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The History of Argosy Casino Alton

On September 10, 1991 the first casino in the State of Illinois, the Alton Belle Casino opened its doors and made its maiden cruise. Covering three decks, the Alton Belle Casino was able to accommodate 600 passengers and offered 296 slot machines and 22 table games for everyone to enjoy.

It took just two short years to outgrow the ship now known as the “Baby Belle.” The Alton Belle Casino II was introduced Memorial Day weekend, 1993. At twice the size of the original boat, the Alton Belle Casino II arrived just in time for ‘The Great Flood of 1993.’ Though much of the surrounding area was flooded, the Alton Belle Casino II persevered. The construction of temporary wooden walkways, expanding hundreds of feet allowed the casino to remain open offering an escape for those dealing with the impact of the rising waters.

In June of 1999, the Alton Belle Casino II made its final gaming cruise. Legislation passed earlier that summer allowing the facility to remain moored for gaming purposes and set the tone for further expansion. That fall two barges were linked to the facility which allowed for the opening of the Outfitters Grill Steakhouse, the Captains Table Buffet and the LaCantina Deli. The expansion also brought a new entertainment facility, Argosy’s Music Hall for everyone to enjoy.

In 2005, Argosy Gaming Company was purchased by Penn National Gaming making Argosy Casino Alton along with its sister properties, Hollywood Casino, part of a much larger gaming family. Penn National Gaming operates over 20 casinos throughout the US and continues to open and purchase new properties.

Argosy Casino Alton continues to make changes and improvements to the facility enhancing the guest experience. In July 2010, the Captain's Table Buffet had a $1.1 million dollar renovation. Menu changes and updated stations have been applauded by the diners. In August 2015, the Outfitters Grill was replaced with the lodge-feel Journey restaurant and bar. A warm inviting environment, Journey is a unique dining experience. In February 2016, the sports bar Hops House opened. Hops House provides an outlet for the non-gamer and a place to kick back and enjoy the local sports teams play.

A relationship between Argosy Casino Alton, the City of Alton and the metro St. Louis area was created that has now lasted over 25 years. It is this relationship, with the thousands of people, that have made the casino a success. Once just a small riverboat casino, Argosy Casino Alton has become an entertainment attraction with sister properties from coast to coast. For more information on Penn National Gaming, please visit the website