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Judge refuses to allow Ho-Chunk group to join Penn suit against IRGC


A Polk County judge has refused to allow a group led by Ho-Chunk, Incorporated to join a lawsuit filed against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Warrior Entertainment offered one of the four land-based casino proposals to the IRGC, last year. The group wanted to renovate the Warrior Hotel, in downtown Sioux City, and turn it into a hotel and casino complex.

In April of 2013, the IRGC awarded the city's only gaming license to Sioux City Entertainment for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

In March of 2014, Warrior Entertainment filed a petition to join Penn National Gaming's lawsuit against the IRGC over the licensing process. Penn made two unsuccessful casino bids of its own.

This week, a judge ruled Warrior couldn't join Penn's suit because the group waited nearly a year to file a petition for judicial review. By law, groups have just 45 days to file such petitions. The judge also said it appeared Warrior wanted money damages, and a ruling that would give it the gaming license. By law, the judge ruled that those two reasons don't qualify as a petition for judicial review.

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