While most people think of Iowa as corn country, natives to the state as well as tourists know that Iowa is bustling with excellent gaming opportunities. The first state to legalize riverboat casinos back in the early 1990s, Iowa has experienced phenomenal growth in the gaming industry.
Gaming has provided thousands of jobs and is a huge boon to tourism. This has kept the economy growing, even in the recent recession. The state has many casinos and also offers both dog and horse racing tracks across the state.
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Top Casinos in Iowa
Isle Casino Hotel – This riverboat casino is located in Bettendorf, Iowa and is open around the clock. The property features a huge hotel with 514 rooms, a bar and three full restaurants. In the 24,939 square foot gaming floor, visitors will find a great selection of exciting games including 30 table and poker games along with over 1,000 machines.
Catfish Bend Casino – Open from 8 am to 3 am Monday and Tuesday, and round the clock the rest of the week, the Catfish Bend Casino has a full-scale hotel and five separate restaurants. The casino offers 23 table and poker games and 700 machines in its 23,000 square foot gaming floor.
Wild Rose Casino and Resort – This small but intimate resort is located in Clinton, Iowa with a 60-unit hotel and two restaurants. The 22,000 square feet of gaming space contains 14 table games including blackjack, poker & craps and almost 600 machines. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 am and from 8 am to 4 am on Friday and Saturday.
Ameristar Casino Hotel – Another of Iowa’s abundant riverboat casinos, Ameristar is located in Council Bluffs and is open round the clock. The hotel offers 160 rooms, a full-service bar and three distinctive restaurants. The 38,5000 square feet of gaming floor has 30 table games and more than 1,500 gaming machines.
Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Also located in Council Bluffs, Harrah’s is another riverboat casino but one that is stationary. The large hotel includes 251 rooms and there are five restaurants located on the property. 1,000 gaming machines and 27 table games occupy the 27,881 square feet of gaming space.
Rhythm City Casino – One of Iowa’s smaller casinos, Rhythm City is open 24 hours every day in the town of Davenport. The 29,062 square feet of gaming space contains 14 exciting table games and 900 machines. There is also a restaurant on the site.
Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque – A stationary riverboat located in Dubuque, the Diamond Jo is open round the clock on the weekends and from 8 am to 3 am during the week. There are three full restaurants and a bar located on site. The 35,000 square feet of gaming space is filled with almost a thousand gaming machines and 17 table games.
Wild Rose Casino and Resort – Along with a 70-room hotel and three restaurants, the Wild Rose Casino and Resort is located in picturesque Larchwood. The casino is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and from 8 am to 2 am through the remainder of the week. There are 17 table and poker games, along with 500 gaming machines, in a cozy 16,800 square feet of gaming floor.
Grand Falls Casino Resorts – Also located in Larchwood, Grand Falls has a gigantic 250,000 square feet of gaming space. There is nothing a gambler could lack in the 36 table and poker games, as well as 900 machines. The casino is open 24 hours every single day. Also on the property is a 97-room hotel along with three restaurants.
Lady Luck Casino – A true riverboat casino, the Lady Luck is located in Marquette, Iowa, with two restaurants and a full bar. Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 am and round the clock on Saturday and Sunday, visitors will discover 600 gaming machines and 13 table and poker games nestled in the 18,747 square feet of gaming floor.
Diamond Jo Casino Northwood – Sister casino to the one located in Dubuque, this charming riverboat casino is open 8 am to 3 am during the week and 24 hours on the weekend. The large 38,700 square foot gaming floor offers 33 table and poker games, along with 965 gaming machines. The property in Northwood also has a hotel with 102 rooms, a bar and four restaurants.
Terrible’s Lakeside Casino – Another of Iowa’s plentiful riverboat casinos, this one operates round the clock in Osceola. There is a 60-room hotel, a bar and a full-service restaurant along with almost 37,500 square feet of gaming space. Visitors won’t get bored with 24 table and poker games and 1,000 gaming machines they will find there.
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort – Open every day round the clock, this huge casino has 58,000 square feet of gaming space packed with 1,151 gaming machines and 48 different table and poker games. The property also offers a 201 room hotel with four restaurants.
Argosy Casino – This stationary riverboat can be found in Sioux City and offers 37,500 square feet of gaming space with 20 tables and poker games, along with 650 machines. Another of Iowa’s 24 hour casinos, the Argosy also has a full-service restaurant.
WinnaVegas Casino – One of three Native American run casinos in the state, the WinnaVegas is open round the clock in Sloan. There are two restaurants and a bar, along with 45,000 square feet of gambling floor featuring 650 machines and 20 table and poker games.
Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel – The second of the three Native American casinos, this property has a huge 404 room hotel and five different restaurants. The spacious 127,669 square foot gaming space contains 1,300 machines and 45 table and poker games.
Casino Omaha – The third Native American casino in Iowa, the Casino Omaha just re-opened after being closed down for the past couple of years. With 420 slot machines and 9 table games, the casino is one of the smallest in the state.
Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo – Visitors here will find a 195 room hotel, five restaurants and over 43,000 square feet of gaming space. The site offers over 1,000 gaming machines and 38 table and poker games.