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A bill that would direct the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to study how the state’s casinos might run on-line poker games has cleared a key senate committee.

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5/29/2016

article Argosy casino, MRHD legal battles not yet done
(Iowa) -- A recent Iowa Supreme Court action concluded a long-running legal battle between the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino and state gambling regulators....

5/26/2016

article LETTER: Without racing, Prairie Meadows just another casino
(Iowa) -- With all due respect to Ray Sears, I couldn’t disagree more with his May 20 Letter to the Editor [Bring an end to horse racing at Prairie Meadows].

5/24/2016

article Iowa Supreme Court denies appeal for Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has refused to consider the lawsuit filed by owners of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino owner Penn Gaming against state...
article Iowa Supreme Court ends suit over former floating casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has ended a long legal battle between the owners of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino and state regulators.

5/23/2016

article Iowa Supreme Court denies review of Argosy Casino case on the closing of the Sioux City riverboat
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court will not review a lawsuit by the owner of the former Argosy Casino here in Sioux City. The Belle of Sioux City, the parent company of...
article Iowa Supreme Court ends legal fight over ex-Sioux City floating casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Monday brought an end to a long legal battle between the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino and state gambling regulators and...

5/22/2016

article Prairie Meadows: A history of bust and boom
(Iowa) -- Cash and controversy have been familiar themes throughout the history of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Over the past 27 years, Polk County's only...

5/21/2016

article LETTER: Dan Finney is right about our addiction to casino funds
(Iowa) -- Thanks to Dan Finney for his straight-out truth about the star of the Iowa gambling cartel — Prairie Meadows [It's time to break our addiction to...

5/18/2016

article LETTER: The end is clear for Prairie Meadows
(Iowa) -- Local government and community leaders are “shocked” that the Internal Revenue Service concluded Iowa’s largest casino isn’t a...

5/17/2016

article Isle of Capri relocates Bettendorf casino
(Iowa) -- St. Louis-based Isle of Capri is moving its gaming facility from the riverfront to land in Bettendorf, Iowa. The company will close its riverboat operation...
article Dick Haws: Bad luck pays off for nongambler
(Iowa) -- I really don’t like gambling, not any of it, not lottery tickets, not slot machines, not black jack, not horses, dogs, football and everything else that...

5/15/2016

article Hundreds of jobs need to be filled at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort location
(Iowa) -- The new land-based Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, Iowa is on target for its scheduled June 16 grand opening and 300 positions there need to be filled...
article New Rhythm City Casino Resort location creates hundreds of jobs
(Iowa) -- The grand opening of the new land-based Rhythm City Casino Resort is set for June 16 and managers there are looking to fill 300 new positions. Hundreds of...

5/14/2016

article How Prairie Meadows losing non-profit status affects you
(Iowa) -- Federal officials notified Prairie Meadows Thursday that they are revoking the Altoona casino’s nonprofit status, setting it up to lose an estimated $30...

5/13/2016

article Iowa casino could lose its tax-exempt status
(Iowa) -- The Prairie Meadows Racetrack And Casino in Iowa could be about to lose its non-profit status following an 18-month investigation carried out by officials from...
article Officials: Prairie Meadows casino to lose nonprofit status
(Iowa) -- Federal officials say they are revoking a central Iowa casino’s nonprofit status. The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1Wt8G1h ) reports the Internal...

5/11/2016

article New Isle of Capri land-based casino opens June 24 in Bettendorf
(Iowa) -- For the first time in 21 years, Bettendorf will not have a casino during a five-day period in June while the Isle of Capri moves its gaming facility from the...

5/10/2016

article Isle of Capri to open Iowa casino on June 24
(Iowa) -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. plans to open its new $60-million casino in Bettendorf, Iowa, on June 24, the Creve Coeur-based casino operator announced Tuesday....

5/7/2016

article Corbett has high hopes for proposed casino site
(Iowa) -- Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has high hopes for the proposed site of a casino in the city, but admits it may never actually be home to a casino.

5/2/2016

article 3 shows lead to most foot traffic at Hard Rock
(Iowa) -- Three events last weekend led to the most foot traffic seen at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City, officials said. Ashlee French, Hard Rock's...

4/23/2016

article Changing casino industry brings new jobs, tourism
(Iowa) -- The changing casino industry in the Quad Cities is promising to grow jobs in the area. Both the Isle of Capri and Rhythm City Casino are hiring.

4/19/2016

article Riverboat owners appeal to Iowa Supreme Court
(Iowa) -- Lawyers for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to consider their lawsuit against state regulators...

4/18/2016

article Argosy asks Supreme Court to review ruling that upheld casino closure
(Iowa) -- Lawyers for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino have taken what could be the final step in their case against state gambling...

4/16/2016

article State casinos in Waterloo, Riverside, Larchwood, fined for gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved fines for three casinos for gambling violations at their meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs. The largest fine of...

4/15/2016

article Ameristar Casino Hotel is once again Iowa’s top hotel
(Iowa) -- For the second year in a row, a national magazine named Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs as Iowa’s top hotel. Understandably, General Manager...
article State casinos in Waterloo, Riverside, Larchwood, fined for gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved fines for three casinos for gambling violations at their meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs.

