Hollywood Casino (Joliet, IL) is located on the Des Plaines River a few miles southwest of downtown Joliet, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The casino is currently housed on a stationary barge. It opened in 1992 as Empress Casino and retained its name after being acquired by Horseshoe Gaming (1999) and then Argosy Gaming (2005). Penn National Gaming acquired Argosy Gaming in 2005. The casino was rebranded as Hollywood Casino Joliet in 2009, following rebuilding of the non-gaming entrance facilities (including restaurants) that had been gutted by a fire. A sister facility, the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois, is @32 miles away. Harrah's Joliet is in downtown Joliet @6 miles away (@15 minute drive). Gaming Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 am (closed for 2 hours per day, per state law) Smoking Permitted? No (state law), except outside or in designated smoking areas. Total Number of Craps Tables: 2 Number of Crapless Craps tables: 0 Table Minimum: $10 to $15 most times. $5 table might be available during slow times. Table Maximum: $5,000 Odds: 20x (maximum $5,000) Fire Bet: Yes, $1 to $5 Fire Bet Payout: 25 for 1 (4 different numbers), 250 for 1 (5 different numbers), 1000 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 Other Comments: The crew at the table I was playing at was friendly and adept at setting up/paying off bets. The facility is located off of US 6 but isn't visible from the road. The surrounding area is industrial, with lots of trucking companies in the area but you won't see them, as the casino grounds are quite large and well landscaped with trees and plants. Aside from the casino, there isn't much to see in the immediate area unless you enjoy checking out industrial plants (Caterpillar, Ecolab are neighbors) or railroads (Union Pacific Global 4 is across the river). Parking: Surface, garage, valet. Plenty of parking and the garage design is much better than the one at Harrah's Joliet. Hotel Comments: There is a detached hotel a short walk across the parking lot. A courtesy shuttle operates between the hotel and casino. There is also an onsite RV lot (seasonal, I believe). Buffet Comments: The Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino Joliet was decent but nothing special. I played for @2+ hours at a $10 table and was comped the buffet. The buffet is located in a separate facility outside of the casino, so customers under 21 years old are permitted. Hollywood Stadium Sports Bar has a tremendous number of TVs to watch games, including a wall-size TV.