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Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts
Your bags are packed. Your paycheck is cashed. And you’re bursting with excitement at the thought of tempting fate, playing the odds and every casino-related cliché you can think of. You glance down at your airline ticket, expecting to see Las Vegas as your casino vacation destination. Instead, your eyes glance across the likes of Turtle Lake, WI or similar Midwest destination. The moment may find you ready to read ‘em and weep, but don’t fold your cards just yet. Lady Luck has dealt you a blessing in disguise – Midwest casinos offer all the excitement of Sin City with a generous measure of small town charm. And with our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts list, the odds are clearly stacked in your favor!

French Lick Resort

French Lick, Indiana

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An impressive 200-ft. dome, more than a century old, ushers you into the first stop on our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts tour. While French Lick Resort may be more palace than Indiana resort and casino, we don’t think you’ll mind the distinction – or the perks that come with it – on your Midwest casino vacation!

Tucked into the densely wooded acres of the Hoosier National Forest, French Lick Resort’s rustic surroundings can’t prepare you for the all-out luxury they contain – beginning with your choice of luxury digs at the West Baden Springs or French Lick Springs Hotels. You’re already living the high life, so why not stroll over to the French Lick Casino and try the life of a high roller on for size? Even if a quest for ice led you to this fantastic Indiana casino by chance, you won’t be able to resist its glittering slot machines, blackjack tables and other Vegas-style gaming excitement for long! The last place you’d think to bring your kids on an Indiana family vacation is a casino, lest you be labeled a poor parenting specimen. But with horse stables, a bowling alley and pools both indoors and out, French Lick Resort puts your kids to play and your parental guilt to rest!


The spas at French Lick Resort feature claw footed-tubs filled with French Lick’s famous mineral spring waters.

Related activities

Looking for more family-friendly fun? Check out the Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort or Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

Fun facts

French Lick Resort is home to Indiana golf courses designed by some of the game’s biggest names, including Pete Dye, Donald Ross and Tom Bendelow.


Black Bear Casino Resort

Carlton, Minnesota

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At our No. 2 Midwest Casino Resorts pick, you’re invited to go wild. Normally we’d be wary of such unsolicited invitations, but with Black Bear Casino’s state-of-the-art gaming floor and the 12-story hotel tower that accompanies it, we’ll throw caution to the wind just this once.

More than 2,000 slot machines, from the penny pinchers to the progressive jackpots, are the first thing to catch your eye as you step inside this Minnesota casino’s shimmering façade. Black Bear Casino’s high-limit blackjack tables aren’t for the faint of heart, but their payout is equal to their risk. Plus, even more table games, from traditional Texas Hold ‘Em to weekly tournaments where winner truly takes all – the cash, the prizes and the bragging rights. And if your gambling experience is limited to pull tabs and bingo, you’re in luck; Black Bear Casino has your old standbys, too! Located just outside downtown Duluth, Black Bear Casino and Hotel is also the perfect destination for scenic drives up the Minnesota North Shore by day and intoxicating casino gaming and entertainment by night. And if summer brings you to this Minnesota casino’s doors, the Black Bear Golf Course boasts 18 holes of championship play set against a spectacular backdrop of Minnesota forests.


Earn points while you play when you join the Black Bear Casino and Hotel Players Club. Points are worth cash at casino restaurants and shops!

Fun facts

Black Bear Casino and Hotel offers three dining options during your stay: the Seven Fires Steakhouse, the Buffet at the Bear and the Sage Deli.

Related Onsite Offerings

Black Bear Casino and Hotel’s stylish rooms feature flat screen TVs, Internet and convenient access to the adjoining Black Bear Casino!


Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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As far as parents go, you’re one of the best. You wake up every morning and meet the school bus with the kids – clothed, fed and teeth brushed – in tow. Your evenings are spent spreading peanut butter with a hint of honey and peanut butter with jam – strawberry, or else – on slices of bread.