4/10/2016

article Editorial: Prairie Meadows needs to be more open
(Iowa) -- On March 23, the board of directors at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino met behind closed doors to discuss an ongoing IRS audit. According to Prairie...
article Hard Rock wins 12 first-place awards
(Iowa) -- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has earned 12 first-place titles in Casino Player magazine’s 2016 “Best of Dining & Nightlife”...

4/5/2016

article Editorial: Q-C gambling 25 years later: Boom or Bust?
(Iowa) -- Boom or bust? Given our community’s all-in wager on riverboat gambling 25 years ago, it would be tempting to characterize the experience so far in the...
article Q-C casinos future uncertain in oversaturated market
(Iowa) -- With long-term trend lines running the wrong direction and new forms of gambling intruding into an already "oversaturated" market, the Quad-Cities...

4/4/2016

article Prairie Meadows says multi-million upgrade almost complete
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino said Monday it is completing a multi-million upgrade before the start of the live racing season.

4/3/2016

article Iowa’s largest casino faces IRS review
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows’ nonprofit status is facing a federal review, raising big concerns for the state’s largest casino in Altoona. Every year, Prairie...

4/2/2016

article Casinos failed to bring promised boosts to Q-C downtowns
(Iowa) -- Economic-development promises flowed like wine as would-be gambling magnates wooed Quad-Cities governments in early 1990 in hopes of securing one of the...
article Gambling taxes bring $266M to Q-C governments, nonprofits
(Iowa) -- Taxes on riverboat gaming in the Quad-Cities have helped to pay to maintain streets and parks, build police and fire stations, and slow the growth of property...
article Iowa Marks 25th Anniversary of Casino Gaming in State
(Iowa) -- This month, Iowa is celebrating 25 years of casino gaming. On Friday, the American Gaming Association and Iowa Gaming association recognized the impact casinos...
article Ricketts objects to gambling referendum that could aid South Sioux City
(Iowa) -- Gov. Pete Ricketts renewed his objections Friday to expanded gambling in Nebraska, warning a proposed ballot measure to legalize casinos would bump up the...
article Big concerns for Iowa's largest casino
(Iowa) -- The state's largest casino, Prairie Meadows, in Altoona, is facing a federal review of its nonprofit status, raising big concerns. Prairie Meadows pays...

4/1/2016

article Racetrack and Casino as Nonprofit? IRS Investigates
(Iowa) -- Apparently, some things still do attract the attention of the underfunded IRS tax-exempt group, because they are planning on paying a site visit to the Prairie...
article Riverboat gambling celebrates 25 years in the Quad Cities
(Iowa) -- It’s been 25 years since riverboat gambling made its debut in the Quad Cities. On April 1, 1991, the President Casino set sail from Davenport shortly...
article What have we wrought? Q-C gambling turns 25
(Iowa) -- As the 1980s moved past their midpoint, the Quad-Cities reeled from the collapse of the farm-equipment industry. Farmall closed. Case closed. Deere shrank.

3/30/2016

article Prairie Meadows’ Tax Exempt Status at Risk
(Iowa) -- Channel 13 has learned Prairie Meadows' tax exempt status is in jeopardy. Tom Flynn, the attorney for Prairie Meadows, said that the Internal Revenue...

3/28/2016

article Iowa riverboat gambling celebrates 25 years on the water
(Iowa) -- Riverboats first paddled along the Mississippi River in Iowa on April 1 a quarter-century ago, dropping anchor in a few of the cities suffering most from a...

3/27/2016

article Dubuque marks 25 years since riverboat gambling
(Iowa) -- In the final days of March 1991, Bob Kehl’s Dubuque Casino Belle raced upriver from Pensacola, Fla., needing to keep its April 1 appointment with history.
article Iowa riverboat gambling is 25 years old
(Iowa) -- Riverboat casinos first paddled along the Mississippi River in Iowa on April 1 a quarter century ago, dropping anchor in a few of the cities suffering most...
article Sioux City's effort to get riverboat wasn't easy
(Iowa) -- Lady luck certainly wasn't on Sioux City's side during early efforts to land a riverboat casino to dock along the banks of the Missouri River.
article Worth County bets on Diamond Jo revenue
(Iowa) -- Ten years ago, those who supported building a casino in rural Northwood promised a portion of the proceeds would fund college scholarships for Worth County...

3/26/2016

article Casino gambling timeline
(Iowa) -- July 1, 1989: Legislation was enacted allowing pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast races received by a licensed pari-mutuel facility conducting a minimum number...

3/25/2016

article Casinos pocket profits that could boost Iowa's budget
(Iowa) -- As Iowa lawmakers grapple with a tight state budget, they need to take a hard look at the hundreds of millions of dollars that they now are leaving behind on...

3/24/2016

article Court ruling moves long legal battle over Sioux City Belle closer to end
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Court of Appeals ruling released Wednesday has moved the long legal fight over the Belle of Sioux City Riverboat one step closer to being done.
article Court upholds gambling commission’s Sioux City casino votes
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the owners of the shuttered Argosy casino in Sioux City, settling...

