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Senate passes gambling bill that includes internet poker study

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill which calls on the Racing and Gaming Commission to study how the state’s casinos might operate internet poker games. The proposal is included in a bill that also changes the rules for county gambling referendums and sets policy for the prizes awarded to the owners of horses that race at Prairie Meadows.

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9/3/2017

article Fun the name of the game at Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo
(Iowa) -- Michele Murphy has a great time at work. As an employee of Isle Casino Hotel, that’s as it should be, she said. “The guests come here to have fun,...

8/31/2017

article Rhythm Casino barge move finally underway
(Iowa) -- After several starts-and-stops and a few frustrating delays, the former Rhythm City Casino barge and canopy is finally being dismantled and moved down to...

8/13/2017

article Editorial: Nothing’s changed: Iowa still has plenty of casinos
(Iowa) -- Even after a new state casino license was denied for Linn County just three years ago, three separate casino projects in Cedar Rapids are now under...

8/2/2017

article Iowa casinos participating in Responsible Gaming Education Week
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos are making an extra effort to reach out to customers this week as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

7/23/2017

article State profit from Iowa Lottery drops $7M from last year
(Iowa) -- The state has shared the lack of luck with people who played Iowa Lottery games over the last fiscal year. Lottery figures released Thursday show the lottery...

7/17/2017

article Iowa casinos face penalties for gambling violations
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has found two casinos in the state to be in violation of the self-ban on gambling just recently, settling penalties for...

7/16/2017

article Casinos in Davenport and Riverside fined for banned gambler violations
(Iowa) -- Two Iowa casinos were assessed penalties this week by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for violations of the self-ban on gambling.

7/14/2017

article Opinion: Pitching optimism to skeptics
(Iowa) -- So we were served our annual cocktail of Iowa gambling revenue numbers this week, for the fiscal year just ended. But is our $1.45 billion glass half-full or...

7/11/2017

article Casinos moved to land in eastern Iowa help state to small revenue increase
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reports a slight increase in gross revenues as the 19 state-licensed casinos counted their chips at the end of the fiscal...
article Iowa casino revenue shows modest growth; Diamond Jo in Northwood reports decline
(Iowa) -- Overall revenue for Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos grew modestly in fiscal 2017, but the increase was driven mostly by upgraded Quad-City facilities...
article Post-CF project, Hard Rock revenues drop
(Iowa) -- Gaming revenue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City fell by $6 million in fiscal 2017 as thousands of temporary construction workers who frequented...

7/10/2017

article Iowa casino revenue shows modest growth
(Iowa) -- Revenue for Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos grew modestly in fiscal 2017, but the increase was driven mostly by upgraded Quad-City facilities. Twelve...

7/8/2017

article Riverside Casino in Iowa to spend $10 million to update and remodel
(Iowa) -- In Iowa, the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission has unanimously approved a request by the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort to spend $10 million to...

7/7/2017

article $10 million update and remodeling of Riverside Casino planned
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously approved a request by the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort to reinvest $10 million to update and remodel the...

7/4/2017

article Iowa Lottery dealing with change in law covering gambling self-ban
(Iowa) -- The state law that allowed someone to sign a lifetime self-ban for gambling changed July 1st to give people the option of also signing a 5-year ban. Anyone who...

6/29/2017

article Iowa Lottery to strengthen security
(Iowa) -- Iowa Lottery authorities are set to improve the security of the tickets, as there was allegations that a failure spotted years ago is still present in the...

6/26/2017

article Iowa Supreme Court overturns conviction in lottery scandal, but it may not save Tipton from prison
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide fixing scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16....

6/24/2017

article Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is in the running for best in the nation
(Iowa) -- Could the best casino in the U.S. actually be located outside of Las Vegas? The answer may be yes -- and even more surprising for some -- it could turn out to...

6/20/2017

article Riverside Casino getting $10 Million makeover
(Iowa) -- Riverside Casino will get a $10 million face-lift. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved the remodeling plan. It will include an LED light show in...

6/19/2017

article Regulators reviewing rules for self gambling bans as law is about to change
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is reviewing the way lifetime gambling bans are handled as a major change in the law approaches. Commission administrator...

6/15/2017

article Iowa side casinos celebrate first year on land with IRGC
(Iowa) -- Two casinos in the Iowa Quad Cities are celebrating their first year on land after a quarter-century of gaming on the Mississippi River. Rhythm City Casino...

