Bally’s Evansville Casino
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana, Bally’s Evansville is a former riverboat casino turned land-based property. It features 45,000 square feet of gaming space, close to 1,000 slots and 30 table games, and both a hotel tower and boutique hotel.
First opening as Casino Aztar in 1995, the casino has gone through multiple owners and a couple of name changes before rebranding from Tropicana Evansville to Bally’s Evansville in late 2021. The property features a sportsbook in the casino, multiple restaurants and bars, an entertainment venue, copious convention and event space, and free parking.
Below, find everything you need to know about Bally’s Evansville Casino & Hotel.
Bally’s Evansville details
- Address: 421 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47708
- Operator: Bally’s Corporation (owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties)
- Phone: (812) 433-4000
- Hours: 24 hours a day
- Casino games: Slots, table games
- Sportsbook: Yes
- Poker room: No
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Casino games at Bally’s Evansville
Those who visit the casino at Bally’s Evansville will find a nice selection of slots, table games and a sportsbook.
Bally’s Evansville slot machines
Bally’s Evansville Casino currently has approximately 950 slot machines in the casino, although sometimes the number of slots is closer to 1,000. You’ll find all the favorite titles among the available slot games at Bally’s Evansville.
The casino lists the following as its most popular slots, with 8-12 machines of each on the floor:
- Dragon Link
- Money Link
- Lightning Link
- Ultimate Fire Link and Ultra Hot Mega Link
There are a large number of video poker machines scattered among the slots as well, including Game King, Ultimate X Poker, and other varieties.
Note that there is a smoke-free slots area adjacent to the main casino, located in the former poker room.
Bally’s Evansville table games
Bally’s Evansville Casino features 30 table games, including both live dealer games and electronic table games. Among the offerings in the casino you will find:
- Blackjack (14 tables)
- Mini Baccarat (4 tables)
- Roulette (3 tables)
- Mississippi Stud (3 tables)
- Craps (2 tables)
You’ll also find other card-based table games like 3 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Let It Ride.
Sportsbook at Bally’s Sports Bar and Grill
Sports betting in Indiana is legal and thriving. Visitors to Bally’s Evansville can wager on sports (and enjoy a burger) at Bally’s Sports Bar and Grill located within the main casino.
The sportsbook features four betting windows open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are also four betting kiosks available 24 hours a day. Bettors can place wagers on all the major sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, as well as lacrosse, sailing, Olympic events, and more.
You can also bet on sports using the Bally Bet Indiana mobile app powered by Gamesys. Bally’s Evansville is its land-based partner.
Poker at Bally’s Evansville
In the past, Bally’s Evansville did feature a poker room in its casino, most recently an eight-table room that typically offered low-stakes Texas Hold’em and Omaha cash games. However, by 2020, the room had closed. There are no plans at present to reopen it. The Bally’s Evansville poker room has been transformed into a smoke-free slots area.
As noted above, patrons can play a variety of poker-based table games as well as video poker at Bally’s Evansville.
Amenities at Bally’s Evansville
There is more to do at Bally’s Evansville than gamble. The property features three restaurants:
- Cavanaugh’s on the River — Enjoy upscale seafood and steaks, along with a piano bar for added entertainment.
- Tap House Restaurant and Bar — The dozens of beers on tap can wash down a variety of starters, salads and entrees.
- The Deli — Try some casual dining with NY-style “grab and go” sandwiches, burgers, pizza, nachos and similar fare.
As mentioned, you can also pick up food at Bally’s Sports Bar and Grill.
There is also a live entertainment venue on the property that doubles as a convention space. Businesses can hold conferences in numerous hotel meeting rooms as well.
Hotel accommodations include both the 243-room Evansville Casino Hotel and the 95-room Legend’s Tower, a boutique hotel formerly known as Le Merigot Hotel. Both are conveniently located near the casino and afford nice views overlooking the Ohio River.
There is free parking (no valet) in the 1,660-vehicle parking garage located next to the casino.
Bally Rewards Club
Anyone gambling or staying at Bally’s Evansville can participate in the Bally Rewards Club, a loyalty program that offers various perks and rewards. Participants earn Bally Bucks when they gamble in the casino. These can be redeemed in a variety of ways.
After receiving a Bally Rewards Club card, slot players can insert the card into the machine to receive credit for their play. When playing table games, present the card to the dealer or croupier when you take a seat.
When it comes time to redeem Bally Bucks, options include exchanging them for cash, free play or casino credit in the following ratios:
- 2,000 Bally Bucks = $1 cash
- 1,000 Bally Bucks = $1 free slot play
- 500 Bally Bucks = $1 food or merchandise credit
At the same time, Bally Rewards Club members earn Tier Points as they play. During the calendar year, those points designate their status. There are four tiers in the program:
- Pro — 0 to 3,999 points
- Star — 4,000 to 14,999 points
- Superstar — 15,000 points and above
- Legend — by invitation only
Going up in tiers means more perks for the player, with the higher tiers offering benefits ranging from better parking options and more food credits, all of the way up to lounge access, extra VIP services and travel packages. Going up in tiers also means getting Bally Bucks Multipliers, which help players earn Bally Bucks more quickly.
While there are many Bally’s properties around the country, all of which offer the Bally Rewards program, you can use Bally Bucks only at the property where you’ve earned them. In other words, if you accumulate Bally Bucks at Bally’s Evansville, you have to redeem them there as well.
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Bally’s Evansville history
Indiana first legalized riverboat gambling in 1993. A couple of years later in Dec. 1995, Aztar Corporation, an Arizona-based hospitality company, opened Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino to set sail in the state. As required, the property constantly cruised the Ohio River, that is until 2002 when lawmakers authorized dockside gaming. At that point, it parked ashore in Evansville. Within a year, the casino had entertained more than 2.3 million visitors.
The property then underwent expansions, including a couple of different adjacent hotels before Aztar Corp. was acquired by the Columbia Sussex Corp. of Kentucky in 2007. The property’s new owners endured some trying years, including a bankruptcy filing by Tropicana Entertainment, an affiliate of Columbia Sussex and parent company of Aztar Corp. Tropicana emerged from those difficulties, however, and resumed full operation of the hotel-casino.
In 2013, the property was rebranded as Tropicana Evansville. Then in 2015, the state legalized land-based casinos, and the following year regulators permitted Tropicana Evansville to relocate to land. The transition took a year and a half before the new land-based hotel casino reopened in Oct. 2017.
In 2018, Tropicana Entertainment sold the land to Gaming and Leisure Properties and the casino and its operations to Eldorado Resorts, which soon after merged with Caesars Entertainment and continued under the Caesars name.
Bally’s Corporation already owned and operated over a dozen casinos in the US when it purchased the operating casino from Caesars for $140 million, completing the acquisition in June 2021. The same deal saw Gaming and Leisure Properties begin leasing the land to Bally’s for $28 million per year. By October 2021, the property’s name was changed to Bally’s Evansville Casino.
Bally’s Evansville FAQs
In Indiana, the minimum age to gamble is 21 years old. You must have an ID confirming your legal age to enter the casino or play any games. You also must be at least 21 to check into the Evansville Casino Hotel or Legend’s Tower, described above among the amenities at Bally’s Evansville.
The casino is open 24 hours a day. The sportsbook has its own hours, opening each morning and closing late each evening, but the betting kiosks are always available.
Bally’s Evansville is located in southwest Indiana right on the Ohio River that divides Indiana and Kentucky. The casino is about a two-hour drive from Louisville if you take I-64 West. Kentucky residents actually have several other Indiana casino options, including a number of others in the southern part of the state that are even closer than Bally’s Evansville.