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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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  • Experienced and popular sportsbook
  • Good mobile apps available for betting
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  • Live games have no streaming and limited betting markets
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  • Ability to bet on a multitude of leagues within sports
  • Good loyalty programs for existing users
  • Lots of different sports hard to find elsewhere
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  • Slow transition time for some betting app features
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  • Live streaming available on the site
  • Lots of markets for many different sports and leagues
  • Several payment methods (for both deposits and withdrawals)
  • Incredible bonus and loyalty programs
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  • Casino feed can be distracting from the sportsbook
  • Lack of match center section and stats
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  • Cash out service available
  • Main focus on American sports leagues
  • Long list of promotional offers and rewards program
  • Exclusive prices and betting markets
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  • Limited payment methods (for both deposits and withdrawals)
  • No live streaming available or game statistics on the site
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  • Good and unique promotions with low-wagering requirements
  • Good customer service
  • Huge range of betting markets
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  • Bad customer reviews
  • Desktop version can be glitchy with top tabs
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  • Good selection of sports
  • Lots of different markets available
  • Experienced international sportsbook
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  • No live streaming service
  • Low betting odds
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  • Experienced international sports betting company
  • Exclusive bonuses and promotions offered
  • Live Streaming services and game statistics available
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  • Limited market selection for certain leagues
  • Sportsbook layout can be confusing
  • Default British/fractional odds
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  • Good selection of sports to bet on
  • Exclusive prices and betting markets
  • Updated features like fast withdrawal
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  • Live games missing additional markets
  • The sportsbook can be more focused on casino
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  • Great live section and variety of markets
  • Experienced software company
  • Good customer service available
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  • Withdrawals can take a long time
  • High sportsbook margins/ low betting odds
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  • Popular and trusted American company
  • Mobile betting apps available
  • High number of baseball, football and soccer bets
  • Experienced sports betting software provider
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  • Limited payment methods (for both deposits and withdrawals)
  • Only one customer support option
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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
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  • Limited markets on some games, including popular sports
  • Lack of match center section and stats
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  • Large amount of sports news content from Fox
  • Great for NFL and American sports betting
  • Two respected and experienced brands
  • Enhanced odds and trending bets
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  • Only one customer support option
  • No live streaming service available
  • No expediated withdrawals
  • Account verification issues/ possible account block
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  • Experienced company with great software
  • Website is quick and easy to navigate
  • Lots of customer help services
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  • Withdrawal times take longer than normal
  • Limited number of sports to bet on
  • Limited promotions available for sportsbook
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  • Huge range of betting markets (multibets, combo bets, parlays)
  • Experienced software and operating companies
  • Live betting section is incredible with match center and statistics
  • Enhanced odds and full horse racing section
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  • Casino ads on the sportsbook
  • Mobile betting apps can be glitchy
  • No live streaming service available
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  • Popular selection of payment methods
  • Good variety and quantity of boosted odds
  • Experienced and trusted software company
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  • Casino ads take up half the sportsbook screen
  • Sportsbook design makes navigation difficult
  • No Live Streaming service
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  • Great live zone with game center and statistics
  • Huge range of betting markets on popular sports and leagues
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  • Slow sportsbook loading times with app glitches
  • Sportsbook layout makes navigation difficult
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  • Wide range of sports and betting markets
  • Sportsbook linked to theScore news app
  • Exclusive promotions for the mobile betting apps
  • Multiple customer service options available for getting in touch
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  • Limited options for bet types
  • The sportsbook lacks unique/enticing betting features
  • Live section could use updating and no live streaming available
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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)