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Riverside Casino's $11M renovation just in time to accommodate sports betting

RIVERSIDE — With the legaziation of sports betting looming in Iowa, General Manager Dan Franz kept the new gambling arena in mind as the Riverside Casino and Resort underwent an $11 million renovation in 2018.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will allow casinos in Iowa to run sports gambling in their buildings effective noon on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The casino that opened its doors in August of 2006, was well due for an upgrade, and Franz believed that it was the perfect time to spruce up the place.

“Certainly, some of the renovations were necessary based on wear and tear from 12-plus years of patron visits,” Franz said. “We felt it was time for some new components and new finishes throughout the property. And we wanted to change up and add a couple of our food and beverages outlets to freshen up our offerings there.”

The renovation itself, included simple upgrades which added slick and polished aesthetics to your gambling experience. As a patron walks in, they might notice that the walls are newly covered with polished material and that the carpet is swirly and colorful to mirror many Las Vegas casino designs. And when a player attempts to sit at a slot or a tabletop game, they will be greeted with improved stools.

But also, there were larger refinements like a renovated show lounge with 4K televisions and projectors, improved poker room, and a new Draft Day and Spirits Lounge with TopGolf swing suites.

“I am obviously biased with my position as GM here at Riverside and with being here since the beginning, but I believe we are the most complete, most luxurious, most friendly casino in the Midwest.” Franz said.

The aforementioned Draft Day and Spirits Lounge will house the ELITE Sportsbook betting that will start in the casino Aug. 15. With the renovation, they added televisions, boards, and kiosks with the potential sports bettor in mind.

“We have a breadth of offerings throughout our resort, including a wonderful spa, challenging Rees Jones designed golf course and entertainment options that range from free local-feel concerts on our show lounge to great acts in our event center and outdoor concert venue,” Franz said. “And we have the guest service culture in place that emphasizes to our patrons that we genuinely care about them during their visit to Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.”

The Riverside Casino and Resort that seems like it is in the middle of nowhere, will be the home to hundreds of guests per week in search of a Vegas-like casino experience. Even more guests will be after the newly added sportsbook section of the property.