March Madness is in full swing as teams have been eliminated and brackets have been busted. We've narrowed down to the sweet 16. Do you know what goes well with this basketball tournament? Gambling. 9 billion dollars will be gambled on this basketball tournament, both legally and illegally.

This past weekend I went to visit a few of my old work buddies at the Q Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, and had a great time. Some of us (mostly me) walked out with more money than we walked in with. I might've actually been the only person there gambling on NHL hockey. If you enjoy watching sports and want to put a few bucks on the big game, I highly suggest visiting the Q Casino and taking advantage of their sportsbook. This place is packed with TVs and the staff is very accomodating in putting on any game you'd like to watch. We also enjoyed some buffalo wings and those get a two thumbs up from me.

I was curious to see how many casinos are actually in Iowa and have found there are a ton. Here are the highest-rated casinos, in Iowa, according to google

Riverside Casino and Golf Resort 

This hotel and casino are just a short drive south of Cedar Falls and is located in Riverside, Iowa. According to this reviewer on yelp, he had a blast with his bachelor party and had a great experience "Very friendly staff, clean place, and a fun atmosphere. We'll be back again! This looks like a great place to also play round golf. The Riverside Casino and Gold Resort have a 4-star review on google.

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Rhythm City Casino Resort

Located in Davenport, Iowa, has paid over 6 million dollars in jackpots this year, according to this website. You can actually see a collection of all of their jackpot winners and there are a lot of them. There is a woman who has recently won $29,546 dollars. According to this reviewer on Facebook "The food, hotel rooms, the casino. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere is great" This casino has a 4 star review on google.

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Meskwaki

The Meskwaki tribe were called the "Renards" or the fox by the french and can be found along the canadian border, MIchigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, according to meskwaki.org. Not only is there fine dining and live events, Meskwaki have over 67 thousand square feet of casino room to explore. They have a poker room, table games, bingo and all kind of different slot machines on hand. “Been to several casinos and, as for Iowa, I would recommend this one.” according to a tripadvisor reviewer. We have another casino with a 4 out of 5 star rating on google.

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Isle Casino Hotel 

Here we have our first casino hotel in Waterloo. The Isle has been reviewed over 3,000 times on google and has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. They have actually extended their sportsbook hours through April 3rd, so you can enjoy the rest of this college basetball season. They also have an indoor resort style pool "you won't find anywhere else in the cedar valley area" and a hot tub for you to relax in. This pool is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m until 5 p.m. One yelp reviewer said "nice, oversized rooms with nice fixtures, and large bathrooms" The trend continues with another hotel receiving 4 out of 5 stars on google.

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Wild Rose Casino 

The Wild Rose Casino may be a little smaller than some of the previously mentioned places but they make up for it with hospitality. "Really well run smaller casino" according to this yelp reviewer. According to their webiste they have the band Great White, performing on Saturday, March 26th from 7 to 9:30 p.m.


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Wild Rose also had a December jackpot total of $623,096.75. Wild Rose Casino & Hotel also has 4 out of 5 stars on google reviews.

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If you simply want a weekend getaway or you want wager a few dollars on what's left of March Madness, these are some of the highest rated hotel casino's in and around eastern Iowa. Good luck on your visit and always remember to gamble responsibly.

 

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