6/5/2017

article Reynolds defends private jet use, says she may do it again
(Iowa) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying the state to build a casino, and Reynolds said she might do...

6/4/2017

article APNewsBreak: New governor toured Iowa on casino tycoon's jet
(Iowa) -- For her first trip across Iowa as governor, Republican Kim Reynolds sought and accepted the free use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying...

5/24/2017

article Davenport casino authority gives out $1.2M in grants
(Iowa) -- Area nonprofit agencies received $1.2 million in free money Wednesday. It was the spring grant cycle of the Regional Development Authority in which 57 groups...

5/23/2017

article Bettendorf casino authority hands out $1.58M in grants
(Iowa) -- The Scott County Regional Authority announced $1,577,243 in grants to 65 projects and organizations during a news conference Tuesday in Davenport.

5/9/2017

article Keokuk prepared to accept Davenport casino barge
(Iowa) -- A Davenport casino finally has a taker for a barge that once was its home as Keokuk city officials say they'll accept the barge with plans to use it for...
article Keokuk prepared to accept Rhythm City Casino barge
(Iowa) -- The Rhythm City Casino Resort has a taker for its barge. Keokuk City Administrator Aaron Burnett said the City Council unanimously approved a motion...

5/2/2017

article Casino, eastern Iowa city to partner on $1.1M park project
(Iowa) -- A casino will team up with a city in eastern Iowa to build a $1.1 million park along the Mississippi River where a riverboat casino stood for many years.

4/24/2017

article Growing pains: New casino has pros, cons for Iowa town
(Iowa) -- A small community northwest of the metro is experiencing growing pains since the opening of a new casino. The Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson opened in August of...
article Iowa poker revenue grows 3.4% in March
(Iowa) -- Iowa's poker rooms and tables have reported a 3.4% growth in revenue for March 2017. Its 78 poker tables generated $882,000 in March, according to figures...

4/21/2017

article Casino numbers down from ’16, but up from ’15
(Iowa) -- It was good news/bad news when the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission met Tuesday. The good news is the projects under way at the casino for the past...

4/18/2017

article Judge denies Argosy's motion to dismiss nonprofit lawsuit
(Iowa) -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino owners' motion to dismiss a lawsuit concerning nearly $2 million in revenue...

4/7/2017

article Clinton first non-racing casino to offer off-track betting
(Iowa) -- A Clinton casino has become the first in Iowa without live racing to offer off-track betting. Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton has installed 56...
article Iowa casino debuting simulcast horse, dog racing
(Iowa) -- Iowans looking to bet on video simulcasts of horse and dog races will no longer have to go to a casino with live racing to make their wagers. On Friday, Wild...
article Wild Rose Casino debuts para-mutuel betting
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton has become the first Iowa casino to offer off-track betting. The first day of wagering included races from 16 different...

3/27/2017

article Casino barge on agenda
(Iowa) -- The Clinton City Council on Tuesday will discuss the possibility of obtaining a former Davenport gambling and casino barge. The Rhythm City Barge has sat...

3/21/2017

article Iowa to regulate lifetime ban for gamblers
(Iowa) -- Iowa passed a legislation last week that would allow problem gamblers to enter a gaming floor five years after the initial issuance of a gambling ban. After...

3/14/2017

article Isle of Capri, Casino Queen wrap up deal
(Iowa) -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has wrapped up its $40 million sale of an Iowa casino to an affiliate of the Casino Queen. The sale of the Lady Luck Casino...

3/11/2017

article Iowa court says impact of new casino on existing ones valid
(Iowa) -- Iowa's gambling regulators may consider the economic impact of proposed casinos on existing ones when deciding new casino license applications, the Iowa...

3/10/2017

article Court upholds Iowa gambling commission’s licensing practices
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says the state’s gambling regulators may consider the impact of proposed casinos on existing ones when deciding new casino license...
article Iowa court says impact of new casino on existing ones valid
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s gambling regulators may consider the economic impact of proposed casinos on existing ones when deciding new casino license applications, the Iowa...

3/9/2017

article Editorial: Casino audits should remain public record
(Iowa) -- Like many states today, revenue from casinos around Iowa has become a substantial component of the state’s economy. In 2015, Iowa’s casinos paid...

3/8/2017

article Casinos in Council Bluffs and Northwood fined for gambling violations
(Iowa) -- Two Iowa casinos were issued penalties from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Tuesday for gambling violations. Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs was...

