You can now officially bet on sports in Iowa! Sports betting in Iowa was legalized in May of 2019. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) is the regulator in charge of sports betting in Iowa.
Iowa Online Sports Betting
Began on August 15th, 2019 with the launch of the William Hill Sportsbook app at 4 Iowa casinos. Since going live, numerous sports betting apps like PointsBet and DraftKings Iowa.
Below are some frequently asked questions about sports betting in Iowa to help you understand how, where, and what you can bet on in Iowa!
Where Can I Bet on Sports in Iowa?
The following casinos offer legal sports betting in Iowa via retail sportsbooks. In order to bet online or via mobile apps in Iowa, you will need to first register at a casino. You will need proof of ID, and must be 21 years of age or older. This requirement ends in 2021, when users will be able to sign up and bet on mobile platforms without registering in person.
- Ameristar III
- Catfish Bend
- Diamond Jo – Worth
- Grand Falls
- Harrah’s Council Bluffs
- Horseshoe Council Bluffs
- Isle of Capri
- Isle Waterloo
- Prairie Meadows
- Q Casino
- Rhythm City
What Sports Betting Apps Can I Use in Iowa?
The race is on to grow the online/mobile sports betting market in Iowa. With Indiana online sports betting live, Illinois sports betting ready soon, expect to see the familiar brands in Iowa for mobile sports betting:
- DraftKings Sportsbook Iowa
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- William Hill
- and more!
|Sports Betting Site/App||Live Today||Iowa Partner Casino|
|DraftKings Sportsbook Mobile App||YES||Wild Rose Jefferson Wild Rose Clinton Wild Rose Emmetsburg|
|William Hill Sportsbook Mobile App||YES||Prairie Meadows Lakeside Casino Isle Casino Waterloo Isle Casino Bettendorf|
|PointsBet Mobile App||YES||Catfish Bend Casino|
|Elite Sportsbook Mobile App||YES||Riverside Casino Rhythm City Casino Grand Falls Casino|
|Q Sportsbook Online||YES||Q Casino and Hotel|
|Hard Rock Online||YES||Hard Rock Sioux City|
|BetRivers Mobile App||NO||Wild Rose Jefferson Wild Rose Clinton Wild Rose Emmetsburg|
|FanDuel Sportsbook App||NO||Diamond Jo Worth Diamond Jo Dubuque|
|BetFred Sportsbook||NO||Riverside Casino Rhythm City Casino Grand Falls Casino|
The PointsBet App is live in Iowa, details here.
Remember, to bet online you will need to register first at a casino. That rule is in effect until 2021.
What Sports Can I Bet On in Iowa?
The only restriction in Iowa is that prop bets cannot be bet on for in-state college teams. Betting on other collegiate games is permitted.
That means Iowa offers the following sports:
- Auto Racing
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Track and Field
What Kind of Bets Can I Place in Iowa?
The only restriction for Iowa Sports Betting is the inability to offer prop bets on in-state collegiate athletics.
Iowa sportsbooks can offer:
- Parlays and Teasers
- Live Betting
- and more!
How Can I Deposit Money on Iowa Sportsbook Apps?
Expect to see the following cashier methods on sportsbook apps in Iowa:
- Cashier’s Cage in person
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Bank Transfers
- Prepaid Casino Cards
Iowa Sports Betting Law
The Iowa law (SF617) is long and boring, but the main points of emphasis are:
- Operators have a $45,000 License Fee, with a $10,000 renewal fee
- You must register in person for mobile apps until January 1, 2021
- No prop bets involving in-state collegiate athletics
- Regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Committee
- 6.75% Tax Rate on Sports Betting Revenue
- Each license (for each casino granted) is allowed two different sportsbook applications to operate
- You must be 21 years of age or older to place bets
- Only Sports Betting is legal and regulated under new law, online poker or casino games are not legal and regulated
Iowa Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions
Is sports betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. Upon passing law, sports betting is legal and regulated in the state of Iowa.
Can I bet on sports in Iowa?
Yes. Legal sports betting is available in Iowa as there are mobile sports betting apps that allow for online wagering.
Is DraftKings Sportsbook in Iowa?
Yes. DraftKings Sportsbook is legalized and regulated and is able to take real money wagers in the state of Iowa.