HomeCasinos in Iowa

Casinos in Iowa

Looking for a place to gamble in IA? Search no further than our list of all licensed Iowa casinos.

Table of contents

Casinos in Iowa account for a massive piece of the state’s economy, representing roughly 60% of Iowa’s tourism according to The Daily Iowan. The Iowa Gaming Association credits the gambling industry with creating more than $1 billion annually in economic impact across the state.

In this piece, we’ll provide an overview of the licensed land-based casinos in Iowa, highlight some key moments in Iowa gambling history, and showcase some of the popular ways to gamble at various facilities.

Yes, there are legal casinos in Iowa. The state has 23 casinos in operation around the state giving gamblers plenty of accessible options to play.

Iowa legalized riverboat casino gambling in 1991 and allowed for land-based counterparts in 1994. Since then, IA has acted as somewhat of a pioneer in the gambling space, becoming the first state to legalize riverboat casinos, the first state to require lottery players to be 21+, and the first to develop a multi-state scratch-off game.

List of all casinos in Iowa


There are 23 casinos in Iowa, operating in both land-based and riverboat capacities. We’ll go into more detail below, but this is the full list.

  • Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs
  • Blackbird Bend Casino
  • Casino Queen Marquette
  • Catfish Bend Casino
  • Diamond Jo Casino
  • Diamond Jo Casino – Worth
  • Grand Falls Casino
  • Hard Rock Sioux City
  • Harrah's Council Bluffs
  • Horseshoe Council Bluffs
  • Isle Casino Bettendorf
  • Isle Casino Waterloo
  • Lakeside Hotel & Casino
  • Meskwaki Casino
  • Prairie Flower Casino
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Q Casino
  • Rhythm City Casino Resort
  • Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
  • Wild Rose Casino and Resort Clinton
  • Wild Rose Casino and Resort Emmetsburg
  • Wild Rose Casino and Resort Jefferson
  • WinnaVegas Casino Resort

Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs

Ameristar is one of two remaining riverboat casinos in Iowa, first taking to the water in January 1996. PENN Entertainment owns the facility, and Ameristar has a partnership with ESPN Bet Sportsbook through the same parent company.

Blackbird Bend Casino

Blackbird Bend Casino is owned and operated by the Omaha Tribe and is one of four Native American casinos in the state. Table game hours are currently suspended at Blackbird Bend, but slot machines and sports betting are still in operation.

Casino Queen Marquette

In 2023, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) approved a request to move the Casino Queen Marquette into a land-based facility, ending its run as a riverboat casino. The new facility is scheduled to open in late 2024.

Catfish Bend Casino

Catfish Bend opened in 1994 as a riverboat casino but moved to dry land in 2007, housing two hotels in the complex for its players. In addition to its casino operations, Catfish Bend also facilitates PointsBet/Fanatics Sportsbook (PointsBet is in the process of converting its U.S. sportsbooks to the Fanatics brand).

Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque

If you’re picking up on the theme of riverboat casino roots, you probably guessed correctly that Diamond Jo started the same way. Originally run in the Dubuque Ice Harbor, Diamond Jo moved ashore in 2006 and sees strong tourism numbers from Wisconsin and Illinois patrons. Diamond Jo also houses FanDuel Sportsbook.

Diamond Jo Casino Worth

The newest of the Diamond Jo facilities, the casino in Worth opened in 2006 on the same day the riverboat casino parked permanently in Dubuque. The Worth County venue also partnered with FanDuel and purchased a nearby golf course in Emmons, MN for those looking to take a break from their gambling endeavors.

  • Address: 777 Diamond Jo Lane Northwood, IA 50459

Grand Falls Casino

Grand Falls is part of a chain of midwest casinos under the Elite Casino Resorts ownership, joining Riverside Casino and Rhythm City Casino as Iowa representatives. Elite Casino Resorts also has operations in Nebraska and Illinois. You’ll find both Betfred Sportsbook and ELITE Sportsbook at the Grand Falls location.

Hard Rock Sioux City

Hard Rock opened its Sioux City casino in 2014, albeit in controversial fashion. The casino replaced Argosy Casino which had been forced to shut down after violating state law by failing to partner with a local non-profit group (Argosy moved its riverboat operation to Illinois before instead settling in India in 2018). Open 24/7, Hard Rock runs its own sportsbook of the same name and boasts a 45,000-square-foot gaming floor.