3/23/2016

article Court of Appeals backs state regulators in closing of Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals is backing state regulators in their decision on awarding a casino license in Sioux City that led to the closing of the riverboat...
article Iowa Appeals Court upholds closure of Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a series of rulings that led to the closure of the Belle of Sioux City riverboat casino. The opinion, filed Wednesday,...

3/20/2016

article PROGRESS: Hard Rock stays on cutting edge of music and dining
(Iowa) -- Walking into an empty Anthem Theater, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino entertainment manager Brad Streeter checked his cellphone for messages.
article PROGRESS: WinnaVegas chef: Made-from-scratch comfort food elevates casino cuisine
(Iowa) -- When it comes to food, Rich Grothaus doesn't like to take much of a gamble. Instead, the executive chef at WinnaVegas Casino Resort's Flower Island...

3/11/2016

article Statistics Released On Gambling Addiction In Iowa
(Iowa) -- Gambling has been considered a serious problem when it comes to creating personal and financial problems. This is especially true the United States, where...

3/9/2016

article Casino opening date set
(Iowa) -- Rhythm City Casino is set to reopen as a land-based gaming and hotel facility in northeast Davenport on June 16, a company representative confirmed Wednesday....

3/4/2016

article Calls increasing to gambling hotline
(Iowa) -- The manager of the Iowa Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program is warning that 1 out of every 10 adult Iowans is “at risk” of becoming a problem...

2/29/2016

article Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino cuts its hours of operation during the week
(Iowa) -- The Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino has announced a reduction in hours of operation from Sunday to Thursday. The casino will now close at 4 a.m. on those days...

2/17/2016

article Hard Rock chef creates Cajun-inspired menu with plenty of N'awlins flair
(Iowa) -- Growing up in Florence, Alabama, Roderick Johnson learned the comforting appeal of down home cooking from experts: his own family. "Nobody does comfort...

2/16/2016

article DRA: Diamond Jo revenue rising, Mystique revenue falling
(Iowa) -- Dubuque’s two casinos continued to trend in opposite directions in January, with Mystique seeing another decline in revenue and Diamond Jo further...

1/19/2016

article CEO: 2015 a year of transition for Mystique Casino
(Iowa) -- Mystique Casino CEO Jesus Aviles today framed 2015 as a year of transition for the local gaming industry. "We found a new way of doing business,"...

1/14/2016

article Waterloo casino fined for allowing underage woman to gamble
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a $20,000 penalty against the Isle of Capri Casino in Waterloo today for allowing an underage gambler onto the...
article Capitol Digest: Gambling workplace toolkit introduced
(Iowa) -- Skyrocketing lottery jackpots and fantasy sports wagers could be costing Iowa employers in lost work time. That’s a message from the Iowa Department of...

1/12/2016

article Isle Bettendorf offers sneak peek at new land-based casino
(Iowa) -- A new era in gaming is coming to the Quad Cities in 2016. That's as Isle Bettendorf builds a nearly $60-million land-based casino. It coincides with...

1/2/2016

article Iowa Q-C casinos continue rush to land in 2016
(Iowa) -- Both the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport and the Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf will wave goodbye to their riverboat casinos this year, about 25 years...

12/21/2015

article For Council Bluffs greyhound races, it’s the finish line
(Iowa) -- They say every dog has its day. And for the Bluffs Run greyhound racing track, that was right out of the gate — the years right after its 1986 debut....

12/20/2015

article Our opinion: Schmitt Island ripe for new development
(Iowa) -- Maybe 2016 will be Chaplain Schmitt Island's year. Five years ago, Mystique Casino President and Chief Executive Officer Jesús Aviles began sharing his...

12/19/2015

article Last day of Bluffs Run brings back memories of a busier time
(Iowa) -- There were mobs of onlookers, long lines at the betting windows, and waitresses and bartenders trying to keep pace with patrons’ orders.

12/18/2015

article Dog racing to end in Council Bluffs; Dubuque only track left in state
(Iowa) -- Lack of interest has caused dog racing in Council Bluffs to come to an end. The last race is scheduled for today at Bluffs Run by Horseshoe Casino. According...
article For Council Bluffs greyhound races, it’s the finish line
(Iowa) -- They say every dog has its day. And for the Bluffs Run greyhound racing track, that was right out of the gate — the years right after its 1986 debut....
article Council Bluffs dog racing crosses finish line today
(Iowa) -- Dog racing in Council Bluffs will cross the finish line for good today. Post time for this last day of racing is at 4 p.m. at Bluffs Run by Horseshoe Casino....
article Dog racing to end in Council Bluffs due to lack of interest
(Iowa) -- Lack of interest has caused dog racing in Council Bluffs to come to an end. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the last race is scheduled for Friday at Bluffs...

12/13/2015

article Argosy Casino case moved to the Iowa Court of Appeals
(Iowa) -- The legal battle isn’t over in Iowa for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City and the state. The Iowa Supreme Court has been asked by the former...

12/12/2015

article Legal Battle over former Argosy Casino is moved to the Iowa Court of Appeals
(Iowa) -- The legal battle over Sioux City’s former riverboat casino is surfacing again. The Belle of Sioux City, the parent company of the former Argosy Casino,...
article 5 ways Branstad changed Iowa forever
(Iowa) -- I asked Gov. Terry Branstad, who on Monday becomes the longest-serving governor in the nation, to describe how his historic tenure as governor has changed Iowa.

