The company that runs the Argosy Riverboat Casino in Sioux City has filed a court action asking a judge to overturn the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s decision to grant a license for a land-based casino to a group that plans to build Hard Rock Casino.
Penn Gaming states in their petition for judicial review that the Racing and Gaming Commission over the past year has engaged in a series of actions that has destroyed the economic value of the license and the company’s investment in the riverboat casino and in the Sioux City community.
The petition was e-filed last Friday within the 30 day deadline to protest the commission’s April 18th vote for the Hard Rock project. The petition is similar to a letter Penn sent to the commission on May 9th, asking them to overturn that decision. The commission has not yet addressed the letter as they don’t have a meeting in May, and are next scheduled to meet on June 7th.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City