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Riverboat gambling started in Iowa 20 years ago

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Riverboat gambling began in Iowa April 1, 1991.  That's the day the Dubuque Casino Belle made her maiden voyage.

Iowa was the first state to legalize riverboat gambling, but the law originally limited passengers to $5 per bet with a maximum loss of $200 per person, per cruise. Increasing competition from boats in neighboring states caused the Iowa legislation to vote to eliminate the restrictions in 1994.

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