3/7/2017

article Cannibals before the high court
(Iowa) -- It didn’t get much attention at the time, but oral arguments in a local attorney’s lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission are...

3/6/2017

article Rick's Six: Windy with showers, roads update, body found and casino barge
(Iowa) -- 1. Breezy with showers later today. A good Monday to all. Some wind, some rain and an enhanced risk of grass fires top the weather today.

3/4/2017

article OP/ED: Fighting to help you gain access to public records
(Iowa) -- Casino gambling is not just any business. Last year, gamblers plunked $13.7 billion into slot machines in Iowa, and casinos kept $1.3 billion of that. Iowans...

3/3/2017

article Editorial: Casino finances shouldn't be secret
(Iowa) -- What happens to all the money gamblers drop in slot machines and toss on blackjack tables in Iowa’s 19 state-regulated casinos? We know because Iowa law...

2/17/2017

article Time to mandate Emergency Medical Services in Iowa?
(Iowa) -- Since the November, 2016, General Election, it's been said: the rural areas have spoken - the heartland has felt left out - the cities and big counties...

2/13/2017

article Three proposals for a casino license in Iowa
(Iowa) -- Iowa State would possibly host a new casino in Cedar Rapids, the largest city of Linn County. Local authorities will debate this week the potential project to...

2/12/2017

article Cedar Rapids casino backers 'thread the needle' with options
(Iowa) -- A new push for a casino in Cedar Rapids is getting support locally from people saying it would be a good addition to downtown, but there’s also...

2/1/2017

article Prairie Meadows CEO takes home $200k bonus
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows' board gave CEO Gary Palmer a nearly 40 percent bonus Wednesday, which is at least $198,000. The bonus was based on Palmer’s...

1/31/2017

article Long-running Iowa casino dispute gets court date
(Iowa) -- In Iowa, a long-running legal dispute between the owner of the former Argosy Sioux City and the shuttered riverboat casino’s past operator, Penn National...

1/9/2017

article Osceola casino ownership change moves ahead
(Iowa) -- The change in ownership of the Lakeside Casino in Osceola is almost complete after state gambling regulators gave their approval during a meeting last week....

1/5/2017

article Online gaming operators skirt law, critics say
(Iowa) -- The director of an Iowa horse racing group was in Waterloo Thursday to urge action from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission against unlicensed online horse...
article Dubuque plans to freeze some jobs due to casino revenue decrease
(Iowa) -- Competition from casinos in Iowa and gaming in surrounding states is causing a city-owned casino in Dubuque to adjust its budgets for the year. Gaming revenues...

12/25/2016

article Court rules Davenport violated Iowa Open Records Act
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals this week ruled the City of Davenport violated the Iowa Open Records Act twice in relation to the city's involvement with a land-...

12/22/2016

article Officials say Altoona casino retains non-profit status
(Iowa) -- Officials at Prairie Meadows casino say the Internal Revenue Service has withdrawn its challenge of the Altoona center’s tax exempt status. Prairie...
article Prairie Meadows can keep its tax-exempt status, IRS says
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows will keep its federal tax-exempt status, ending a battle that could have cost the Altoona casino upward of $60 million, officials announced...

12/19/2016

article Bluffs casinos back confidential audits
(Iowa) -- A local member of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said he has no problem with state-regulated casinos maintaining the confidentiality of their annual...

12/17/2016

article Council Bluffs casinos among those seeking to shield finances from public records laws
(Iowa) -- A local member of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said he has no problem with state-regulated casinos keeping confidential their annual audits, which...

12/16/2016

article Board says Iowa casino can keep records confidential
(Iowa) -- A state board has ruled that an Iowa casino does not have to follow the state's open records laws because it no longer owes a debt to the county where it...
article Iowa casinos seek to stop releasing audits to public
(Iowa) -- A group of Iowa casinos, including the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, wants to make the facilities’ annual audits confidential and stop releasing them to...

12/15/2016

article Update: Diamond Jo among Iowa casinos who want to stop releasing audits to public
(Iowa) -- Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood is among a group of Iowa casinos that want to make their annual audits confidential and stop releasing them to the public.
article Schools Have Now Received Over $1 Million Each From Foundation
(Iowa) -- The three public schools in Lyon County have now received over a million dollars each from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, since the Grand Falls Casino...