You even manage a nightly bedtime story or two, despite promises to the contrary as you doled out timeouts just a few hours before. So when it comes time to plan your annual family vacation, you’ve kept the kids in mind and chosen none other than the waterpark capital of the world – Wisconsin Dells. You’re in for a week of sliding, splashing and other water-heavy fun at the likes of Noah’s Ark Family Waterpark and Kalahari Waterpark Resort. But what if we told you that just beyond the Dells strip lies a casino hotel destined to forever change the way you plan your Midwest family vacation? You may be tempted to call our bluff, but Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel lives up to the hype. Trade your Go Fish cards for a hand at one of this Wisconsin casino’s no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tables. Exchange your ironing board for a bingo board – and a chance at hundreds in cash prizes. Forgo sleeping at the foot of your toddler’s bed in favor of Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel’s luxurious Honeymoon Suite. And just this once, skip the bedtime story and end your evening with a romantic soak for two in your en-suite hot tub!

Fun facts

Ho-Chunk Casino's ongoing promotional jackpot has paid out a total of more than $170,000 since its inception!

Related Onsite Offerings

Ho-Chunk Casino’s gaming facilities include blackjack, poker, craps, bingo, off-track betting, more than 2,400 slot machines and video poker.


Kids Quest is Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel’s supervised children’s entertainment facility with hourly childcare services for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.

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Maybe you locked eyes over nickel slots, sparks flew as you connected over winning bingo cards or you fell head over heels when you discovered your shared love of pull tabs. Truth be told, it doesn’t matter where your love story began. What really matters is finding a space that’s special enough for celebrating your big day!

That’s where we come in. We’ve seen our share of ballrooms, gazebos and even floating docks claiming to be the ultimate wedding venue, so when we recommend Treasure Island Resort and Casino as the place to gather family and friends to share in your special day, we don’t take it lightly. There’s your choice of oversized ballrooms for the more popular couples – you know who you are. Then there are smaller venues for those who prefer more intimate affairs. And for brides who’ve been searching for the venue that’ll set them apart, Treasure Island Resort and Casino’s luxury cruise liner pulls into port just for the occasion! Nothing sets newlyweds on the path to wedded bliss like a wad of cold, hard cash. Go all in at Treasure Island Resort and Casino’s blackjack or Mississippi Stud game tables. Pad your nest egg with a few pulls of the progressive slot machine’s handle. With the surrounding Mississippi River bluffs as their backdrop, even your wedding photos are a guaranteed winner!


5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch, MN 55089


Make it a destination wedding weekend! This Minnesota casino resort’s 24-lane bowling alley, arcade, lounge and private party rooms are perfect for bachelor parties and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bring your appetite! Treasure Island Resort and Casino is home to seven dining venues, including the Tradewinds Buffet, Currents, Mango Bay Grill, Prime Thyme and Island Perk.

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With a name like Jackpot Junction, we expected the No. 5 spot on our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts list to be heavy on the crass and lacking in class. One step inside its expansive gaming floor and attached luxury hotel was all it took to convince us we’d seriously underestimated this Minnesota casino resort.

We’ll get to the gaming in a minute, but any true stay-and-play casino experience begins and ends at the Lower Sioux Lodge. Located adjacent to the Jackpot Junction Casino, this AAA Three Diamond hotel houses luxury rooms and suites with just a hint of Southwestern flair. Plush leather sofas, overstuffed chairs and slate-topped coffee tables are just a few decorations of choice inside this Minnesota casino hotel. And Jackpot Junction’s Very Important Players will even find the added comfort of Jacuzzis in select suites! Despite the ultra-swank accommodations, chances are you came to Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in search of some serious Midwest gaming and entertainment action. You’ll find it here, whether its perched on a plush stool in front of Jackpot Junction’s 1,250-plus video slot machines, seated at one of 28 table games like blackjack, three card poker and Minnesota Hold ‘Em, or settled into a seriously stylish chair at the casino’s all-new Highstakes Lounge.


