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FanDuel Enters Daily Fantasy Sports Market In Iowa

FanDuel, having completed the final steps of testing for change control to the approval of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, became an official player in the state’s DFS market on Tuesday. Already operating sportsbooks in Iowa at the Diamond Jo casinos in Dubuque and Northwood, FanDuel announced its official DFS entrance into the state on Twitter.

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10/19/2020

article Sports betting company, two casinos fined by state gambling regulators
(Iowa) -- An online sports gambling company and two casinos have been fined by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations. Racing and Gaming Commission...

10/16/2020

article Sports Betting On The Rise In Iowa; Record Set Last Month
(Iowa) -- The coronavirus pandemic has slowed the state’s traditional gambling industry — but it has been a boom time in the past few months for the...

10/14/2020

article Iowa sports betting sets a record in September
(Iowa) -- The coronavirus pandemic has slowed the state’s traditional gambling industry — but it has been a boom time in the past few months for the...
article Sports betting helps Iowa casinos as they try to re-establish post-closure normalcy
(Iowa) -- Professional and college sporting events in September helped to drive wagering to a new record high in the state of Iowa. The performance of the sports betting...

10/13/2020

article Iowa hits monthly record of sports betting
(Iowa) -- A “perfect storm” of overlapping professional and college sports in September helped drive sports wagering to a record month in Iowa and aid state-...

10/12/2020

article Iowa hits monthly record of sports betting
(Iowa) -- A “perfect storm” of overlapping professional and college sports in September helped drive sports wagering to a record month in Iowa and aid state-...

10/10/2020

article September brought the return of the NFL, college football, and more NBA playoffs, and the state of Iowa reports the sports betting certainly followed.
(Iowa) -- September brought the return of the NFL, college football, and more NBA playoffs, and the state of Iowa reports the sports betting certainly followed. The Iowa...

9/21/2020

article Two greyhound owners banned from racing in Iowa as animal torture probe continues
(Iowa) -- Iowa greyhound racing regulators have revoked the licenses of two out-of-state dog owners after videos showed them training dogs using live rabbits as lures, a...

9/15/2020

article Dubuque casinos report steep revenue declines in August
(Iowa) -- Dubuque casinos saw a sharp decline in gambling revenue last month, providing further evidence that the market is facing major challenges as it attempts to...

9/14/2020

article Sports betting in Iowa is up despite pandemic and no Hawkeye football
(Iowa) -- Football fans are still on a high as the first week of the 2020 NFL season wraps Monday night. Sports betters have more teams to bet for and against. But Iowa...

9/11/2020

press release August report indicates sports betting, other Iowa game revenues rebounding
(Iowa) -- New data out from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission indicating sports betting, legalized in Iowa just last year, is helping casinos rebound from COVID-19....

9/4/2020

article FanDuel expands US offering with online sportsbook launch in Iowa
(Iowa) -- FanDuel Group has launched its online and mobile sportsbook in Iowa, in conjunction with Boyd Gaming. Players will need to visit one of the FanDuel sportsbooks...

8/31/2020

article Casinos revise security plans as number of customers drops
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a revision in security plans for some casinos to allow them to cut back on the number of officers on duty as...
article First year of Iowa sports betting gains yards, but not touchdown
(Iowa) -- While not an MVP season, sports betting in Iowa is getting good marks for a hit-and-miss rookie year. Iowans who took advantage of a new law that allowed them...

8/29/2020

article First year of Iowa sports betting gains yards, but not touchdown
(Iowa) -- While not an MVP season, sports betting in Iowa is getting good marks for a hit-and-miss rookie year. Iowans who took advantage of a new law that allowed them...

8/28/2020

article Casinos in Waterloo, Clinton fined for violations
(Iowa) -- Two Iowa casinos were fined for gambling violations Thursday by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says...

8/22/2020

article Wild Rose Jefferson Adds Off-Track Betting
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Jefferson recently added a new feature to its sports betting operations. General Manager Travis Dvorak says off-track betting...

8/12/2020

article After Storm, Wild Rose Jefferson Postpones Concert And Cancels Some Aspects Of Weekend Celebration
(Iowa) -- The derecho storm that passed through the area Monday morning has left behind a large swath of damage across much of Iowa. General Manager of the Wild Rose...

8/11/2020

article Iowa sports betting rebounds in July with an 80% rise in handle
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) released on Friday its Sports Wagering Revenue Report for July 2020, which shows Iowa's sports betting...

8/8/2020

article Iowa casino revenue inching back
(Iowa) -- Up and running but coping with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos took in less revenue and saw attendance plummet in...

8/7/2020

article Iowa sports betting revenue up to $2.2m in July
(Iowa) -- Sports betting revenue in Iowa increased to $2.2m in July as the state continued to recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown of sports and retail...
article Iowa casino revenue inching back
(Iowa) -- Up and running but coping with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos took in less revenue and saw attendance plummet in...

8/4/2020

article Wild Rose launches simulcast horse and dog racing
(Iowa) -- Just in time for the Kentucky Derby (which will be run Sept. 5 this year), Wild Rose Jefferson has added simulcast horse and dog racing to its roster of...