12/11/2015

article Iowa slots some of the tightest in the nation
(Iowa) -- Iowa casinos have some of the tightest slot machines in the country, holding back one-third more money than they did a decade ago, a recent study shows.

11/29/2015

article New deal signed by Lady Luck Casino owners and license holder
(Iowa) -- The license holder and the owners of the Lady Luck Casino Marquette of Iowa have signed a new deal that will be beneficial to Clayton County. According to...

11/24/2015

article Prairie Meadows suspends YMCA pool payments
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows pledged $1 million to the new Wellmark YMCA, but officials with the casino said they won't write another check until the YMCA explains...

11/23/2015

article Rhythm City Casino boat sold
(Iowa) -- When gambling leaves the Davenport riverfront next year, the casino boat that has been moored there for 15 years will go away, too. The Rhythm City Casino has...
article Another increase for Wild Rose Casino
(Iowa) -- The Wild Rose Casino and Resrot saw an increase in revenue this October, according to General Manager Travis Dvorak. Dvorak stated the casino saw approximately...

11/19/2015

article Racing and Gaming fines casinos in Osceola, Council Bluffs for underage gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission issued fines totaling $100,000 today to three casinos for allowing underage people to gamble. The Lakeside Casino in...

11/17/2015

article Omaha tribe to discuss compact issues for western Iowa casino
(Iowa) -- An Iowa state government official says he interested to see whether the topic of marijuana comes up Wednesday when he meets with leaders of the Omaha Tribe for...
article With Mystique revenues falling, DRA cuts back on United Way donation
(Iowa) -- Concerns about consistently declining revenues at Mystique Casino came to a head today, as the casino’s contribution to the local United Way was reduced...

11/16/2015

article Two in custody following machete attack outside Council Bluffs casino
(Iowa) -- Two people are in custody after a machete attack early Monday morning left a man with minor injuries. The victim sustained non‐life-threatening lacerations to...

11/15/2015

article Fined and ordered to pay for breaking glass in slot machine
(Iowa) -- Donald Lee McVey, 52, Des Moines, was ordered to pay $500 restitution to the Meskwaki BingoCasino. He entered into a plea agreement in Tama County District...

11/14/2015

article Hard Rock honor boosts downtown profile
(Iowa) -- We extend our congratulations to ownership, management and staff of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for earning the 2015 “Outstanding Attraction”...

11/10/2015

article Deal to sunset Iowa greyhound racing at casinos moves forward
(Iowa) -- A unique financial arrangement between two racetrack-casinos and the greyhound racing industry cleared its last legislative hurdle Tuesday and put dog racing...

11/7/2015

article Rhythm City Casino boat sold
(Iowa) -- A buyer has been found for the Rhythm City Casino riverboat in Davenport, but the barge still remains on the market.

11/4/2015

article Rhythm City Casino boat sold
(Iowa) -- A familiar site along Davenport's riverfront has been sold and will be moving sometime next year. Rhythm City Casino Resort's General Manager tells...

10/30/2015

article Fewer casino customers, lost millions in Clayton County
(Iowa) -- Amid the spike in Iowa casinos, the Lady Luck Casino in Marquette represents a throwback to the state’s initial foray into casino gambling.
article Construction of Land-Based Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf on Schedule
(Iowa) -- Construction of what is expected to become Iowa’s largest hotel and casino resort is underway. Workers broke ground on the $60-million project for the...
article Isle of Capri land-based casino construction on schedule
(Iowa) -- Construction is underway at the new Isle of Capri land-based Casino. Crews broke ground on a project that will replace the riverboat casino on the Mississippi...
article Catfish Bend Casino Riverboat days in Fort Madison are numbered
(Iowa) -- As one boat leaves Fort Madison, the city can anticipate the arrival of another. If the weather is decent, crews will begin preparing the old Catfish Bend...

10/28/2015

article Crews work through mud, rain to build new Bettendorf casino
(Iowa) -- Standing atop the roof of the Isle of Capri’s south tower hotel in Bettendorf, longtime casino employees on Wednesday fought gusty winds for panoramic...
article OUR OPINION: Hard Rock honor boosts profile of community, downtown
(Iowa) -- We extend our congratulations to ownership, management and staff of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for earning the 2015 "Outstanding Attraction"...

10/23/2015

article Revenue up 14% at Catfish Bend Casinos
(Iowa) -- In the world of gambling in southeast Iowa, as the months go by, the revenue continues to increase. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Southeast Iowa Regional...
article Hard Rock Hotel and Casino receives "Outstanding Attraction in Iowa" award
(Iowa) -- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has been named “Outstanding Attraction in Iowa” by the Iowa Tourism Office. The award, presented at the...

10/7/2015

article Rhythm City Casino holds ceremony at new casino site
(Iowa) -- Rhythm City Casino CEO Dan Kehl and hundreds of construction workers celebrated the topping off of the new $110 million Rhythm City Casino Resort on Tuesday....

