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OP/ED: We do not need more gambling in Iowa

It won’t be long before our legislators and the governor will be dealing with Internet gambling. A recent poll of Iowans showed that 73 percent do not want to legalize Internet gambling. I would agree with that assessment.

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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...

12/18/2014

article Casinos: We chip in a lot to Iowa economy
(Iowa) -- An industry-commissioned study has found that Iowa’s 18 state-licensed gaming casinos account for $2.5 billion in yearly economic activity, support 16,...
article Study: Iowa casinos have $2.5 billion economic impact
(Iowa) -- Iowa's casino industry contributes $2.5 billion annually to the state's economy while supporting 16,000 jobs and generating $726 million in tax...

12/16/2014

article Frigid month: Dubuque casino revenues plunge along with temps in November
(Iowa) -- In a year marked by consistent financial struggles, the month of November yielded some of the most significant declines yet for the Dubuque gaming industry.

12/10/2014

article Linn court dismisses lawsuit against Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission
(Iowa) -- Local attorney Eugene Kopecky’s attempt to take on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and its decision in April to deny a state gaming license for a...
article Two new members appointed to Prairie Meadows board
(Iowa) -- Two new board members joined the board of directors table at Prairie Meadows last month. The new appointees are Mark Cooper, representing labor, and Karen...

12/6/2014

article Does Iowa Need Another Casino?
(Iowa) -- No. I could stop there. But the folks in Cedar Rapids who insist that Iowans are desperately looking for the economic heart charge that casinos have delivered...

12/5/2014

article Sioux City casino revenue drops from August high
(Iowa) -- Revenue at a new casino in Sioux City is down from when it opened last summer, but an official says the drop was expected and the center is doing well.

12/4/2014

article Hard Rock Sioux City casino revenues dip to $5.8M in November
(Iowa) -- Revenues at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City slipped to $5.8 million in November, the lowest monthly total since the downtown casino debuted on Aug...

12/3/2014

article Riverboat gambling pioneer reflects on 25 years of Iowa gaming
(Iowa) -- As Iowa gambling enters a new era, the longtime president of the Riverboat Development Authority believes she’s leaving Davenport gaming in a good place...

11/22/2014

article Hard Rock drives traffic, investment in Iowa city
(Iowa) -- With the sun peeking over the horizon, a half-dozen people ambled into the Work & Church Booze Parlor and took a seat at the bar or a table.

11/18/2014

article Mystique CEO reflects on cutting ties with greyhound racing
(Iowa) -- The first few weeks of November have marked a major milestone in Dubuque Racing Association’s effort to cut ties with the greyhound racing industry,...

11/17/2014

article Iowa riverboat casino era heads downriver
(Iowa) -- Sioux City residents saw the remains of the Argosy Casino pushed downriver last week to a scrapyard grave. The one-way trip down the Missouri River ends...

11/14/2014

article Catfish Bend Riverboat for sale
(Iowa) -- A Fort Madison landmark in recent years may soon be going down the Mississippi River. Pending approval by perspective buyers, the vacant Catfish Bend Riverboat...

11/10/2014

article Argosy Lawsuit Dismissed by Polk County Judge
(Iowa) -- The fight over casino gambling in Sioux City may have come to an end, as a Polk County Judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Argosy Casino against the Iowa...

11/7/2014

article Judge rules for IRGC in Argosy casino case
(Iowa) -- A state judge ruled Friday for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in a two-year-old legal fight over the future of legalized gambling in Woodbury County.

11/2/2014

article Tavern slots up, casinos down
(Iowa) -- Casinos' losses appear to be taverns' gains. The three Quad-City casinos last month took in $2,680,704 fewer dollars than they did in the previous...

10/22/2014

article Officials: Construction of Iowa casino on track
(Iowa) -- Officials say the construction of a casino in Jefferson remains on schedule despite some unfavorable weather. The Wild Rose Jefferson company says construction...

10/16/2014

article Casino reps, foes make pitch to aldermen
(Iowa) -- When trying to find the right location in Davenport for his land-based casino, Scott County Casino CEO Dan Kehl said that four sites along Interstate 80 were...

