IA Sports Betting

Welcome to Iowa, the 11th state to legalize sports betting officially. The Hawkeye State offers online sports betting and retail sportsbook locations in casinos and riverboat casinos.

Now that in-person registration is no longer required, IA sports bettors can quickly and conveniently register at the top IA sports betting sites with no fuss or muss.

Best Iowa Sports Betting Sites

Sports betting experts at PlayingLegal analyze and examine all the available IA online sportsbooks and then compile the top list. Strict criteria followed by analyzing welcome bonus offers mean that not every single IA online sports betting site makes the cut.

BetMGM Sports

$600 Free Bets Offer Terms:
  • Must clear in 7 days
  • Available for BetMGM Sports only
  • Bet must be qualifying
  • Bet must lose
More details +
The BetMGM Sportsbook has the capacity to deliver an all-around mobile betting experience. The app is clean, the new customer offer is amazing, and the supporting betting features are downright blissful. Truly, the only flaw is the delayed customer support response.
Bonus Offer
9.5
Odds Variety
9
Interface
9.5
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • Free Live Streaming
  • Crisp in-play betting
  • Boosted parlays
  • Easy Navigation
CONS:
  • Shortage of special market odds
  • Slow customer support response

The BetMGM is not just vying to be the top online sportsbook in the nation. Sports bettors can also earn M Life Rewards. In turn, these rewards can be used at all the participating MGM Resorts for vacations and more. Finally, the BetMGM betting interface boasts one of the best and most user-intuitive betting experience.

William Hill Sports Book

Best value
$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms: 
  • No rollover required
  • Qualifying first bet must lose
  • Free bet must be used within 7 days
  • Valid for new customer accounts only
More details +
William Hill clearly excels in certain areas. However, some basics are missing, like cash out and loyalty rewards. On the other hand, they are one of the most prominent bookmakers with live streaming. Their bonus terms are short, yet extremely favorable.
Bonus Offer
10
Odds Variety
8.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
9
PROS:
  • Live Streaming
  • Transparent terms of use
  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Responsive customer support
  • Complete odds offer
CONS:
  • Cash Out not available yet
  • The user interface could be improved

William Hill initially launched in the UK over 87 years ago. Currently, the parent corporation, Caesars Entertainment, is expanding the William Hill online sportsbook across all US legalized sports betting states. Best of all, there is a fantastic welcome bonus offer along with an easy-to-use interface plus dedicated customer support.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Editor choice
$1000 Risk-Free Bet Bonus Terms:
  • The first bet must lose
  • Cash Outs not eligible
  • Bonus credits within 72 hours
  • 1x wagering requirement
  • Valid from Aug. 31, 2020 until Dec. 31, 2020
More details +
$1,000
FanDuel is the premier name in online legal sports betting. The mobile app offers the best sports betting experience. The only real negative to the mobile app is slow responsiveness during major sporting events when everyone wants to place wagers.
Bonus Offer
10
Game Variety
10
Interface
10
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • A fantastic mobile app
  • In-play betting
  • Cash Outs available for certain bets
  • Odds boost for bigger wins
CONS:
  • No Loyalty Program offered
  • Slow Customer Service

FanDuel quickly emerged as the king of daily fantasy sports, and the success does not stop there. FanDuel is also cementing its status as the top online sports betting site nationwide. Boasting a smooth and easy sports betting experience, there are also fantastic ongoing promotions for IA sports bettors.

