Riverboat Gambling Council Bluffs Iowa

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Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs
Location Council Bluffs, IA
Address 2200 River Rd
Opening dateJanuary 1996
No. of rooms160
Total gaming space38,500 sq ft (3,580 m2)
Casino typeRiverboat
OwnerGaming and Leisure Properties
Operating license holderPenn National Gaming
Coordinates41°14′35″N95°54′36″W / 41.24306°N 95.91000°W

Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs is a riverboat casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the Missouri River directly across from Omaha, Nebraska. It is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming.

The property includes 38,500 sq. ft. of gaming space with more than 1,500 slot machines and table games, a 160-room hotel tower, and several restaurants.

In short, all the casino comforts in a river setting. Harrah’s Council Bluffs Similar in style to Ameristar—a three-deck paddlewheel vessel with hotels and restaurants on shore facilities—Harrah’s consistently gets our readers’ nod as the best overall riverboat casino hotel in Iowa. Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa is one of last remaining riverboat casinos in Iowa. It is an old boat but they pack a lot of action in there. 1500 slot machines is a lot on a boat. Council Bluffs Casino Guide Types of Casinos in Council Bluffs There are three casinos in Council Buffs: two are riverboat casinos and one is a pari-mutuel (racetrack) casino. Riverboat Casinos in Council Bluffs Iowa was the first state in the U.S. To allow riverboat casino gambling. Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL. 2200 River Road Council Bluffs, Iowa (712) 328-8888 (877) 462-7827.


Ameristar Council Bluffs opened for business in January 1996. The plans called for a resort that complemented the local history, thus, the design is reminiscent of an 1800s river town. The riverboat itself is a 272 foot long and 98 foot wide vessel. Due to legal requirements at the time, the riverboat had to make 2-hour cruises down the river during excursion season, which had been April 1 to October 31.[1]

The property had been owned by Ameristar Casinos, Inc. until the company was acquired by Pinnacle Entertainment in 2013. However, Pinnacle was acquired by Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming in 2018.

It is the only casino in Council Bluffs out of the three that is still on a riverboat. Harrah's scrapped theirs and moved the casino onto land in the same general location in 2013 after a 2007 Iowa law allowed for land-based casinos.[2]


  1. ^'Ameristar Casinos Inc | Encyclopedia.com'. www.encyclopedia.com.
  2. ^Nelson, Andrew J. 'Harrah's: Scrapping Bluffs gambling boat, moving ashore will be better for customers'. Omaha.com.

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The Ameristar Casino, located on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, is probably the one Iowa casino that I visit the most.

With Sioux City and Davenport looking to go land-based and Harrah’s in Council Bluffs going to dry ground, the Ameristar and the Isle in Bettendorf look to be the last of the riverboat casinos in Iowa.

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For a riverboat, the Ameristar is actually pretty spacious. They do their best to occupy every square inch of space with gaming opportunities, namely slot machines. More than 1,500 slot machines to be more precise.

Slot machines in just about every type and denomination comprise most of the three floors of the casino.

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If you are a slot player then you will really enjoy the slot locator that they have available just as you enter the casino itself and another just as you enter the main building from the parking garage. The locator will tell you exactly where your favorite slot machines are located on the boat.

They have a decent selection of table games with Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21, and Mississippi Stud. They do not have a poker room here.

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Although it is stuffed with tables and machines, it is fairly easy to get around the casino.

The food here is the best of any casino in Council Bluffs. Choices include the Amerisports Bar, Bella’s Bakery & Café, Bourbon’s BBQ & Steaks, Heritage Buffet, and a Hot Dog Cart.

The Heritage Buffet is somewhat small but is the best tasting buffet of the Council Bluffs casinos. I highly recommend them. You can really tell that they take pride in the food they serve instead of just throwing something out there.

The bakery goods at Bella’s is top notch. Their café part has some strange hours but if you catch them open I highly recommend the sliders. Three small burgers with fries that are fantastic.

The hot dog cart is on the bottom floor and features Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. They also offer brats that really hit the spot when you don’t want to get too far away from the action.

Like all other casinos that I have visited the Ameristar is not overly generous with their money but it is a good place to visit and give it a shot. I have made money there, just not as often as I would like.

If you ever find yourself nearby, I recommend stopping in and seeing what they have to offer.

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