Horseshoe Hammond Casino Resort, Illinois
Horseshoe Hammond – officially Horseshoe Casino Hammond – is a casino and entertainment resort located in the city of Hammond, near Chicago in Illinois. The 400000-square-foot property features 350 000 square feet of gaming space, live entertainment venues, and several restaurants, bars and lounges.
The History of Horseshoe Hammond
Before the resort came to be known as Horseshoe Hammond, it was called Empress Casino, which was its title when it was first opened in 1996 by Empress Casinos. Empress Casino was a four-level 54000-square-foot riverboat casino.
In 1999, the Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation acquired Empress Casinos, which included Hammond’s Empress Casino as well as Argosy’s Empress Casino in nearby Joliet. In 2001, the Hammond Empress Casino was rebranded as Horseshoe Casino Hammond, or Horseshoe Hammond for short.
After the Horseshoe Corporation was sold to local casino giant, Harrah’s (now Caesar’s Entertainment) in 2004, a two-year construction project began on a new boat for the resort. Today, the Horseshoe Hammond riverboat rarely leaves the dock, as Illinois gaming law no longer requires riverboat casinos to set out.
The Horseshoe Hammond riverboat features two public levels, the lower of which is the main casino floor, with dedicated high-limit, Asian gaming, and poker areas. This floor also includes a VIP lounge and two feature bars, whilst the second floor houses additional gaming space, an entertainment venue, and a Village Square Buffet.
Adjacent to the docked Horseshoe Hammond is the venue’s main pavilion, which features several restaurants, a gift stop, a ballroom, and conference facilities.
The Horseshoe Hammond Casino
There are over 350 000 square feet of gaming space across the two levels of the Horseshoe Hammond riverboat. The casino floor features more than 3 000 slot machines, over 250 video poker games, and 100 table games.
125 of the slot machines are situated in the high-limit gaming room, with playable denominations reaching as high as US$ 1000. The centrepiece of this area is a horseshoe statue, which happens to be the second-largest acrylic statue in the country.
The Horseshoe Hammond casino is also home the biggest poker room in the American Midwest. The Horseshoe Hammond Poker Room includes 34 tables with a wide range of limits as well as a private poker area, entitled Benny’s Black Room after Benny Binion, the founder of the original Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. The resort is a frequent host of the World Series of Poker Chicago Regional – the largest in the US – and the Chicago Poker Classic.
Other table games available at Horseshoe Hammond include Le Cheng, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow tiles, standard baccarat, craps, roulette, blackjack, and others.
All Horseshoe Hammond video poker and slot machines feature Total Touch technology, which allows players to order drinks using an on-screen menu.
Horseshoe Hammond Restaurants
There are a number of restaurants available for visitors to choose from at the Horseshoe Hammond pavilion and aboard the riverboat casino.
JB’s Gourmet Sandwiches is a sidewalk café that serves up gourmet snacks in a jiffy, whilst Foo Noodle Bar serves casual Asian cuisine. Then there’s Jack Binion’s Steakhouse for upscale dining and the Village Square Buffet for variety.
Horseshoe Hammond Entertainment Options
Horseshoe Hammond presents live shows by some of the country’s best-known artists – including Jeff Dunham, Jill Scott, Whitesnake, Chris Tucker, and the Monkees – at its simply titled concert area, The Venue.
Alternatively, guests can visit Push ultra lounge, located at the centre of the casino, or the Sixth Street Bar.
Groups and Meetings
The Venue also offers 90 000 square feet of conferencing space – with catering and audio-visual services – for private functions at Horseshoe Hammond.