12/14/2016

article Iowa casinos join lawsuit to keep audits secret
(Iowa) -- A group of state-regulated casinos has joined a lawsuit that would keep confidential their annual audits, which are records that have been available to the...

12/10/2016

article Poker Players Win Settlement in Iowa Civil-Forfeiture Case
(Iowa) -- This week, the state of Iowa agreed to pay a settlement of $60,000 to California poker players William “Bart” Davis and John Newmerzhycky to...

12/4/2016

article Cedar Falls council sinks teeth into big gaming grant
(Iowa) -- The City Council on Monday night will vote on accepting a grant of local casino funds - one of the largest gaming grants the city has ever received -- for the...

12/3/2016

article Iowa nonprofit suing owner of former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino
(Iowa) -- An Iowa nonprofit based in Sioux City wants what it says is its money and it wants it now. The Sioux City Journal reports Community Action Agency of Sioux City...

11/24/2016

article Casino Boat Leaves Davenport
(Iowa) -- A fixture on the Davenport riverfront for many years will leave Friday. The Rhythm City casino boat is scheduled to depart around midday. A casino boat has...

11/19/2016

article Buffet dinner ends with $10,000 fine for Riverside Casino
(Iowa) -- A buffet dinner has ended up costing the Riverside Casino $10,000. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says the expensive dinner was...

11/18/2016

article RDA hands out $1.5M in grants
(Iowa) -- The Davenport Community School District's Creative Arts Academy is in line to receive $187,500 from the Regional Development Authority.

10/19/2016

article Casino revenue down 4%
(Iowa) -- Revenue is down at Catfish Bend Casino from this time last year, but General Manager Rob Higgins is not concerned. “People seem to forget that we were up...

9/30/2016

article RI casino boat to be sold to New Orleans company
(Iowa) -- The Casino Rock Island riverboat, long departed from Quad-City waters, soon could have a new owner and a future as an excursion boat in New Orleans. The former...

9/20/2016

article Bettendorf braces for change with Isle casino sale
(Iowa) -- In a massive $1.7 billion deal, Isle of Capri Casinos is selling its business to Reno-based Eldorado Resorts. The deal, which will take nearly a year to...

8/17/2016

article Firm hocking 'allegedly deceptive systems for winning at gambling' agrees to stop marketing to Iowans
(Iowa) -- The owner of a New York-based company that sells allegedly deceptive systems for winning at gambling — including the lottery, slot machines, roulette and...

8/16/2016

article Iowa Racing And Gaming Commission disinterested in revenue-sharing dispute
(Iowa) -- In Iowa, the state-licensed Missouri River Historical Development gaming organization has been told that state gambling regulators will not be assisting its...

8/15/2016

article PASSING: Welch’s efforts went far beyond gaming industry
(Iowa) -- While Verne Welch will always be associated with the casino industry in Council Bluffs, former Mayor Tom Hanafan and a host of others were quick to note that...

8/13/2016

article Longtime civic leader, casino official Welsh dies at 79
(Iowa) -- Verne Welch – a Council Bluffs native who moved out of the community after graduating high school and returned nearly 30 years ago to help start casino...

8/10/2016

article Klipsch says there's interest in redeveloping riverfront casino site
(Iowa) -- Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said Tuesday that the city has been approached about redevelopment of the docking facility at the Rhythm City Casino's now-...

8/9/2016

article Isle, Rhythm City see revenue jump since opening
(Iowa) -- Call it a post-opening bounce. After reopening land-based casinos this summer with the same sort of fanfare that welcomed the first gambling boats to Iowa 25...
article Q-C casinos see big jump in revenue
(Iowa) -- All three Quad-Cities casinos saw substantial growth in adjusted gross revenue from June to July, as well as from July 2015 to July this year, according to new...

8/8/2016

article Jefferson casino marks its first year of operation
(Iowa) -- The Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson marked its first year of operation Friday. It’s the last casino to be built on a new site in Iowa that didn’t...

8/6/2016

article Jefferson casino releases report card on first year of operations
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casino & Resort Jefferson has been open for a little more than a year now after obtaining what might have been the last casino license issued by...

8/3/2016

article Greene County Casino Celebrates One Year In Business
(Iowa) -- The state rolled the dice on a new casino in Greene County. Now one year later, the Wild Rose in Jefferson is celebrating its mark on the community. Since...

