Blue Chip Casino & Sportsbook Review
The Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa is located in Michigan City, IN. The sportsbook is operated by FanDuel, which also operates the most popular Indiana online betting app on the market. The casino is less than a 10-minute drive from the Michigan border.
This is one of the bigger hotel/casino combos in the state, with over 486 rooms divided between two towers. The casino is located on a stationary boat that is open 24 hours a day.
It’s a mid-size casino with 65,000 square feet, just under 1,700 slots and 65 tables between poker and table games. It does have plenty of dining options for its size, with four restaurants and one bar.
This is the area where the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa is able to separate itself from the pack. Not only does it have some of the best casino promotions in the business, but its partnership with FanDuel allows it to do things the other casinos can’t when it comes to welcoming new sports bettors.
Any new players signing up to be in the B Connected rewards program will receive a scratch-off worth up to $100,000.
Poker players can receive cash-back rewards based on their hours of play. Every two-month window has a $50 cash prize for every 50 hours played.
If you are a sports gambler, the Blue Chip partnership with FanDuel is definitely intriguing.
FanDuel is offering a risk-free bet for all new sportsbook accounts. If you lose your first bet, up to $500, you will get it back into your account as a credit. You can take a bigger risk on your first bet, knowing that even if it loses, you will receive the credit.
If you hit all of your parlay bets except one, FanDuel will refund you up to $25. This will be great if you decide to throw down a few parlay bets during the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
The odds boost feature at FanDuel has become probably the most popular promotion. Let’s say the Vikings are +5.5 against the Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. FanDuel will boost it to a +7.5 as a way of getting some bettors to jump on the bet.
If you are looking for table games, slots or live poker, you will find what you need at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa. Casino Player Magazine voted Blue Chip as the best casino in the Chicagoland area.
Blue Chip has a nice selection of table games, but it is by no means one of the largest. It offers 40 table games, which is half the number of some of the bigger casinos.
- 21+3 With Top 3
- Mississippi Stud Progressive
- Three-Card Poker Progressive
- Caribbean Stud
- High Card Flush
- Heads Up Hold ‘Em
- Live Poker Room
Heads Up Hold ‘Em is a game that is really catching on in the casino industry. With the popularity of the World Series of Poker, casinos have jumped on the trend and added a table game where you play against the dealer.
Another huge plus to the Blue Chip is the poker room. While it is nowhere near as big as Hollywood Casino, it still has ample room. There are eight tables that are live throughout the day. Rewards are offered for those players who put in enough hours.
Because there are limited tables, it is recommended that you call at least one hour ahead to reserve your spot. Tournaments are offered throughout the week, but you must be a B Connected member to play.
The Blue Chip Casino offers over 1,600 different gaming machines. On its website, you can go and search for your favorite slot machine, which is a really cool feature if you have a specific game you like to play.
Progressive jackpots are usually fairly large, and the Blue Chip Casino offers everything from penny slots to $100 line bets.
We saw the name FanDuel and got pretty excited about what Blue Chip’s sportsbook would look like. It was fairly disappointing, as it looks more like a normal bar than a sportsbook.
Brian Urlacher cut the ribbon at the grand opening, which was pretty cool for Bears fans in the area. The sportsbook sits at just over 2,700 square feet with five betting windows. It does have 22 TVs, which make it a good place to track your bets.
It also offer two scrolling sports tickers, but we were hoping for more of a Las Vegas feel to the space. You must be 21 years of age to enter the sportsbook.
Hours of operations
- Monday – Thursday: 9 am – midnight
- Friday: 9 am – 1 am
- Saturday: 8 am – 1 am
- Sunday: 8 am – midnight
Blue Chip is associated with the B Connected rewards program. Since Blue Chip is owned by Boyd Gaming, the rewards program can be used at 24 casinos throughout the country. B Connected is a tier-based program like MyChoice Rewards.
