This Isn’t Blackjack Heaven, It’s Iowa

I took my first trip to an Iowa casino this week.  By my count this makes the 9th State I’ve gambled in over the years.  The casinos in western Iowa are just across the street from Omaha so when business called me to Nebraska I decided to give it a try.

Since I’m a Total Rewards fan the first stop I made was Harrahs Iowa – swing and a miss.  This place looked like something out of a bad movie.  It is dark, dingy and had maybe a dozen total table games in the middle of a sad little circle of slot machines.

Less than five minutes after walking in I’m back in my car and the GPS is pointing me to Horseshoe which is another Caesars property.  My hopes are low at this point and I’m already thinking about where I might get a late night beer in Omaha.

Luckily Horseshoe was a completely different vibe.  It reminded me of other mid-scale regional casinos I’ve played on over the years.  It was clean, open, with plenty of blackjack tables at multiple limits.  There was even a small high-limit room with $25+ limit tables just behind the poker room.

I didn’t have much time but I did spend a few hours playing $25 tables and was able to play alone for the entire night.  The dealers and floor staff were friendly and although I lost a few hundred on the night after starting off strong it was a good first taste of Iowa gaming and I’ll definitely return to Horseshoe on future trips.