7/27/2020

article Casinos, sports books, see big boom in bets now that professional sports start to resume
(Iowa) -- For many sports fans, things are starting to look a little more normal than they have been in months past. With the return of Major League Baseball starting...
article Woman arrested for allegedly inserting counterfeit $100 bill into slot machine
(Iowa) -- A Waterloo woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $100 at the casino. Shallyn Louise Taylor, 40, was arrested July 21 for one count...

7/23/2020

article Half of Iowa casinos requiring face masks
(Iowa) -- More than half of Iowa’s 23 casinos are requiring guests to wear face masks while inside the casino. According to an analysis of the casinos’...

7/20/2020

article Riverside Casino now requiring use of face coverings
(Iowa) -- One of eastern Iowa’s casinos announced on Monday that it will be requiring its patrons to use face coverings in order to limit the spread of the novel...

7/17/2020

article Prairie Meadows Joins List Of Tracks Implementing Jockey Restrictions
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Alttona, Ia. is updating its jockey policies as of Friday, July 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

7/16/2020

article Mask mandate, bar and gym closures among recommendations for Iowa in unpublished White House document
(Iowa) -- Face masks should be required in public for everyone in 47 Iowa counties — nearly half the state — where the new coronavirus is spreading at higher...

7/13/2020

article COVID’s effect on Iowa’s gaming industry is still uncertain
(Iowa) -- Gambling revenues in Iowa are expected to show an estimated $300 million decline for the just-ended fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state gaming...

7/12/2020

article Sports betting proves to be payoff for Iowa casinos
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s foray into sports betting initially was viewed as a minor addition to casinos’ main gambling menu, but for a time in a coronavirus-ravaged...
article Casinos See A 20 Percent Drop In Fiscal Year Revenue
(Iowa) -- The administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says revenues for the fiscal year that ended in June are down about 20 percent after the shutdowns...

7/11/2020

article Two Northwest Iowa Casinos Among Five Fined By IRGC
(Iowa) -- Two northwest Iowa casinos are among five in Iowa to be fined by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations of regulations. The Hard Rock Casino in...

7/10/2020

article Casinos fined by state regulators for violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission issued fines to five casinos for violations of regulations at their meeting Thursday. The Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City...
article State casinos see 20% drop in yearly revenue after pandemic shut downs
(Iowa) -- The administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says revenues for the fiscal year that ended in June are down about 20% after the shutdowns forced...
article Two Northwest Iowa Casinos Among Five Fined By IRGC
(Indiana) -- Two northwest Iowa casinos are among five in Iowa to be fined by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations of regulations. The Hard Rock Casino...

7/9/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic saps Iowa casino revenue by about 20%
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s state-licensed casinos are (kind of) back to wheeling and dealing after the coronavirus pandemic knocked them offline for 11 weeks and caused...

7/8/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic saps Iowa casino revenue by about 20 percent
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s state-licensed casinos are (kind of) back to wheeling and dealing after the coronavirus pandemic knocked them offline for 11 weeks and caused...

7/3/2020

article Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs reopening today
(Iowa) -- Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs will be reopening it's doors this morning. The facility was closed earlier this year due to coronavirus. At this time...

6/29/2020

article Motor in air-conditioning unit overheats; casino evacuates
(Iowa) -- Several slot players waited outside Wild Rose Casino Monday morning while the Clinton Fire Department investigated a report of smoke inside the building....

6/25/2020

article OP/ED: No casino, but there's still high-stakes action at First and First West
(Iowa) -- Cedar Rapids City Council member Ann Poe remembers the long drive back from Council Bluffs in April 2014 after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission shot down...

6/24/2020

article Man cited for false gambling application
(Iowa) -- A 27-year-old Sioux Falls, SD, man was cited Monday, June 22, on a charge of gambling — false statement on application. The citing of Anthony Stevenray...

6/21/2020

article Harrah's Council Bluffs announces reopening date, amenity closures
(Iowa) -- Harrah's Council Bluffs will reopen its casino doors July 3. In accordance with directives from the state of Iowa and pending all regulatory approvals, the...

6/20/2020

article Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs to reopen July 3
(Iowa) -- Harrah’s Casino will reopen July 3 at 10 a.m., the company announced Saturday, pending approval of health regulations by the State of Iowa. In an issued...

6/18/2020

press release Wild Rose Casino welcomes guests after 2-month closure
(Iowa) -- As the sounds of spinning slot machines echo within its walls, people are returning to Clinton’s Wild Rose Casino and Resort. The casino reopened for...

6/16/2020

article Diamond Jo Casino to lay off staff due to COVID-19 losses
(Iowa) -- Boyd Gaming announced they will lay off as many as 270 employees at the Diamond Jo Casino because of the pandemic. Boyd Gaming issued a warning letter to City...

6/15/2020

article Wild Rose Jefferson Re-Opened Table Games, With Limitations, This Past Weekend
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson has now re-opened table games. Effective last Friday, players were able to take one of the three seats available at each gaming...
article Blackbird Bend Casino reopens
(Iowa) -- Blackbird Bend Casino near Onawa, Iowa has reopened their doors. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced casinos would be allowed to reopen with restrictions June 1,...

6/14/2020

article Prairie Meadows preps casino, restaurant, racing to return this week
(Iowa) -- For the first time in nearly three months Prairie Meadows will open its doors Monday. The most drastic change is on the casino floor. Game tables are still...
article Blackbird Bend reopens Monday morning, with new COVID-19 protocols in place
(Iowa) -- The Blackbird Bend Casino near Onawa is reopening Monday morning, nearly three months after they and other regional casinos closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

6/13/2020

article Table games open at Wild Rose
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casinos in Clinton and Jefferson opened table games Friday. Wild Rose reopened its three casinos on June 1, after a 75-day state mandated closure as...