Rewards vary from free plays at the casino, to trips to Las Vegas, to cruises. There are five tiers named after gemstones.
If you like to stay and play, the rewards program gets you discounted hotel stays to go along with the other benefits. Points are earned on bets between $1 to $5, depending on what game you are playing.
- Ruby Level 0-749 points: Discounts on hotel stays, dining and shopping
- Sapphire 750-14,999: Earn points that can be used for dining or free play. Two complimentary nights at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas.
- Emerald 15,000-49,999: Earn extra benefits with an annual trip on a Holland American Line cruise ship, a Las Vegas trip, and more nights at the Baha Mar. You will also receive special VIP services.
- Onyx 50,000-199,999: All the above plus a yearly luxury gift.
- Titanium 200,000+: You enjoy all the special amenities on trips, and this level adds the Sheraton in Hawaii. You can also choose from a B Memorable trip or an upgrade on your yearly gift.
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa is one of the few sportsbooks that is mobile-ready because of its partnership with FanDuel. You can bet all the games you can bet in the sportsbook, plus there are even more choices with the endless capabilities of live betting.
The FanDuel mobile app is top-notch because of its experience in the daily fantasy industry. It follows the same layout and format, plus there are a lot of promotions and bonuses for signing up on its app.
Blue Chip doesn’t overwhelm with choices, but everything it offers is quality. Four restaurants and one bar make up the dining options in the casino and hotel.
William B’s Steakhouse
This restaurant is named after Boyd Gaming founder Bill Boyd. The restaurant is modeled after the legendary Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It offers quality beef, fresh seafood, and pasta with the Midwestern palate in mind. Reservations are recommended if you plan on enjoying the finest dining in the establishment.
Hours of operation
- Monday- Thursday: 5 – 9 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 4 – 11 pm
- Sunday: 4 – 9 pm
The casual dining buffet offers freshly prepared food and brunch on the weekends. A unique offering is live cooking areas where your food will be prepared right before your eyes. The only complaint is that it isn’t open late enough. Most gamblers are night owls.
Hours of operation
- Brunch Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm $18.99
- Monday – Thursday: 3 – 8 pm $19.99
- Friday: 3 pm – 9 pm $26.99 New York Strip and Shrimp Special
- Saturday: 3 pm – 10 pm $27.99 Prime Rib Special
- Sunday: 3 pm – 8 pm $26.99 Salsa Sundays with Prime Rib
The Game is the area where the newly remodeled sportsbook is located. While we were disappointed with the sportsbook as a bar, this place is really nice. A great selection of 34 beers on tap and the nachos are fabulous so bring an appetite.
They also have burgers, wings and waffle fries. With TVs and scrollers, this is a great place to watch the game, whether you bet on it or not. The Game serves breakfast as well from 8-11 am during the week.
Hours of operation
- Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
- Friday: 11 am – 11 pm
- Saturday: 11:30 am – 11 pm
- Sunday: 11:30 am – 10 pm
This is a great place to grab a bite if you are in a hurry or on a budget. It is definitely not the quality of the other choices, but if you want to just grab something quick and get back to the tables or some live poker action, it does the job. Nelson’s Deli serves traditional breakfast and sandwiches and desserts during the day. It is open 24/7.
The spa is a great option for those traveling with a significant other. The wife will love the amenities, and you can play poker all day while she is pampered at Spa Blu. The 10,000-square-foot spa also has a fitness center for those looking for a workout during their stay. Everything is appointment only, but the services are top-notch.
Hours of operation
- Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
- Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm
Other Indiana Locations
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa has one of the best entertainment calendars in the Indiana casino landscape. It brings in bands and comedians throughout the year.
The larger area is the Stardust Event Center. This is a 15,000-square-foot entertainment venue that attracts visitors from all around the area and can seat up to 1,200 people.
The Rocks lounge is a small tavern-style bar that hosts live music on weekends. Local entertainers can be heard by diners in the Options buffet.