10/9/2014

article Consultant chosen to divvy up greyhound racing buyout
(Iowa) -- A New Jersey company that has helped state lotteries and gaming authorities adjust to online gaming and assess market support for casino development will help...

10/6/2014

article Closed Sioux City riverboat casino expected to float away this week
(Iowa) -- The riverboat casino in Sioux City that’s been closed for two months will be leaving its Sioux City dock soon. The former “Argosy Belle” and...

10/5/2014

article Sold. One floating riverboat casino in Iowa
(Iowa) -- The owner of the former Argosy floating casino in Sioux City has sold the three-deck boat and two barges. Mike's Inc., an Illinois company, says it...

10/1/2014

article Keep public money out of casinos
(Iowa) -- Casino patrons are systematically cheated by unscrupulous, unethical fellow humans who manipulate the odds of their gambling games. There appears to be a...

9/29/2014

article Hatch questions Branstad leadership
(Iowa) -- As a property developer in Cedar Rapids’ Oak Hill Jackson neighborhood, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch has had a front row seat to flood...

9/18/2014

article 8,000 “problem” gamblers in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Gambling is a very popular pastime in the state of Iowa, although many people hardly consider themselves gamblers. Fantasy football has taken gambling to a new...
article Iowa problem gamblers growing; 1 in 5 Iowans negatively affected by gambling
(Iowa) -- The number of adult Iowans exhibiting problem gambling behavior has increased to 16 percent, 369,000 people, according to a recently released survey by the...

9/16/2014

article Gambling jumps in popularity in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Gambling has become more popular in Iowa lately, but the number of Iowans becoming addicted to it is holding steady, a new survey shows.
article Study: more Iowa adults gambled in 2013
(Iowa) -- A just-released study estimates nearly 1.8 million Iowans gambled last year. Researchers found nine percent more Iowa adults gambled in 2013, compared to 2011...
article More than three-fourth of Iowans gamble
(Iowa) -- The number of Iowans who gamble jumped 9 percent from 2011 to 2013, according to a study published Tuesday.

9/2/2014

article Proposed casino will ruin future residential growth, neighbors say
(Iowa) -- The proposal for a seven-story casino and hotel isn't sitting well with some Davenport residents. Several who said they represented the 90 homes that make...

8/27/2014

article City gets first look at land-based casino
(Iowa) -- Scott County Casino's vision for its land-based Rhythm City Casino is now in the hands of Davenport's planning department.
article Former Mystique employee suing casino over firing
(Iowa) -- A former Mystique Casino employee is suing the casino, claiming she was fired because she would not dress more femininely.

8/25/2014

article Chamberlin to leave Riverboat Development Authority
(Iowa) -- The search began for a new president and CEO after Mary Ellen Chamberlin announced she will retire from the Riverboat Development Authority at the end of 2014.

8/24/2014

article RDA opens application process for CEO
(Iowa) -- The Riverboat Development Authority's search for a new president begins today, giving candidates two weeks to apply. Mary Ellen Chamberlin, current...

8/15/2014

article Branstad, Hatch differ on gaming regulation
(Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad is taking a status-quo view of state gaming regulation, while state Sen. Jack Hatch — his 2014 Democratic opponent — wants...

8/12/2014

article Online lotto sales? Iowa Lottery is looking into it
(Iowa) -- Wally McCoy regularly heads to to the counter, hoping for some help from Lady Luck as he buys his lottery tickets. "I like it," said McCoy, who lives...
article Despite court ruling city of Rock Island will continue to push for Jumer’s Crossing
(Iowa) -- It’s back to the drawing board for the city of Rock Island after a judge dealt their Jumer’s Crossing development plans a blow yesterday. However,...

8/11/2014

article Tama won’t seek new casino license approval
(Iowa) -- Tama County voters gave approval for the City of Tama to seek a casino license in 2006. That referendum vote was good for seven years and expires at the end of...
article Time is coming for online Iowa Lottery ticket sales, CEO says
(Iowa) -- Nothing seems farther away from the world of the smartphone, computer tablet and the future than the line at the grocery or convenience store to buy a lottery...

