Here’s What Indiana Casinos Have On Tap For January

Posted on January 2, 2024 - Last Updated on January 8, 2024

The New Year brings new promotions and entertainment lineups at Indiana casinos. Seniors can take advantage of a variety of promotions at several casinos. Music lovers will enjoy the slate of groundbreaking groups like the Commodores and the sounds of house music pioneer Farley “Jackmaster” Funk.

PlayIndiana put together a January guide to concerts, promotions and other events at select casinos around the state.

Alas, Indiana online casinos are still illegal. Additionally, lawmakers have expressed their intent to keep any gaming legislation off the table until at least 2025.

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana has a star-filled lineup in January. The casino has two entertainment venues with free shows: the Council Oak Bar and the Hard Rock Cafe. Performances at those venues are on Friday and Saturday nights and January’s lineup features several accomplished Chicago blues musicians. The casino’s Hard Rock Live Stage features legendary bands the Spinners and the Commodores, hip-hop star Flo Rida, an Elvis tribute show and comedians including Tim Allen.

Council Oak Bar and the Hard Rock Cafe

  • Jan 5: Duke Tumatoe and The Power Trio (blues)
  • Jan 5: Mr. Blotto (jam band)
  • Jan. 6: DJ Slash (dance music DJ)
  • Jan. 6: Together (jazz, R&B, Latin showband
  • Jan. 12: Vino Louden (blues)
  • Jan. 12: The Noize (rock, pop and soul hits)
  • Jan. 13: Ivy Ford (blues)
  • Jan. 13: Hillbilly Rockstarz (rock and country)
  • Jan. 19: The Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss (blues)
  • Jan. 19: Poisond Cure (1980s glam rock)
  • Jan 20: DJ Nasty Boy Noel (Pop, hip-hop hits DJ)
  • Jan. 20: Mock Star (1980s arena rock)
  • Jan. 26: Mike Wheeler Band (blues)
  • Jan. 26: Stealin the Farm (jam band)
  • Jan. 27: The Luke Repass Band (blues)
  • Jan. 27: The Spazmatics (1980s New Wave tribute band)

Hard Rock Live

  • 6: Elvis Tribute Artists Spectacular
  • 19: Flo Rida
  • 20: Ron White (comedy)
  • 26: The Commodores and The Spinners
  • 27: Tim Allen (comedy)

Fans of Rod Stewart and comedians Marlon Wayans and George Lopez can buy tickets now for performances at Hard Rock Live in February.

Special promotions at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in January

  • Classic Rockers: Patrons 55 and over get 50% off meals at the casino’s Fresh Harvest eatery on Wednesdays.
  • Daily Free Play Rewards: Unity rewards members are eligible for free plays 72 hours after a trip to the casino.
  • New members: Patrons who sign up for Unity rewards receive $10 in free slot play and are entered into a drawing for up to $100,000 in free slot play.

Horseshoe Hammond

Horseshoe Hammond has a full range of casino games, dining, and an excellent entertainment lineup.

January features Latin Billboard chart-topping Marisela, known as the Latin Madonna, R&B crooners Jodeci and a real treat for fans of Chicago-style house music on Martin Luther King Jr Day. The casino hosts a holiday celebration featuring turntable master Farley “Jackmaster” Funk.

  • Jan. 12: MLK House Party Celebration live in The Venue starring Farley Jackmaster Funk, DJ Terry Hunter, RP Boo and DJ Chyna
  • Jan. 13: Jodeci
  • Jan. 27: Marisela

Horseshoe Indianapolis

Horseshoe Indianapolis has several promotions in January for patrons to enjoy.

  • Colts Touchdown Multipliers: With the end of the NFL season on the horizon, this promo expires in January. On Indianapolis Colts game days, patrons are guaranteed a 2X credit multiplier in the Caesars Reward app for each touchdown the team makes.  The promo is good for the last game of the regular season on Jan. 7.
  • Mad As a Hatter Kiosk Board Game: Visitors can play to win prizes ranging from $5 – $100 in free slot play on Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18 & 25.
  • Visa Virtual Card Play and Earn: Visit a promotional kiosk to enter the Caesars Rewards play and earn promo for a that runs Jan. 12 – 14. Winners will receive a Visa Virtual Card that can be used as a gift card, for free slot play, or as reward credits.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

The Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa in Michigan City has a packed slate of live shows this month.