6/12/2020

article Prairie Meadows to reopen Monday with new health, safety protocols
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows is getting ready to open its doors to customers after being closed for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic — with new health and...

6/8/2020

article Iowa's Meskwaki Casino Set To Open in July
(Iowa) -- The Meskwaki Casino in Tama has announced its doors will reopen on Wednesday, July 1. There was an announcement made on the official Meskwaki casino web page...
article Thanks to NASCAR, Iowa sports betting slowly gears up
(Iowa) -- Sidelined for more than two months because of coronavirus concerns, Iowa gamblers are back in action. While awaiting Gov. Kim Reynolds’ nod for Iowa...

6/7/2020

article Iowa lawmakers ban credit cards for sports wagering
(Iowa) -- The Iowa legislature has voted to forbid the use of credit cards for wagering on sporting events through Iowa-based casinos. Senator Tony Bisignano of Des...

6/6/2020

article Spaced out slots, betting on table tennis. Welcome to Iowa Quad-Cities casinos in the COVID-19 era
(Iowa) -- Tauna Thomas is finally settling into her new job. Her first day as a sports book ticket writer at Rhythm City Casino and Resort was cut short back in March....

6/5/2020

article Regulators approve betting on Esports games, Esports casino betting denied
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has approved betting on Esports through contests — but not at the state’s casinos. Draft-Kings spokesman...
article Iowa lawmakers ban credit cards for sports wagering
(Iowa) -- The Iowa legislature has voted to forbid the use of credit cards for wagering on sporting events through Iowa-based casinos. Senator Tony Bisignano of Des...

6/2/2020

article Reopened Riverside Casino sees 'brisk' traffic on first day back open
(Iowa) -- Riverside Casino & Golf Resort management isn’t necessarily betting on making up for 11 weeks of lost revenue. But it’s all-in on reopening and...

6/1/2020

article VIDEO: Iowa’s casinos stagger reopening policies
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s casinos are allowed to reopen Monday, but many are still not ready. Prairie Meadows will remain closed until June 15th, despite being allowed to...

5/31/2020

article Catfish Bend Casino to reopen Monday
(Iowa) -- Cancel that trip to Vegas: Burlington is a bigger winner than Sin City. Casinos in Las Vegas re-open on Thursday, but Burlington’s own Catfish Bend opens...
article Most Iowa Casinos to Reopen Monday, Though Table Games Still Closed at Some Venues
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s casinos are set to reopen on Monday morning as the state allows more businesses to resume operations after the COVID-19 emergency kept them closed...
article Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort to reopen casino operations on June 1
(Iowa) -- Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort has announced on Friday that it plans to reopen casino operations to the public on Monday at 6 a.m., pending IRGC approval...

5/29/2020

article Grand Falls Casino's gaming floor to reopen June 1
(Iowa) -- Starting on Monday, the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort’s casino will be back in business as Iowa loosens its restrictions around the COVID-19...
article Diamond Jo Worth Casino could lay off as many as 60% of its employees
(Iowa) -- When the Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood reopens on Monday, it'll be much different than when it was ordered to close on March 17. Guest health...
article Wild Rose Casino and Resort to reopen Monday
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casinos & Resort will reopen Monday in compliance with the proclamation announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 26, according to casino officials....

5/27/2020

article Sioux City area casinos, bars ready to re-open after long COVID-19 shutdown
(Iowa) -- Northwest Iowa residents will be able to belly up to the bars, albeit in more spread out fashion, as another element of business and social life reopens...

5/26/2020

article Hard Rock unsure of opening date, WinnaVegas opening Thursday
(Iowa) -- Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino says it's unsure when it may re-open. While Governor Reynolds says the state's casinos can resume...
article Iowa governor says casinos, bowling alleys and outdoor venues can open on June 1
(Iowa) -- Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25. As previously announced, the proclamation permits...
article Diamond Jo Casino plans to reopen on Monday
(Iowa) -- Another area casino is ready to roll again. Diamond Jo Casino announced Tuesday it will open back up to the public on Monday, June 1, pending regulatory...
article Iowa set to reopen casinos at 50% starting June 1
(Iowa) -- Even though there won't be a full house inside Council Bluff's casinos, some still worry gamblers won't spread out. Iowa's casinos not only...

5/25/2020

article Iowa casinos preparing to re-open
(Iowa) -- Casinos are opening up, and are putting new guidelines in place so you don’t gamble with your safety. That includes Mystic Lake Casino in Minnesota, set...

5/23/2020

article Charitable giving from casino expected to drop by millions
(Iowa) -- After two months and counting of the Isle Casino Hotel being closed, there’s little its license holder can give away for charitable purposes. But the...

5/22/2020

article Prairie Meadows to reopen track facility, taking next step to restarting casino
(Iowa) -- The Altoona facility's board on Friday voted to reopen the “backside” — where the stables and dormitories are located — of the...

5/21/2020

article Iowa casinos stay closed as other businesses start reopening statewide
(Iowa) -- As more and more types of businesses across Iowa reopen, very few are being told to keep their doors close - but that's the spot that 19 casinos statewide...

