Sports Betting in Des Moines, IA

This is our quick Des Moines (IA) online sports betting options overview. Check the gambling sites, legal sportsbooks, mobile apps. Read about local casinos, gambling locations in 2019/2020. Find out more about best Des Moines area casino, racetracks and sports betting destinations like Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel here

Des Moines Sports Betting Guide

Residents of the largest city in Iowa have a lot of opportunities in which to gamble their money, but only as long as they stay within the somewhat strict state guidelines. If players step outside of these, the penalties can be very large.

Gamblers can enjoy riverboat, land-based and tribal casinos. Sports betting in Des Moines involves horse racing, where pari-mutuel betting allowed, either at racetracks or designated places where inter-State simulcast betting.

There are 3 racetracks, each of which has a large number of slots and also casino table games. Visit Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino official website to learn about their promotions for the new players in Des Moines and the bonus rewards for the existing customers. Mobile app is expected. 

State licensing of casinos in Des Moines has been very democratic. Laws were passed in 1991 which allowed individual counties to vote on whether or not they wanted to have casinos on their land. During the 20 years that followed, 18 such casinos have been licensed, as well as opulent casinos on tribal lands, and also riverboat casinos.

The main laws in Iowa don’t allow much wiggle room for arguing that different forms of gambling aren’t included. Des Moines sports betting legislation designates the offense is the bet itself, and it doesn’t matter which game or what is being bet.

Big news came in 2019, when the State Legislature introduced 8 bills to legalize sports betting: H 101, H 102, H 103, H 124, H 198, S 1079, S 1080, S 1081, S 1100, and S 1168. S. 1168 passed the Senate and H 198 has passed out of the subcommittee and is now before the House State Government committee. However, there’s been mixed reactions to this news in the Hawkeye state.

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