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Iowa Supreme Court panel says Sioux City riverboat casino must close next week


DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a Sioux City riverboat casino must close by Wednesday, rejecting a request that the operation be allowed to remain open while its owners pursue court action.

The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) a three-member panel of justices Friday denied a request by Penn National Gaming Co. to stay open while appealing a ruling by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Penn owns the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino.

The court had previously granted a temporary stay to an order requiring the riverboat casino to close by July 22.

In April, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered the casino to close because it doesn't meet license requirements.

The riverboat casino's closure was part of a move to open the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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