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Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa  [view mapview map]  Book your room now.
 

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Casino opened:March 1, 1989
Table games:44
Gaming machines:2000
Poker tables: 11
Minimum Bet:$0.01
Open 24/7:Yes
Self parking:Yes
Valet:Yes
Casino sq/ft:81,650 sq/ft

Amenities

Poker Room: Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Poker Room
Hotels: Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel
Venues: Finish Line Show Lounge, Meadows Events Center

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Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Review

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino is located in Altoona, Iowa. The almost 82,000 square feet of gaming includes 44 live gaming tables that feature a wide variety of games such as Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Roulette, Mississippi Stud and more. There are over 2,000 slots which feature all the latest titles, and an 11-table poker room which features Omaha and No Limit Texas Hold'em. The casino holds regularly scheduled poker tournaments with $30 and $60 buy-ins for No Limit Texas Hold'em tournaments. A complete list of dates and times is available on the website.

There are eight dining options at Prairie Meadows, including includes restaurants, buffet, and quick eats, as well as four bars/lounges.

The casino has a one-mile track and offers live horse racing from April through October featuring Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. Simulcasting is also offered and includes the top tracks in the nation.

The casino's 168-room hotel features standard rooms as well as executive and luxury suites, which come complete with all of the comforts of home.  There is a show lounge in the gaming area and an events center which hosts some of the industry's best entertainers, and also accommodates conferences, meetings, banquets, and special occasion events.

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Gaming at Prairie Meadows

There's something for everyone at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino, from live horse racing (and simulcast) to live action at the casino's 44 tables that feature 21+3, Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Craps, DJ Wild Poker, Double Draw Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Free Bet Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, Roulette and Three Card Poker. For the slot lovers, there are over 2,000 of them within the almost 82,000 square feet of gaming space. The one-mile racetrack features Thoroughbred racing in the beginning of the race season and Quarter Horse racing towards the latter part of the season. The season runs from April through October. Prairie Meadows also offers simulcast racing from the nation's best tracks, including Churchill Downs, Belmont, and Arlington to name a few.

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Poker at Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Poker Room

The Prairie Meadows Poker Room has 11 poker tables which feature Omaha and No Limit Texas Hold'em. The casino holds regular tournaments and you can find a current schedule of upcoming tournaments on the website or on the poker room's Twitter page. The poker room is non-smoking and features massage, Wi-Fi, food at tables, televisions, cocktail service, food tableside, nearby restrooms, auto shufflers, and has No Limit Hold'em $30 and $60 buy-ins.

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Dining & Restaurants

AJ's Steakhouse

  • Serving: American, Steakhouse

Find out what the rest of Iowa already knows, that AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows has the best Iowa steaks and bold American cuisine in the state.

 

*Reservations are recommended on weekends during and during racing season.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (515) 957-3535
  • Alcohol: Full Wine List
  • Takes reservations
  • Wheelchair accessible

Hours

Sunday11:00am / 8:00pm
Monday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Tuesday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Wednesday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Thursday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Friday5:00pm / 11:00pm
Saturday4:00pm / 11:00pm

Cafe at the Meadows

  • Serving: Breakfast, American

Who doesn't want breakfast all day! At the Cafe at Prairie Meadows, you'll get that and so much more. From Chicken Fried Steak to Fettuccini Alfredo, whether you choose breakfast, lunch, or dinner you're sure to be satisfied. *Breakfast is available all day until close.

Hours

Mon. - Sun. from 7am to 2pm

Tues. - Thurs. from 5pm to 10pm (Dinner)

Fri. & Sat. from 5pm to 11pm (Dinner)

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (800) 325-9015

Hours

Sunday7:00am / 11:00pm
Monday7:00am / 11:00pm
Tuesday7:00am / 11:00pm
Wednesday7:00am / 11:00pm
Thursday7:00am / 11:00pm
Friday7:00am / 11:00pm
Saturday7:00am / 11:00pm

Paddock Grill & Deli

  • Serving: Deli

The Paddock Grill & Deli at Prairie Meadows is more of a quick eats type restaurant, with its counter ordering. You can take advantage of their daily specials that feature fresh baked bread and hand-carved turkey, along with pizza, hot dogs, fresh salads and so much more.

Open 24 hours.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (515) 967-1000
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Take away

Hours

Sunday12:00am / 12:00am
Monday12:00am / 12:00am
Tuesday12:00am / 12:00am
Wednesday12:00am / 12:00am
Thursday12:00am / 12:00am
Friday12:00am / 12:00am
Saturday12:00am / 12:00am

Triple Crown Buffet

  • Serving: American, Buffet

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or maybe all of them, whichever you'd like the Crown Buffet at Prairie Meadows is sure to satisfy you. With its hot and cold buffet and dessert station, you may be there for a while.

The hours vary by day and meal, so be sure to check the Prairie Meadows website or give them a call for hours.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (515) 967-1000
  • Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
  • Ambience: Casual
  • Attire: Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Buffet
  • Good for groups
  • Wheelchair accessible

Hours

Sunday8:00am / 10:00pm
Monday8:00am / 10:00pm
Tuesday8:00am / 10:00pm
Wednesday8:00am / 10:00pm
Thursday8:00am / 10:00pm
Friday8:00am / 10:00pm
Saturday8:00am / 10:00pm

Champions Clubhouse

Champions Restaurant is open during live racing, beginning April 28. It offers trackside seating and private table all you can eat buffet-style dining while you watch the live horse race.

 

Hours vary by season, so be sure to check the restaurant's website or give them a call.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (515) 967-8575
  • Takes reservations
  • Buffet

Quick Bites

  • Serving: Various

Daily Double Deli - Build your own sandwich, or choose one of the houses, soups, snacks, and even energy drinks (serves the poker room as well).

The Homestretch - offering quick and tasty treats trackside for those race fans who don't want to miss a minute of the action.

Prairie Coffee Company - The place to grab a Starbucks Coffee and a homemade cinnamon roll, or maybe some fudge or a hand-dipped Blue Bunny ice cream cone.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (515) 967-1000
  • Ambience: Casual
  • Attire: Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Take away

Prairie Meadows Venues & Hotspots

Finish Line Show Lounge

Free live entertainment in an intimate setting that features some of the region's best performers. The Finish Line Show Lounge at Prairie Meadows in near gaming and has a full bar.

Meadows Events Center

Seats 1,200 and has great sight lines and a full bar. Check out the Meadows Event Center for all of your entertainment needs.

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Contact information

Official

Phone: (515) 967-1000

Toll-free: (800) 325-9015

Website: www.prairiemeadows.com/

Email: Email

Facebook: Facebook page

Twitter: @PrairieMeadows

Poker

Website: Website

Twitter: @PMeadowsPoker

Casino hours

Open 24/7

Poker

Sunday 8:00am to 4:00am
Monday 8:00am to 4:00am
Tuesday 8:00am to 4:00am
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00am
Thursday 12:00am to 12:00am
Friday 12:00am to 12:00am
Saturday 12:00am to 12:00am

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