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.