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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona, IA 50009-0901
Phone Number: 18003259015
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Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in...

Prairie Meadows is the premier destination for gaming and entertainment in the Midwest. With more than 85,000 square feet of casino action, we have every game you'll want to play this side of Vegas. Whether you enjoy the latest slot machine or your favorite table games, Prairie Meadows has everything you need to get your game on. Win place or show,there's nothing like the heart-pounding thrill of live racing on our one-mile racetrack. Join us for live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing every April - October. It's pure excitement start to finish. Casino action, live horse racing, a variety of dining options and great entertainment are waiting for you at Prairie Meadows.

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Very comfortable Hotel Casino

Stayed at the Hotel as part of the casino during a recent trip to Des Moines. Rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. Service is great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
Peter K
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Melbourne, Australia
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English first
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love casinos but I would have to say of all the casinos in this area Prairie Meadows has some of the tightest slots. But if your just going to have a little fun this is by far one of the largest casinos in the area. It has recently been remodeled and they are continuously updating their games. One complaint... More 

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Thank Ashley N
Des Moines
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84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Camel races, ostrich races and horse races are very fun, especially with a $2 minimum bet. Plenty of card and dice tables and slots to try. Typical casino. Good shows every once in a while.

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Thank Casey Y
Linda J, Guest Relations Manager at Prairie Meadows, responded to this review

Thanks Casey. We are glad you have fun when you visit! More 

Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been going to Prairie Meadows for many years. I never win nothing. No matter what you play you just can't win nothing. They claim to be the loosest slot in Iowa but not at all. I spend thousand of dollars there but can't get nothing. So, best is not to go there to gamble.

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1 Thank leigh b
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I have gone to PM for the past 5 years, going on various days at a variety of different times. I live close so I go sometimes multiple times per week. It used to be entertainment. Not anymore. .50 cent bets will win very little. Today, I hit 4 bonuses with the highest being 9 dollars, and the lowest being... More 

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2 Thank McAllex
Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We were on our way to Omaha and decided to spend the night in Altoona, Iowa and go to Prairie Meadows for a little entertainment and dinner. Upon arrival we had our players cards checked and were told they were still good from a previous visit. After gaming for a while, then going to the steak house on site, we... More 

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Thank Charlie G
Linda J, Guest Relations Manager at Prairie Meadows, responded to this review

Charlie G, Prairie Meadows strives to be the best entertainment option in the Midwest and to provide a fun, safe environment for our players along with great customer service. We appreciate you bringing this situation to our attention and have already set a process in place to make sure this does not happen again. If you would like to speak... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Stayed at the Hotel as part of the casino during a recent trip to Des Moines. Rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. Service is great.

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1 Thank Peter K
Seattle
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97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This used to be a great casino -- I'd walk away with a couple of hundred whenever I gambled there. Then, they built an addition and added a bunch of flashy machines and to pay for it lowered the winning percentage (I'm guessing) and ruined the place. Only plus is the buffet which still has better than average food available.

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Thank katdarcy
Charlotte, North Carolina
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34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Casino very spread out, very hard to find and see all slots. I could not find any of my favorite slots. I guess I'm spoiled from Vegas and Harrahs in Cherokee, NC. It is more like an old style Indian Casino from years ago. I was just in Des Moines again this week and had no desire to go back.... More 

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Thank Jack H
Dubuque, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We had an awesome time at Prairie Meadows Casino. We didn't win a huge amount but at least we broke even and had fun doing it.

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1 Thank cakirk1
Litchfield Park, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We visited this hotel and buffet in August 2015. The buffet was THE BEST we have ever found anywhere . . . even in Las Vegas! The selection was wonderful, representing many different cultures. And more importantly, the food was absolutely delicious! Treat yourself by dining at this buffet if you are in the area.

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1 Thank Sandi S

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