10/6/2015

article Higher ed gets lion’s share of Iowa gaming revenues
(Iowa) -- Higher education was among the big winners at Iowa's casinos and racetracks that paid the state $313.9 million in gaming revenue in fiscal 2015, according...
article Rhythm City Casino holds ceremony at new casino site
(Iowa) -- Rhythm City Casino CEO Dan Kehl and hundreds of construction workers celebrated the topping off of the new $110 million Rhythm City Casino Resort on Tuesday.
article Rhythm City Casino and Resort adds final beam
(Iowa) -- The Rhythm City Casino and Resort in Davenport takes one more step toward completion with the addition of the final beam. It's a major milestone in the $...

9/25/2015

article Riverside Casino issued penalty for allowing underage gambling
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a $20,000 penalty against the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort Thursday for allowing a minor to gamble. Racing...

9/19/2015

article Highest Iowa Lottery ticket sales in lower income neighborhoods
(Iowa) -- Seven of the top 10 places where Iowans bought lottery tickets in fiscal 2015 — including one in Mason City — are in areas where the median...

9/17/2015

article Regulators look into death of Dubuque racing dog, amid drug inquiry
(Iowa) -- Scientists will study whether the death of a racing dog at an Iowa greyhound track has any link to the use of a risky performance-enhancing drug found in other...

9/14/2015

article Casino contractor to re-do water lines that don't meet Davenport code
(Iowa) -- Work on a $110 million land-based casino project should not be delayed despite contractors being forced to redo about 2,500 feet of below-code water line work...

9/12/2015

article Iowa Q-C casinos rush to land
(Iowa) -- It’s been a busy construction season in the Quad-Cities, especially for crews assembling the area’s two new land-based casinos.

9/9/2015

article Computer glitch interrupts slot payouts at Mystique Casino
(Iowa) -- A computer glitch at Mystique Casino interrupted payouts at slot machines for approximately one hour Monday evening, forcing employees to administer manual...

8/31/2015

article Area casinos become a destination resort, more than gaming
(Iowa) -- Today, casinos are seemingly turning into a one-stop destination, adding more features to enhance your experience. Gone are the days of just gaming. Now,...
article Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque trying to stay afloat
(Iowa) -- Iowa is one of the few states that has greyhound dog racing, but the industry is taking a hit in profit. The dog race park in Council Bluffs is closing its...

8/18/2015

article Diamond Jo increases share of Dubuque gaming market
(Iowa) -- Dubuque’s two casinos moved in opposite directions in July as Mystique grappled with declining revenues and Diamond Jo continued to grow its local market share...

8/16/2015

article Numbers game: Iowa Lottery turns 30
(Iowa) -- Her odds were one in 11 million. "Oh, honey, I hate talking about it," said 77-year-old Darlene Becker recently, with a laugh.

8/7/2015

article Hard Rock Hotel And Casino In Sioux City Sees Over 2 Million In First Year
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Since last year’s grand opening ceremony, when community...
article Wild Rose Grand Opening Under Way
(Iowa) -- The much anticipated Grand Opening of Wild Rose Casino Jefferson will get underway tonight (Friday) with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. The...

8/4/2015

article Employees at casinos get training during Responsible Gaming Education Week
(Iowa) -- The state’s 19 state-regulated casinos are holding events for Responsible Gaming Education Week. Iowa Gaming Association president, Wes Ehrecke says it...

8/1/2015

article Wild Rose casino in Jefferson Iowa officially opens today
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Jefferson Casino quietly opened their doors on July 13th, more than two weeks ahead of their announced official opening date.

7/31/2015

article A $40 million bet on Jefferson's new casino
(Iowa) -- It's a roll of the dice, but Wild Rose Entertainment believes the odds are in its favor. The West Des Moines-based company is making a $40 million bet that...
article Prairie Meadows watching Jefferson casino
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino remains one of Iowa's most prosperous gambling operations, but its revenue is down from two years ago and it could...
article Wild Rose Jefferson Set to Officially Open Saturday
(Iowa) -- Competition for gaming dollars in Iowa will get a little more tighter on Saturday. That's when the states newest casino, Wild Rose Jefferson officially...

7/22/2015

article Prairie Meadows chair: Board wants horse racing
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows’ most winning horse owner told those who oversee the nonprofit track and casino Wednesday that they need to promote racing far more and...

7/20/2015

article Wild Rose Jefferson Expected To Increase State Revenues
(Iowa) -- State gambling revenues reversed a downward trend in the most recent fiscal year that ended in June due in part to a new casino in Sioux City.
article Iowa Gambling Considers Mobile Gaming
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission recently heard from a company which offers advanced wagering on horse races combined with games that can be played on...

7/17/2015

article Iowa jury deliberates former lottery worker's fraud case
(Iowa) -- An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how a lottery security officer allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in...

7/16/2015

article New Sioux City casino pushes up state gambling revenue
(Iowa) -- State Racing and Gaming administrator Brian Ohorilko says Iowa’s state-licensed casinos saw a bit of a turnaround in revenue in the fiscal year that...
article Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's One Year Anniversary is fast Approaching
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's one year anniversary is fast approaching with just a few weeks left. Since the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in August...

