Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City joined the Iowa sports betting industry with a new GiG powered sportsbook last week. The sportsbook, which has been under construction since mid-June, began its operations on Friday afternoon.

The President of the Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD), Dakin Schultz, placed the ceremonial first bet at the facility, backing the Iowa State University Cyclones to beat the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in their Saturday matchup. Dakin is also a planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

This is not the first time that the two partners are teaming up to run a legal wagering facility in the US. The two companies already enjoy a great working relationship in NJ where Hard Rock International operates a retail and online sportsbook at its Atlantic City casino. Just like in Iowa, the Hard Rock NJ sportsbook runs on a GiG platform.

Sports betting at Hard Rock Sioux City

Hard Rock is one of the 18 commercial casinos that applied for and received a permit to offer sports betting in the state under the regulation of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

The first Iowa sportsbooks went live on August 15, and there were 13 retail operators in the market as of August 31. However, Hard Rock is the second gaming venue to launch a sportsbook in Siouxland after Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort in Larchwood.

The new sports betting facility at Hard Rock Sioux City is headed by Anthony Torres, who is also the sportsbook operations director at the Atlantic City Casino. The book occupies 400 sq ft of the casino floor, and it is located in the east corner of the gaming venue.

During the official opening of the sportsbook, Hard Rock announced that retail wagering would be given the priority as the facility prepares to deploy a mobile betting app. According to the VP of Operations at the casino, online betting could begin in the next month or so. For now, however, bettors will have to place their wagers at one of the four betting windows located in the lounge.

Hard Rock International acquires new Ohio property

September has been a great month for Hard Rock International. 

In recent developments, the Florida-based hospitality giant has confirmed the acquisition of Jack Casino in Cincinnati at the cost of $745 million. The company teamed up with VICI Properties Inc for the purchase.

The completion of the transaction makes Hard rock the new holder of the casino’s operating license and owner of its operating assets. VICI Properties, on the other hand, gets to own the land on which the facility sits, as well as its real estate assets.

Jack Casino occupies 22 acres of land on Broadway Street in Downtown Cincinnati. The gambling venue features 2000 slot machines, a 31-table WSOP room, and 100 table games on 100,000 square feet of the gaming floor.

In a release, Hard Rock has revealed that the casino will continue to operate under the Jack Cincinnati brand before rebranding to Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati in spring 2020. Also, the operator has said that they will announce new property improvements soon.

Hard Rock is also expected to close in on the acquisition Turfway Park from Jack Entertainment in the coming months.