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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...
article Iowa tax revenue down $200 million over past 12 months
(Iowa) -- Net revenue from all taxes deposited to state government in Iowa for the past 12 months totaled $7.325 billion, a decrease of $200.4 million, or negative 2.7...
article Riverboat casino appeals against closure
(Iowa) -- In the US, the Argosy Sioux City has filed an 11th-hour appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court to keep the riverboat casino from closing next week. In court...
article Iowa Supreme Court Issues Stay For Argosy Casino
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has potentially given the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City more time to stay open. The high court on Friday granted an emergency...

7/16/2014

article Iowa gambling receipts drop in fiscal 2014
(Iowa) -- State-licensed riverboats and racetrack-casinos operating in Iowa are coming off a second straight down year in which adjusted gross receipts fell by nearly 4...

7/11/2014

article Bettendorf casino admissions, revenues fall; declines higher than statewide gambling fall-off
(Iowa) -- The steady decade-long decline in admissions and revenue at Bettendorf's Isle of Capri casino continued during fiscal 2014. Admissions for the 12 months...

7/10/2014

article Ground broken for new casino near Jefferson in Greene County
(Iowa) -- Supporters and developers of the new casino in Greene County gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony today). Work got started on the site for the Wild Rose...
article Groundbreaking ceremony for Iowa casino is today
(Iowa) -- Construction equipment has begun dirt work on the recently approved casino in Jefferson, Iowa, but local and state officials are gathering to turn a few spades...

7/8/2014

article Bettendorf, gaming commission support land-based casino
(Iowa) -- Scott County stands to gain with increased revenues from a land-based casino in Bettendorf, state and local gaming and Bettendorf city officials say.

7/7/2014

article Move to new land-based casino in Bettendorf comes as rumors surface Isle seeking a buyer
(Iowa) -- About the same time the Isle of Capri Casino, Inc. was telling Bettendorf officials last week it plans to move from its riverboat to a land-based facility,...

7/3/2014

article Dock, casino projects take steps forward
(Iowa) -- Davenport aldermen advanced two resolutions that will aid major development projects — a land-based casino and The Dock restaurant — during the...
article Riverboat Casino Moving To Land
(Iowa) -- Regular customers love their riverboat casino. Brett Sanders says, "After work, I get paid every Friday so I come down here on the weekends with my dad...

6/27/2014

article Hard Rock Hotel & Casino taking shape as Argosy gets reprieve
(Iowa) -- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is scheduled to open Aug. 1. Meanwhile the Argosy Sioux City riverboat won't have to shut down as soon as...

6/26/2014

article Iowa panel won't suspend ruling on casino closing
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has refused to suspend its order that the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City must close.

6/25/2014

article Iowa's OK of 19th gambling facility questioned
(Iowa) -- Iowa gambling regulators narrowly voted to approve the state’s first new casino in four years, but sent strong signals it’s likely to be the last...

6/22/2014

article Report: Nearly quarter of Iowa casino revenue comes from Nebraskans, where gambling is banned
(Nebraska) -- Iowa's gaming industry relies heavily on Nebraska gamblers for revenue and would lose a lot of business if its western neighbor decided to allow...
article Sioux City riverboat casino faces make or break week
(Iowa) -- With the clock ticking, Argosy Sioux City's owner this week embarks on a last-ditch effort to save the embattled riverboat casino. The Iowa Racing and...

6/15/2014

article Iowa gambling regulators ponder casino moratorium
(Iowa) -- Iowa gambling regulators last week narrowly voted to approve the state’s first new casino in four years but sent strong signals it’s likely to be...
article July statement from regulators likely to put hold on new gambling licenses
(Iowa) -- The gambling license awarded Greene County is likely the last opportunity for a new casino that’ll be approved by the Racing and Gaming Commission...

6/2/2014

article Jefferson casino hearing consumes five hours
(Iowa) -- More than 500 Greene County residents and other Iowans Thursday afternoon swelled the historic Sierra Community Theatre just a skip from the Jefferson town...
article New greyhound law makes for uncertain future
(Iowa) -- Iowa's new greyhound racing laws are drawing mixed reactions. On Friday, Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation that will change Iowa's dog racing laws...

6/1/2014

article Iowa Dog Tracks become thing of the past
(Iowa) -- Governor Terry Branstad has approved a bill that will get two Iowa casinos out of the greyhound racing business. The Bluffs Run track in Council Bluffs will...

5/31/2014

article Casino finds a home; Dock is downsized
(Iowa) -- The land-based Rhythm City hotel and casino has found a home in Davenport. Scott County Casino LLC, which owns the Rhythm City, has negotiated a development...
article Branstad OKs bill ending Council Bluffs dog races
(Iowa) -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will end greyhound dog racing in Council Bluffs by 2016. Branstad's office said the governor...
article Branstad signs phase-out of dog racing
(Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation Friday that will dramatically reduce the number of greyhound races run in Iowa. The compromise legislation hammered out...
article Iowa Gov. Branstad signs bill to end greyhound racing in Council Bluffs at end of 2015
(Iowa) -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday signed a bill ending greyhound racing in Council Bluffs at the end of 2015. The bill, Senate File 2362, was overwhelmingly...

