Whether your passion is blackjack, roulette or baccarat, the region’s numerous gaming casinos are here to serve you. Among the closest to Greater Cincinnati:

Argosy Casino Resort & Hotel
Argosy is planning to open its $300- million renovation in late summer, greatly expanding the casino’s gaming space while adding a “Hollywood feel” to the property to reflect, as one publication puts it, “the star-like atmosphere visitors will encounter there.” Already, the riverboat Argosy VI is the length of a football field, with three decks. Not only is it one of the largest riverboat casinos in the world, it’s one of the two largest passenger vessels of any kind on America’s inland waterways. Passenger capacity is 4,000, with a crew of 400. The gaming areas are certainly roomier and better ventilated than those in most casinos we’ve seen, riverboat or otherwise. There are 104 table games and 1,870 slot machines. The tables include blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud, minibaccarat, and craps, and there’s a full array of video poker units. Plenty of ATMs are onboard. High rollers have their own stake on the third deck, the high-denomination area. Non-smoking areas are available. A snack shop on the third deck purveys hot dogs and sub sandwiches, and free munchies such as cheese cubes and carrot sticks are available. The adjoining resort hotel has full-service restaurants. Indiana law no longer requires the riverboat to cruise to the middle of the river for gambling, so it remains docked. The hotel located dockside features a 200,000- square-foot pavilion decorated in a Mediterranean theme complete with palm trees. 777 East Argosy Parkway, Lawrenceburg, (888) ARGOSY7.
Belterra Casino Resort
The Miss Belterra riverboat casino measures 100 feet wide by 370 feet long, employs 1,500 people, and boasts 57 game tables and 1,350 slot machines amid the 38,000 square feet of gaming space on two levels. Table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud poker, and baccarat. Other games include American Beauty, Cast for Cash, Triple Cash, Triple Play, Game King, Money to Burn, and Monopoly. Belterra charges no admission, and it offers free live music as well. State law no longer requires the Miss Belterra to leave the dock. The Center Stage Concert Hall in the nearby 15-story hotel features the likes of Alabama, the Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills, Smokey Robinson, the Beach Boys, and America (ticket prices vary, usually from $20 to $50). The 15- story hotel itself features 659 rooms, a health spa, bakery, jewelry shop, and gift shop, plus free valet parking and a three-level garage with parking for 1,300 cars. Dining options at the hotel include Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the Ultimate Buffet, the Aquarium Grill, Out of Bounds Grill and Casino Cafe. The hotel’s Aquarium at Belterra is the largest private aquarium in the region, a 60-foot-long, 7,000-gallon tank that features a Pacific saltwalter coral reef and a thousand species of tropical fish. An 18-hole, 7,000-yard golf course rounds out the recreational offerings. 777 Belterra Drive, Belterra, (888) BELTERRA.
Horseshoe Casino Hotel
Formerly Caesars Indiana Casino/ Hotel, the re-branded Horseshoe Casino Hotel Southern Indiana offers a fresh gambling experience. Located a few miles from Louisville, Horseshoe is one of the world’s largest gaming vessels and — af ter a $50-million renovation — offers more than 2,000 slot machines, as well as 80 table games including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps tables and poker room. 11999 Casino Center Drive SE, Elizabeth (off Indiana Highway 111), (866) 676- SHOE.
Grand Victoria II
The Grand Victoria II is a replica of a 19th-century Victorian stern-wheeler, with 1,900 gaming positions and 1,302 slot machines. Some 80 tables offer blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud, and Let It Ride. Passenger capacity is 2,700. Due to changes in Indiana law, the vessel is no longer required to leave its dock for gambling. There’s more here than just a casino, though. The Hyatt Corporation runs an 1890s Indiana theme resort centered around the casino, complete with cobblestone streets and gaslights. The 300-acre resort features a 200-room hotel, a health club, a Wellington’s steak house, gift shops, the Victoria pub, Picadilly’s delicatessen, and other amenities, all set in a Victorian motif on cobblestone, gaslit streets. A concert hall features the likes of Tom Jones, Engelber t Humperdinck, Crystal Gale, Kansas and Loretta Lynn. The Links at Grand Victoria is the new 18-hole golf course. 600 Grand Victoria Drive, Rising Sun, (800) GRAND–11.