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DIAMOND JO CASINO

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DIAMOND JO CASINO. Opening on December 11, 2008, the $84 million Diamond Jo Casino was a 188,000 square foot entertainment complex at the Port of Dubuque. It included more than 923 slot machines, 17 table games, 5 poker tables, 157 plasma televisions, a thirty-lane bowling center with two party rooms, three restaurants, three bars, a broadcast center and a 5,000 square foot meeting and banquet center.

On May 17, 2012 it was announced that Boyd Gaming Corporation, a Las Vegas gambling company, was buying Peninsula Gaming LLC, which owned the Diamond Jo Casino in addition to other properties in Iowa, Louisiana, and Kansas, for $1.45 billion.

By December 9, 2013 the Mississippi Moon Bar had hosted 700 shows and sold 165,000 tickets, gamblers had hit 24,800 jackpots worth an estimated $53 million and bowlers had played over 1 million games--125 of them perfect. In five years the Diamond Jo had welcomed 5.7 million visitors. (1)

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Source:

1. "Our View," Telegraph Herald, December 9, 2013, p. 4A

Schmidt, Eileen Mozinski. "$1.45 Billion Boys Peninsula," Telegraph Herald, May 17, 2012. p. 1

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