8/2/2016

article Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Delays PokerTribe.com real money games as it is still working out regulations with foreign governments
(Oklahoma) -- The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in collaboration with Universal Entertainment Group (UEG) it’s online software developer launched PokerTribe.com back in...
article PokerTribe.com Misses Real Money Launch Date
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma poker site PokerTribe.com has had to delay the launch of its real money site after failing to negotiate deals with offshore markets. Back in May...

7/30/2016

article Editorial: Prairie Meadows risks $60 million with its secrecy
(Iowa) -- At one time or another, almost every parent has had to tell an unruly adolescent, “If you want to be treated like an adult, you have to start acting like...

7/27/2016

article Rhythm City Casino revenue jumps 40 percent
(Iowa) -- Davenport's Rhythm City Casino took in about 40 percent more in June than it did in May, after the June 16 move into a new complex along Interstate 80.

7/25/2016

article Keokuk Casino takings $34.8K
(Iowa) -- Although revenue was down in the past few months at Catfish Bend Casino, General Manager Rob Higgins said it is nothing to be concerned about.

7/20/2016

article DRA: Revenue up at Dubuque casino, but new competition looms
(Iowa) -- The Dubuque gambling industry fared slightly better in the first half of 2016 than in the first six months of the previous year, but a pair of revamped eastern...

7/18/2016

article Rural Iowa casino seeing positive returns
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casinos plunked down a $40 million investment on a glitzy gambling complex here, and so far, its bet on rural Iowa is paying off.

7/16/2016

article Rural Iowa casino seeing positive returns
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casinos plunked down a $40 million investment on a glitzy gambling complex here, and so far, its bet on rural Iowa is paying off.

7/15/2016

article Bettendorf casino revenue up slightly in fiscal 2016, but number of gamblers falls to 16-year low
(Iowa) -- Bettendorf's gambling casino posted a slight increase in revenue in fiscal 2016, but the number of gamblers frequenting the Isle of Capri riverboat fell to...

7/13/2016

article Iowa casinos saw slight increase in fiscal year revenue
(Iowa) -- Iowa casinos took in just under $22 million more in gross revenue for the fiscal year that ended in June compared to last year. Iowa Racing and Gaming...

7/12/2016

article $40 million casino finds glitzy niche in rural Iowa
(Iowa) -- Wild Rose Casinos plunked down a $40 million investment on a glitzy gambling complex here, and so far, its bet on rural Iowa is paying off. Since opening in...
article Could Iowa Online Poker Reemerge After Major Land-Based Gaming Revenue Growth?
(Iowa) -- Iowa online poker legalization measures may have been shelved back in 2012, but the state’s land-based gambling industry is thriving. Now some are...

7/11/2016

article Iowa casinos post modest fiscal 2016 revenue growth
(Iowa) -- Aided by a new casino in Jefferson and a rejuvenated gaming resort in Sioux City, Iowa’s commercial gambling industry posted an overall $21.6 million...

7/10/2016

article Nonprofits better off without Prairie Meadows?
(Iowa) -- State law mandates that Iowa casino operators allocate at least 3 percent of adjusted gross gaming revenues to local charitable groups.
article Prairie Meadows sale? Some see windfall; others risk
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows' ongoing battle with the IRS has reignited discussions about whether Polk County taxpayers should exit the casino business.

7/6/2016

article 2 casino workers, patron accused of conspiring to rig Council Bluffs roulette table
(Iowa) -- Two former casino workers and a customer have been charged in arrest warrants with several felonies in connection with a theft of over $20,000 from Harrah...

6/30/2016

article Isle of Capri Casinos Opens $60M Land-Based Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa
(Iowa) -- Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has opened the $60 million land-based Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, which is located seven miles northeast of Davenport.

6/26/2016

article Betting on simulcast horse, dog racing expanding in Iowa
(Iowa) -- The sights of glistening thoroughbred horses with thundering hooves galloping to the finish line are coming to some of Iowa's casinos: Three are planning...
article New land-based casino opens in Bettendorf
(Iowa) -- Hundreds of lined up in Bettendorf to celebrate the opening to a new $60 million land-based casino. The Quad-City Times reports that the Isle Casino Hotel...

6/24/2016

article New casino opens amid celebrities, freebies
(Iowa) -- Hundreds of Isle Casino Hotel regulars lined up around the company's south hotel tower Friday morning in Bettendorf, waiting for the doors to open to the...