7/15/2015

article State data casts doubt on planned boycott of Riverside Casino
(Iowa) -- In the days after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission denied a gaming license for the Cedar Crossing Casino proposed for just west of the Cedar River in...
article Hard Rock helps boost yearly Iowa casino revenues
(Iowa) -- After a one-year dip, Iowa’s statewide gaming revenue increased 2 percent in the recently concluded fiscal year, thanks largely to state-licensed...

7/14/2015

article New Iowa casino quietly opens, here's a sneak peek inside
(Iowa) -- The new Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson opened to the public for the first time on Tuesday ahead of schedule. The casino's grand opening is scheduled for...
article Prior to grand opening the game floor at Wild Rose Jefferson opens to public
(Iowa) -- The official grand opening for Wild Rose Jefferson will take place in less than a month, but the doors are already open for any early birds who want to stop in...

7/13/2015

article Despite improvements, complaints made over Hard Rock loudness
(Iowa) -- While the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino took steps to reduce noise from concerts, complaints were still made to authorities Saturday night. Police Chief Doug...

7/6/2015

article Lyon County Government Wins With Casino Grants
(Iowa) -- Lyon County Schools, Cities, and County government continue to win big with grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
article Prairie Meadows' racing: Going the way of the dogs?
(Iowa) -- A regular at Prairie Meadows since it opened in 1989, George Markley has watched the scene at the racetrack change over the years. There's less live music...

6/28/2015

article Young offers thoughts on gaming industry in Iowa
(Iowa) -- During a busy week of touring his home district, Iowa 3rd District Representative David Young attended a gaming round table held at Ameristar Casino in Council...

6/25/2015

article 1999 rules of riverboat gambling change as Iowa, Illinois compete
(Iowa) -- It has been 16 years since Illinois lawmakers made it legal for riverboat gambling to dock. Now, casinos in the Quad Cities are undergoing change again, as the...

6/24/2015

article Dubuque casinos take in $11.1 million in May
(Iowa) -- Gambling revenue in the Dubuque market rose by more than $500,000 in May 2015 compared with the same month last year, providing a rare glimpse of good news for...

6/23/2015

article Dubuque casinos see growth in monthly revenues
(Iowa) -- Gaming revenue in the Dubuque market rose by more than $500,000 in May 2015 compared with the same month last year, providing a rare glimpse of good news for...

6/22/2015

article Lyon County casino included in new ownership deal
(Iowa) -- Iowa gaming regulators have given the final go-ahead to the consolidation of ownership of three state-licensed casinos, which includes the Grand Falls Casino...

6/15/2015

article Get sneak peek at new Iowa casino
(Iowa) -- A new casino in Jefferson is taking shape as crews complete enough work for company officials to offer the media a sneak preview of the building Monday.
article Wild Rose Casino Sneak Peak
(Iowa) -- Doors to the Wild Rose Casino opened to the media, and some community members on Monday. The casino is set to open August 1st, with grand opening on August 7th...

6/12/2015

article Editorial: Casino doesn't excite Decatur
(Iowa) -- All of a sudden last week, Decatur became part of a gambling expansion package being considered by the General Assembly. It's unclear how it came to be...

6/7/2015

article Rhythm City Casino moving to land–opens 2016
(Iowa) -- Say goodbye to riverboat gambling in the Quad Cities area. Rhythm City Casino officially broke ground Thursday, June 4th on the site of a new land-based casino...

6/4/2015

article Kehl breaks ground on Davenport land-based casino
(Iowa) -- Looking forward to the potential of a 40-acre patch of dirt in northeast Davenport, Dan Kehl took a moment Thursday to look back. He gave kudos to his father,...
article Rhythm City Casino breaks ground
(Iowa) -- After 15 years of stops and starts, work has officially started on a Davenport land based casino. Company officials, community members, and employees helped...
article Kehl consolidates gaming operations as Elite Casino Resorts
(Iowa) -- Dan Kehl, the CEO of Kehl Management, received approval Thursday from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to consolidate the ownership of the company's...

6/3/2015

article IRGC Members Tour Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
(Iowa) -- Members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission checked out the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City Wednesday. A little over a year ago, the IRGC gave...
article Racing and gaming commissioners take in sights of finished Hard Rock
(Iowa) -- Nine months after the grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti had his first...

6/2/2015

article Iowa Casino Gaming Revenue Analysis
(Iowa) -- Also known as the ”American Heartland”, Iowa is the only state to have western and eastern borders outlined entirely by rivers. It is the 30th most...

6/1/2015

article Casino grant money: where does it end up?
(Iowa) -- Every time your slot machine spin leaves you empty-handed or your “14” in blackjack turns into a “24” in an Iowa nontribal casino, at...
article Hard Rock Sioux City to host its first Iowa gaming panel meeting
(Iowa) -- Twenty-five months ago, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gave the go-ahead for construction of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. This week, the...

5/30/2015

article Iowa lottery official says lottery profits to top $70 M
(Iowa) -- A top Iowa Lottery official says profits for the fiscal year that ends June 30 should top $70 million. Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Officer Terry Rich tells...

5/25/2015

article Casinos Not Giving Up on Tax Break
(Iowa) -- A new tax break for Iowa’s casino industry has so far not made it through the Iowa legislature. But backers say if it doesn’t pass this year, they...

