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State of Iowa Casino Payback Percentages

This news story was published on December 30, 2011.
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Payback percentages calculated for the 3 months ending November 30, 2011

Defined: Payback is the overall percentage that a machine will return to the player in the long run. These figures are programmed into the machines computer chip and are set by the manufacturer to the specifications that the casino wishes to use for that machine. This may be anywhere from 75 to 99 percent. Some states regulate the minimum payback that a machine can return. (

Facility  and Payback %

Prairie Meadows 91.7%

Waterloo 91.7%

Bettendorf 91.7%

Marquette 91.5%

Rhythm City 91.5%

Wild Rose – Emmetsburg 91.5%

Catfish Bend 91.1%

Riverside 91.0%

Wild Rose – Clinton 91.0%

Dubuque Diamond Jo 90.7%

Mystique Casino 90.6%

Diamond Jo Worth 90.6%

Ameristar 90.5%

Argosy 90.4%

Terrible’s Lakeside 90.4%

Grand Falls 90.3%

Horseshoe 89.6%

Harrah’s 89.4%


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3 Responses to State of Iowa Casino Payback Percentages

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    Howie Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I love how much government paid money (Social Security) flies through these casinos. The machines are random number generators, the outcome is determined the second you hit the button…yet people are entertained for hours.

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    John Bunnell Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’m sure glad that these places don’t twist my arm to come to their establishments… 🙁

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    slick willy Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I dont believe this 1 bet(bit), HA HA they will take your money and then have the nerve to say goodbye as you leave empty handed.