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

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

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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