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Hard Rock Casino to Offer Sports Betting Next Month

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission this morning approved a contract between the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the third-party sports betting operator, bringing the casino's sports betting one step closer to reality, according to the Sioux City Journal. 

The Hard Rock’s Mike Adams said the casino's third-party sports betting operator will be "Hard Rock Iowa," a partnership between Hard Rock Sioux City and Hard Rock International. 

The casino will go live with retail sports betting by the middle of September.  Mobile sports betting, in which gamblers can place mobile bets with an electronic device, will come later. 

An Iowa agency granted professional licenses to more than 5,800 private security workers without conducting mandatory criminal background checks, including at least two dozen who had records that should have disqualified them, auditors said today.

Ineligible applicants received licenses to work as private investigators, bail enforcement officers, and security guards because an Iowa Department of Public Safety employee failed to ensure that they passed national background checks, as required.

Since the problems were discovered a year ago, the department has revoked about 25 licenses that were granted to people who had a felony or aggravated misdemeanor convictions that should have disqualified them under Iowa law. The findings of the criminal investigation have been turned over to the  Polk County Attorney office, which says the matter remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

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