PointsBet Sportsbook

Editor choice
Bonus Terms:
  • The first refund is a maximum of $1,000 for PointsBetting wager if you lose.
  • The second refund is a maximum of $500 in Free Bets for your very first fixed price wager if you lose.
  • Bonus bet must be used within seven days from when it is credited.
  • Bonus bet must be used on markets of $1.50 or (-200) or greater odds.
More details +
PointsBet Sportsbook indeed outpaces the competition. In detail, there is a fantastic risk-free bet welcome offer, the capability of Name-A-Bet, tons of fun props and futures, plus an excellent live betting product. Frankly, it is difficult to come up with any negatives except the limited customer support contact methods.
Bonus Offer
9
Odds
9.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
7
PROS:
  • Smooth in-play betting experience
  • Unique features like PointsBetting
  • Fantastic $1500 Free Bets welcome promo
  • Ability to place off-the-board bets with Name-A-Bet
  • Cash Out is available on certain bets
CONS:
  • Lack of Customer Service options
  • Live Chat is slow

PointsBet launched all the way from Down Under in Australia and now brings its unique sports betting platform to IA. Now, PointsBet does offer the traditional sports betting types that most customers are familiar with. However, for sports bettors looking for something more, try PointsBetting, a proprietary high-risk type of wager.

DraftKings Sportsbook

$1000 Bonus Terms 
  • For NH, the bonus is $500.
  • A minimum deposit of $5.
  • The bonus amount is 20% of the deposit.
  • 25x play-through requirement.
  • -300 odds or longer.
  • 90 days to clear.
More details +
$1,000
Overall, DraftKings carries brand recognition. Beyond that, while the bonus offer looks generous, there is a higher wagering requirement than other online sportsbooks. Also, the mobile app needs work due to stability issues, such as freezing and crashing. Finally, customer service is notoriously slow to respond. Therefore, I highly recommend line shopping and not committing to one specific sportsbook.
Bonus Offer
7
Odds Variety
9
Interface
7.5
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
6
PROS:
  • A reputable and historic brand
  • Live Streaming
  • In-play betting
  • Cashouts
CONS:
  • Slow customer support
  • Mobile app stability issues
  • High wagering requirements for the bonus

DraftKings offers an easily accessible betting platform, and many featured boosted lines. Starting in daily fantasy sports, the online sportsbook now offers three locations in the Hawkeye State by partnering with Wild Rose Casinos.

IA Sports Betting Law

Gov. Kim Reynolds officially signed into law Senate File 617 (SF 617) on May 13, 2019, legalizing sports betting in Iowa. In fact, the Hawkeye State is one of the fastest states to legalize, implement and launch sports betting.

Officially, the first sports wager on Aug. 15, 2019, was accepted a little over three short months after the IA sports betting bill was signed. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission (IRGC) regulates all legal sports wagering activities in the state.

Here are the key takeaways to Iowa sports betting law:

  • $45,000 license fee for any sportsbook operator
  • Annual $10,000 renewal fee for sportsbooks
  • 75% tax on house revenues (ties Nevada for lowest tax)
  • In-person registration until Jan. 1, 2021, online registration for mobile sports betting is now available.
  • Certain restrictions apply, such as no in-game prop bets for Iowa college teams.

Sports Available

In Iowa, you can bet on a variety of sports. Depending on the sports season, you may not see each sports-type listed on every IA online sportsbook. 

Available Sports to Bet in Iowa
Aussie RulesBaseballBasketball
BoxingCricketCycling
DartsFootballGolf
HockeyMMA/UFCMotor Racing
NASCARRugby UnionSoccer
Table TennisTennisWrestling

Additionally, the IRGC may add more approved sports wagers as the Iowa market matures. For example, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) is now available to bet on in Iowa.

Currently, eSports are not available, nor are non-sporting events such as elections or Academy Awards. Finally, there are additional restrictions on Iowa sports betting outlined in the next section.

Restrictions

Definitely, there are certain restrictions regarding Iowa sports betting.

  • No betting on Esports. 
  • Lines and odds are only offered on sporting events. 
  • No personnel such as players, officials, or coaches can place wagers on their own sports. 
  • No prop wagers are allowed on the NFL Draft. 
  • You cannot bet on subjective trophy awards like the Heisman or MVP. 
  • No in-game prop bets tied to Iowa college teams or players or teams competing against in-state college teams.

