Iowa, also known as “the Hawkeye State”, is a North Central state well-known for its agricultural, scenic trails, and fishing. Iowa is the country’s largest producer of corn, with a population exceeding 3,000,000 people and 56.276 sq. miles. Iowa’s capital, Des Moines, is home to 200,000 people and is a hub for printing, publishing, and insurance.
Iowa has a few casinos, most of which are on riverboats. The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel is the largest Iowa casino. It is a Native American online casino located in Tama. It has 127,669 square footage, 1,500 slot machines, 30 table games (including blackjack, craps and roulette), and several poker types. There are also three restaurants, entertainment and instructions for gaming. The Winna Las is another large Native American casino boasting 45,000 square feet and 668 slots. There are also 14 table games. The Ameristar Casino Hotel is also open in Council Bluffs, offering 38,500 square feet and 1,589 slots. There are also 36 table games and four restaurants. Harrah’s Council Bluffs has 28,250 square feet and 1,212 slots. There are also 39 table games. Finally, the Lakeside Casino Resort boasts 37,480 square footage, 921 slot machines, and 31 table game tables.
The Diamond Jo is a smaller Iowa casino. It’s a riverboat casino located in Dubuque that is open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. and 24 hours on weekends. It has 17,813 square feet and 776 slots. There are also 19 table games. The Catfish Bend Riverboat in Fort Madison is open for business Tuesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It has 13,000 square feet and 535 slots. There are also 14 table games. The Isle of Capri is another Iowa riverboat casino that is open 24 hours. It has 24,939 square feet and 1,100 slots. There are also 24 table games. Finally, the Mississippi Belle II is a riverboat casino that measures 10,577 feet. It has 506 slot machines, 14 table games and live entertainment. Thursday Blackjack tournaments are also available at the Mississippi Belle II.
Iowa casinos bring in a lot of tax revenue, which has allowed for funding of many state projects. Along with a rise in tourism, there has been a significant increase in the demand for services and an increase in employment. Iowa’s casinos have been a major contributor to economic growth. There is a lot of enthusiasm for Iowa gambling. With more casinos opening and plans for major expansions, the future looks bright for Iowa casinos.