Hoosier Park Retail Casino & Sportsbook Review
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is a racetrack and casino located 30 miles outside of Indianapolis in Anderson, Ind. As with all Harrah’s properties, the racetrack and casino are owned and operated by Caesars properties.
The harness racing runs from April through November. Its biggest racing event of the year is the Dan Patch Stakes, with a purse of $300,000. The racetrack will host the Breeder’s Crown events in 2020.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is one of only two live horse racing venues in the state of Indiana. The racino floor has over 54,000 square feet of gaming. With the addition of sports betting, the racino has also added a sportsbook named The Book. The Book is the name of all the sportsbooks owned by Caesars properties in Indiana.
If you are wanting to start the year adding on to your rewards points, Monday is the day to play. Players receive a 100x credit multiplier on Mondays in January. You can also earn a multiplier on rewards on Thursdays in January as well.
The Pursuit the Loot promotion is one of the best ways to bring in the new year. Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, you can earn your shot at over $100,000 in cash and prizes.
All you have to do is swipe from noon until 8 pm on those days to be entered into the daily and grand finale drawings. The grand finale drawing will take place on Feb. 29 from 6 to 9 pm, with over $50,000 in cash prizes distributed that day.
Wanting a trip to New Orleans? Come to the racino on Feb. 25 from 3 to 8 pm for a chance to win. From 3 to 7 pm, winners of $250 of free play will be announced on the hour. At 8 pm. one winner will receive a three-night trip to New Orleans.
Every Thursday in February, it will award one $1,000 Southwest gift card. As you can see, Caesars and Harrah’s Hoosier Park combine to offer a big list of promotions to keep players coming back.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is a 24-hour-a-day casino offering over 2,000 new slot machines, a high limit area, The Book, off-track betting, and 28 table games.
For as big as the one-story casino is, the number of table games leaves a little to be desired. I know racinos are more known for their slot play, but 28 table games just aren’t enough.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park does offer a nice selection of blackjack play, but we wish they would add five to 10 more table games.
- Double Deck Blackjack
- Blazing 7s Blackjack
- Three Card Poker
Harrah’s does not offer a poker room. The high-limit area offers Double Deck Blackjack and a hand-shuffle blackjack table.
We complained about there not being enough table games, but that definitely isn’t the case with slots. There are over 2,000 slot machines from penny to $100 spins. Almost all the machines are new, giving the floor a new and exciting look.
- Pacman Wild Edition
- Top Dollar Premium Slots
- Heat ‘Em Up Power Wheel
- Fate Of The 8 Power Wheel
- Elvis Shake Rattling Reel
- Texas Tea Pinball
- Wonder 4 Tower
- Buffalo Grand
The Book is the name of all Caesars property sportsbooks in Indiana. Harrah’s Hoosier Park is no different. This location is about as convenient as can be for such a big property.
It is just off the casino floor and easily accessible for anyone partaking in horse racing. The Book is also a close enough walk to the bar if you’d like a beverage to help calm your nerves for the last few minutes of your sports bet.
The theater-style seating is great when watching the giant television board with 10 TVs but not great if you want to share some food with a group. The seating is probably the most comfortable setup in all of the Indiana sportsbooks, but we wish they would have taken out a row to add more standup tables for sharing an appetizer or discussing a game with your group of friends.
Hours of operations
- Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
- Friday: 11 am – midnight
- Saturday: 10 am – midnight
- Sunday: 10 am – 11 am
Because Harrah’s Hoosier Park is a Caesars property, it has Caesars Rewards. The seven other Caesars Indiana locations also have the same rewards program. Your points will travel to all other Caesars properties, not only throughout the state but around the world.
Your Caesars Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, free play, dining and trips. With 40 locations worldwide, you can use your points anywhere around the globe.
If you climb the tiers high enough, you can earn free cruises, trips to Dubai and, for the middle tiers, you still can travel to Atlantic City or Las Vegas.
- Gold: 0 to 4,999 points: Can be redeemed for everything but trips
- Platinum: 5,000-plus points: Free valet parking and one free night in Las Vegas or Atlantic City for every 5,000 points.