Geo-location

Ultimately, the IA online sportsbook's responsibility is to ensure that sports bettors are within the Hawkeye State’s borders. To this end, you need to allow your chosen online sports betting site to run a location check.

Notably, you do not need to be a resident of Iowa to place sports bets. You need to be physically located within the state while placing your sports wagers. Sports betting sites use geolocation technology to determine your location. Thus, you need to allow the online sportsbook to access your location while using any mobile betting app.

Minimum Legal Age Requirement

Make no mistake. In Iowa, the minimum legal age to place sports bets online or in-person at retail sportsbooks is 21. True, you can sign up online, but beware that any IRGC licensed sportsbook will require you to verify your age.

Typically, when a sportsbook verifies your identity and age, you will not be able to place any bets until you supply the requested information, such as a copy of your government-issued ID and even your Social Security number.

All IA Online Sportsbooks

In Iowa, there is quite a list of online sportsbooks available. With the bill passage of legalized sports betting, each casino can have up to three partnerships, either with already established sportsbooks, skins, or new online sportsbooks.

Editor choice
fanduel sportsbook logo
9.5

FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Cash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$1,000
9.1

BetMGM Sports Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$600
Best value
William Hill Sportsbook Logo
9.1

William Hill Sports Book Review

Bet-BuilderIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$500
Editor choice
pointsbet logo
8.4

PointsBet Sportsbook Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play Betting
$2,000
7.4

DraftKings Sportsbook Review

Cash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$1,000

Online SportsbookIA PartnerSoftware ProviderLaunch
FanDuel SportsbookDiamond Jo Worth CasinoIGT PlaySportsSept. 2020
BetMGM SportsDiamond Jo Worth CasinoEntain, GVC HoldingsJan. 2021
William Hill Sports BookPrairie Meadows Casino, Isle IA CasinosProprietary SoftwareAug. 2019
PointsBet SportsbookCatfish Bend CasinoProprietary SoftwareNov. 2019
DraftKings SportsbookWild Rose CasinosSBTechFeb. 2020
BetRivers SportsbookWild Rose CasinosKambiJan. 2021
Hard Rock SportsbookHard Rock Sioux CityGiGDec. 2019
Q SportsbookQ CasinoIGT Nov. 2019
Elite SportsbookElite Casinos ResortsBet.WorksAug. 2019

New Online Sportsbooks

Since the Iowa in-person registration requirement for sports betting expired as of Jan. 1, 2021, online registration for sportsbooks is soaring. To this end, it means that more online sportsbooks are vying to enter the Hawkeye State. The following sportsbooks below will be launching in Iowa with approval from the IRGC.

8

Unibet Sports Review

Cash OutIn-play Betting
$500
8.4

Barstool Sportsbook Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play Betting
$10
Best value
888 Sport NJ Logo
8.3

888sport Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$500

Online SportsbookIA Partner
Unibet SportsHarrah's Council Bluffs, Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Barstool SportsbookAmeristar Casino Council Bluffs
888sportCatfish Bend Casino Burlington
WynnBetRiverside Casino and Resort
Vigtory Sportsbook/FuboTVCasino Marquette
Bally's SportsbookGrand Falls Casino-Larchwood

Casino-Based Sportsbooks in Iowa

There is no shortage of physical casinos in Iowa, whether brick-and-mortar casinos or riverboat casinos. Moreover, most of the casinos have sportsbooks available for you to place your sports bets in-person. Below, explore each casino property along with the sportsbook name and address.