Harrah's Council Bluffs

Once a three-story riverboat casino aboard the Kanesville Queen, Harrah’s Council Bluffs replaced the former convention center in 2013, citing the high cost of ship maintenance. The casino facility has been leased to Caesars which also operates a sportsbook at the venue.

Horseshoe Council Bluffs

Horseshoe Council Bluffs is known for its World Series of Poker room as well as its selection of more than 1,400 slot machines. It used to operate a greyhound racing track though that venture ended in 2015. However, it still runs a William Hill racebook in addition to Caesars Sportsbook.

Isle Casino Bettendorf

Another Iowa casino chain, Isle Casino Bettendorf used to be known as Isle of Capri Casino, but that was back in its days as a riverboat operation. The Lady Luck Bettendorf first ran its gambling excursions in 1995 before moving to its land-based building in 2016. The riverboat is still around as an overnight passenger vessel for the American Queen Steamboat Company, while the casino operates upwards of 900 slot and video poker machines, table games, and sports betting through Caesars Sportsbook.

Isle Casino Waterloo

Slightly larger than its sister casino in Bettendorf, Isle Casino Waterloo opened in 2007 in dramatic fashion as construction workers were still laying tile mere hours before the private opening. Today, Isle boasts more than 1,000 slot machines and table games. It also operates several restaurants, sports betting via Caesars Sportsbook, and has a hotel on site.

Lakeside Hotel & Casino

Located in Osceola, Lakeside Hotel & Casino opened in 2000 as a “riverboat” casino, though its home on West Lake sees no realistic connection to a river. Lakeside runs bingo and keno games, blackjack, slots, and video poker, and it frequently hosts concerts for non-gambling entertainment.

Meskwaki Casino

One of the largest gambling spaces in Iowa, Meskwaki Casino has a 67,000 square foot gaming space. It is run by the Meskwaki Nation (also known as the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa). With an adjacent hotel, the Meskwaki Casino has loads of tables for baccarat, roulette, stud poker, slot machines, and its own sportsbook.

  • Address: 1504 305th Street Tama, Iowa 52339

Prairie Flower Casino

Prairie Flower is the only Iowa casino that isn’t a Class III gaming facility, meaning that it has a more limited allowance of offered games than other tribal casinos provide. However, you’ll still find an ample amount of gaming titles. You’ll also want to be sure to enroll in the Players Club rewards program to earn “Prairie Points” on slot plays.

Prairie Meadows

Despite the similar name, Prairie Meadows Racino does not have any ties to Prairie Flower. Prairie Meadows first offered pari-mutuel thoroughbred and quarter horse race betting in 1989, though financial hardships led to allowing slot machines at the track in 1994. In addition to gambling and horse race betting, “The Meadows,” a 1,200-seat concert venue, opened at Prairie Meadows in 2007.

Q Casino

Q Casino opened in 1984 as Iowa’s first pari-mutuel greyhound racetrack (at the time known as Dubuque Greyhound Park). The park saw massive success early on, paying off its bonds in 1991, 14 years earlier than they were due. The addition of slot machines in 1995 only furthered the park’s popularity. While greyhound racing ended at Q in 2022, the launch of Q Sportsbook has helped the park adapt to a changing betting landscape.

Rhythm City Casino Resort

The second Elite Casino Resort on our list, Rhythm City has a prime location at the intersection of I-74 and I-80. It launched as a riverboat casino “The President” in 1991 where it operated for 25 years before settling on land in Davenport in 2016. Beyond the 1,000+ table games and slot machines, the casino maintains multiple fine and casual dining options, a full-service spa, and an events center that has seen high profile acts like Wayne Newton, Charlie Daniels Band, Trace Adkins, and many more take to the stage.

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Riverside Casino is the third and final Elite casino in Iowa, and like both of the others, it is home to both Betfred Sportsbook and ELITE Sportsbook. It opened in August 2006, offering casino gaming, shopping, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa, and an event center. Another popular draw is the golf course, Blue Top Ridge, an 18-hole course designed by Rees Jones that opened in 2007.

Wild Rose Casino and Resort Clinton

The first of three Wild Rose locations on our list, the Clinton Casino opened in 1991 as a riverboat casino, the fifth such casino to launch in Iowa. Since moving to a land-based operation in 2006, Wild Rose Clinton has been well-regarded for its high-stakes gaming area, casino floor bar, and VIP lounge.

