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Ameristar Retail Casino & Sportsbook Review

With sports betting now going across the state of Indiana it is time to see what casinos have to offer for some live action. Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago is a very nice casino just across the Indiana border for those Illinois sports bettors who are still waiting for legislation to pass. As well as being a full-fledged casino, Ameristar also has a sportsbook on property powered by one of the market leaders, DraftKings Sportsbook.

The sportsbook opened on Sept. 1, 2019. The sportsbook is located right by the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill, which is right inside the main entrance. The sportsbook has a very large odds screen, similar to the ones you would find in Las Vegas. They also have tons of televisions to follow your bets and five betting terminals. They also have 12 terminals throughout the casino that can be used to place sports bets.

You do have to be 21 to bet in the casino or at the sportsbook. This is a full-service sportsbook, so if you want to bet futures, spread, totals, or parlays, they have it.

One of the big advantages of Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago is the live betting option. They allow live betting on almost every big sporting event. So while you are watching the game you can get even more involved with bets on who scores next, or even hedge your bet from earlier in the day.

Promotions

They do not currently have a ton of sports betting promotions, as that is usually reserved for mobile apps. They do have a jackpot drawing. If you hit a jackpot on any of the slot machines you are entered into a drawing for an additional $15,000.

Gaming

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago has everything you would expect in a casino. It has table games, sportsbook, slots, stadium gaming, and a baccarat room. We will cover all the offerings and let you know what to expect when you walk through the door.

Table games

You won’t walk into Ameristar and say there are no table games to play. The casino offers 72 different tables with numerous options. They have regular limits, but also high limit tables for a lot of their games. There is a $25,000 max bet for Baccarat and some bets of $10,000 or more on the more popular tables games.

  • Blackjack
  • Progressive Blackjack Blazing 7’s
  • Craps
  • Craps No More
  • Roulette
  • Mississippi Stud
  • EZ Pai Gow
  • Let It Ride
  • Three-Card Poker

Slots

Like its table game offerings, Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago doesn’t shortchange you. They have 1,700 slot machines. Whether you like the small bets or the big bets they have a machine for you. Bets range from a penny all the way up to $100 machines. There are 100 different games to choose from and they also have a jackpot promotion where you can win an additional $15,000 if you enter the drawing.

Stadium gaming

For those gamblers who do not like the pressure of playing at a live table, Ameristar offers the largest stadium gaming area in the Chicagoland area. Not only are the limits much lower, but they have huge screens and tons of excitement. They have $5 limits on blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. The area also offers $3 craps.

There are 34 different connected machines in the stadium gaming area. We think this is one of the top stadium gaming areas anywhere. Ameristar’s area puts a lot of the Las Vegas stadium areas to shame.

  • Multi-Hand Blackjack with side bets
  • Live Baccarat with side bets
  • Video Poker
  • Video Baccarat
  • Video Multi-Hand Blackjack
  • Automated Roulette
  • Automated Craps

Baccarat Room

The Baccarat Room was newly remodeled and is located on the fourth floor of the casino. The room ranges in bet size from $10 minimums all the way up to $25,000. There are 21 total games, with 19 of them being baccarat in addition to two brand new pai-gow tile tables. It also has two refreshment stands. If you are looking for something to eat, they have Authentic Noodle and if you are looking for a drink there’s the Smoothie Bar located inside the room.

The tables offer a Dragon Bonus Bet, a side bet that pays depending on how big your margin of victory is. There are also 3 EZ Baccarat tables with no commission taken from the Bankers Bet and Commission Free Baccarat.

Sportsbook

The new sportsbook has been very popular since it opened in September. You can bet on both collegiate and professional sporting events. Ameristar’s sportsbook offers straight bets, parlays, teasers, futures, and more.

Hours of operation

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 11 pm
Friday: 9 am – 1 am
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 1 am

Rewards program

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago offers the MyChoice Rewards program. It is free to join. It will get you access to special promotions and discounts at affiliated hotels. Currently there is a promotion that gets you $30 in Free Play guaranteed then up to $500 after three visits.

MyChoice Rewards is setup in a four tier system based on the number of points. You can swipe your card at the slot machine or hand it to the dealer at any table game.

Under 200 points:

  • First visit – $5
  • Second visit – $10
  • Third visit – $15

200-point tier:

  • First visit – $15
  • Second visit – $20
  • Third visit – $30

400-point tier:

  • First visit – $25
  • Second visit – $30
  • Third visit – $45

600-point tier:

  • First visit – $35
  • Second visit – $40
  • Third visit – $60

800-point tier:

  • First visit – $45
  • Second visit – $50
  • Third visit – $75

You can redeem your points for free play, dining inside the casino, shopping, and hotels stays. There are 35 casinos that participate in the MyChoice Rewards program.

Online gaming

DraftKings is the mobile sports betting app, for Ameristar casino. It is one of the most popular betting apps in Indiana.

Additionally, you can play slots for free online. You enter your MyChoice information and you are awarded free credits to play with. The games run through HollywoodCasino, and there are quite a few slot machine games to choose from.

Dining

You definitely won’t be disappointed by the number of choices available. Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago offers six different dining choices.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

If you are looking for a sports bar atmosphere after dropping a few dollars on your favorite team, this is the spot. The Stadium Sports Bar & Grill features 30 flat-screen TVs, sports memorabilia and a menu that would make any bar and grill jealous. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

Sunday 9 am – 1 am
Monday – Saturday: 7 am – 11 am

Lunch/Dinner

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 12 am

Bugatti’s Steak and Pasta

If you are looking for fine dining, Bugatti’s has you covered. It is modeled after a typical Chicago style steakhouse. They also have an extensive seafood menu. They are closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

Hours of operation

Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 5-9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 5-10 pm

Burger Brothers

Burger Brothers, which is located inside the Ameristar Pavilion, is fast food on steroids. Each patty is made to order and a great place to grab a quick bite. Burger Brothers offers a burger joint menu with burgers, fries, onion rings and the like.

Hours of operation

Monday – Thursday: 8pm – 4am
Friday: 6pm – 4am
Saturday and Sunday: 11pm – 4am

Heritage Buffet

Who doesn’t want to splurge for a little buffet action when they head to the casino? It has American and international food at different stations throughout the buffet.

Brunch buffet

Sunday 7am – 2pm $17.99

Lunch buffet

Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 2pm $15.99

Dinner buffet

Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4pm – 9pm $19.99

Crab Leg buffet

Friday 4pm – 10pm $35.99

Prime Rib & Shrimp dinner

Saturday 4pm – 10 pm $27.99

Noodle Bar

The Noodle Bar is open inside of the newly remodeled Baccarat Room. Noodle Bar specializes in authentic Pacific Rim delights. Enjoy the classic dishes or create your own.

It is open every day from 12pm – 4 am

Club 38

If you want access to Club 38 you have to register to be a member of MyChoice Rewards. Once inside the food and drink are complimentary. You can rub elbows with the other high rollers and receive VIP treatment.

Hours of operation

Sunday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Lunch

Monday – Friday: 11am – 2pm

Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 2pm

Dinner

Every day 4pm – 8pm

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Entertainment

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago has entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.