Our Culture

Mission Statement

Elite Casino Resorts Properties are the Midwest's Premier Gaming and Destinations Resorts which Provide First-Class Amenities and First Class Guest Service in Three Fun Environments and Contributes to our Communities through Service and Development.

Service Statement

To create a positive, memorable experience with each and every guest.

Our Employee Commitment
  • Provide clear expectations, tools and resources for you to do your job.
  • Communicate information in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain an open door philosophy.
  • Treat each employee with respect, trust and fairness.
  • Encourage and provide opportunity to maximize the talent and the potential of each employee.
  • Provide an energizing, fun and rewarding work environment.
  • Treat you as a person 1st, employee 2nd and understand that your health and well-being are important.
An Iowa-Owned Family Corporation

Elite Casino Resort's roots can be traced back to the beginning of regional gaming in the United States. The Kehl family has been involved in gaming since its inception in the state of Iowa. On March 8, 1990, the Dubuque Casino Belle, Inc. a corporation owned and operated by Robert & Ruth Kehl, was granted the first riverboat gaming operator's license in Iowa and the Dubuque Casino Belle became the first American-flagged vessel to offer gambling cruises in the United States.

The Kehls received their second license in 1991 for the Mississippi Belle II, Inc. The Mississippi Belle II started riverboat gaming operations on June 1, 1991 in Clinton, IA. Over the next 15 years, the Kehls had interest in and operated a total of four riverboat casinos in the Midwest: Dubuque Casino Belle, Mississippi Belle II, Catfish Bend Casino (Fort Madison/Burlington, Iowa) and Saint Joe Frontier Casino (St. Joe, Missouri).

Elite Casino Resorts currently owns and operates Riverside Casino & Golf Resort (Riverside, Iowa just 15 minutes from Iowa City), Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort (Larchwood, IA just 15 minutes from Sioux Falls, SD) and Rhythm City Casino Resort (Davenport, IA). New casino resort projects in Illinois and Nebraska are in the works.


Our Partner Properties - A Family of Opportunity

Elite Casino Resorts believes in promoting from within whenever possible. All employees are encouraged to apply for positions at the property you are hired to work at or at our other properties, expanding your career advancement opportunities!

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Rhythm City Casino Resort


Winning Hands - Giving Back

The Winning Hands Employee Volunteer Program provides a forum by which the company promotes employee volunteerism through the organization and communication of employee volunteer opportunities, as well as providing recognition and charitable contributions based upon the amount of volunteer hours contributed by the employee. The Winning Hands Employee Volunteer Program is one of the ways in which we strive to meet our company mission statement commitment of contributing to our communities through service and development.

Elite Casino Resorts has a strong commitment to giving back to the communities and people we serve. Our Winning Hands Employee Volunteer Program, created in 2011, connects our employees with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities which touch every corner of our society. In return, the company provides charitable incentives to employees based on their annual volunteer hours, allowing the employees to supplement their contributions of time and effort with financial support as well.

  • Take Away Hunger
  • Walk For Dignity (Iowa City Hospice)
  • Torch Run (Special Olympics)
  • Project Holiday with the Johnson County Crisis Center
  • Holiday Gift Card Drives to support local familes
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • Bowl for Kids Sake (Big Brothers/Big Sisters)
  • Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer
  • Blood Drives for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
  • School Supply Drives for surrounding county school districts
  • Food Drives for surrounding county food banks
  • GIVE (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) Tournament
  • National Veterans Tee Tournament

Our employees consistently generate over 13,000 volunteer hours annually. We participate annually in the Give Back Iowa Challenge, a program initiated by the Governor's Office aimed at engaging Iowans in employer-supported volunteering, and are proud to say our Riverside Casino & Golf Resort team has finished in 1st place five times (2016 & 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021) out of seven years the program has been in place.