Penn disagrees with selection of Sioux City casino

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino is petitioning Iowa gaming regulators for awarding another company a license to build a land-based casino.

Penn National Gaming Co. says the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ignored deficiencies and improprieties in the Sioux City Entertainment’s application to build a Hard Rock-branded casino.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/13BunxY ) Penn said in a Wednesday news release that it is exercising its right under state law to ask a state regulatory body to reconsider an action.

Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says gaming officials are reviewing Penn’s letter, and are still determining their next step.

The commission selected the Hard Rock casino in a 3-2 vote on April 18. Penn submitted two proposals and Ho-Chunk Inc. also put in a bid.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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