Gazette: Cedar Rapids casino market studies: Grim to glimmer of hope

Two independent market studies released Thursday paint different pictures of what a casino in Cedar Rapids would mean for the state. Reports by both Marquette Advisors of Minneapolis and White Sand Gaming of Atlantic City, N.J., predict Riverside Casino & Golf Resort would lose at least 20.5 percent of its $85 million-plus annual revenue if[…]

Gazette: What Cedar Rapids can learn from Sioux City’s urban casino

SIOUX CITY — As the license for the Argosy riverboat casino was expiring a few years ago, Sioux City officials wanted to renew it but move gambling to downtown, which was undergoing a renaissance but still had pockets of blight and missed opportunities. Officials saw the riverboat as mostly benefiting itself and drawing only gamblers.[…]