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District court judge to decide whether SCE will be a party in gaming license lawsuit


DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) Last week, a district court judge lifted the stay of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's gaming license.

That cleared the way for the $128M hotel and casino to operate after construction is complete.

But, the judge in the case said she didn't have the authority to make the Hard Rock's owner, Sioux City Entertainment, a party in Penn National Gaming's case against state gaming regulators.

Tuesday, the Iowa Supreme Court gave the district court judge the authority she needs to rule, and sent the case back to the district court.

The judge has 10 days to make her ruling on SCE's inclusion in Penn's suit.

Penn is suing the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission claiming last summer's denial of an extension of the Argosy Casino's gaming license was illegal.

The IRGC later awarded a license to SCE for it's land-based Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in downtown Sioux City.

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