39375 County Hwy. 24, Morton, MN 56270


Don’t leave the kids behind. The Lower Sioux Lodge features a kiddy pool area complete with a zero-depth entry pool, a frog slide, interactive aqua jets and a splash bucket.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pull tabs, lottery tickets and bingo can also be played at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.


Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Our No. 6 pick hails from Prior Lake, MN, but if you’re tempted to write this Midwest casino off as just another small town tourist trap, we beg you to reconsider. Equal parts casino, luxury hotel and four-seasons entertainment, we think Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is a delightful add-on to any Midwest vacation!

Locals know this Minnesota casino by its more affectionate nickname, Mistake Lake. While its true that many a savings account has been drained at the hands of the gaming gods, we can’t find a compelling reason to stay away from Mystic Lake’s neon-lit facade. A shining beacon of teepee-shaped light beckons serious players and tourists alike to this Midwest casino’s doors, and the expansive gaming floor contained within has yet to disappoint. As you pick your way through the excited crowd and stroll past the Mustangs, Corvettes and other glittering prizes, room after room of blackjack tables, video slots and bingo halls tempt you with their promise of shimmering tokens and crisp dollar bills. And where the casino gaming ends, the real competition begins. Just beyond Mystic Lake’s lights, 18 holes on The Meadows at Mystic Lake’s championship course meander through the Prior Lake countryside.


2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Fun facts

Golf Digest magazine named The Meadows at Mystic Lake one of the top 10 new golf courses in the country.


Located just 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America, the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is perfect for your Minnesota getaway!


St. Croix Casino & Hotel

Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

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The No. 7 spot on our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts list brings us to Turtle Lake, WI, where a cartoon turtle with a handful of cash invites us to make ourselves at home inside the St. Croix Casino and Hotel’s doors. While we always thought of mascots as more creepy than charming, you’ll have a hard time resisting this friendly reptile’s charms!

Maybe the credit goes less to the tortoise and more to St. Croix Casino’s incredible gaming spread. This Wisconsin casino and hotel spared no expense when it came to providing the very best in slots, table games and entertainment – yours to enjoy on your Midwest casino vacation. Don’t take our word for it; step onto St. Croix Casino’s glitzy gaming floor and find the casino game that’s just your style. Maybe it’s one of 23 blackjack tables, where limits ranging from $3 to $500 let you play at your own speed. Perhaps you’re better suited to the brightly-colored slots, where visions of cherries and lemons – even the casino’s beloved turtle – whirl before your eyes. Your pockets are full, your eyelids are drooping and your stomach is grumbling. It’s times like these that a good meal, a hot bath and warm bed would do wonders. Fortunately for you, St. Croix Casino and Hotel has all of the above in plenty. Slip into the TLC Buffet for plentiful portions, draw a bath in your en-suite Jacuzzi and slide between the sheets of your cozy St. Croix Hotel bed!


Join the TLC Players Club and receive a $3 food discount coupon and a $5 blackjack match play coupon.

Related Onsite Offerings

Golf packages at the St. Croix Casino and Hotel include a one0night stay for two, cart rental, two breakfast and dinner buffets and your choice of nine or 18 holes on the Echo Hills at Turtle Lake course.

Fun facts

Still hungry? St. Croix Casino and Hotel’s calendar includes week-long specials like T-Bone Tuesdays, Thursday Seafood Buffets, Friday Fish Fries and more!

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Our No. 8 pick will leave you with the feeling of soaring high in the clear Michigan sky. Whether this feeling of over-the-moon euphoria is slot machine or blackjack-induced is up to you, but Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort promises a feel-good time no matter which you choose!

