Iowa Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 617 into law on May 13, paving the way for Iowa to launch legal sports betting in 2019. Now, the plan is for several retail sportsbooks to launch on August 15.

What still needs to happen?

The hard part is out of the way. Sports betting is expected to open at retail locations such as casinos well before the start of the 2019 football season, with mobile betting to follow as soon as licenses are acquired and online regulations are in place. The bill calls for a $45,000 initial licensing fee and $10,000 annual renewal fee for operators.

Iowa’s new law authorizes sports betting for the state’s 19 casinos, allowing up to 38 brands to offer online sports betting under the two-skin-per-license legislation. Among those expected to lead the market are FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet and Caesars.

Iowa sports betting launch date

A start date of August 15 has been set by several operators, including William Hill. Sports bettors will be able to make legal, real-money bets at casino sportsbooks as of noon on that day. And since Iowa sports betting law requires that gamblers sign up for a mobile sports betting account in-person, they can do so starting on August 15. Mobile sports betting should be live before the start of the NFL season in Iowa.

Iowa Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Iowa?

The legislature passed a bill legalizing sports betting with bipartisan support on April 22. Governor Kim Reynolds signed it on May 13. The plan is for retail sportsbooks to launch on Aug. 15, with mobile sports betting apps going live a short time after.

Can I bet sports online on my phone in Iowa?

Not at present, but mobile betting is authorized through legislation that passed in April. Online sports betting will be available in Iowa at some point in the near future.

Is any other gambling legal in Iowa?

Iowa has a state lottery with in-person sales, although a proposal for online sales is reportedly in preparation. The Hawkeye State also has both tribal and riverboat casinos, as well as casino games at licensed racetracks. Live poker is available at tribal and riverboat casinos, as well as racinos. Pari-mutual betting on horse races is available both in person and online as well.

Is Bovada legal in Iowa?

Bovada, like MyBookie, is an unregulated, offshore sportsbook. As such, it is not legal in Iowa or anywhere in the continental United States.

By betting with offshore sites you are putting your money at risk of being locked or stolen as it is not being protected by US law.

Which states have legal sports betting near Iowa?

There are currently no states near Iowa that have legalized sports betting. The closest with access to Iowa is Illinois, which has proposed several sports betting bills but has not advanced legislation.

Iowa Sports Betting News

The Week In Sports Betting: Iowa Launches; West Virginia Still Lags

August 19, 2019

Sports betting is legal and regulated in both Iowa and West Virginia, but the two markets are on diverging trajectories heading into football season.

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Iowa Sports Betting Launch: What You Need To Know

August 15, 2019

Thursday is the big day for Iowa, as casinos begin to roll out the state's first legal sportsbooks and sports betting websites.

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How State Regulators Met Speedy Iowa Sports Betting Timeline

August 15, 2019

How the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission expedited sports betting preparations for sportsbooks to be ready by college football season.

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