5/18/2020

article Casinos waiting and preparing for coronavirus restrictions to lift
(Iowa) -- The state’s bars and casinos are still waiting to get the okay from the governor to reopen after restrictions were lifted on restaurants and many other...

5/16/2020

article Tentative Opening Dates for Prairie Meadows Discussed
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows has established a tentative time frame of between June 15 and July 1 for the reopening of its casino and the beginning of its mixed-breed race...

5/15/2020

article Iowa must allow casinos to adapt to face new challenges: It's time for online gaming
(Iowa) -- While the economy is seriously struggling in general, COVID-19 has hit some industries much harder than others. Since Iowa casinos closed on March 17, revenue...
article Prairie Meadows race track to remain closed despite governor's proclamation allowing reopening
(Iowa) -- Horse and dog racing tracks are allowed to reopen in Iowa under a proclamation Gov. Kim Reynolds issued Wednesday, but Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel's...
article Iowa Gaming Official Says Casinos Will Look Different When They Reopen
(Iowa) -- Iowa restaurants, barber shops and retail establishments are slowly coming back to life following an executive order from the governor. That’s not the...

5/9/2020

article Iowa casinos roll snake eyes in April
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s revenue report for April from the 19 state-licensed casinos is littered with zeros. The month’s...

5/5/2020

article Polk County forgoes tax cut as pandemic hobbles horse racing, other revenue sources
(Iowa) -- Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Polk County supervisors were mulling whether they could lower the county’s property tax levy next year. But without...

5/1/2020

article Greyhound racing returns in Dubuque but sport may fade away
(Iowa) -- As spring slowly arrives in Dubuque, there are occasional signs of life at the city’s longtime dog-racing facility. A skeleton crew keeps an eye on the...

4/28/2020

article Prairie Meadows lays off over 1,000 employees due to COVID-19 pandemic
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows will lay off 1,130 employees effective May 3 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Altoona-based casino and racetrack announced. Only 73...

4/27/2020

article Casino lays off nearly entire staff
(Iowa) -- As Iowa begins the process of re-opening, the casino industry announces major layoffs. Nearly all 1,300 workers at Prairie Meadows were told they were laid off...
article Prairie Meadows lays off 1,100 in response to coronavirus
(Iowa) -- Over 1,100 Prairie Meadows employees will be laid off starting May 3 because of COVID-19. A release from the casino states that they announced the information...

4/25/2020

article Source says Prairie Meadows will lay off about 1,300 staff in May
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Hotel & Casino will lay off more than 1,000 of its staff members beginning in May, a union official told KCCI on Saturday. Danny Homan, the...

4/19/2020

article Community organizations to suffer from casino closures with lack of gaming revenue
(Iowa) -- It's been one month since Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered Iowa's 19 casinos to shutdown in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The casinos have already...

4/17/2020

article Several OSHA complaints filed against Iowa employers for workplace COVID-19 concerns, records show
(Iowa) -- "Employees are allowed to work with signs and symptoms of COVID-19," according to one complaint filed against an Iowa company. The complaint is part...

4/16/2020

article Who wants to bet on ping pong? Iowa sports betting parlors see revenue plummet amid sports shutdowns
(Iowa) -- It was March sadness, not March Madness, for Iowa's state-licensed casinos dealing with dire revenue projections brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It...
article CCDA to defer grant funding in light of casino shutdown
(Iowa) -- The Clinton County Development Association on Wednesday agreed to continue the evaluation process for spring 2020 grants but to defer funding decisions until...

4/14/2020

article Closed Iowa casinos see revenues plunge
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s state-licensed casinos are coming to grips with the grim-looking revenue projections brought on by a coronavirus pandemic that has closed their...

4/13/2020

article Closed Iowa casinos see revenues plunge
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s state-licensed casinos are coming to grips with the grim-looking revenue projections brought on by a coronavirus pandemic that has closed their...
article Iowa Delays Collecting Weekly Fees from Casinos during Pandemic
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) is giving extra time to the state’s 19 licensed gaming properties to pay fees while casinos are shuttered...

4/12/2020

article Regulators Put Fees For Casinos On Hold
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission held a special meeting earlier this week, and voted to delay the fees due from the 19 state-licensed casinos. IRGC...

4/10/2020

article VIDEO: Diamond Jo Casino placing workers on unpaid furlough starting April 11
(Iowa) -- Most workers for Diamond Jo casino are being placed on unpaid furlough starting tomorrow.

4/8/2020

article Gaming grants paused amid casino shutdown
(Iowa) -- The Black Hawk County Gaming Association is suspending its grant application process during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit agency lost its revenue stream...

4/5/2020

article Closed and Without March Madness Bets, Sports Betting Faces New Pressures
(Iowa) -- The Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino had planned an advertising campaign, looking to beckon visiting college basketball fans to its sports book. A rival,...

4/2/2020

article Iowa governor's order to trigger layoffs of nearly 500 Hard Rock Sioux City workers
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City plans to lay off most of its nearly 500 workers as a result of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' order that extends the...

3/30/2020

article Problem Gambling Month took on new focus with coronavirus outbreak
(Iowa) -- The man who oversees Iowa Gambling Treatment program says March is National Problem Gambling Month — but the message has quickly changed as the...

