The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

March 25, 2013

Casino reports lowered income, drop in visitors

CLINTON — Gaming revenues remain on a decline, according to Wild Rose Casino and Resort General Manager Tim Bollmann.

“Based on the current business levels in the state, it’s not looking good,” Bollmann told the Clinton County Development Association at the Wednesday board meeting.

In the month of February, the Wild Rose saw a 14 percent decline, for a decrease of almost $493,000. Bollmann added that the casino’s patrons were down 12 percent.

Bollmann felt much of the decline was based on the weather and the economy. The Wild Rose relies heavily on people driving in from Illinois.

Bollmann pointed out that people are less likely to do that when it snows.

He also felt many people have less disposable income to spend at the casino. Also, approximately three percent was lost due to February being a shorter month.

Another challenge the casino faces is video gaming in Illinois. Bollmann said the video gaming devices in Illinois have generated more than $13.5 million.

He told the board that the state increased the number of units by 28 percent last month, putting almost 1,000 more video gaming devices into action.

He added that Fulton, Ill., alone has 20 of the devices.

“Now you got people who have disposable income, they’re sitting at their bar stool. Why are you going to drive to a casino in Iowa when you can sit at your bar stool and play the exact same game?” Bollmann said.

Wild Rose is not alone in declining numbers. Bollmann pointed out that the entire gaming industry is hurting.

The state of Iowa was down by eight percent. He added that the following nearby states also saw declines: Illinois by 14 percent; Indiana by 12 percent; Missouri by six percent.

While gaming numbers are not good, not everything at Wild Rose is on the decline. Bollmann told the board that their actual hotel occupancy increased. He added he just wished they were all gamers.

Board President Tom Fullerton offered some hope for the future.

He said with the development at the rail port and other growth in Clinton the Wild Rose could possibly see a boost.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • Court denies man's appeal in robbery CLINTON -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction of a man who robbed a Clinton pawn shop in 2012. Darrell L. Thomas recently appealed his first-degree robbery conviction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court released its decision Wednes

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17-14 Trees forever photo 2 Let it grow (with Video)

    CLINTON - A new generation of trees will be planted by a young generation of Irish. Wednesday during class, Lisa Golden's Prince of Peace Prep third-graders continued their year-long biology education with the help of Clinton's Trees Forever organiza

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • LumberKings let one get away vs. Dayton DAYTON, Ohio -- For eight innings, the Clinton LumberKings were on their way to ending a three-game losing streak, as their pitchers mowed down Dayton's batters. But the Dragons finally struck in the ninth inning, tying the game, then they handed the

    April 17, 2014

  • CCDA will match funds to secure van

    CLINTON -- One local non-profit organization soon will benefit from a donation from the Clinton County Development Association but it's not their typical form of grant giving. During a meeting Wednesday, CCDA members discussed the possibility of matc

    April 17, 2014

  • Jury deliberating in sex abuse case CLINTON -- Jurors were set to return to court this morning to continue deliberating on the trial of a man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl. The jury deliberated for more than two hours on the Russell McColley case Wednesday afternoon, be

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-19-14 FBLA photo CHS Future Business Leaders of America attend conference Thirty members of the Clinton High School Future Business Leaders of America attended their spring leadership conference at the Marriott Coralville from March 26-29. Students attending the conference competed against other Iowa students in state and

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14 1B-Photo, Robinson Kings' Robinson trying to keep up with himself CLINTON -- Deshond Robinson knew he was fast, but he didn't know how fast he had become since winning the open 400-meter dash at the Iowa high school state meet last spring. Earlier in his high school career, Robinson was pretty reluctant about comp

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • LumberKings blanked, 2-0 DAYTON, Ohio -- Limited to seven singles, the Clinton LumberKings were shut out by Dayton 2-0 on Tuesday night in Midwest League baseball. The loss was the LumberKings' third straight, while the Dragons picked up their sixth straight win in front of

    April 16, 2014

  • Schools will continue sports-sharing agreements CLINTON -- Students attending Camanche, Central DeWitt, Northeast and Prince of Peace schools still will be able to participate in the athletic programs offered in the Clinton School District. At a meeting Monday, Clinton School Board members approve

    April 16, 2014

  • Sex abuse trial continues CLINTON -- Assistant County Attorney Ross Barlow began his case Tuesday against a man charged with sexual abuse of a 3-year-old girl. Russell McColley, 39, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony carrying as much as 25 years in

    April 16, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook