Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has taken 1.2 million in betting handle for the first full month of sports betting handled after Iowa became the 11th US state to legalize sports betting operations in mid-August.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino could not launch sports betting operations at the facility until September 20. While in the last 10 days of operation in September the casino took $282,652 in sports betting operation, in October it reported an overall betting handle of $1,220,939.
The casino posted the 11th highest figures of the 19 state-licensed casinos offering sports betting. While Prairie Meadows tops the chart with over $17.8 million in total bets, Isle Capri in Waterloo had the second most with nearly $3.8 million.
Speaking to Sioux City Journal, Anthony Torres, Hard Rock’s director of sportsbook operations, said “We’re going to hit the six month’s goal in 103 days.I’m really excited about the volume we’ve been getting. The customer loyalty has been outstanding.”
The sports betting lounge at the Sioux City casino features a 400 square feet action area. Earlier this year in June, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved sports betting plans for two state casinos – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City and Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort.
The gambling regulator also approved their remodeling plans to develop the venues and allow visitors to place bets on sporting events.