Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino

Casino infobox
casino= Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino
theme= Victorian
address= 1855 Greyhound Park Dr. Dubuque, IA 52001




rooms= 116 @ the Hilton Garden Inn
date_opened= June 1, 1985
space_gaming= 29,600 ft²
attractions= Greyhound racing (May-October)
shows= none
restaurants= "Black Oak Grill", "Houlihan's",
"Winners Restaurant", "Circle Bar"
owner= City of Dubuque
casino_type= Racino
renovations= 1995, 2005
names_pre= "Dubuque Greyhound Park (1985-1995)"
website= [http://www.dgpc.com/ Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino Website]

The Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino (DGPC) is a combination greyhound race track and casino (racino) located in Dubuque, Iowa. The casino is owned by the City of Dubuque, and operated by the non-profit Dubuque Racing Association, its license holder. It is a member of the Iowa Gaming Association, and shares a gaming license with the Diamond Jo Casino, also in Dubuque. Beginning operations on June 1, 1985, the DGPC became a full-service casino following the introduction of table games in 2005.

The Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino is located at 1855 Greyhound Park Drive, on Chaplain Schmitt Island, near the Mississippi River. The casino, along with attractions in the Port of Dubuque and Downtown Dubuque, have helped to create a large and growing tourism market in Dubuque.

Casino

The Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino is currently the larger of Dubuque's two casinos, with 29,600 square feet of gaming space. It has 1,000 slot, keno, and video poker games, and 16 table games, including: Blackjack, Craps, Four card poker, Roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, and Three card poker. [cite web|title = Slots and table game types |accessdate = February 24|accessyear = 2007|url = http://www.casinocity.com/us/ia/dubuque/dubuqugh/] The operation also has 4 restaurants: the "Black Oak Grill", "Houlihan's", "Winners Restaurant", and the "Circle Bar".

History

With the onset of the "Farm Crisis," and a successive economic recession, the Iowa State Legislature passed the "Pari-mutuel Wagering Act" in 1984, with the hope of jumpstarting the state's economy. The bill permitted the opening of horse and greyhound race tracks in Iowa. A group of Dubuque citizens, originally affiliated with the city's convention and visitors bureau, formed the indpenedent, non-profit Dubuque Racing Association to study the feasibility of opening a race track in Dubuque. In April 1984, a 20-year, $7.9 million bond referendum was put before the voters, and passed with a solid 70% majority. [cite web|title = DGP&C history |accessdate = March 5|accessyear = 2007|url = http://www.dgpc.com/dra/completehistory.htm]

The following year, on June 1, 1985, the "Dubuque Greyhound Park" opened as Iowa's first pari-mutuel race track, and as the first non-profit greyhound race track in the nation. The operation was a resounding success, and the facility's bonds were paid off in May 1991, 14 years ahead of schedule. In 1994, the Iowa Legislature passed another bill, allowing for the installation of slot machines at land-based casinos in the state. The Dubuque operation did just that in November 1995, re-naming itself the "Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino". [cite web|title = DGP&C history |accessdate = March 5|accessyear = 2007|url = http://www.dgpc.com/dra/completehistory.htm]

In 2002, Dubuque County voters showed their satisfaction with the DGPC by voting to allow the continuation of gambling in Dubuque County, with over 80% in support. Iowa law requires that county voters re-approve gambling every 8 years.

Expansion

On the eve of its 20th anniversary, in May 2005, the casino completed a $33 million expansion and renovation project, tripling the size of the gaming floor to 29,000 square feet. The facility also became a full-service casino, by adding table games and a poker room for the first time. [cite web|title = DGP&C expansion details |accessdate = March 5|accessyear = 2007|url = http://www.planardigitalsignage.com/pdfs/solutions/Digital%20Signage%20at%20Greyhound%20Park.pdf] The expansion greatly increased the casino's market share, with attendance rising to over 1 million visitors in the following year.

That same year, a 116-room Hilton Garden Inn was built adjacent to the casino, along with a Houlihan's Restaurant. The expanded facility has recently been recognized for its state-of-the-art air purification system, winning several national awards. [cite web|title = DGP&C air purification system awards |accessdate = March 5|accessyear = 2007|url = http://www.promarkassociates.com/ts_case_study.pdf]

References

ee also

*Dubuque, Iowa
*Diamond Jo Casino

External links

* [http://www.dgpc.com/ Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino Website]
* [http://www.iowagaming.org/our_members/property.aspx?pid=6 Iowa Gaming Association: Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino profile]
* [http://www.casinocity.com/us/ia/dubuque/dubuqugh/ Casinocity.com: Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino profile]


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