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The Par-A-Dice opened in 1991 in Peoria, Illinois, and moved across the river to East Peoria in 1993. Originally established with local investors, it was later sold to Boyd Gaming.
The Par-A-Dice had cruised the Illinois River 10 times daily during its early years, but stopped cruising altogether after Illinois dropped the requirement for riverboat casinos to leave their docks in June 1999. However, as the result of a new U.S. Coast Guard annual requirement, the riverboat set off for a few hours in the morning in June 2010 for the first time in 11 years.