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Iowa gambling expansion on schedule

8 June 2007

IOWA -- As reported by the Des Moines Register: "The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which met Thursday in Johnston, was informed of opening ceremonies for plush new casinos in Burlington and Waterloo. It also reviewed plans for major construction projects at two casinos in Council Bluffs.

"In Burlington, Catfish Bend Casino will open its new $35 million complex at noon Monday, said Jerry Baum, the casino's general manager. The facility, located on U.S. Highway 61, will offer 680 slot machines and 18 table games, plus poker.

"...In Waterloo, Isle of Capri Casinos will open its $175 million gambling complex at 7 p.m. on June 30, a day earlier than planned,

"...In Council Bluffs, Ameristar Casinos plans a $100 million expansion that the state commission supported Thursday on a 4-0 vote.

"...Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, meanwhile, is working with Kinseth Hospitality Group of North Liberty to develop plans for a five-story, 158-room hotel, said Michael Silberling, regional vice president for Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which operates the Horseshoe property..."

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