6/21/2016

article A first look inside the land-based Isle of Capri Casino
(Iowa) -- Another new, land-based casino for the Quad Cities is set to open later this week. The Isle of Capri in Bettendorf is moving off the Mississippi River to a new...
article Second costly threat looms for Prairie Meadows casino
(Iowa) -- Reclaiming tax-exempt status is only the start of Prairie Meadows’ battle against the IRS. If Prairie Meadows wins that fight, the nonprofit racetrack...

6/17/2016

article $110M Rhythm City Casino resort opens
(Iowa) -- Rhythm City Casino Resort opened its next gaming chapter in Iowa on Thursday with a full house. The event center of the new casino, hotel and entertainment...
article Davenport celebrates opening of casino complex
(Iowa) -- More than 1,000 invited guests celebrated the opening Thursday of Iowa's newest casino while hundreds of gamblers lined up outside the $110 million center...

6/15/2016

article IRS: Prairie Meadows owes up to $60 million
(Iowa) -- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino owes up to $60 million in back taxes and penalties, according to an Internal Revenue Service report released Wednesday....

6/11/2016

article Sunday marks 25th anniversary of casino gambling in Clinton
(Iowa) -- Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of Clinton's entrance into the Iowa casino gambling industry. The occasion is significant as Clinton was one of the first...

6/10/2016

article IRS concerns aired at closed Prairie Meadows meetings
(Iowa) -- Polk County's upcoming negotiations for its share of Prairie Meadows' profits will be influenced by whether the casino can stave off attempts by the...

6/6/2016

article Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City announces its 5 million dollar plan to expand
(Iowa) -- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City has announced plans for a 5 million dollar expansion to its entertainment destination on 3rd Street. The proposed...
article Rhythm City Casino boat move could mark new era for Davenport riverfront
(Iowa) -- The Rhythm City Casino boat has about a week left until the location is shut down. The new land-based casino location is set to open June 16, 2016. “Well...

6/5/2016

article Sioux City downtown casino seeks approval for expansion
(Iowa) -- A Sioux City casino open fewer than two years is seeking approval to expand its main floor to include high-stakes gambling. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is...

6/4/2016

article Hard Rock seeks city approval for gaming floor expansion
(Iowa) -- Gamblers will have the chance to play for bigger paydays if approval is given for a proposed expansion at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City. The...
article Fewer gamblers in Iowa, UNI study says
(Iowa) -- A new study estimates almost 1.6 million adult Iowans gambled during the past year with nearly one in eight of those at risk of developing a problem, according...
article Rhythm City job fair attracts interest
(Iowa) -- Applicants ranging from a mid-career professional with two master's degrees to a teenager with no college at all went after 125 positions that still are...

6/3/2016

article Fewer Iowans are gambling new report just released shows
(Iowa) -- The Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2015 Survey of Adult Iowans shows about 1.6 million adult Iowans gambled during the past 12 months and that about 13...
article New study: Iowans gambling less
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a new study on gambling among Iowa adults. Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2015 Survey of Adult Iowans...
article Study finds drop in number of Iowans gambling
(Iowa) -- A new survey finds a slight drop in the number of Iowans who reported gambling and also in those who experienced some symptoms of problem gambling.

5/29/2016

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

5/26/2016

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

5/24/2016

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

5/23/2016

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

5/22/2016

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

5/21/2016

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

5/18/2016

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

5/17/2016

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

5/15/2016

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

5/14/2016

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

5/13/2016

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

5/11/2016

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

5/10/2016

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

5/7/2016

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

5/2/2016

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

4/23/2016

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

4/19/2016

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

4/18/2016

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

4/16/2016

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

4/15/2016

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

4/10/2016

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

4/5/2016

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

4/4/2016

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

4/3/2016

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

4/2/2016

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

4/1/2016

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

3/30/2016

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

3/28/2016

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

3/27/2016

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

3/26/2016

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

3/25/2016

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

3/24/2016

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

3/23/2016

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

3/20/2016

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

3/11/2016

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

3/9/2016

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

3/4/2016

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

2/29/2016

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

2/17/2016

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

2/16/2016

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

1/19/2016

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

1/14/2016

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

1/12/2016

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

1/2/2016

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

12/21/2015

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

12/20/2015

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

12/19/2015

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

12/18/2015

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

12/13/2015

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

12/12/2015

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

12/11/2015

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

11/29/2015

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

11/24/2015

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

11/23/2015

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

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