Photo Credit: *On Your Way: Ellis Park Race Course (Henderson, KY)

Casinos & Betting on the Great River Road 

Las Vegas may be called the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, but don’t overlook these riverside gaming spots and casinos. Roll the die, pull the slots, and stack the chips along the Great River Road!​

*On Your Way: Attractions may be sparse on the River so hit these spots on your way.


Treasure Island Resort & Casino (Welch, MN)

Treasure Island Resort & Casino (Welch, MN)

Holding over 21,000 slot machines, Treasure Island has plenty of room and opportunities to test your betting coin. Move to the table with $3 blackjack every Wednesday or jam out to their live music acts.

Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack (Columbus, MN)

Off to the races! Take your bets to the track with harness horse racing. The casino’s Trout Air Tavern cooks locally sourced meals and Laugh Your Ace Off Comedy Club lines up knee-slapping acts.


Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls (Black River Falls, WI)

Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls (Black River Falls, WI)

Bingo fans should make a stop in Black River Falls! This gaming spot, also known as Majestic Pines Casino, has a 480 seat Bingo Hall. Attached to all the gaming is a hotel sauna, whirlpool, and indoor pool amenities.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Tomah (Tomah, WI)

The casino, also known as Whitetail Crossing Casino, has over 90 slots with a nearby convenience store for quick bites. Follow highway 21 three miles east of Tomah to conveniently rest and bet off the road.


Casino Queen Marquette (Marquette, IA)

Casino Queen Marquette (Marquette, IA)

Gamble right on the water at this Iowa riverboat casino. Combine river views with exciting games like Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and plenty more. Not to mention there is a whole room for video poker and penny slots!

Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)

Sports fans can bet on all major U.S. sports through spreads, single bets, parlays, round robins, and more. For hungry moments, The Kitchen Buffet offers “the best in live-action cooking”.


Jumer’s Casino & Hotel (Rock Island, IL)

Jumer’s Casino & Hotel (Rock Island, IL)

Spend a fun night at a luxury gaming spot right next to the river! The high limit slot room of nearly 1,000 machines and 18 table games imitates a Las Vegas night out. Also, enter a live Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament!

Maxamillion’s (Quincy, IL)

This gaming spot is described as “quiet, comfortable and fresh” for travelers passing through Illinois. The casino prides itself on video poker and slots while earning reviews about the friendly staff and environment.


Century Casino (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Century Casino (Cape Girardeau, MO)

This modern casino has 20 hot tables, popular slot machines, video poker, and live poker based upon player demand. Call ahead to reserve a poker spot or to see what’s available.

River City Casino (St. Louis, MO)

Want to test your luck and knowledge of Baccarat? This casino holds “St. Louis’s Top Destination for Baccarat”. Otherwise, there are 52 other table games to enjoy and seven different dining options to choose from.


Ellis Park Race Course (Henderson, KY)

You might not be able to gamble along the Kentucky Great River Road, but if you’re en route to the Road, you could be passing by a few fun ones.

On Your Way: Ellis Park Race Course (Henderson, KY)

Dress to impress and get ready to sip Mint Juleps at a race park similar to the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs. If you want to visit the casino, 100 new games have already been installed in 2020.

On Your Way: Kentucky Downs Gaming (Franklin, KY)

Hundreds of historical horse racing machines to choose from! This gaming spot is perfect for those who can’t go to the races but can still bet from the fun, colorful scene of the casino.

Great River Road travelers will have to take a gaming break in Tennessee. Due to state laws prohibiting casinos and betting, travelers will have to explore Tennessee in other ways!


Southland Casino Racing (West Memphis, AR)

Southland Casino Racing (West Memphis, AR)

Visitors can test their hand at virtual Blackjack, digital Craps, and interactive video Roulette. For those who like high limits, this casino has an entire room full of high-stake slots.

On Your Way: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort (Hot Springs, AR)

Off the Great River Road is a great casino for those who truly want to test Lady Luck. Wager on a racehorse, bet on a favorite NFL team, play classic Blackjack at the tables, and feed the slots all in one day.


Ameristar Casino Hotel (Vicksburg, MS)

Ameristar Casino Hotel (Vicksburg, MS)

All aboard a night of betting! The riverboat casino offers 27 table games, a ten-table poker room, almost 1,200 slot machines, and great southern dining options. Enjoy the free rock, blues, and country performances!

Magnolia Bluffs Casino (Natchez, MS)

The Mississippi sunset views mixed with southern hospitality will make a memorable betting experience for all. Also, the building resembles the sawmill that used to stand on the site from 1828 to 1962.


Hollywood Casino (Baton Rouge, LA)

Hollywood Casino (Baton Rouge, LA)

This 24-hour casino is ready for gaming at midnight and in the afternoon. Enjoy complimentary valet services and eat at the Celebrity Grill for some good Louisiana cuisine.

Treasure Chest Casino (Kenner, LA)

Combine Las Vegas, the Caribbean, and Mardi Gras into one! After gaming on the riverboat-styled casino, stop by their dining services to grab a po-boy or check out their nightly entertainment.