge this fee.
Along the Mississippi River,you can find also a few very nice Boats-Casinos.So don't miss a gambling night at St. Louis!
This is a picture of QUEEN CASINO.
This is another picture of a Casino at Mississippi River.Also you can find some of them as very nice restaurants.
Try your luck at gambling on the Riverboats on the Mississippi River.
It's interesting to go on the riverboats, but watch out - they have some really different rules than Vegas. I lost my $ fast!
There are two remaining casinos on the river and one called the Lumiere Place at Laclede's Landing. The Admiral is the icon form the start, and Queen came along on the Illinois side in recent years.