  • Jan. 5: That’s What She Said (pop/rock cover band)
  • Jan. 6: Smartypants (dance music)
  • Jan. 6: High Life (classic rock/country cover band)
  • Jan. 12: Chronic Flannel (pop hits cover band)
  • Jan. 13: The Local Group Band (pop, rock, blues, jazz, country)
  • Jan. 13: The Simple Remedy (country, Americana)
  • Jan. 19: Zane’s Way (pop oldies)
  • Jan. 20: Smolen and Friends (soul and blues)
  • Jan. 20: Jamrose (pop and rock hits)
  • Jan. 26: Party Foul (Motown and pop)
  • Jan. 27: Head Honchos (blues, rock, soul and funk)
  • Jan. 27: Final Say (Top 40 hits and classics)

Rising Star Casino Resort

Rising Star Casino and Resort offers free live entertainment at its Anchor Lounge every month.

  • Jan . 6: Steve Hudepohl (acoustic guitar)
  • Jan. 13: Still Kick’n (rock cover band)
  • Jan. 20: Lincoln Street (classic rock)
  • Jan. 27: The Mood (rock and country)

The casino’s January promotions include:

  • Yamaha Surround System drawing: Visitors can enter to win daily until Feb. 29.
  • Silly Sunday Slot Tournament: Players who enter can win a share of $1,500 in free slot plays on Sundays.
  • Football First Downs on Sundays: Weekly entry periods for players to win up to $10,000 in free slot play.
  • Seniors and Military Club: Members receive half off of the buffet lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Fab Fifties Hot Seat: Club card members can enter the contest to win $1,200 in free slot play on Mondays.
  • Jackpot Frenzy. Enter Monday through Wednesday for chances to win free slot plays.
  • Rising Stars Hot Seats: Win up to $500 in free slot play on Tuesdays.
  • Snowman Slam: On Wednesdays, players can enter to win up to $500 in free slot play.
  • Plinko: Games on Fridays give guests a chance to win up to $5,000 in free slot play.
  • Daily Progressive Cash Giveaway: Runs through July 4 where winners can choose from free slot play or a cash jackpot.

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg’s “Boogie Nights Dance Club” is the “Best Nightlife” in Indiana according to Casino Player magazine. If you dress up in a disco costume, bouncers might let you in for free if you arrive before 11 p.m. Friday’s cover is $5 and on Saturdays, it’s $10. The club is open until 3 a.m. The club has theme nights throughout the month like “Disco Night” and “90s and 2000s”.

Bally’s Evansville Casino

Bally’s Evansville Casino has several promotions in January. Patrons earn entries for drawings by swiping their Bally’s Rewards cards at kiosks.

  • Mondays and Sun. Jan. 21: Earn 3X multiplier rewards at casino games.
  • Pick a Chip Tuesdays, Jan. 2, 16, 30: Swipe your card at any kiosk for free slot plays.
  • 3-Day Winter Thrills, Jan. 12-14:  $250 in free slot plays awarded every 15 minutes.
  • $30,000 Lucky Devil, Jan. 27, 28: Up to $30,000 in free slot plays given away with $500 drawings every 15 minutes.
  • Last Friday Get Connected and Win: Drawings of the last Friday of each month to receive $1,000 in free slot play.
  • Weekly Facebook Drawing: Earn entries by liking and commenting on Bally’s Evansville Facebook page.

The casino’s Piano Bar at Cavanaugh’s On the River has free live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, with a rotating lineup of pianists and singers.

French Lick Resort Casino & West Baden

French Lick offers visitors a mix of promotions, live entertainment and fun activities.

January Promotions

  • The Classics: Guests 50 and over will be eligible to receive $100 in French Lick rewards. Drawings for two winners are held every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Finally Fridays, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26: Play a slot or table game to be eligible for an evening drawing for $250 in French Lick rewards. Winners are announced every hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Luck of the Draw, Jan. 18: Two winners will receive $200 in French Lick rewards every hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other January events at French Lick:

  • Three Dog Night, Jan. 27: The multi-platinum band with over 20 Billboard hits performs. Guests who purchased tickets for the original May 20, 2023, can use their tickets for this show.
  • Murder Mystery Weekend, Jan. 19-21: The resort’s famous whodunit weekend event returns in the New Year with three days of sleuthing for mystery-solving enthusiasts.

Harrah’s Hoosier Park

Monthly Promotions at Harrah’s Hoosier Park include:

  • Tuesdays: 5X multiplier when you activate the promo via the Caesars Rewards app
  • Prime Timer Wednesdays: Guests 50 and over can get credits to win prizes and tier credits.

Before Three Dog Night plays at French Lick, the band makes a stop a Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Jan. 26.

Caesars Southern Indiana

Caesars Southern Indiana, operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, features Super Senior Wednesday in January. Rewards program members who are 55 and older get a 3X reward credit multiplier every Wednesday. Seniors who earn at least 70 tier credits on Wednesdays also get a free entrée at the casino’s The Piazza restaurant.

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago

Ameristar Casino Hotel continues its Penn Heroes promo for active-duty military, veterans and first responders. They sign up for a Penn Heroes card for up to 30% off dining, shopping and hotel rates.

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