Download Our App
Sports betting simplified
With an ever-expanding number of casinos offering sports gambling, the state of Iowa provides the infrastructure for unlimited growth. Most important of all is the fact that Iowa offers mobile betting. The Hawkeye state borders Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, and South Dakota. As a result, the in-state population of four million is simply a starting base for significantly more potential gamblers.
Sports gambling began in the state of Iowa in time for the 2019 football season at a wide variety of brick-and-mortar casinos. Mobile betting is allowed. Once upon a time, you had to register in person at one of the in-person sportsbook casinos. The in-person registration requirement was ended on January 1, 2021. Now it is more convenient than ever to get in on the sports betting action offered in the state of Iowa. You must be 21 years of age or older to bet on sports in the Hawkeye State.
The traditional in-person on-site casinos form partnerships with well-known and established online betting websites to handle their mobile sports betting aspects. This partnership will be the biggest source of future growth. The following in-person on-site casinos offer sports betting and have the following mobile betting partners in parentheses: Ameristar Casino Hotel (Kambi), Catfish Bend (PointsBet), Diamond Jo of Dubuque (FanDuel), Diamond Jo of Northwood (FanDuel), Grand Falls (BetWorks), Hard Rock of Sioux City (GiG), Harrah’s of Council Bluffs (Scientific Games), Horseshoe of Council Bluffs (Scientific Games), Ise Bettendorf (William Hill), Isle Waterloo (William Hill), Lakeside (William Hill), Prairie Meadows (William Hill), Q Casino (Q Casino), Rhythm City (BetWorks), Riverside (BetWorks).
In April of 2021, news came out regarding the huge spike in gambling activity for March in Iowa. The bulk of the increase was due to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, an event that carried considerable interest in the Hawkeye State. The Iowa Hawkeyes are a perennial march Madness team and were ranked in the top ten for almost all of the 2020-21 season. Iowa boasted the national player of the year in senior Luka Garza. Thus, in March, the state of Iowa had a total handle of $161 million, an increase of almost $20 million from February. In fact, the March handle even managed to top the $149.5 that came in during January, sparked by the NFL Playoffs.
Although the Hawkeyes flamed out early in the NCAA Tournament, the state of Iowa is home to both Iowa of the Big Ten Conference and the Iowa State Cyclones of the Big 12 Conference. And then the Drake Bulldogs have emerged as a mid-major power from Des Moines, the biggest city in the state. Drake made the 2021 Big Dance as well. All of this makes Iowa a hotbed of college sports in general and college hoops in particular.
College football fans will love betting in the state of Iowa. Not only are Iowa and Iowa State Power Five programs, but neighboring states field big-time programs too.
You can wager on sports in the state of Iowa either in person or with mobile betting. However, those mobile bets must be made within the state lines. For example, gamblers in nearby states will have to first register for mobile betting and then drive across the state line to make their bets. Geo-fencing technology is used to enforce this law. The good news is that you do not have to enter the state of Iowa to register. That requirement ended on January 1, 2021. Thus, registration can be done online or with your mobile device. But, again, the betting must be done within Iowa state lines.
Because of the rapid growth and popularity of online betting, most Iowa sportsbooks offered apps to ignite business growth and appeal to a wider customer base. Downloading the apps is easy. To begin with, you can access the apps from the sportsbook(s) of your choice. The links to the apps are easy to find.
Overall the online and mobile sports betting effort went seamlessly, and Iowa is recognized as a leader in online and mobile betting convenience. Excellent bonuses are available too for those wanting to take advantage.