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Legal online: IA sports betting sites

Iowa dove in to sports betting in May of 2019. According to Iowa law, only those 21 and older are able to gamble. So far, 18 casinos have been granted licenses with the understanding that it is their duty to protect accounts and problem gamblers. 

The law also allows for mobile betting, however in order to begin betting online they must first register in-person and at a casino. This is done to verify age and identity of the player. This will continue to be a requirement until January 1, 2021. Iowa, on August 15, launched a number of online and physical sportsbooks.


Here is a list of the places in Iowa where you can bet on sports:

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  • Great promotion offers
  • Good customer service
  • Good number of leagues for betting
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  • Bad customer reviews
  • Underwhelming live section
$270 0 4
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  • Good selection of sports
  • Lots of different markets available
  • Experienced bookmaker
Cons
  • No live streaming
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  • Live streaming available on the site
  • Lots of markets for many different sports and leagues
  • Features a good customer support section
Cons
  • Very few withdrawal options
  • Not a wide selection of sportsbook bonuses
  • Newsfeed can be distracting from the sportsbook
$500 0 7
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  • Ability to bet on a multitude of leagues within sports
  • Good loyalty programs for existing users
  • Website is tidy and easy to navigate
Cons
  • Streaming not available
  • Live section is underwhelming
$100 0 4
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Pros
  • Good selection of sports to bet on
  • Varied Betting Markets
  • Updated features like fast withdrawal
Cons
  • The events without live streaming are lacking
  • More focused on casino
$160 0 3
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Pros
  • Experience and notorious sportsbook
  • Good mobile apps available for betting
  • High number of bonuses and promotions
Cons
  • Average number of markets available
  • Live section does not have live streaming
William Hill 100% Matched Deposit up to $150 and $10 in Free Cash Upon Signup
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  • Casino with a lot of history in the area
  • Experienced software company
  • Good customer service available
  • Promotions are good
Cons
  • Bad live section
  • Not a large variety of bets offered
Matched bet of up to $250
$100 0 1
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  • Experienced international company
  • Lots of bonuses and promotions offered
  • Live Streaming available on the site
Cons
  • Market selection can be narrow
  • The site has not truly adapted for American audience
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Matched Deposit up to $100
$1 000 0 7
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  • Well known and trusted company
  • Customer-friendly mobile app
  • Huge number of baseball, football and soccer bets
  • Experienced software provider
Cons
  • New to sports betting
  • Small variety of payment options
  • Few options for customer support
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$500 1 9
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  • High promotions and bonuses for new sportsbook users
  • Large live scoreboard with updating odds, scores, and money lines
  • Huge variety of betting options for MLB, International soccer, NFL
  • Quick and responsive customer service
Cons
  • Odds change very quickly, need to be quick with bets and constantly keep an eye out for great odds
Risk-free bet for first time customers
$1 000 0 4
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On mobile
Pros
  • Large amount of sports content from Fox
  • Great for NFL betting
  • Two respected and experienced brands
  • Good promotions
Cons
  • Website is slow
  • Lackluster selection of sports
  • Few customer supports options
FOX has a bonus offering to match the player’s first deposit 50% up to $500 + $500 Risk-Free Bet for Signing Up.
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  • Massive variety of bets available
  • Great emphasis on live betting
  • Experienced software and operating companies
Cons
  • Casino ads on the sportsbook
BetAmerica 100% Matched Bet up to $50
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  • Experienced company with great software
  • Website is quick and easy to navigate
  • Lots of customer help services
Cons
  • Few options for live betting
  • Small number of sports to bet on
  • No Sportsbook Bonuses
$100 0 6
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  • Great live zone
  • Large variety of bets on the major leagues
  • Lots of site information
  • Competitive odds
Cons
  • Slow website loading times
  • Difficult to navigate through tabs
  • Small number of lesser leagues to bet on
$100 risk free bet
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  • Great customer support services
  • Good variety and quantity of boosted odds
  • Experienced and trusted software company
Cons
  • Casino ads take up half the sportsbook screen
  • Clustered website design
$100 Risk-Free Wager on the Player’s First Settled Bet
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Pros
  • Feels like an actual game
  • You can bet on sports you will not find elsewhere
  • Massive sportsbook with lots of markets
Cons
  • Website centered around casino
  • No Sportsbook Bonuses
  • Limited options for withdrawing winnings
  • Missing customer service live chat
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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
  • Lakeside
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Q Casino
  • Rhythm City
  • Riverside

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
  • playMGM
  • FOX Bet
  • Bet365
  • 888
  • BetAmerica
  • 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
  • PayPal
  • NETELLER
  • ACH eCheck
  • PayNearMe

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
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Olympics
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Darts 
  • Softball


Iowa Revenue


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


Tax Revenue 


August: $145,914


September: $334,553


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)