Iowa Sports Betting

Iowa Sports Betting

The latest legal sports betting news and sportsbook recommendations for Iowa in 2022

Iowa passed its sports betting bill in 2019, and the first bets were placed on August 15, 2019. However, mobile sports betting didn’t start in Iowa until January 1, 2021. The first year was a massive success, as total sports betting handle in the Hawkeye State was over $2 billion. Below is everything you need to know before getting started with sports betting in Iowa.

Iowa Sports Betting Details

Start Date August 15, 2019
Legal Age to Bet 21
Online/In App Betting Yes
Maximum Bet No Limit
Corresponding Bill SF 617
Eligible Sportsbooks Each Iowa casino can partner with up to two sportsbooks.

Iowa SportsBook Ratings

With a population of just 3.155 million, Iowa is far from the largest state to legalize sports betting in the US. On top of that, there are 19 casinos in the state and all 19 have a licensed sportsbook. Even in a state that loves sports, competition is going to be steep and quality will clearly matter here.

Sportsbook Our Grade Promo Offer Get Started
draftkings sportsbook iowa 9.5Out of 10 Bet $1 to Win $150 Get Offer
pointsbet iowa 9.2Out of 10 Up to:$2,000 in Risk-Free Bets Get Offer
caesars sportsbook 7.8Out of 10 Up to:$1,500 Deposit Bonus Get Offer

Iowa Sportsbooks by Location

As we mentioned in the introduction, Iowa has 19 casinos and at least one sportsbook in each casino. Beyond that, they have big-name apps already active in the state including DraftKings, PointsBet, and William Hill.

SportsBook Casino Launch Date
Caesars Harrah’s Council Bluff 8/23/2019
Caesars Horseshoe Casino 8/23/2019
DraftKings Wild Rose: Clinton 10/3/2019
DraftKings Wild Rose: Jefferson 10/3/2019
DraftKings Wild Rose: Emmetsburg 10/3/2019
Elite Sportsbook Grand Falls 10/15/2019
Elite Sportsbook Rhythm City 10/15/2019
Elite Sportsbook Riverside 10/15/2019
FanDuel Diamond Jo 8/29/2019
FanDuel Diamond Jo – Worth 8/29/2019
Hard Rock Sportsbook Hard Rock Sioux City 9/20/2019
Penn National Ameristar 8/15/2019
PointsBet Catfish Bend 8/15/2019
Q Sportsbook Q Casino 8/27/2019
William Hill Isle Bettendorf 8/15/2019
William Hill Isle Waterloo 8/15/2019
William Hill Sportsbook Lakeside 8/15/2019
William Hill Prairie Meadows 8/15/2019

As you can tell from the list above, there is no shortage of betting options for Iowa residents. While we didn’t include FanDuel (currently our top-rated sportsbook) in our current ratings, they have become a major player in the Iowa sports betting market.

iowa sports betting faqs

Iowa Sports Betting FAQs

As with every state we have covered, there are some odd rules and regulations that make betting on sports in Iowa unique from anywhere else in the US. Most of these are covered in the frequently asked questions below. Feel free to contact us if you have a specific question that is not addressed below.

Is sports betting legal in Iowa?

Yes, as of August 15, 2019 sports betting is legal at any Iowa Casino/Sportsbook or their website/app.

Is online sports betting legal in Iowa?

Yes, you can bet on either the website or app for any sportsbook associated with a casino in Iowa. Each casino can partner with up two sportsbooks, which means the residents of Iowa could eventually have as many as 30 different sports betting apps to choose from!

What sports can I bet on in Iowa?

Iowa residents can now bet on any sport, including Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball. However, live betting and player props are not available for collegiate teams within the state.

Is live betting available in Iowa?

Yes, live betting is available in Iowa. What sports and events you are actually able to bet live on depends on the website/app you are using. With DraftKings and PointsBet you can bet live on every professional game.

How do deposits and withdrawals work with online sportsbooks?

How deposits and withdrawals work will depend on the operator you are betting with. Most will allow you to make deposits and withdrawals through Visa/Mastercard and checking, or in cash if you are able to get into the actual brick-and-mortar sportsbook.


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