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Developers confident as gaming decision looms

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Confident is a good word to describe how all three casino developers feel after meeting with Iowa gaming officials, on Tuesday.

It was the last chance to impress the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission before next month.

That's when they'll select one of four land-based casino proposals to replace Sioux City's floating Argosy gaming boat.

Developers took commissioners on a tour of the potential sites. Then, the public shared their opinions in a open hearing.

Developers feel good about their chances.

"There's very strong proposals out there. We think we have the strongest. But it's going to be up to the state's commission to make that decision. We just hope it's going to be in our favor," said Penn National Gaming Spokesperson Karen Bailey.

"I think that we have done everything that we can to put our best foot forward. We've over delivered at every stage. We think our plan makes a lot of sense for Sioux City and Iowa. I think we have a better than even chance," said Ho-Chunk, Inc. CEO Lance Morgan.

"You know at the end of the day it's the commission's decision. I feel confident that we've done everything that we can to tell our story and to really put forward the best project. But, it really lies in their hands at this point. So, we'll just wait and see what they say," said Sioux City Entertainment's President Bill Warner.

The IRGC will vote to award one developer a gaming license, April 18th.

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