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Iowa gaming regulators react to Hard Rock Casino plan to be submitted for Sioux City


The deadline to submit an application for a land-based casino license in Woodbury County is November 1st.

Right now, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says it hasn't received any applications.

IRGC chair Jeff Lamberti says he fully expects to have two or three applications by the deadline.

After the deadline, the commission begins its review process, which requires each applicant present their project, and explain how they will finance it.

The commission will also hold a public hearing in March, a month before it makes its decision.

Even though the legality of the current gaming license is in doubt, the IRGC says it will try to help keep the jobs at the Argosy "afloat" as long as possible.

"We don't want there to be any gap between the two facilities if at all possible," Lamberti said.

The IRGC would like to keep the Argosy open until the new, land-based casino opens.

Whether it gets the license for the new casino, or not, a Penn National spokesperson says the company would like to keep the Argosy open until the new casino opens.

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