Wild Rose Casino and Resort Emmetsburg

Like the destinations in Clinton and Jefferson, Wild Rose Casino Emmetsburg is home to three sportsbooks: DraftKings, BetRivers, and Circa. The multi-story venue is known for its frequent and generous promotions, including Slot Multipliers every Wednesday, Gas Card Giveaways every Sunday, and Cash Balloon Pop events on Saturdays.

Wild Rose Casino and Resort Jefferson

Wild Rose Jefferson is located 65 miles northwest of Des Moines and is one of the newer casino options in Iowa, having opened in 2016. The casino accommodates guests with a hotel adjacent to the gambling area, and the gaming space has more than 500 slot machines and table games available to its players. Wild Rose Jefferson and Emmetsburg shut down their simulcast and off-track horse betting options in January 2024, though betting is still accessible at the Clinton location.

WinnaVegas Casino Resort

Last but certainly not least, WinnaVegas is owned and operated by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa. Opening as a bingo hall in 1992, WinnaVegas has expanded its gaming offerings while still emphasizing the bingo events. The Club Winn rewards program is a must!

Are any new casinos opening in Iowa in the near future?

No, there are no new casinos opening in Iowa in the near future. However, the Casino Queen Marquette will be moving its riverboat operation to a new land-based facility, which is scheduled to open in late 2024.

In June 2022, the IRGC issued a two-year moratorium on issuing new casino licenses. It is unclear if this moratorium will be extended in 2024.

Timeline of casinos in Iowa

Casino gaming in Iowa has a fascinating history. Here is a timeline of some of the key dates to know.

  • 1846: The Iowa Constitution prohibits any state-run lottery games, with any form of gambling falling under the “lottery” term.
  • 1991: Iowa becomes the first state to legalize riverboat casino gambling. Bets couldn’t be more than $5 at a time, and players could lose no more than $200 in a gambling session.
  • 1994: Iowa’s first land-based casinos open.
  • 2004: State law changes to allow riverboat casinos to operate while moored to a dock or barge rather than only in open water.
  • May 2019: Iowa sports betting is legalized, with online and in-person options. Gamblers were required to visit a casino to register for their sportsbook account.
  • August 2019: The first sportsbooks open at Iowa casinos.
  • 2021: Iowa ends the in-person sports betting registration requirement.

FAQ

Which casino games can I play in Iowa?

All but one Iowa casino operates as a Class III gambling facility, meaning you’ll be able to find slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, and many more casino games at the state’s casinos. The lone exception is Prairie Meadows, which operates as a Class II facility (meaning no table games or slot machines).

Do Iowa casinos offer non-gambling amenities like dining and entertainment?

Yes, Iowa casinos offer non-gambling amenities like dining and entertainment. You can attend concerts, stand-up comedy shows, boxing matches, golf courses, fine and casual dining, and much more at Iowa casinos throughout the year.

What is the legal gambling age for various casino activities in Iowa?

The legal gambling age for various casino activities in Iowa is 21. This age requirement applies to most forms of gambling across the state and throughout much of the U.S.

Are there any exclusive promotions or rewards programs for casino players in Iowa?

Yes, there are exclusive promotions and rewards programs for casino players in Iowa. Many casino operators will run loyalty programs as a way of thanking players for their continued gaming patronage.

Do Iowa casinos have hotels or accommodations for overnight guests?

Yes, several Iowa casinos have hotels for overnight guests. However, there are a few that will require you to book a hotel room or other nearby accommodations. If you are unsure, check with the casino’s website before planning your stay.

Can I organize private events or parties at Iowa's casinos?

Yes, you can organize private events or parties at Iowa casinos. You will need to get in touch with the casino’s event coordinator or a similarly titled staff member to schedule such an event.

What are the most popular casino games among Iowa casino-goers?

The most popular casino game among Iowa casino-goers is slot machines, which account for anywhere from 65-88% of casino revenue annually. Blackjack is another casino staple and tends to have more tables available than most other casino games.

Are there any recurring events or specials at Iowa casinos?

Yes, there are recurring events and specials at Iowa casinos. Many will offer extended promotions such as Slot Multipliers on Wednesdays at Wild Rose casinos, Rewards Credit multipliers at the Isle casinos, and progressive table games at Grand Falls, Rhythm City, and Riverside. Being a member of the casino rewards programs can amplify these bonuses.