In Iowa, you can now legally use online sports betting sites, such as Pointsbet, although you can only play slots and table games at land-based casinos. You can wager on fantasy sports, although betting on esports is still prohibited.
Since online sports betting was legalized in Iowa, it has seen significant growth. As a result, several online betting sites have launched, with the likes of Pointsbet IA, Betrivers IA and DraftKings proving extremely popular. However, online casinos remain prohibited, and you may only play table games at a land-based casino.
Online sports betting in Iowa has gone from strength to strength over the last twelve months. You can sign up for a number of online sportsbooks and betting sites including Pointsbet App, Caesars, FanDuel Sports and DraftKings platform. It is also possible to place sports wagers at any of their partner land-based casinos.
Unsurprisingly, football is the most popular sport to wager on in Iowa. You can also bet on international soccer, tennis and motorsports. In-game betting is proving extremely popular and you can now wager on a number of proposition bets throughout the course of any televised game.
Horse Betting Options in Iowa
Legalized horse racing betting exists in Iowa, although there is just the one racetrack – Prairie Meadows – in this state. Parimutuel wagers are legal here and at OTBs, including brick and mortar casinos in the Hawkeye State which have a sportsbook. For online horse racing betting, visit TVG which operates in Iowa.
Online Casinos in Iowa
Unfortunately, visiting an online casino sites remains illegal in Iowa. With online sports betting having been legalized, there is the possibility that many land-based operators may push for a change to the law.
You can visit any of the 19 land-based casinos within the state, including Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino which offers over 1,900 slot machines and 13 different table games. The majority of these land-based casinos are open 24/7 and accept all players aged 21 and above. You can access online casino games via offshore sites, however, these do not fall under US law.
Online Poker in Iowa
Despite its popularity, online poker remains prohibited in Iowa. However, you can enjoy multiple variants of the game at one of the 19 land-based casinos located within the state. Venues such as the Catfish Bend and Diamond Jo Worth Casino offer dedicated poker rooms, which stage tournaments on a regular basis. Video poker machines are also available at a number of these land-based casinos with the Isle Casino Waterloo and Rhythm City Resort offering a computerized version of this hugely popular pastime.
Daily Fantasy in Iowa
The popularity of daily fantasy sports in the Hawkeye state has grown substantially in recent times, although wagering on state-based college sports is still prohibited so they are restricted to professional games for most sports.
Operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings are renowned for their vast array of fantasy markets with football, basketball, baseball and soccer all featuring prominently. Both one-day and season-long fantasy sports are now available in Iowa with large prize pools available on a weekly basis.
Esports in Iowa
Although wagering on fantasy sports is permitted, betting on esports remains an incredibly gray area. Following a unanimous vote to allow DraftKings to offer daily fantasy sports, many believed that Esports would also be legalized, however, the decision was referred to a legal liaison officer, who decided not to permit the practice of wagering on Esports.
Lottery in Iowa
The Iowa state-run lottery remains fairly popular, however, it is currently not possible to buy tickets online or via an app. You can only purchase tickets from existing retailers.
Having one of the most recognizable and respected names in sports betting and gambling overall, Caesars Entertainment finalized their acquisition of William Hill in April. It was the third-largest sportsbook operator in the United States.
TheScore Bet has added a fourth state to its repertoire with the inclusion of Iowa as a market in which they offer legal sports betting via theScore Bet mobile app. TheScore Bet secured market access to offer mobile sports betting in Iowa via a multi-state market access framework agreement with Penn National Gaming.