NameCasinoAddress
Sportsbook at AmerisportsAmeristar II2200 River Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
PointsBet SportsbookCatfish Bend Casino3001 Winegard Dr.
Burlington, IA 52601
FanDuel SportsbookDiamond Jo Casino301 Bell Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Diamond Jo Worth777 Diamond Jo Lane
Northwood, IA 50459
Betfred SportsGrand Falls Casino Resort1415 Grand Falls Blvd.
Larchwood, IA 51241
Hard Rock SportsbookHard Rock Hotel and Casino111 3rd St.
Sioux City, IA 51101
William Hill Sportsbook Harrah’s Council Bluffs1 Harrah's Boulevard
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs2701 23rd Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo777 Isle of Capri Blvd
Waterloo, IA 50701
Isle of Capri-Bettendorf1800 Isle Parkway
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Lakeside Hotel Casino777 Casino Drive
Osceola, IA 50213
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
Q SportsbookQ Casino1855 Greyhound Park Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001
Elite SportsbookRhythm City Casino7077 Elmore Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA 52327
DraftKings at Casino Queen SportsbookCasino Queen Marquette100 Anti-Monopoly Street
Marquette, IA 52158
DraftKings Sportsbook at Wild RoseWild Rose Casino and Resorts Clinton777 Wild Rose Drive
Clinton, IA 52732
Wild Rose Casino & Resorts -Emmetsburg777 Main St.
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Wild Rose Casino & Resorts Jefferson777 Wild Rose Drive
Jefferson, IA 50129

IA Sports Betting Apps

Indeed, more mobile sports betting apps are on the way to Iowa, especially now that in-person registration is no longer required. Below, PlayingLegal ranks the best IA sports betting mobile apps.

FanDuel Sportsbook Mobile App

Editor choice
$1000 Risk-Free Bet Bonus Terms:
  • The first bet must lose
  • Cash Outs not eligible
  • Bonus credits within 72 hours
  • 1x wagering requirement
  • Valid from Aug. 31, 2020 until Dec. 31, 2020
More details +
$1,000
FanDuel is the premier name in online legal sports betting. The mobile app offers the best sports betting experience. The only real negative to the mobile app is slow responsiveness during major sporting events when everyone wants to place wagers.
Bonus Offer
10
Game Variety
10
Interface
10
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • A fantastic mobile app
  • In-play betting
  • Cash Outs available for certain bets
  • Odds boost for bigger wins
CONS:
  • No Loyalty Program offered
  • Slow Customer Service

Overall, FanDuel offers the best mobile sports betting app in Iowa. Loading time for the app is lightning-fast, and the betting interface is neatly organized plus clean.

BetMGM Sports Mobile App

$600 Free Bets Offer Terms:
  • Must clear in 7 days
  • Available for BetMGM Sports only
  • Bet must be qualifying
  • Bet must lose
More details +
The BetMGM Sportsbook has the capacity to deliver an all-around mobile betting experience. The app is clean, the new customer offer is amazing, and the supporting betting features are downright blissful. Truly, the only flaw is the delayed customer support response.
Bonus Offer
9.5
Odds Variety
9
Interface
9.5
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • Free Live Streaming
  • Crisp in-play betting
  • Boosted parlays
  • Easy Navigation
CONS:
  • Shortage of special market odds
  • Slow customer support response

Truly, BetMGM offers the most straightforward sports betting mobile app. Quickly find a market of straight bets, parlays, props, and futures. Finally, the live in-play interface while a game is still in play is nothing short of excellent.

William Hill Sports Book Mobile App

Best value
$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms: 
  • No rollover required
  • Qualifying first bet must lose
  • Free bet must be used within 7 days
  • Valid for new customer accounts only
More details +
William Hill clearly excels in certain areas. However, some basics are missing, like cash out and loyalty rewards. On the other hand, they are one of the most prominent bookmakers with live streaming. Their bonus terms are short, yet extremely favorable.
Bonus Offer
10
Odds Variety
8.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
9
PROS:
  • Live Streaming
  • Transparent terms of use
  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Responsive customer support
  • Complete odds offer
CONS:
  • Cash Out not available yet
  • The user interface could be improved

Worldwide, William Hill collects a million sports wagers per day. Thus, the IA William Hill app offers a fantastic mobile betting experience given the sheer number of bets taken per day.

