IOWA
 

Iowa was the first state to legalize riverboat gambling. The boats began operation on April Fool's Day in 1991, with maximum bet and bankroll restrictions ($5 per bet, $200 loss) which were eliminated in 1994. Boats may now remain open twenty-four hours, with only one daily two-hour cruise required.

There are nine riverboats in Iowa and one of the largest is Harvey's (800-HARVEYS) in Council Bluffs, which features a 1,700 passenger boat and a 250-room hotel. Admission to the casinos is free. Most boats cruise June through October, and remain dockside from November through May.

Iowa is also home to three land-based Indian casinos: Winnavegas (800-468-9466) in Sloan; Mesquaki Bingo & Casino (800-728-4263) in Tama; and Casino Omaha (800-858-U-BET) in Onawa.

All Iowa casinos offer table games as well as electronic machines, and the minimum gambling age is twenty-one.


For more information on visiting Iowa, call the tourism department at 800-345-4692.

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