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Polk Co. Judge refuses to grant stay of IRGC decision to close Argosy


Sioux City's Argosy Casino will close on July 22 if the Iowa Supreme Court doesn't grant the riverboat's owners a stay of a ruling by state gaming regulators.

Monday afternoon, Polk County Judge Eliza Ovrom refused to stay a decision by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to close the Argosy Casino.But, Ovrom did allow a temporary stay to remain in place, and allow the riverboat to stay open for another seven days.

That's to allow the Iowa Supreme Court a chance to consider issuing the stay requested by Belle of Sioux City.

Sioux City's assistant city attorney said the decision was expected.

"They city's made a substantial investment in a casino in the downtown district, as we all know, is the Hard Rock. So, at this point having that casino be the only one open I think furthers the benefit to revitalizing the downtown," said Justin Vondrak.

If the Supreme Court doesn't issue a stay by July 21, Ovrom has ordered the Argosy to close on July 22.

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