PointsBet Sportsbook Mobile App

Editor choice
Bonus Terms:
  • The first refund is a maximum of $1,000 for PointsBetting wager if you lose.
  • The second refund is a maximum of $500 in Free Bets for your very first fixed price wager if you lose.
  • Bonus bet must be used within seven days from when it is credited.
  • Bonus bet must be used on markets of $1.50 or (-200) or greater odds.
More details +
PointsBet Sportsbook indeed outpaces the competition. In detail, there is a fantastic risk-free bet welcome offer, the capability of Name-A-Bet, tons of fun props and futures, plus an excellent live betting product. Frankly, it is difficult to come up with any negatives except the limited customer support contact methods.
Bonus Offer
9
Odds
9.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
7
PROS:
  • Smooth in-play betting experience
  • Unique features like PointsBetting
  • Fantastic $1500 Free Bets welcome promo
  • Ability to place off-the-board bets with Name-A-Bet
  • Cash Out is available on certain bets
CONS:
  • Lack of Customer Service options
  • Live Chat is slow

The PointsBet mobile app is flashy and sleek. Indeed, PointsBet as a company placed a high priority on the mobile sports betting app's functionality and visual aspects. Customers can also make PointsBetting wagers directly on the app.

DraftKings Sportsbook Mobile App

$1000 Bonus Terms 
  • For NH, the bonus is $500.
  • A minimum deposit of $5.
  • The bonus amount is 20% of the deposit.
  • 25x play-through requirement.
  • -300 odds or longer.
  • 90 days to clear.
More details +
$1,000
Overall, DraftKings carries brand recognition. Beyond that, while the bonus offer looks generous, there is a higher wagering requirement than other online sportsbooks. Also, the mobile app needs work due to stability issues, such as freezing and crashing. Finally, customer service is notoriously slow to respond. Therefore, I highly recommend line shopping and not committing to one specific sportsbook.
Bonus Offer
7
Odds Variety
9
Interface
7.5
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
6
PROS:
  • A reputable and historic brand
  • Live Streaming
  • In-play betting
  • Cashouts
CONS:
  • Slow customer support
  • Mobile app stability issues
  • High wagering requirements for the bonus

Overall, DraftKings still offers a highly rated mobile app. However, customers recently complain about DraftKings app stability and freezing. Thus, be warned that you may experience issues with the DraftKings app. However, the company does release updates often.

How to Bet Online in Iowa

Previously, there was a requirement for in-person registration within the original IA sports betting bill. However, in-person registration for online sports betting officially expired on Jan. 1, 20221. Thus, you can now easily register online and bet from anywhere within Iowa state borders.

The process to place sports wagers online in IA is simple:

  1. Choose from PlayingLegal’s top list of legal best IA betting sites.
  2. Next, head over to your selected online sportsbook on your web-based browser.
  3. Now, if you want to download the mobile app, you can click on the iOS or Android icon on the website. Follow the prompts for download and installation.
  4. Then, sign-up at your selected IA sportsbook with your personal details.
    1. Legal name
    2. Date of birth
    3. Residential address
    4. Email
    5. Last four digits of your SSN
    6. Government-issued ID.
  5. Make sure not to forget to enter in a promo code for the welcome bonus offer if applicable!
  6. Next, select a payment method to fund your account.
  7. Verify that the welcome offer is active in your player account details.
  8. Finally, select your first sports bet and add it to your bet slip.

IA Betting Bonuses and Promotions

Typically, in Iowa, the latest betting bonuses and ongoing promotions revolve around major sporting events. For example, you will see many sportsbook promotions surrounding Iowa Hawkeyes basketball games.

Here is a list of betting bonuses and promotions in Iowa:

  • Free bet bonus
  • Risk-free bet
  • No-deposit bonus
  • Deposit match bonus
  • Reload bonus
  • Boosted odds
  • Parlay boosts
  • Leaderboard promotions

Additionally, do not count out that some sportsbooks may lag in ongoing promotions but make up for the lack of promotions with lucrative rewards or loyalty programs.

