Three companies, four plans, hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.
The competition for Woodbury County's new, land-based casino gaming license is fierce.
So, how did we get to this point?
What will end with the gaming license awarded by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, began with the IRGC back in March.
The five-member panel issued a conditional, one year renewal of the gaming license for the Argosy Casino.
The commission then gave Penn National, the boat's owner, and Missouri River Historical Development, the non-profit license holder, until June 7th to work out their differences on a long-term contract.
With no deal, the IRGC's June deadline came, and went.
And, the IRGC stepped in voting unanimously to accept applications for a new land-based casino operator, and non-profit to hold the gaming license.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. was first to talk publicly-- thought not specifically-- about their plans, in August.
Four months later, they rolled out plans for a casino hotel in the old Warrior Hotel, downtown.
In October, MRHD announced its partnership with Sioux City Entertainment to bring a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to Sioux City's Battery Building.
Just a month later, Penn National announced its own proposals, Hollywood Casinos, either in downtown Sioux City, or near Salix off of I-29.
It's now up to the IRGC to "roll the dice", and pick the plan, they believe, will benefit Sioux City, and Woodbury County
The IRGC will award that gaming license during its April 18th meeting, in Council Bluffs.
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