- Diamond: 15,000-plus points: The huge plus to reaching Diamond status is two free nights in Dubai at the Caesars Bluewater. Also, once you reach this level, your resort fees will be waived at the Caesars locations.
- Seven Stars: 150,000-plus points: Free Norwegian Cruise trip, additional nights in Dubai, and you will be automatically upgraded to the best room at Caesars hotels.
Caesars has started working on a mobile app for its sports betting locations. We are guessing that just because it is Caesars, it will be one of the more quality mobile sports betting apps, not only in Indiana but in all the states where gambling is legalized.
Since it has so many locations where sports betting is legalized, look for this to be sooner rather than later.
Harrah’s Hoosier Parks is a 7/8 mile race track featuring harness racing from March to November. Parking is free, and children are welcome throughout the horse area, just not in the casino.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park just announced that it will again be hosting the Breeders Crown events for 2020. The event brought in big crowds and exciting action back in 2017.
Racing will return to the track on March 27. The off-track betting area is open all year round for horse betting enthusiasts.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park offers seven restaurants and a bar. There are even more dining options available when the outside area opens during racing season.
This fine dining restaurant has a great view of the race track and fresh steaks and seafood. The charbroiled hand-trimmed steaks are its specialty, but the seafood selection is superb as well. Homestretch Steakhouse is a great way to end the day after enjoying live horse racing.
Hours of operation
- Closed Sunday and Monday
- Tuesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm
Prime Harvest Buffet
This buffet has a little bit of everything and is open every day except Mondays. On Friday and Saturday nights, it has all-you-can-eat prime rib and seafood. On Sundays, it offers an all-day brunch, which features prime rib.
Hours of operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm, 4 pm – 10 pm
- Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Voodoo Bar and Grill
If you are a barbecue lover, this is the place for you. The meats all feature a dry rub and have a little bit of bite with Cajun flavoring. This is some of the best Louisiana food outside of New Orleans with all the traditional southern offerings.
Beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp po-boys (our personal favorite), and, of course, gumbo. If you are not a po-boy or shrimp fan, we recommend the pulled pork sandwich.
Hours of operation
- Sunday and Monday: 11 am – 9 pm
- Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 11 am – midnight
This is the Homestretch Steakhouse without the big price tag. It is a perfect place to grab a cheeseburger while enjoying the races. The Clubhouse offers a buffet on racing days.
Hours of operation
- Sunday and Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Saturdays: 5:30 – until racing is over
Dog N Suds
This is exactly like the old style drive-thrus of yesterday. Delicious coney dogs, fries, and, of course, root beer. The root beer floats are a perfect treat if you’ve brought the kids to the races.
Hours of operation
- They are open Friday and Saturdays during racing season.
Caballo Loco Grill & Cantina
This is your typical Mexican restaurant. Good margaritas and the usual; tacos, burritos and really good salsa.
Hours of operation
- Sunday – Thursday: Closed
- Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
The Big Deli
The New York-style deli is a great place to grab a sandwich, whether you are heading to the casino or leaving for the day. This isn’t your typical cold cut stop. The burgers are great, and they have patty melts, chicken salad, and the Philly steak is the best thing on the menu. The Big Deli is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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There are three bars on property. Pegasus Lounge has the best view of the race track if you are looking to enjoy a cocktail while you bet on some horses. The Double R Bar is the best place to enjoy a drink while you watch your favorite sporting event on one of their big-screen TVs. The Shoe is also located in a great spot for watching the horses, as the name would suggest.
There are two entertainment venues on property. The Terrace Showroom is a large facility that hosts bands and comedians. It is located right by the Pegasus Lounge and a great place to enjoy a concert or show. The venue is large enough that Jamey Johnson and Dwight Yoakam are both performing shows in the next couple of months.
During the summer, the Outdoor Music Center turns into one of the hottest outdoor concert areas in all of Indiana. You can enjoy a full day of action, enjoy horse racing, and then walk over to enjoy a great concert just outside the casino.