Payment Methods

Playing at a legal IA online sportsbook means that you have various payment methods to choose from. Note that the majority of online sportsbooks, but not all the betting sites offer these payment options:

  • Credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, and Discover
  • Bank Transfer
  • ACH eCheck
  • Sportsbook branded prepaid card such as Play+
  • PayPal
  • PayNearMe
  • Casino cashier’s cage

Most Popular Sports in IA Sportsbooks

Definitely, Iowans enjoy betting on some of the most popular sporting events, which include all the major professional teams. On the other hand, note that there technically are not any professional home teams in IA. However, you can legally wager on the following home teams in Iowa, which are collegiate teams called the Iowa Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes. Remember that there are restrictions on in-game prop bets on any Iowa college teams.

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NFL
🏀
NBA
🏒
NHL

MLB

NFL

All in all, there are a variety of bet types allowed on the NFL. Yet, remember that you cannot bet on prop bets on the NFL draft. Although there are no NFL home teams to Iowa, Hawkeyes are fiercely loyal and enjoy betting on the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Chicago Bears.

The following are a highlight of NFL bet types available at IA online sportsbooks:

  • Moneyline
  • Point Spreads
  • Totals (Over/Under)
  • Futures
  • Props

NBA

Again, NBA betting in IA bears many similarities to NFL betting. Because there are no NBA home teams, many Iowans are fans of the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Of particular note, the Minnesota Timberwolves own the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League. Moreover, the Iowa Wolves play out of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA.

Futures are a significant area of interest for many sports bettors such as:

  • NBA Finals
  • Conference Championships

However, note that you cannot bet on MVP props, which is considered a subjective award. In Iowa, you can only legally bet on props that are statistically based.

NHL

Iowans enjoy following the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, and Milwaukee Admiral. Also, an AHL team called the Iowa Wild plays at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Here’s a selection of popular IA NHL bets to wager on:

  • Stanley Cup Final
  • Conference Champion
  • Division Champion

MLB

Betting on MLB games is one of the most popular sports betting seasons for IA sportsbooks. Iowans enjoy betting on the White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Minnesota Twins.

IA sports bettors can place MLB wagers on:

  • Moneyline
  • Run line
  • Totals
  • Alternate lines

Also, here are some popular MLB futures bets available at IA sports betting sites:

  • World Series Winner
  • Winner of:
    • AL or NL

Types of Sports Betting in Iowa

Overall, traditional sports betting types are available in the Hawkeye State.

  • Moneyline
  • Parlays
  • Totals (Over/under)
  • Props
  • Futures
  • Teasers
  • Single-game bets
  • Point Spreads
  • Live in-play betting or in-game wagering

Again, remember the restriction in Iowa on placing props for collegiate sports.

History of Sports Betting in Iowa

Certainly, Iowa has an efficient history and timeline regarding the legalization of sports betting. Other states looking to legalize sports betting should note the Hawkeye State’s timeline as an archetype for quickly and efficiently passing and implementing legislation.

  • Before 1991

    Greyhound and horse racing plus lottery and charity gambling were available.

  • 1991

    First riverboat casinos opened in Iowa named the Dubuque Casino Belle, Emerald Lady, Diamond Lady, and The President.

  • 1992

    Three casinos owned by Native American Tribes were launched.

  • 1994

    Iowa Legislature allows 24-hour gambling.

  • 2003

    Black Hawk, Palo Alto, Worth, and Wapello pass gambling referendums.

  • 2004

    Amendment removed riverboat casinos from state statues, equalizing land-based casinos and riverboat casinos.

  • 2018

    Rep. Jake Highfill proposes legislation to legalize sports betting because of the ongoing New Jersey lawsuit to overturn PASPA.

  • 2018

    NJ won and legalized sports betting, opening the door for other states to do the same. However, IA Legislature adjourns without passing sports betting.

  • Early 2019

    Sen. Roby Smith and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann each propose their own version of sports betting, HF 648 and SF 617.

