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Prairie Meadows, Altoona

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3.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Prairie Meadows is a Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetrack casino located in Altoona, Iowa, United States.History and informationIn 1984, Prairie Meadows received a license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming commission to operate a horse racing facility after parimutuel betting was legalized by the state the previous year. In 1987, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Prairie Meadows.Prairie Meadows conducted its first day of racing on March 1, 1989. However, the track lost money during its first few years of operation and filed for bankruptcy in November 1991. Live racing was suspended for the 1992 season before revenues from off-track betting allowed racing to resume the following year.On May 17, 1994, Polk County voters approved a referendum allowing the installation of slot machines at Prairie Meadows. On April 1, 1995, the slot machine casino opened at Prairie Meadows, and by the end of 1996, Prairie Meadows was able to pay off the bonds that were issued by the Polk County Board of Supervisors.On December 14, 2004, Prairie Meadows added casino game tables after receiving state approval to do so. As a result of the high demand for these tables, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved Prairie Meadows' plans to expand its facility on January 25, 2005. Construction on the $60 million expansion began in September 2005. An addition to the casino opened in August 2006, while two new restaurants and a 1,200-seat concert hall known as "The Meadows" opened in February 2007.
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  • I always liked a good buffet, and was disappointed to find the only hot vegetable was mashed potatoes, and that was at the very end of the choice line, almost hidden away. There was roast beef, and ot...  read more »
  • The casino itself was a little bit outdated, but we had a lot of fun playing the slot machines. I enjoyed the fact that they had free beverages. My biggest complaint was that they allowed smoking in m...  read more »
  • Prairie Meadows is a good clean place with a lot of options surrounding the casino. They have horse racing as an option and Adventureland nearby and a campground is attached to Adventureland. I like i...  read more »
  • Have always loved Prairie Meadows. It is a great go to place for myself and my family. Very fun and energetic environment. Definitely appreciate their welcoming attitudes, especially when most of us go their to escape "life." ;)
  • This is not the best casino anywhere, but it's the only one near Des Moines and it's a solid casino for the midwest. It's big enough and has a nice variety of slots and table games. The place is generally clean. Horse racing is also a fun thing to do on occasion. Their player's club rewards are very inferior to other casinos I've been to, though. They don't have very good food here, either at the buffet/restaurant, or the "concession" type stands. Staff also are a hit or miss on whether they're friendly or not.
  • Their hotel is fantastic, but the casino itself is far below satisfactory. No other casino in the state has tighter slots, the least friendly staff, and food that is sub-par. I'm not going to try and spell it, but the casino in Tama, IA is so much better. For better staff, a more positive gaming experience, better food, and a better atmosphere overall you need to go to Tama's casino. I'm going to attempt to spell it now: Meskwaki. I don't know why, but they have a far better sense of what it takes to operate a casino than Prairie Meadows does. You'd think PM would have learned by now due to the number of bad reviews, but they don't care.
  • Love Love LOVE the staff! great people. and love to visit frequently as i can... i've benn to all the casinos in iowa. they do not compare. Prarie Medows is BY FAR the top casino in Iowa. pays out above the rest. Prarie Medows is surly My FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY..
  • The track area is clean and nicely kept, the portion of the casino I walked through (not the gaming floor as I had kids with me) was clean and well maintained. There was plenty of security. I'd go back again.
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