Casino Competition in Eastern Iowa

Jul 25, 2013

The Rhythm City casino floats on the Mississippi River near downtown Davenport.

After nearly 25-years of being docked in the Mississippi River, the Rhythm City Casino adjacent to Davenport’s downtown business district is moving to dry land.

The impending relocation comes with prodding from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which is worried the gambling boat isn’t competing well with casinos in nearby Bettendorf, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. The Commission wants the casino near I-80, and that is where veteran casino operator, Dan Kehl has options on land where he plans to open a new facility in 2015.