3/29/2020

article WinnaVegas, Blackbird Bend casinos have delays in starting sports gambling
(Iowa) -- The two Northwest Iowa casinos operated by Native American tribes haven't launched new sports gambling arms in their facilities as planned, but remain...
article Grand Falls Casino opens new sportsbook, plans new hotel wing
(Iowa) -- A grand new sportsbook has opened at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, and by this summer a new wing will be added to the hotel. The 3,500-square-foot, $1....

3/28/2020

article March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
(Iowa) -- Governor Reynolds this month designated March as Problem Gambling Awareness month in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 315,000 adult...

3/25/2020

article Dubuque casino postpones all entertainment acts through May 13
(Iowa) -- Diamond Jo Casino officials will continue to suspend all entertainment scheduled through May 13 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press...

3/18/2020

article DRA charts path forward for Dubuque casinos in wake of closures
(Iowa) -- Shortly after COVID-19 forced the closure of both Dubuque casinos, industry leaders gathered to discuss potential long-term impacts. Q Casino and Hotel CEO...
article Wild Rose Casino ready to weather shutdown
(Iowa) -- The empty parking lot at Wild Rose Casino and Resort is another reminder of how the COVID-19 virus is continuing to change Gateway-area residents' daily...

3/17/2020

article Iowa governor's order shuts down state's restaurant dining rooms, casinos, theaters and more
(Iowa) -- In the hope of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency order Tuesday morning closing restaurants, bars, fitness centers...

3/16/2020

article A world without sports: Iowans navigate new reality as coronavirus pandemic spreads
(Iowa) -- This would typically be the cheeriest week of the year at the Reihmann house in Clive. Five televisions would be propped up in the basement, tuned to college...
article Jumer's in Rock Island, bar slot machines shut down for 2 weeks due to COVID-19. Rhythm City in Davenport to close for 14 days
(Iowa) -- The parking lot at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel contained little more than one empty soda cup Monday morning. That’s because the Rock Island casino and...
article Local casinos take precautions against COVID-19
(Iowa) -- Council Bluffs area casinos remain open, saying they’ve taken precautions — including canceling events and reducing the number of slot machines...

3/14/2020

article Curtailing sports hurting Iowa casinos? You bet
(Iowa) -- Sports betting in Iowa went from $372 million over the last seven months to zero late last week after coronavirus fears caused widespread postponements or...

3/11/2020

article Three state casinos fined for violations of self-ban rules
(Iowa) -- State-licensed casinos in Northwood, Sioux City, and Altoona were issued fines Tuesday by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations related to...

3/10/2020

article Regulators say economic impact of casinos tops billion-dollar mark again
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission renewed the licenses for the 19 state casinos it oversees during their meeting today in Altoona. Racing and Gaming...

3/4/2020

article Reynolds names new Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission members
(Iowa) -- Governor Kim Reynolds is appointing two new members to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, replacing commissioners first appointed when Governor Terry...

2/16/2020

article Gaming grant applications sought
(Iowa) -- The Black Hawk County Gaming Association has opened its process for grants to be awarded in August. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and...

2/11/2020

article Airport Board says 'no dice' to $250M hotel and casino
(Iowa) -- The Des Moines International Airport Board said "no dice" to a proposed hotel and casino plan. The board met Tuesday to discuss a proposed $250,000,000 hotel...
article Casino-hotel plan gets nowhere at airport board meeting
(Iowa) -- A proposal to build a $225 million casino and hotel at the Des Moines airport got nowhere at the airport board's meeting Tuesday. Highview Development...
article Des Moines airport rejects $225 million casino and hotel proposal
(Iowa) -- The Des Moines International Airport board has rejected a $225 million proposal to build a casino and hotel on the airport's grounds. Reggie Sinha, a local...

2/10/2020

article Iowa, Indiana Sports Betting Continue To Move In Opposite Directions
(Iowa) -- Another month, another steady set of trends for Iowa and Indiana sports betting results with the Hawkeye State declining and the Hoosier State growing. Indiana...
article Iowa counties without casinos benefit from endowment program
(Iowa) -- A program created by the Iowa Legislature in 2004 requires one-half percent of the gambling tax revenue from the state goes to 84 counties which don’t...

2/7/2020

article Bettendorf casino fined after mom sneaks teen son inside
(Iowa) -- The Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf was fined $10,000 Tuesday by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission after a mother helped her underage son get onto the...

2/2/2020

article Iowa casinos allow bets on Super Bowl for the first time
(Iowa) -- Sunday marked the first time sports fans were allowed to place bets on the Super Bowl at Iowa Casinos. Quad Citians placed bets on the Super Bowl for the first...

2/1/2020

article New Iowa sportsbook drawing region's bettors just in time for Super Bowl
(Iowa) -- South Dakota’s impact was not lost on the Thursday grand opening of the new sportsbook at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. The Sioux Falls Chamber of...