5/30/2014

article Lawmakers, local leaders applaud Branstad's backing of greyhound bill
(Iowa) -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law a measure that allows Mystique Casino to cease greyhound racing operations at the end of 2014 but allows an...
article Jefferson casino plan draws hundreds to hearing
(Iowa) -- A plan to build a $40 million casino in the Green County city of Jefferson drew hundreds of people to a public hearing Thursday before the Iowa Racing and...

5/29/2014

article Reviewing the $40M plan to build new Iowa casino
(Iowa) -- Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission officials are visiting Jefferson Thursday. They are conducting a site review of a proposed $40 million casino seeking a...
article State regulators hear from public on Greene County casino proposal
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission toured the site of the proposed new casino in Jefferson Thursday morning, then held a public hearing on the Green County...

5/7/2014

article OP/ED: Change needed on what's required of Iowa casinos
(Iowa) -- Not germane. That’s how the Democratic leadership of the Iowa Senate recently described an amendment proposed by state Sen. Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids,...

4/27/2014

article Hard Rock leaders show off Sioux City casino construction
(Iowa) -- The screech of saws and drills and hum of compressors and generators echoed inside the juxtaposition of contemporary steel and concrete with century-old timber...
article 2 armed robberies reported in Sioux Falls casinos
(Iowa) -- Police in Sioux Falls say two armed robberies were reported at casinos this weekend and the descriptions of the robbers were “very similar.”

4/26/2014

article Week in review: Iowa Senate approves greyhound racing bill
(Iowa) -- After months of negotiating and public debate over the future of greyhound racing in Iowa, resolution appears close. In a 46-2 vote, the Iowa Senate on Friday...
article Patrons of Dubuque dogtrack recall its early days
(Iowa) -- With the future of greyhound racing in Iowa uncertain -- and a bill before the state Legislature -- several hundred people attend the racing season's...
article Cedar Rapids dodged gaming bullet
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Gaming Commission has determined that Cedar Rapids will not be granted a state gambling license. The surrounding area can’t sustain another...
article Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Construction Tour
(Iowa) -- Sioux City Entertainment President and CEO Bill Warner and Hard Rock Casino General Manager Todd Moyer guide the Sioux City Journal on an exclusive tour of the...
article Iowa Senate approves deal to phase out dog racing
(Iowa) -- Fast-track legislation that would dramatically reduce the number of greyhound races run in Iowa won near-unanimous approval in the Iowa Senate on Friday.

4/25/2014

article Bill to end dog racing advances in Senate
(Iowa) -- A bill ending greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but allowing dog owners to operate a track in Dubuque has passed the Senate committee process and could be...

4/24/2014

article Greyhound racing bill advances in Iowa
(Iowa) -- GREYHOUND BILL: The Senate Appropriations Committee gave unanimous approval Thursday to fast-track legislation that would dramatically reduce the number of...

4/20/2014

article Sioux City Casino Closing
(Iowa) -- A Sioux City riverboat casino is preparing to close its doors this summer, but is hoping a court fight will save it.
article No Casino, Now What?
(Iowa) -- No casino, no problem. Or at least that’s how some in Cedar Rapids are trying to put a positive spin on devastating news for the city. On Thursday the...

4/19/2014

article Legislation on dog racing possible next week
(Iowa) -- New legislation to address greyhound racing in Iowa is being drafted, top officials say. A key state lawmaker said Friday that representatives of Mystique...
article Argosy braces for closing, court fight
(Iowa) -- The Argosy Sioux City is gearing up for a court fight to save the embattled floating casino, while also preparing for the worst. The company officially...
article Iowa House speaker suggests reviewing role of gaming commission
(Iowa) -- Not this year, but House Speaker Kraig Paulsen thinks it would be appropriate to look at the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s role in overseeing the...
article Sioux City riverboat casino prepares to close
(Iowa) -- A Sioux City riverboat casino is preparing to close its doors this summer, but is hoping a court fight will save it. The Argosy Sioux City officially notified...

4/18/2014

article Argosy's fate impacts city and county budgets
(Iowa) -- Thursday, the Iowa and Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously decided the Argosy would close as of July 1st. That decision came after a long legal battle...

4/7/2014

article Deal to end greyhound racing close, sources say
(Iowa) -- A deal to end greyhound racing in Iowa is close, multiple sources have told TH Media. Lobbyists for Dubuque's Mystique Casino and the Iowa Greyhound...

4/1/2014

article Casino study sparks differing views among supporters, foes
(Iowa) -- Iowa's former top gambling regulator has prepared a report which points out that the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has historically considered the...