8/6/2014

article Gaming commission takes pause on applications
(Iowa) -- Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has been looking to the Iowa Legislature for help since the moment the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in April turned down...

8/4/2014

article Corbett proposes statewide gaming reform stew
(Iowa) -- There is more wrong with Iowa’s gaming industry and its 19 state-licensed casinos than an absence of a Cedar Rapids casino in the state’s second...
article Hard Rock staff has busy opening weekend
(Iowa) -- With opening weekend on the books, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino staffers and surrounding businesses were catching their breath Monday after serving bigger-than...
article OP/ED: Iowa needs Q-C gaming leadership
(Iowa) -- Our thanks to Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission members who issued a unanimous and unambiguous call for help to the Iowa legislature. On Thursday, all five...
article OP/ED: Seeking a pause in gaming applications is warranted
(Iowa) -- With the worry of an oversaturated casino market in the state, Iowa’s gaming commissioners said last week they will not accept new applications for...

8/2/2014

article Iowa gaming officials won't consider license proposals for 3 years
(Iowa) -- Members of the commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa said Thursday they will not consider new license proposals for three years, but the panel...

8/1/2014

article Iowa gaming commission wants halt on new casino licenses for three years
(Iowa) -- State gaming commissioners said Thursday they will not welcome new applications for additional state casino licenses for the next three years.

7/31/2014

article Iowa Gaming Commission places 3-year pause on new casino applications
(Iowa) -- Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has been looking to the Iowa Legislature for help since the moment the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in April turned down...
article IRGC Chairman Warns of Casino Moratorium
(Iowa) -- Don't expect to be seeing any more new casinos popping up in Iowa. Officials with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission say they won't be welcoming any...
article No new Iowa casino licenses for 3 years
(Iowa) -- Members of the commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa said today they will not consider new license proposals for three years, but the panel stopped...
article Racing and Gaming: no new gambling licenses for now (Audio)
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission sent a unified message today that they are not interested in approving any new gambling licenses in the next few years.
article Racing, Gaming Commission won't consider any new casinos
(Iowa) -- The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa says it will not consider new projects for the next few years, but stopped short of imposing a formal...
article Two casinos in eastern Iowa pay penalties for gambling violations
(Iowa) -- Casinos in Burlington and Dubuque received fines today from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations. Commission administrator, Brian Ohorilko,...
article Riverboat casino ends operation in Sioux City
(Iowa) -- After fighting for months to remain open, Sioux City's floating casino has ended two decades of legalized gambling on the Missouri River. The Argosy Sioux...

7/30/2014

article Mechanical issue causes smoke haze at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(Iowa) -- Smoke in an exercise room caused some anxious moments at the soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City on Wednesday.

7/29/2014

article County creates new process for gambling revenue grants
(Iowa) -- Woodbury County has created a competitive grant process to dole out gaming revenue to local groups in need of financial help. Previously, any interested agency...

7/28/2014

article Final city payment to Hard Rock waiting on occupancy permit
(Iowa) -- The new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is set to open this Friday, but Sioux City officials say they're waiting to make the final payment of a $22-million...

7/26/2014

article New gaming reports point to Iowa slump
(Iowa) -- Iowa doubled down on negative gaming news Thursday. One report showed jobs, wages and revenues dipped at the state’s 18 commercial casinos last year.

7/24/2014

article New gaming reports point to Iowa slump
(Iowa) -- Iowa doubled down on negative gaming news Thursday in separate reports showing that jobs, wages and revenues dipped at the state’s 18 commercial casinos...

7/21/2014

article Casino’s June revenue down, looking up in July
(Iowa) -- Catfish Bend Casino and the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission groups met Tuesday night at the Pzazz Convention and Events Center in Burlington. Rob...
article MRHD, SCE file motions resisting move by Argosy's owner to stay open
(Iowa) -- Both Missouri River Historical Development, that's the floating casino's former non-profit partner, and the Sioux City Entertainment, the owner of the...

7/18/2014

article Gambling revenue down slightly in the last fiscal year
(Iowa) -- The report for the end of the latest fiscal year shows a drop in the revenue generated by the 18 state casinos. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission report...

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