Who says you can’t have it all? If any place were to utter such dream-dashing words, it certainly wouldn’t be the No. 8 pick on our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resort list. It’s fairly apparent that Soaring Eagle Casino Resort is a firm believer in having everything your card-carrying heart desires. Maybe you’re idea of a successful Michigan vacation is leaving the Soaring Eagle Casino with more cash than you rolled in with. Pull up a chair at the high-stakes poker tables, where a winning hand at the house’s expense is a sure-fire way to line your pockets. If you find Texas Hold ‘Em to be more intimidating than exhilarating, Soaring Eagle’s extensive slot machine menu offers slightly tamer but no less rewarding play! But we promised it all, and Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort delivers. With luxurious rooms at the Soaring Eagle Resort, gourmet dining at the Water Lily Restaurant or Firefly Buffet and a full calendar of star-quality entertainment in the onsite concert hall, Soaring Eagle lets you have your Midwest casino vacation and enjoy it, too!


6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858


Upcoming acts at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort include Sinbad, Loretta Lynn and folk singer/songwriter Ario Guthrie.

Fun facts

Treatments at the Soaring Eagles Spa focus on the elements: earth, wind, water and fire.


Jumer's Casino & Hotel

Rock Island, Illinois

If the idea of an authentic Vegas-style casino experience in the heart of America’s Midwest sounds like something we made up, well – our No. 9 spot is proof enough that such a farfetched idea does in fact exist. For heart-pounding gaming action in the heartland, Jumer’s Casino and Hotel is your destination!

This Quad City jewel is your complete casino vacation in a charming Midwest package. We’re tempted to call it love at first slot, but we still have one question: how did Jumer’s Casino and Hotel pack so much fun into one Illinois destination? Like more than 42,000 sq. ft. of play, from slot machines that churn out tokens before your eager eyes to blackjack and game tables that reward those brave – or talented enough – to take on the house. Not to be outdone by its casino counterpart, the 205 beautifully-appointed guestrooms and luxury suites offered by the Jumer’s Hotel feature their own take on Las Vegas-style casino digs. Even if your gaming talents are limited to a few pulls on a video slot machine, the John Taylor Salon and Day Spa’s extensive facial, massage and hair care menu should be more than enough to keep you entertained!

Fun facts

Jumer’s late night Steak n’ Eggs Buffet is the perfect pick-me-up for all-night players.

Related activities

From comedy shows to live dancing, Jumer’s Casino and Hotel’s extensive event calendar will keep you entertained from dawn to dusk!

Related Onsite Offerings

A day spa, events center, sports bar, nightclub and four restaurants.


Four Winds Casino Resort

New Buffalo, Michigan

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The winds of change are blowing and chances are your luck is changing, too. Where is a wayward soul such as yourself to turn when Lady Luck smiles upon you? None other than our No. 10 pick, Four Winds Casino Resort!

You’ve made the journey, your bags are unpacked and your pockets are brimming with coins, cash and your Four Winds Casino Resort Player Card. Now your only concern is which casino game will have you tempting fate first. You could turn to Four Winds Casino’s thousands of sought-after slots, where the flick of a wrist sends dozens of gleaming gold tokens cascading into the pay slot below. Take a seat at table games that take everyday casino gaming to a new level of play, from traditional blackjack and craps to baccarat and Pai Gow Poker. Four Winds Casino is even home to the only World Poker Tour room in all the Midwest – a distinguished honor that sets this Michigan resort a cut above the others on our Top 10 Midwest Casino Resorts list! You’ve gone toe to toe with the best of them and came out ahead. Rather than cash in your chips and make for the door, why not head upstairs and splurge a little of your hard-won earnings on a Four Winds Casino Resort luxury suite? A spacious Jacuzzi will melt away any residual excitement or stress, while your suite’s plush bed is the perfect place to count your cash!


11111 Wilson Rd., New Buffalo, MI 49117


Celebrity Suites at Four Winds Casino Resort feature high-definition TVs, spacious living areas, Serta Presidential Suite beds and full baths with waterfall features.

Fun facts

The Copper Rock Steakhouse specializes in U.S.D.A-certified steaks and prime rib dinners.