3/18/2014

article Greyhound tracks in Iowa are hurting, which worries breeders
(Iowa) -- Most afternoons you can find Meyer “Mickey” Coren in front of a simulcast TV at Bluffs Run, sipping Diet Coke from a plastic cup, smoking a cigar...

3/17/2014

article Carroll supervisors back Greene County casino
(Iowa) -- Citing what they believe will be a boost to regional economic development and revenue advantages for the state, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors Monday...

3/8/2014

article Casino studies: No new licenses in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Iowa should not issue any new gaming licenses and should instead focus on reinvestment in the state’s existing casinos, a consultant hired by the Iowa...
article Leaders tell dog racing industry to resolve their differences
(Iowa) -- Top leaders in the Iowa Senate and House said Thursday they have told both sides in an ongoing dispute over ending dog racing in the state to resolve their...

3/3/2014

article Iowa Poll: Little support for Internet gambling
(Iowa) -- Iowans sounded off on a range of issues under discussion by lawmakers this year for The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll, revealing widely shared...

1/24/2014

article Iowa Lawmaker Makes Case for Online Poker
(Iowa) -- An Iowa lawmaker has come out in favor of online poker legislation less than two weeks after a state gaming association president indicated the likelihood that...

1/23/2014

article Lawmaker wants Iowa in on online poker
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Lottery has no plans to get into online gaming this year, but at least one lawmaker thinks it might be in Iowans’ best interest to offer online...

1/14/2014

article Online Poker in Iowa No Go in 2014
(Iowa) -- Iowans who were hoping to perhaps be playing regulated online poker this year will apparently have to wait until 2015 at the very least.

12/4/2013

article Iowa lawmaker calls for moratorium on gaming licenses
(Iowa) -- Calling the Iowa Legislature “addicted to gaming at the budget level,” a Sioux City lawmaker is calling for a moratorium on gambling licenses.

3/21/2013

article Lobbyist Matt Eide Explains Status of Online Poker in Iowa
(Iowa) -- One year ago, the Iowa Senate approved an online poker measure that allowed state casinos and racetracks to offer Internet poker. Despite a study by the Iowa...

3/11/2013

article Iowa Internet Poker Bill Dead For 2013 [sub req'd]
(Iowa) -- This year’s Internet poker effort in Iowa folded last week when Democratic state Senator Jeff Danielson could not muster enough support in the committee...

2/28/2013

article Iowa Poll: Iowans' approval not in the cards for online gambling
(Iowa) -- Iowans aren’t eager to join a push by other states to legalize and regulate online gambling, The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll shows.
article Iowa Senate panel backs Internet poker bill
(Iowa) -- An Iowa Senate panel has approved a bill legalizing and regulating Internet poker. Members of the State Government Subcommittee approved the
article ONLINE GAMBLING: Senate Bill Discussed
(Iowa) -- A Senate subcommittee will discuss a bill Thursday morning that would allow some online wagering in Iowa. Senate Study Bill 1068 would allow businesses that...

1/29/2013

article Sponsor Of Iowa Internet Poker Bill Plays Cautious Hand [sub req'd]
(Iowa) -- Most politicians are passionate advocates of legislation they introduce, but Iowa state senator Jeff Danielson seems almost clinically detached when discussing...

1/28/2013

article ANALYSIS: Iowa Online Poker Bill Details
(Iowa) -- Iowa Senate Study 1068 has been introduced for the 2013 Iowa legislative session. A similar bill passed the Iowa Senate in 2012 but was never read in the Iowa...
article Iowa Tests the Waters Again with Online Poker
(Iowa) -- Iowa legislators revived a bill last week that may lead to the regulation of online poker in the Hawkeye State. State Senate Study Bill 1068 (SSB 1068}, to be...

1/4/2013

article Iowa Lottery Urges Congress To Reject Online Gambling Proposals
(Iowa) -- According to a recent report by Omaha.com, the Iowa Lottery is appealing Congress to reject the proposals of federal regulation for online gambling. Terry Rich...

1/3/2013

article Iowa Lottery Against Federal Online Poker Plan
(Iowa) -- The CEO of the Iowa Lottery has joined in with other members of the industry to oppose the federal legalization of Internet gaming, according to the Associated...

1/1/2013

article Iowa Lottery CEO lobbies against federal regulation of online gambling
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Lottery wants Congress to turn down proposals to authorize federal regulation of internet gambling. Lottery CEO Terry Rich recently traveled to...
article Iowa lottery chief opposes online gambling proposals
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Lottery is urging Congress to reject proposals to authorize federal regulation of Internet gambling. Lottery CEO Terry Rich recently traveled to...

12/28/2012

article Iowa Ready To Take A Look At Online Poker Regulation Again
(Iowa) -- After failing to pass legislation this year that would have brought the state into the online poker arena, reports are coming from the head of Iowa’s...
article Iowa regulator ready for online poker
(Iowa) -- The leader of the body responsible for supervising all licensed casinos in the Midwestern American state of Iowa has revealed that his organisation is prepared...

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