Commission backs Iowa casino proposals


November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – Gambling will shift from the Missouri River to a Council Bluffs hotel under a plan approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The Des Moines Register reports the commission backed the plan Thursday at a meeting in Johnston.  The new casino will move from a riverboat to the first floor of Harrah’s Hotel, replacing a convention center. It will have 600 slot machines and 20 casino tables. The boat will be put up for sale.

The commission also approved an $8.5 million expansion at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona.