It may interest you to know that Iowa was the first state in the US to legalise the casino riverboats, with operations beginning on April Fools Day in 1991 – though it was no joke on those who were taking part! Originally there were limits to make sure that you could not lose more than $200 in a single cruise, which was music to the ears of those who feared the creation of problem gamblers in the area, although since 1994 those restrictions have been lifted and you are now free to do some gambling in Iowa as often as you want to. Entry to all casinos in the state is completely free, and with twenty four hour opening times you will be able to hop around between as many of them as you want to try them all out.
There are actually some big name casinos in Iowa, parts of chains that you will recognise. One of these is the Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs, stationed in the town from which it takes its name, and there are five restaurants here for you to choose from as well as a supervised children’s centre if you have your family with you. This is a sidewheeler replica boat, and there is enough room for 2,700 passengers on board at any given time. In Council Bluffs you will also find a Harrah’s, with another five restaurants as well as a great range of games. Again this is a replica boat on the Missouri River, a paddle wheel that can hold 2,365 passengers at once, and if you are a member of the player’s club already you will receive a discount on your buffet. Based on land in the same city is the Horseshoe Council Bluffs, which features three restaurants, live dog racing on Tuesdays and Sundays, and a free shuttle service from local hotels.
The Argosy Casino is another one of the casinos, based in Sioux City, and here you can play a large range of casino games as well as watching live performances at the Comedy Club. This is a 1200 passenger old-fashioned stern wheeler boat based on the Missouri River, with a really friendly crew who will do their best to make sure that you will have a great time with them. The other casinos in the state include the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, Diamond Jo Casinos in Dubuque and Woth, Grand Falls Casino Resort, Isle of Capri Casinos in Bettendorf, Marquette, and Waterloo, a Lady Luck Casino in Marquette, the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, Mystique Casino (which used to be called the Dubuque Greyhound Track), Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Rhythm City Casino, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Terribles Lakeside Casino, Wild Rose Casino and Resorts in Clinton and Emmetsburg, and finally the WinnaVegas Casino. As you can see there are many options available to you in Iowa, so you should be able to find something that is close by and accommodates your own tastes no matter which part of the state you are staying in.