5/16/2015

article And they're off: Greyhound park opens under new ownership in Dubuque
(Iowa) -- This year’s live greyhound races in Dubuque started today in front of hundreds at the newly renamed The Iowa Greyhound Park. The turnout is a sign that...

5/14/2015

article Isle of Capri breaks ground for Bettendorf casino
(Iowa) -- Construction is now underway on the first land-based casino in the Iowa Quad Cities. Ground was broken in Bettendorf on Wednesday for the Isle of Capri which...

5/13/2015

article Isle Bettendorf digs in to build land-based casino
(Iowa) -- Isle Bettendorf is making the transition from water to land with a $55-60 million dollar casino complex. Plans present a project to keep it the largest casino...
article Isle breaks ground for land-based casino
(Iowa) -- An 82,000-square-foot land-based casino in Bettendorf is expected to open in about a year, 25 years after riverboat gambling first came to the Quad-Cities....
article Isle of Capri breaks ground on Bettendorf land-based casino
(Iowa) -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. announced plans for a $55 million to $60 million land-based casino during a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the casino...
article Land-based casinos coming to Iowa Quad Cities
(Iowa) -- After 20 years along the Mighty Mississippi... the isle casino in Bettendorf is one step closer to becoming land-based. It's just one of two local casinos...
article Road to casino paved with questions
(Iowa) -- Here's one that's still unraveling. Davenport aldermen learned earlier this month that two decisions involving the Elmore Avenue extension toppled...

5/1/2015

article Gambling bill heads to governor's desk
(Iowa) -- Legislation intended to update and simplify Iowa’s social and charitable gambling regulations is on its way to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk for his...

4/28/2015

article Iowa Lottery Considering Online Gaming
(Iowa) -- Iowa has in the past flirted with the idea of online poker, and now the state lottery is considering bringing real-money games to the Internet, according to a...

4/27/2015

article Iowa Lottery Considering Online Gaming
(Iowa) -- Iowa Lottery officials are monitoring states that are experimenting with the electronic sale of lottery tickets. Iowa Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich says the state-...
article Sign to showcase construction location of Rhythm City Casino denied
(Iowa) -- A request to place a sign along I-80 to show where Rhythm City Casino’s new home would be has been denied, according to the City of Davenport’s...

4/25/2015

article Editorial: Which new casino will be smoke-free?
(Iowa) -- Two Quad-City casinos seem poised for 2016 grand openings of land-based operations. Our question for them today: Which will be smoke-free?

4/24/2015

article Casino doesn't have to pay grandmother $41M jackpot: 'I was hoping to help my children'
(Iowa) -- When she played a penny slot machine that told her she had won more than $41 million, the Antioch woman remained pretty calm. “That was nice,” she...
article Supreme Court upholds dismissed Waterloo casino payout case
(Iowa) -- An Illinois grandmother of 13 who claimed a Waterloo casino refused to pay her $41 million jackpot ran out of luck when she took her case to Iowa's Supreme...
article Waterloo casino won’t have to pay big slot jackpot to Illinois grandmother
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a grandmother from Illinois cannot collect 41-million-dollar bonus from a Black Hawk County slot machine. Pauline McKee went...
article Prairie Meadows has down March
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino had gross gambling revenue in March of $16,715,542 from 240,239 admissions. That's the worst March for the Altoona...

4/22/2015

article Warm Weather Boosts Casino Revenue
(Iowa) -- Just as easy as bad weather will keep people away from the casino, good weather keeps them coming in droves. Catfish Bend Casinos II, LLC showed a revenue...

4/18/2015

article Isle of Capri casino construction in Bettendorf approved
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has approved development plans for the Isle of Capri casino's move to Bettendorf.

4/17/2015

article Isle of Capri casino construction in Bettendorf approved
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has approved development plans for the Isle of Capri casino's move to Bettendorf. The Quad-City Times reports the...
article Casino projects adding up to 400 construction jobs
(Iowa) -- Dual casino projects will add up to 400 local construction jobs in the Quad Cities over coming months. Inside the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union on Friday,...

4/16/2015

article Bettendorf's land-based casino plan wins OK
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved development plans Thursday for the Isle of Capri casino’s long-expected move to land in Bettendorf. Casino...
article Iowa gaming commission approves Isle of Capri land casino
(Iowa) -- Construction on a $60 million land-based casino by the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf is expected to begin soon and be completed in about a year. On Thursday, the...

4/13/2015

article Ameristar named Iowa's best hotel by national magazine
(Iowa) -- A recent search was held to find the best hotel in Iowa of which almost 500 were evaluated. And, the winner was ... Ameristar Casino Hotel of Council Bluffs....

4/11/2015

article New Casino In Jefferson, IA Set To Open In August
(Iowa) -- The opening of a $40 million casino and resort in Greene County is just under four months away, and with this week's job fair, they are one step closer to...
article Hard Rock Sioux City casino takes in $7M
(Iowa) -- Revenues at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City hit $7 million in March, the second straight month the downtown venue posted big numbers.
article Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Posts March Casino Revenue
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission released a report on the financial performance of the state’s eighteen gambling venues in March.

4/9/2015

article 250 new jobs open at $40M casino under construction now
(Iowa) -- A new casino is taking shape in Jefferson, and now it's time to fill 250 new jobs. The project has been going on for two and a half years. Construction...

