Downtown Sioux City Casino, Hotel Opens

Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City’s new downtown casino and hotel is now open for business.

The Sioux City Journal reports that about 1,000 people turned out Friday night to celebrate the opening Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

The 30,000-square-foot casino floor boasts 839 slot machines and 25 table games, including jackpot and roulette. An oversized guitar, with wood and metal accents, flashes over the floor, which is also illuminated with decorative light fixtures bearing purple drum sticks.

The casino opens after a bruising legal fight by the owners of the nearby Argosy riverboat casino, which has been ordered to close.

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