There are plenty of casinos and horse tracks to be visited in the Hawkeye State, as well as racinos, which are a combination of the two. One of the big claims to fame that Iowa can boast in the gambling industry is that it was home to the very first riverboat casinos in the US, being the first to pass this legislation in 1989. This allowed riverboats along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, with the first riverboat making its maiden voyage on the 1st of April, 1991. The Dubuque Casino Belle was the ship which took the honour, and you can still visit it today.
This was not the only law to have changed the fact of gambling here, and of course there are likely to be more in the future too. The second major change to take place in Iowa was the addition of table games and slot machines at horse racing tracks, creating the racinos that the state is known for today. The first of these was opened in 2004, the Prairie Meadows Race Track in Altoona, and it was the first pari mutuel facility in the US to introduce slot machines to track betting. For a state that is not necessarily known for gambling, this represents a lot of innovation! State run lotteries are also popular here, with game options such as the Powerball, Hot Lotto, the $100,000 Cash Game, Pick 3, Pick 4, Scratch Offs, and pull tabs. There are twenty different gambling facilities throughout the state, with fifteen different towns and cities hosting them, and the largest gambling city being Council Bluffs. Here you will find four casinos, one of which is a racino, including the largest casino in the state: the Horseshoe Casino at Council Bluffs. It has one thousand nine hundred slot machines and sixty table games, but only just keeps out in front of the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs as the second biggest venue in the state. Here there are one thousand five hundred and sixty one slots as well as thirty nine table games, giving you plenty of options to go for. The largest casino in terms of space, however, is the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, which has one hundred and twenty seven thousand, six hundred and sixty nine square feet of casino space. With both dog and horse racing in the state too, you can be sure of great entertainment here.
The other venues on offer include the Bluffs Run Casino at the dog track; Casino Omaha; the Catfish Bend Riverboat Casino; the Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque; Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino; Harrah’s Council Bluffs; the Isle of Capri Casino Bettendorf, and the sister hotel in Marquette; the Lakeside Casino Resort; Mississippi Belle II Riverboat and Casino; Rhythm City Casino; Winna Vegas Casino, Iowa’s answer to the bright lights; the Wild Rose Casino; Diamond Jo Casino; Riverside Casino and Golf Resort; and Terrible’s Lakeside Casino and Resort, along with the three casinos that we have already mentioned.