Here is a list of the places in Iowa where you can bet on sports:
- 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
Iowa sportsbook apps
Due to the nature of competition sports betting brings, you should expect to see a lot of different app come to the Hawkeye State in the near future.
Here is a list of some of the brands that you could expect to see in Iowa:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- FOX Bet
- Caesars Sportsbook
Both William Hill and Bet. Works have mobile apps up and running in Iowa.
Mobile apps for Iowa sports betting
Mobile apps are the goal for each state with sports betting as they are the most popular way to bet online. Right now, only William Hill and Bet.Works have mobile apps running.
The new law in Iowa does not make things easy for mobile bettors, as they will first need to register an account in-person at one of the state’s casinos. This of course causes a barrier and has possibly slowed down registrations, though with revenue figures in Iowa exceeding expectations this seems unlikely.
This provision will only be necessary until January 2021 after which we should expect to see a much higher number of bettors signing up. Until then, players will have to prove their identity and that they are over the age of 21.
You can make deposits directly at the casino you sign up at in its cashier cage, or you can use a variety of online and third party methods. These typically include:
In-person at the cashier’s cage of the venue offering the online app.
- Credit/debit cards
- Online bank transfer
- Casino prepaid cards
- ACH eCheck
Making withdrawals is as easy as making a deposit, however not all deposit options are able to withdraw money. Furthermore, depending on the method you are using to withdraw the money could take more time to reach you. For example, a check withdrawal will normally take a few days to reach the player.
As soon as registration has been completed getting used to the software and placing bets should only take a few minutes. It is a good idea to keep bets small until you are completely familiar with the app as well as its terms and conditions.
Many of the mobile operators will also offer a welcome option for new players. These bonuses can often spark competition between the bookmakers as they compete for new customers to join their site. Common welcome offers are things like a matched deposit or risk-free bets.
These are important tools used by mobile sportsbooks to gain customers. Your business is valuable to these providers, so make sure not to miss out on the welcome offers given.
Iowa sports betting faq
How old do I have to be to place a legal sports bet?
In order to place a legal sports bet in Iowa, you must be 21 or older.
Can I place bets on my account when I am outside the state?
No, you can only use your online and mobile sports betting account when you are physically inside the state borders.
No, complying with Iowa law, you must be physically within the states borders to place bets, even with mobile betting.
To ensure that this law is upheld, mobile operators use geo-location technology.
Do I have to live in Iowa to bet?
No, you can set up an account online even if you are only visiting the state. However, you can only bet when you are inside state borders.
No, even if you are just visiting the state you are still welcome to set up an account. You are of course limited to placing bets only within the state’s borders.
What sports can I bet on in Iowa?
A typical range of sports provided by USA sportbooks will look like this:
- Auto racing
In the first full month of legal sports betting, revenue amounted to $4.96 million in the Hawkeye State. The revenue surpassed Iowa’s August numbers by close to $2.8 million. The total handle of $38.5 million saw a massive increase, as the September numbers are more than four times the previous month.
Total Handle | Total revenue
August: $8,756,246 | $2,161,688
September: $38,528,921 | $4,956,347
Online betting is more popular in Iowa with consumers spending $21.8 million online, gaining operators $2.0 million in revenue. Retail sites were able to pull in more revenue however, receiving $2.9 million. This is in spite of a smaller total handle of $16.7 million at land-based casinos.
(September) Handle | Revenue
Online wagering: $21.8 million | $2.0 million
Retail wagering: $16.7 million | $2.9 million
Leading the way in Iowa was the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino with a total handle of $14.5 million in September. This puts them ahead of the competition by quite some distance, as the casino in second-place falls short of the total handle by more than $10 million.
Sportsbooks Total Handle | Total Revenue
Ameristar: $1,364,723 | $480,650 (`Penn National)
Catfish Bend: $142,746 | $43,603 (PointsBet Mobile)
Diamond Jo- Worth: $140,953 | $94,179 (FanDuel Mobile)
Grand Falls: $66,349 | $22,066 (Elite Sportsbook)
Harrah’s: $199,476 | $89,653 (Caesars)
Horseshoe: $441,273 | $192,777 (Caesars)
Isle Bettendorf: $645,040 | $151,899 (William Hill)
Isle Waterloo: $916,349 | $158,694 (William Hill)
Lakeside: $282,054 | $63,677 (William Hill)
Prairie Meadows: $3,411,885 | $532,771(William Hill)
Q Casino: $120,609 | $70,779 (Q Sportsbook)
Rhythm City: $350,442 | $99,643 (Elite Sportsbook)
Riverside: $494,347 | $161,297 (Elite Sportsbook)