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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2115
Phone Number: 18003259015
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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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Beautiful building, casino average

Stopped in for a few hours while in the area and gambled and ate at the race track cafe. We appreciated the large no smoking area and the variety of machines. Wife and I played 2... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lindstrom, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loud..stinks..air quality not good. Hot in places..cold in others...machines are too close and can not stand and watch your party play. Which Im sure its a marketing thing. Not enough videi poker machines that are different. About all the same pay outs. Nickles you cant win on..only 25cent max..No triple on them either. Too tight.People hit machines and shakes them..Food... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live fairly close to this casino, but I have gone to others more and more because I never win much, if any. Went last night, happened to clear $20. That was a good night. They obviously are making BIG profits as the place looks like a gigantic castle. Multiply that with parking and grounds area that would make Yellowstone... More 

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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for a few hours while in the area and gambled and ate at the race track cafe. We appreciated the large no smoking area and the variety of machines. Wife and I played 2 machines for a few hours going up and down in money without loosing anything, We got bored and ventured into the smoking areas where... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 other choices, a salad bar with some variety, and desserts to choose from, however, the lack of other hot vegetables besides the mashed... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 much of the casino. The smoke was overwhelming at times. They do have a smoke free section, but most of the machines we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

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 it I'll come back

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Ankeny, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Large private parking lot. A shuttle available from your car to the door. The lobby is nicer than it used to be. Make your way to the casino and it is pretty dated. There is a steakhouse and a buffet available. The buffet is mediocre at best. Honestly, if I never step foot n here again I would be ok... More 

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Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

It was raining, we had not been to. Casino in 20 years so we went to eat at the buffet then went upstairs and played the slots for an hour Or two. Did not win, but didn't loose much either the idea was for some new entertainment.. Service was good and we were treated well by all staff we meet..

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Fort Dodge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We enjoy the casino at Prairie Meadows as the casino is huge and offers a variety of gaming. The employees are very friendly and eager to offer assistance should help be needed.

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Valley View, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

There is a non-smoking area of the casino which is really nice. They have a wide assortment of slot machine games - my favorite is video poker and they had a large selection of those. Have been there several times when I visit Iowa and it's always a fun time. Have had some good pay outs there!

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