1/31/2020

article Grand Falls Casino says their new sports book is Las Vegas flash with Midwest values
(Iowa) -- Just in time for the Super Bowl, the Grand Falls Casino's BetFred sportsbook parlor is open for business. "This place just screams Las Vegas...
article Grand Falls Casino sportsbook promises 'Vegas-like experience'
(Iowa) -- On Thursday evening at Grand Falls Casino, Judy Brenner relaxed in a sleek black recliner, with snacks and a drink on a small table in front of her. Her eyes...
article Davenport casino ready for fans to bet on Super Bowl
(Iowa) -- Iowans are now placing legal bets on this weekend's Super Bowl. Joe Fritz has already placed his bet on who he wants to win the big game.
article Ready for Super Bowl? You bet, says Grand Falls Casino
(Iowa) -- South Dakota’s impact was not lost on the Thursday grand opening of the new sportsbook at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. The Sioux Falls Chamber of...

1/30/2020

article Grand Falls Casino opens new Betfred sportsbook, days before Super Bowl Sunday
(Iowa) -- With Super Bowl LIV only a few days away, the Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort celebrated the grand opening of its new Betfred Sports sportsbook Thursday.
article Casinos to lawmakers: Reduce the role and cost of DCI enforcement
(Iowa) -- The casino industry is calling for the number of Division of Criminal Investigation agents assigned to casinos to be cut from about 60 agents to 10 and for...

1/28/2020

article Larchwood Casino Sports Book Open, Taking Bets
(Iowa) -- Sports betting has been legal in Iowa since this past July at physical casinos and online. But Grand Falls Casino and Resort near Larchwood is celebrating the...

1/27/2020

article Iowa expected to score big with Super Bowl gambling
(Iowa) -- State-regulated casinos could be the big Super Bowl winner as Kansas City Chiefs fans and others living in neighboring states where sports gambling is illegal...
article Iowa expected to score big with Super Bowl bets
(Iowa) -- State-regulated casinos could be the big Super Bowl winner as Kansas City Chiefs fans and others living in neighboring states where sports gambling is illegal...

1/24/2020

article Grand Falls Casino sportsbook opens next week
(Iowa) -- A sportsbook just across the Iowa border is opening next week. Grand Falls Casino's much-anticipated sportsbook is hosting its grand opening on Jan. 30....
article Lawmakers consider payout changes for gamblers
(Iowa) -- Iowa lawmakers are considering making some changes to the way the state holds back gambling winners from those who owe the state. A bill approved Monday would...

1/23/2020

article Grand Falls Casino’s new sports betting venue opening next week
(Iowa) -- Your office pool won’t be the only payoff at stake for the upcoming Super Bowl. Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa, expects a busy day of wagering on...
article Iowa gaming industry seeks change in how winnings are treated
(Iowa) -- When gamblers win $1,200 or more at Iowa casinos, they are subject to a search for debts owed to state government — child support, for example. State...

1/20/2020

article Sports betting bringing in big profits for Council Bluffs casinos
(Iowa) -- Sports betting has only been legal in Iowa for a few months now, but it's already proving to be profitable for the state. It’s been a busy week for...

1/19/2020

article $225-million casino and hotel proposed for Des Moines airport
(Iowa) -- A development group wants to build a $225-million casino and hotel at the Des Moines International Airport it says would help cover a funding shortfall for a...

1/15/2020

article $225 million casino project proposed for Des Moines airport
(Iowa) -- A development group that wants to build a $225 million casino and hotel at the Des Moines airport said the project would help pay for a planned new terminal....
article Bartender arrested for theft at casino
(Iowa) -- A 39-year-old Harrisburg, SD, man was arrested Monday, Jan. 13, on a charge of third-degree theft at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort northwest of...

1/14/2020

article $225-million casino and hotel proposed for Des Moines airport
(Iowa) -- A development group wants to build a $225-million casino and hotel at the Des Moines International Airport it says would help cover a funding shortfall for a...

1/13/2020

article Is Iowa sports betting leveling off?
(Iowa) -- After a race-horse start out of the Aug. 15 gates, legal wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events may be starting to level off in Iowa. December...

1/8/2020

article Sports betting continues to see increased popularity in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Sports betting is on a winning streak in Iowa. The November report shows the sports wagering handle reached $59.3 million. Hasan Ramic is making a return trip...

1/7/2020

article Sports betting continues to see increased popularity throughout the region
(Iowa) -- Sports betting is on a winning streak in Iowa. The November report shows the sports wagering handle reached $59.3 million. Hasan Ramic is making a return trip...
article Sports wagers appear to be a win for Iowa
(Iowa) -- Iowa bet on interest in sports gambling and netted $1,104,976.06 in taxes in about 4 1/2 months of legalized sports betting. The Iowa Racing and Gaming...

1/2/2020

article Iowans (and Nebraskans) bet big in first months of sports wagering
(Iowa) -- The brand-new sportsbooks at Iowa casinos put up big numbers in their first 3½ months of operation, fueled in part by Nebraskans crossing the border to...

12/25/2019

article Sports betting changes the game in 2019
(Iowa) -- One of the highlights of 2019 was the journey of how sports betting came to be in our state. The pivotal point for sports betting actually began in 2018; when...
article Sports Betting Expected To Drop Off After December
(Iowa) -- The money bet on sports has gradually increased since it became legal in mid-August — but the betting is expected to drop off as we get deeper into...

12/19/2019

article Iowa Gets A New Sports Betting App: Hard Rock Sportsbook
(Iowa) -- There are now five online sports betting operators in Iowa after the Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) launched an online sportsbook with Hard Rock Sioux City.

12/15/2019

article Sports betting boosts Iowa’s overall gambling haul
(Iowa) -- Iowans traveling to state-licensed casinos to bet on sports are trying their hand at table games and slot machines while there. Iowa’s requirement sports...