4/7/2015

article Senate changes Iowa gambling laws
(Iowa) -- Iowa senators voted Tuesday to update and simplify Iowa’s social and charitable gambling regulations. Provisions of Senate File 482 would remove out-of-...

4/6/2015

article Diamond Jo Casino and I-35 hotels may pay more for water
(Iowa) -- Diamond Jo Casino and two hotels off Interstate 35 in rural Northwood need to pay at least 41 percent more for service in order to bring a failing water system...

3/22/2015

article Onawa's Blackbird Bend Casino races into 2015
(Iowa) -- Blackbird Bend Casino is waving the green flag on their dirt track racing venue for the 2015 season. “We’re very actively working on getting the...

3/19/2015

article Casino bill would double Carroll take
(Iowa) -- A proposed gaming bill — aimed primarily at allowing construction of a new casino in Cedar Rapids — would double the amount of non-profit dollars...

3/18/2015

article Gambling study gets OK from Iowa Senate
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would be instructed to conduct a study on exchange wagering under Senate File 428, which was approved on a 32-18 vote...

3/17/2015

article February gambling revenues in Dubuque up over prior year
(Iowa) -- For the third consecutive month, the Dubuque gambling market saw an increase in year-over-year revenue. Mystique Casino CEO Jesus Aviles said today that the...

3/1/2015

article Iowa racing officials look at plan to distribute $72 million
(Iowa) -- Iowa racing officials are reviewing a recommended plan to distribute $72 million settlement related to the end of greyhound racing in Council Bluffs. The...

2/24/2015

article Strong start: Dubuque casino revenue up 13% in January, compared to 2014
(Iowa) -- Dubuque’s gambling industry started 2015 on a positive note, with the city’s two casinos seeing a 13.6 percent rise in adjusted gross revenue in...
article Jefferson casino to hold job fair, open temporary office
(Iowa) -- The operators of a new casino in Jefferson plan to open a temporary base of operations and begin hiring in the next few months. Wild Rose Jefferson, a $40...

2/17/2015

article House bill creates levels of penalties for gambling cheaters
(Iowa) -- The Iowa House has voted to set up a graduated series of penalties for those caught cheating in Iowa casinos. Representative Jake Highfill, a Republican from...

1/22/2015

article Grand Falls Casino agrees to fine for allowing a minor to gamble
(Iowa) -- The Grand Falls Casino agreed to a $20,000 fine today for an illegal gambling violation at the facility near Larchwood in northwest Iowa.
article Greyhound association seeks $5 million supplemental fund
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Greyhound Association hopes to claim nearly $5 million from a supplemental fund to help with live racing in Dubuque. Meantime, state gambling...

1/20/2015

article Dubuque casino revenue falls 6.5% in 2014
(Iowa) -- Dubuque casinos collected about $113 million in revenue in 2014, marking a 6.5 percent decline compared to 2013. The end-of-year numbers were unveiled today...

1/19/2015

article Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sees Higher Revenues in December
(Iowa) -- December revenues for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino show a positive sign as it's the second biggest month since its opening. The Hard Rock brought in...

1/12/2015

article Parents helped 'sell' state lottery
(Iowa) -- It is not surprising that so many Iowans believe the lottery funds benefit education as outlined in Jan. 11 article, "Lottery proceeds destinations shift...

12/30/2014

article TOP STORIES OF '14: Hard Rock casino opens
(Iowa) -- In 2014, Sioux City joined an elite group of cities around the globe, from Bangkok to London to Sydney. What do they have in common? They're all home to...

12/29/2014

article Iowa View: State must stop gambling expansion
(Iowa) -- One of the issues facing Iowa in the near future is the expansion of gambling. The civic leaders of Cedar Rapids have proposed a new casino in their town, even...
article New Hotel Construction to Start Soon at Jefferson Casino
(Iowa) -- A Wisconsin developer will soon break ground for a new hotel at the new Wild Rose Casino site near Jefferson. Bri-Mark Builders of Oshkosh, Wisconsin plan a...

12/28/2014

article Biz Top 10: Hard Rock casino, CF expansion
(Iowa) -- Legalized gambling in Sioux City moved from water to land as a new casino with a globally iconic name made a splashy debut. The largest industrial project in...
article New Hotel Construction to Start Soon at Jefferson Casino
(Iowa) -- A Wisconsin developer will soon break ground for a new hotel at the new Wild Rose Casino site near Jefferson. Bri-Mark Builders of Oshkosh, Wisconsin plan a...

12/23/2014

article 16 groups apply for Woodbury County casino revenue grants
(Iowa) -- Sixteen nonprofit groups are competing for a share of $80,000 in casino revenues the Woodbury County Board expects to give out next year.

12/22/2014

article Legal battle over Argosy Casino continues
(Iowa) -- Once the Argosy Casino sailed away from Sioux City for the last time, you might have thought you'd heard the last of the floating casino, and the legal...

12/21/2014

article Economic benefits of gambling casinos touted
(Iowa) -- An industry-commissioned study has found that Iowa’s 18 state-licensed gaming casinos account for $2.5 billion in economic activity, support 16,798 jobs...

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