Grand Victoria Casino (Elgin, IL) is located just south of downtown on the Fox River, about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. The casino is housed in a multi-level riverboat, while the restaurants are in a separate structure adjacent to the casino. It opened in 1994 and for a long time it was the highest grossing casino in the state. Gaming Hours: 8:30am to 6:30am (closed for 2 hours, per state law) Smoking Permitted? No (state law), except outside. Customers can actually walk on the outside deck of the riverboat. Total Number of Craps Tables: 2 Number of Crapless Craps tables: 0 Table Minimum: $10 to $15 most times, $15 to $25 on Friday & Saturday evening. Table Maximum: $5,000 Odds: 100x (maximum $25,000) Fire Bet: Yes, $1 to $5 Fire Bet Payout: 7 for 1 (3 different numbers), 30 for 1 (4 different numbers), 150 for 1 (5 different numbers), 300 for 1 (6 different numbers) All Tall Small Bet: No All Tall Small Payout: N/A Repeater Bet: No Repeater Bet Payout: N/A Vig on Buying 4/10: Charged on buy; $1 for $20 bet (up to $39 for the first $1), $2 for $40 to $59 bet, $3 for 60 to $79 bet, $4 for 80 to $99 bet, $5 for $100 bet Field Bet 2/12 payout: 2x on 2, 3x on 12 Craps for Cash: If shooter hits all 6 points (4,5, 6, 8, 9, 10), he/she wins $2,500 Other Comments: The casino is on the small side from a square footage standpoint, as it is housed in an actual multi-deck riverboat. Gaming machines and tables fill the floors. The Fox River Trail (almost 40 miles long, mostly paved, for biking, walking) parallels the Fox River where the trail passes by the casino. Quite scenic in the fall, especially south near St. Charles. Grand Victoria is located between two Metra (commuter rail) stations on the Milwaukee District West line -- National Street station is closer, about a 10 minute walk; Elgin station is probably a 15-20 minute walk. If you're staying in downtown Chicago, you could ride Metra to/from Grand Victoria. During the summer, outdoor concerts are held at adjacent Festival Park. Parking: Garage, surface, and valet. Well-designed parking garage, one of the easier to get in/out of. Hotel Comments: No attached hotel, but there are several hotels/motels within a few miles. ' Buffet Comments: Indulge is very good and seating is usually quick. Note that the buffet and other restaurants are accessible without walking through the casino floor, so underage children are permitted.