The state of Indiana went live with sports betting this past Sunday, with one of the casinos being a short 20 minute drive away for me. So of course, I went today. I was impressed with what I saw and enjoyed myself for the few hours I was there. The true test will be how they handle their first full weekend of football in a few days.
The first thing I noticed was that there was plenty of free parking. A 5 level parking garage with an elevator to take you right onto the casino floor is a great first impression. Walking in, I saw that the place was very clean and well kept. I made my way to Hops House 99, which houses the sportsbook, to check out the games and lines for the day. There were ample TVs, 20 total, to watch the games and the book had a few windows to take bets. There are also 2 betting kiosks in the bar area for those opting to bet that way. 8 more kiosks are in the casino, giving bettors 24 hour access to place their bets. This is a big plus for me, as one of the reason I love South Point in Las Vegas is the 24 hour sportsbook.
If you’re planning on staying for an extended period, Hollywood boasts several dining options as well. We chose The Eatery for lunch today. Very good food at a reasonable price. They also have Hollywood & Grind (coffee shop), the HBar, Epic Buffet, and Final Cut Steakhouse. Eventually, I’ll try each of these too. The surrounding area has a plethora of fast food and the ever present Waffle House that we have all come to know and love in the Midwest. So your smothered and covered nirvana is never too far away.
In all, Indiana seems to be off to a good start, at least in Lawrenceburg. I’ll be back Saturday morning to get my weekend football bets in. With legalized gambling slowly becoming more attainable, it’s really nice to have one so close. Because, let’s face it, as long as Matt Bevin is Kentucky’s governor, we’ll continue to stay in the 1950s here.
So if you’re in the Cincinnati area, make the drive to Hollywood Casino. It’s definitely worth the trip. Spend the day, place some bets, and enjoy a couple good meals. And as always, gamble responsibly.