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Ameristar Casino

Ameristar Casino

John J. Watkins, The Times

The long awaited and much anticipated grand opening of Ameristar East Chicago’s land-based high limit room in the property’s pavilion is set for next week.

The $6-million development, the first of its kind in the Region since Indiana approved moving riverboat gaming assets on land adjacent to docks in 2015, will open to the public on Thursday afternoon, May 24.

Construction, which began last January, also included relocating the popular Burger Brothers restaurant into a more high profile location in the pavilion.

The new land-based high limit room occupies 15,000-square-feet of space in an ideal setting to create a Las Vegas style gaming experience.

The exclusive area, which will be accessible via a private entrance, will house 95 slot machines with all new bases and chairs, along with 14 table games, including 12 blackjack and two baccarat tables.

There also will be two food stations and a full-service bar, new audio speakers and HD televisions, a dedicated cage, dedicated MyChoice player’s club rewards center, and private restrooms. Personalized service round-the-clock will be available for the players.

The exclusive high limit table game room that was created on Level-2 of the gaming vessel in November of 2015 will be re-purposed to house 145 new slot machines. The old high limit slot area on Level 3 of the vessel will be transformed into a dedicated video poker area.

The entry way to the high limit room has been designed into a classic promenade, while the furnishings and decorative appointments will be certain to please guests who prefer a high-end gaming experience

Creating an exclusive high limit gaming area takes Ameristar East Chicago to the next level in casino entertainment, not only in Northwest Indiana, but the greater Chicago casino gaming market in general.

A dedicated, private setting to play high stakes blackjack and baccarat, as well as the opportunity to play high-denomination slots and video poker, will have great appeal for the upper echelon gaming demographic not only locally but also among destination travelers.

The property also recently began a multi-million dollar refurbishing of the gaming vessel that is expected to be completed in October, yet another indication that Ameristar East Chicago is intent on expanding its footprint in the Region.

BONUS ROUND-UP

AMERISTAR: Win a new Camaro in the “Red, White and Vroom” promotion which is being held on Saturdays this month. Drawings take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on promotion days. Three winners each hour can collect up to $2,000 in cash or an entry in the Grand Finale Drawing on May 26. Please visit the MyChoice player’s club promotions center for complete details.

BLUE CHIP: Earn entries now for the Summer Wheels Giveaway for your chance to win a 2018 GMC Canyon SLE 4X4 or a 2018 GMC Terrain SLT AWD. Pre-qualifying drawings will be held Fridays on June 1, 8, and 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. when five winners each hour will receive $100 slot dollars plus one pre-qualified entry into the June 16 grand prize car drawing. Following the 10 p.m. drawing one bonus $5,000 slot dollars winner will be announced. B Connected player’s club members earn entries playing slots and table games through the day of the grand prize drawing. Bonus entries may be claimed based on card level at the promotional kiosks on Mondays through June 11.

FOUR WINDS: Festivities surrounding the upcoming 2018 Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend include the 4th annual Daddy-Daughter Pro-Am Tournament at 4 p.m. Monday, June 4. It’s a rare opportunity for fathers to play a round of golf with their daughters. Each foursome will be paired with an LPGA professional for the nine-hole scramble. Hot dogs and ice cream will be served following the tournament. All proceeds will benefit Beacon Hospital in South Bend. Registration is $50 per player and $100 for a father-daughter team. Register at http://blackthorngolf.com/symetra_daddydaughter/. The Four Winds Invitational, set for June 8 – 10, is part of the Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA.

HARRAH’S JOLIET: Get ready for a “Marathon of Drawings” on Saturday, May 26, for your chance to win a share of $10,000 in free slot play. Hourly drawings will be conducted from Noon to Midnight, a total of 13 opportunities to win. Total Rewards player’s club members earn tier-level entries based on slots and table game play.

HOLLYWOOD JOLIET: Today and every Thursday in May get in on the $10,000 “Progressive Jackpot Drawings” for the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash. Eight winners will be chosen every hour from noon to 8 p.m. to draw for prizes ranging from $50 in free slot play up to the current week’s grand prize. The grand prize started at $2,000 and is increased by $2,000 for each week it remains undrawn. Swipe your player’s card at a promotional kiosk from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to enter.

HORSESHOE: The $20,000 “Spin to Win” drawings are being held every Wednesday this month. Early entries using your Total Rewards player’s club card at slots and table games from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on promotion days for a chance to win a share of $4,000 in free slot play. Entry activation at the promotional kiosks is 4 to 8:50 p.m. Drawings are held from 5 to 9 p.m. Every hour four guests will be drawn to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win up to $1,000 in free slot play. Total Rewards members receive one complimentary entry plus one additional entry for every 25 Tier Credits earned.

MAJESTIC STAR: In celebration of Kentucky Derby month when horse racing is in the spotlight, the Gary property is holding “Derby Dash Hot Seat” drawings every Tuesday in May from 4 to 8 p.m. Three winners will be randomly selected at the top of each hour to have the opportunity to select a horse/jockey combination for a chance to win $200 to $1,000 in Promo Cash. The higher your horse finishes the more you win. Visit Majestic Rewards for all the information.

Opinions are solely those of the writer. Reach him at jgbrokopp1@gmail.com.

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