12/14/2019

article Iowa sports betting grows in November
(Iowa) -- The state has cashed in its first million on sports wagering. Net state taxes collected on the nearly $153 million wagering handle at 18 state-licensed casinos...
article Sports betting boosting Iowa’s overall gambling
(Iowa) -- Iowans traveling to state-licensed casinos to bet on sports or establish online accounts apparently also are trying their hand at table games and slot machines...
article Sports betting increases once again in November
(Iowa) -- The amount of money wagered on sports in Iowa increased again in November. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reports $59,344,805 was spent on sports...

12/2/2019

article Bettors flock to legal sports gambling in Iowa Quad-Cities
(Iowa) -- Late in the second quarter, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went on a run. Momentum was building for the Ravens to blow out the Los Angeles Rams on...
article Millions have already been wagered on sports in Iowa, with most bets placed online
(Iowa) -- Casinos across the state have had three full months to take bets on sporting events, leading to to millions of dollars in wagers, but a majority of the money...

11/27/2019

article Every Iowa-licensed casino now holds a sports betting license
(Iowa) -- Racing and Gaming Administrator Brian Ohorilko has announced that every state-licensed casino in Iowa now holds a sports gambling authorization. “...
article Iowa gets two more online sports gambling apps
(Iowa) -- The sports gambling scene in Iowa continues to grow, hoping to take on leaders Nevada and New Jersey in the amount of revenue generated. The legalization of...

11/25/2019

article All 19 state-licensed casinos now have sports gambling licenses
(Iowa) -- All 19 state-licensed casinos now have a sports gambling licenses. Racing and Gaming Administrator Brian Ohorilko says commissioners approved a license for the...

11/20/2019

article FanDuel Enters Daily Fantasy Sports Market In Iowa
(Iowa) -- FanDuel, having completed the final steps of testing for change control to the approval of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, became an official player in...

11/17/2019

article Fast-growing Iowa sports betting still has ‘potential’
(Iowa) -- Iowa gamblers continue to double down on sports wagering in their rookie year, placing $46.5 million in bets last month that pushed the overall handle for...

11/15/2019

article Iowa casinos surpass $45 million in sports wagers in October
(Iowa) -- Iowans and their border-state neighbors are continuing to double down on legalized sports betting in the state. Iowa casinos processed more than $46.5 million...

11/13/2019

article Fast-growing Iowa sports betting still has 'potential' for growth
(Iowa) -- Iowa gamblers continue to double down on sports wagering in their rookie year, placing $46.5 million in bets last month that pushed the overall handle for...

11/12/2019

article Iowa Greyhound Park bets rise again, but future still dicey
(Iowa) -- Betting on races at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque rose by 14% this year, but the park's future and that of greyhound racing still look dicey. The Telegraph...

11/7/2019

article Iowa regents to consider barring members from sports betting
(Iowa) -- The state Board of Regents on Nov. 14 will consider whether to prohibit members and office staff from participating in sports betting on events involving its...

11/6/2019

article Regents and staff would be barred from betting on UI, ISU, UNI sports under proposed policy
(Iowa) -- With Iowa’s public universities — housing the state’s highest-profile athletes — navigating their response to a new law legalizing...

11/5/2019

article New rule would bar Iowa regents from betting on their teams
(Iowa) -- Members and employees of the governing board for Iowa's public universities could soon be barred from gambling on the college teams they help oversee.

10/28/2019

article We asked what you want on Cedar Rapids' empty casino land. You anted up with your ideas
(Iowa) -- After a state board has twice denied Cedar Rapids a license to open a casino, what will become of 8 acres of city-owned land that once was envision as a...
article Worth County seeking to develop land south of Diamond Jo Casino
(Iowa) -- If you've driven by the Diamond Jo Casino along Interstate 35 west of Northwood, you may have noticed more than just the bright lights eager to lure you in...

10/25/2019

article DraftKings clinches first daily fantasy sports licence in Iowa
(Iowa) -- DraftKings has become the first operator to secure a daily fantasy sports (DFS) licence in Iowa and has revealed plans to launch in the state in the coming...

10/21/2019

article Dubuque greyhound park's future uncertain as Arkansas casino announces closure
(Iowa) -- As a greyhound park is announcing its imminent closure, an eastern Iowa park is hoping to hold on. The owners of Southland Casino Racing in Arkansas announced...

10/20/2019

article All but one of state-licensed casinos now have on site sports betting
(Iowa) -- Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says the Wild Rose Casinos opened their on-site sports betting facilities last week and now...

10/17/2019

article Gaming Commission says ancillary counties entitled to casino revenue
(Iowa) -- The Clinton County Development Association approved Wednesday an amended policy for grant fund distributions to ancillary counties. CCDA President Matt...
article Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reports September sports betting revenue
(Iowa) -- People spent more than $38 million on sports betting in Iowa in September, according to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. But only a small fraction of...

10/16/2019

article Grand Falls Casino handled more than $1.1 million in sports betting in September
(Iowa) -- It’s been two months since sports betting officially started in Iowa and so far, the state is seeing a positive outcome. During the month of September,...
article City panel backs casino hopeful Russellville splits with Pope County, endorses Iowa firm
(Iowa) -- The City Council's gaming committee on Monday evening selected a small Iowa casino company over two other contenders to recommend for a Pope County casino...

