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      Odds are against casino boat's survival

      The Kanesville Queen is making its final cruise from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Dubuque but stopped in Jefferson City, where demolition crews will tear it apart.

      You won't find any poker hands being dealt, craps numbers yelled, or slot machines raining coins, but a casino boat has tied up along the Jefferson City riverfront and it likely will be there for the next three weeks. The Kanesville Queen is making its final cruise from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Dubuque. It stopped in Jefferson City, where demolition crews will tear it apart. The Kanesville Queen is 290-feet long, 90-feet wide, and 50-feet tall. Now owned by Newt Marine of Dubuque, Iowa, the Kanesville Queen left Council Bluffs late last week on her final cruise. She is tied up at the Capital Sand Company docks across from the state capitol in Jefferson City."The preliminary plan is to scrap it here in town, the top two levels, and then take it down on to the Mississippi and get it up to Dubuque," Capital Sand Company President Steve Bohlkin said.The Queen opened as a casino in Council Bluffs on New Year's day in 1996. She became obsolete in 2007, when Iowa allowed casinos to be land-based. Harrah's closed the boat after moving the gaming floor into its hotel. It took three Capital Sand Company tow boats to get the queen downstream."The vessel's drafting about six and a half feet, so we had plenty of water to get down, and get under all the bridges on the way down," Bohlkin said. Demolition crews will look to salvage what they can. There is potentially valuable steel, aluminum, copper and wiring within the decks."There's engines, there's generators, there's tanks, there's other equipment there on the vessel that should be worth something,?? Bohlkin said. ??So we're gonna take a look and see if there's anything we can use and move from there."Officials with Harrah's Gaming Company expect to save about $2million in annual operating costs by retiring the aging casino boat.