  • April 17, 2019

    The final version of SF 617 was approved in Senate, 31-18.

  • April 22, 2019

    SF 617 passes 67-31 in House.

  • May 13, 2019

    Gov. Reynolds signs SF 617 officially legalizing sports betting in Iowa

  • Aug. 15, 2019

    Sports betting officially begins both in retail sportsbooks and online.

The Future of IA Sports Betting

At first blush, you may be quick to write off Iowa due to the 3.1 million population. However, legislators obviously accounted for the state’s small population by offering sportsbooks a favorable betting market.

Some of the strengths that favor a healthy future for IA sports betting include:

  • Quick implementation by the IRGC from legalization to launch of sports betting in three short months.
  • A move to online registration for sports betting as of Jan. 1, 2021.
  • A favorable small tax fee of 6.75%.
  • Low licensing and annual fees on IA sportsbook operators.

On the other hand, neighboring states such as Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota are considering legalizing sports betting. In turn, neighboring states legalizing sports betting could hamper the growth of IA sports betting revenue.

The IRGC reports $100 million of sports betting handle in Dec. 2020 with $78 million from online sports wagers. Multiple other online sportsbooks are securing approval from the IRGC to launch in Iowa. In conclusion, IA sports betting revenue is only projected to increase, especially with the requirement for in-person registration expiring.

IA Sports Betting FAQs

Can you bet on sports in Iowa?

Yes, officially, Iowa legalized online sports betting with bill SF 617 on May 15, 2019. In fact, you can bet on professional, college, and other types of sports in Iowa. Moreover, you have a choice of whether to place sports bets online or in-person at retail sportsbooks in various Iowa casinos.

Can I bet online in Iowa?

Yes. Online sports betting is legal in Iowa, with bill SF 617 signed on May 15, 2019, by Gov. Reynolds. However, note that you need to be 21 years or older, and you must be physically within the state to place sports wagers. Yet, you do not need to be a resident of the Hawkeye State. Finally, you can now complete registration online as of Jan. 2021, without physically heading into a land-based sportsbook.

Can you play FanDuel in Iowa?

Yes, FanDuel is legal and licensed in the state of Iowa. If you sign up through PlayingLegal, you receive a fantastic welcome offer. Officially, FanDuel launched in Iowa in Sept. 2020. You can register online or even head into two retail FanDuel Sportsbooks located at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque or the Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood.

How much revenue does sports betting bring to Iowa?

The start of sports betting in Iowa required in-person registration. However, in-person registration in Iowa is no longer required as of Jan. 1, 2021. Despite the requirement, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) reported a record-breaking month for Dec. 2020 with over $100 million wagered. This amount translates to the Hawkeye State bringing around $500,000 in tax revenue from sports betting alone. Finally, tax revenue from sports betting is projected to increase with the end of in-person registration, and more online sportsbooks are projected to launch.

What are the Iowa sports betting rules?

Sports betting is officially legal in Iowa as of Aug. 15, 2019. Some essential Iowa sports betting rules are: 1) must be 21 or older, 2) must be physically located within state borders, 3) must submit to geolocation checks and 4) only licensed sportsbooks are legal. Finally, you can wager on professional, collegiate, and international sporting events. However, prop betting involving in-state college teams is prohibited.

Can you play at BetMGM in Iowa?

Yes, officially, BetMGM launched in Iowa on Jan. 4, 2021. Sign up through PlayingLegal for a lucrative welcome bonus offer. Moreover, BetMGM customers are privy to the M life Rewards program and can earn perks towards MGM Resorts nationwide. BetMGM’s partner in Iowa is the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque.

Can you play at DraftKings in Iowa?

Yes, DraftKings is available in Iowa with its online sports betting platform or even in retail sportsbooks at the three Wild Rose casinos. The Hawkeye State’s requirement to play at DraftKings is to be at least 21 years old and be physically located within Iowa state borders.

References:

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