10/15/2019

article CB casinos bring in $7 million in sports bets in September
(Iowa) -- Three casinos in Council Bluffs combined to bring in nearly $7 million in legal sports bets in September. Statistics released by the Iowa Racing and Gaming...

10/14/2019

article Iowa punters place $38.5m in bets during first full month
(Iowa) -- In its first full month of regulated sports betting, players in Iowa placed a total of $38.5m in sports bets according to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
article Iowa sportsbooks generate more than $4.9m in revenue in September
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s sports betting market is off to a strong start. According to figures from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) sportsbooks in the Hawkeye...
article Over $47 million in sports bets placed in six weeks, Iowa officials say
(Iowa) -- Game on. Iowa gamblers are getting the hang of legalized sports betting since it started in mid-August. Data from the state Racing and Gaming Commission...
article Sports gambling in Iowa off to a great start
(Iowa) -- Iowa is laughing all the way to the bank. As soon as regulators could utter “Go” upon the legalization of sports gambling in the state, the wagers...

10/11/2019

article Iowa casinos post big numbers in the first full month of sports betting
(Iowa) -- If the first full month of sports wagering in Iowa is any indication, Iowa casinos are going to score big with the new gambling option. In September, the first...
article Iowa casinos take nearly $40 million of wagers in first full month of legal sports gambling
(Iowa) -- It's still early, but sports gambling in Iowa appears to be one bet for casino operators that is quickly paying off. Iowa casinos processed close to $40...

10/8/2019

article All but one of state-licensed casinos now have on site sports betting
(Iowa) -- Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says the Wild Rose Casinos opened their on-site sports betting facilities last week and now...
article Harrah's and Horseshoe casinos fined $50,000 for underage gambling violations
(Iowa) -- Harrah’s and Horseshoe casinos in Council Bluffs have been fined a total $50,000 for two instances of allowing underage patrons onto their gambling...

10/7/2019

article Casinos in Council Bluffs fined for underage gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved fines for two casinos last week at their meeting in Waterloo. Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko...
article Harrah's and Horseshoe fined $50,000 for underage gambling violations
(Iowa) -- Harrah's and Horseshoe casinos in Council Bluffs have been fined a total $50,000 for two instances of allowing underage patrons onto their gambling floors...

10/3/2019

article Casinos in Council Bluffs fined for underage gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved fines for two casinos today at their meeting in Waterloo. Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko says...

10/2/2019

article Wild Rose And DraftKings To Officially Open Jefferson Sportsbook Thursday
(Iowa) -- In late August, Wild Rose Casino and Resorts announced they would be partnering with DraftKings as their retail and mobile partner for sports wagering. There...

9/28/2019

article Sports wagering on Wild Rose's horizon
(Iowa) -- Sports wagering is expected to be available at Clinton’s Wild Rose Casino and Resort in October. Wild Rose Casino and Resort General Manager Steve...

9/27/2019

article William Hill shuts down sports betting kiosks at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
(Iowa) -- Sports betting kiosks at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona have been shut down while a vendor figures out why they came on in the middle of the...

9/24/2019

article Minnesota Vikings fans, lawmakers invade Iowa to bet on sports
(Iowa) -- “Skol, sportsbooks!” Minnesotans would love the chance to chant those very words one day, but a myriad of Vikings fans will have to continue...
article Sports betting is taking off in Iowa, but tribal casinos aren't in on the action yet
(Iowa) -- Husker fans can now hop across the Missouri River and place sports bets at any of 14 state-regulated casinos in Iowa, including Ameristar, Harrah’s and...
article Sports betting kiosk glitch idles some machines at Prairie Meadows
(Iowa) -- Sports betting kiosks at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona have been shut down while a vendor figures out why they came on in the middle of the...
article Grand Falls Casino in NW Iowa begins $10 million expansion
(Iowa) -- A $10 million expansion is on the way at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in the far corner of Northwest Iowa, after officials broke ground for the work...
article Take a look at plans for the $10 million Grand Falls Casino expansion
(Iowa) -- Josh Feucht, a member of the Lyon County Board of Supervisors, thanked the casino for the contributions it has made to the local economy. "(It's) a...

9/23/2019

article Gaming Innovation Group goes live with Hard Rock sportsbook in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Hard Rock International (HRI) continues to take its gambling operations larger with the inclusion of sports wagers. This has already been established in New...

9/21/2019

article Only 42% of sports betting was on mobile devices in first weeks
(Iowa) -- The information from the first couple of weeks of sports betting in Iowa shows a little more than $8.5 million was wagered. Racing and Gaming Administrator,...

9/20/2019

article Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City to begin accepting bets at sportsbook Friday afternoon
(Iowa) -- On Friday the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City announced they will be officially accepting bets at their sportsbook beginning at 3 p.m. The Hard Rock...
article More than $8 million wagered in Iowa’s first month of legalized sports betting
(Iowa) -- Just a month after Iowa legalized sports betting, more than $8.5 million has been wagered, according to the state’s gaming officials. The wagers were...

9/16/2019

article Iowa Casino Admissions Flat In August, But Helped By Addition Of Sportsbooks
(Iowa) -- Iowa began its sports betting industry on Aug. 15, and the results of the first half-month of action are in. According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission...

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