Majestic Star Casinos, Buffington Harbor, Indiana

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  1. random_roller, Jul 24, 2016

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    I made a quick tour yesterday (Saturday, July 23, 2016) afternoon of the three Chicagoland casinos in Northwest Indiana: Majestic Star Casino (Buffington Harbor, IN), Ameristar Casino Hotel (East Chicago, IN), and Horseshoe Casino (Hammond, IN). A while back, I had posted separate threads on the Illinois casinos in Chicagoland.

    First up, is Majestic Star Casinos, which is actually comprised of two riverboats -- the original Majestic Star and the former Trump Casino, now called the Majestic Star II. These facilities primarily cater to locals, but with a detached hotel nearby Majestic Star Casinos can accommodate customers from outside the area. IMO, a big plus for this casino is there is actually decent room on the casino floor between (well-spaced) electronic gaming machines. Also, bathrooms are easy to locate and well-positioned.

    I have previously played craps at this casino at a $5 table minimum, but I arrived too late in the day on this occasion. Two of the tables (1 crapless) were in use and both were at a $10 table minimum.

    I am using a new -- hopefully easier to read -- spreadsheet- based format for my casino reviews. Your comments on what can be added/changed are welcome.

    Select gaming information for Majestic Star & Majestic Star II (as of my time/date of my visit) appears below. Please note this information is subject to change at the discretion of the casino and/or regulatory agencies at any time. Contact the casino directly for up-to-date information.

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  2. Onautopilot, Jul 24, 2016

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    Great report! I sometimes visit northern Indiana, have relatives there, lived there years ago.

    But East Chicago, Hammond, and Gary are not places to roam around too much if you are not in the casino, not a great area!
     
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    Thanks, OP. You're right -- the NW Indiana casinos aren't located in great areas, but I've never felt unsafe in the casinos. While I certainly don't recommend it for everyone, I have explored Hammond & Gary (and south side of Chicago) quite a bit checking out the area's railroads and industries. A lot of history in those towns. Unfortunately, much of the steel industry that helped make the US great at the beginning of the 20th century was shuttered long ago, perhaps never to return (at least not to its former glory).
     
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    I lived in the area, but east of there, Hobart Indiana. When I was young and adventuresome, we would go into Calumet City, by Hammond and East Chicago. Wild city, anything went. :)

    All my relatives worked in the steel mills back then.

    I don't miss the area, but do have some fond memories of those past days.

    I was up that way about 10 years ago, and hit a couple of the casinos, had a good time, and you are right, it's relatively safe in the casinos. And if you know where you are going, some areas are fine.

    Nice reports!
     
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    Note: Replaced original 4000x3000 pixel image of riverboats with a more manageable 800x600 pixel version. Also added a second picture.


    The Majestic Star riverboat casino is in the foreground, while the Majestic Star II is docked on the other side, largely obscured by the gangway leading from the pavilion

    Majestic Star Casinos 800x600 IMG_0034.jpg

    The roof line of the detached hotel is visible behind the elevated portion of the walkway leading from the Majestic Star Casinos Events Center.

    Majestic Star Hotel 800x600 IMG_0012.jpg
     
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  6. James Hall, Jul 24, 2016

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    do they sail ??
    the boats at lake Charles at one time were required to
     
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    IIRC they used to have to be "sea worthy". When the Boat open in Michigan City, they dug a pond and had rails under the water. The boat "set sail" and moved out and then back and forth. Departed every other hour.
     
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    Years ago when they first came into existence (mid 90s), the NW Indiana riverboat casinos had a sailing requirement, complete with regularly scheduled boarding and cruise times. Over the years, such requirements were gradually eliminated. Today there is no requirement for sailing. Even so, I don't know if either boat could sail under its own power at this point; the engines might have been disabled, mothballed or even removed and in all likelihood, there is no captain on staff to pilot the boat even if it was still operational.
     
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  9. James Hall, Jul 24, 2016

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    thanks
    it's much the same with the river boats in Lake Charles Louisiana years ago to have gambling yhey had to be on the move
    All that's changed
     
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    Such a move was an Inevitable evolution of the marketplace as competition from riverboat gambling in nearby states intensified. The need to increase revenues (e.g., providing customers with continuous access, rather limited access via boarding & cruise times) and drive costs down (e.g., eliminating costs associated with cruising) spurred state legislators to act to protect tax revenues by helping out the gaming industry.

    How are the casinos in Lake Charles? That area is on my list to visit. From what I've read, L'Auberge is very nice. I've been to a sister property (River City in St. Louis) and it was very nice. Have you been to Coushatta Casino Resort?
     
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    Had to comply with the law as written, but not necessarily the spirit of the law -- as long as the riverboat casino operators had good lawyers. Gotta love those "boats in a moat". Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, is one. It is built atop a shallow man-made basin with a few inches of water to comply with the law as written. By the time construction started, riverboat gambling (without boarding times or cruising) had long been accepted by (most of) the public; thus, there was no pretense of building the casino on a navigable waterway.

    The Wall Street Journal story linked below might be of interest.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/casino-riverboat-captain-only-has-to-cruise-once-a-year-1407724202
     
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  12. James Hall, Jul 25, 2016

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    I haven't been to Lake Charles for several years but last there the tables were OK
    I will be going back there sometime in the next few months to visit my son
    he runs a Goodyear plant out in that part of the world
    We don't go back to Texas as often as we should
     
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    I've been to several casinos in and around New Orleans, as well as Baton Rouge, but haven't yet made it to Lake Charles or Shreveport / Bossier City. I'll get to those casinos someday.

    Where in Louisiana is the Goodyear plant?
     
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  14. James Hall, Jul 27, 2016

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    it's not he works at one in the Beumont and spends part of his time at one around Houston
     
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