Online Betting in
Iowa

Online sports betting is finally legal in the Hawkeye State.

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Limited Online Sports Betting Legal in Iowa

Online Sports Betting in Iowa

For a state of only 3.1 million people, Iowa has moved incredibly fast in legalising sports betting in the state.

Iowa offers sportsbooks a particularly low tax rate of 6.75% and $45,000 license fee compared to other states like Pennsylvania.

The Hawkeye state also has a large number of 'bricks and mortar' sportsbooks already up and running in the state.

All of these factors combine to create an incredibly attractive proposition for US-based sportsbooks.

In late 2019 and early 2020, you can expect to see a continuous flow of online sportsbooks arriving in the state.

The only drawback is that you will have to sign-up in person, but this rule will expire on January 1st 2021.

Frequently asked questions about online sports betting in Iowa

Changes in the sports betting industry are coming thick and fast. Here are the most common questions people have about online sports betting in the Hawkeye State.

Is sports betting legal in Iowa

Yes. Sports betting is now legal in all forms in Iowa.

Is it legal to bet online in Iowa

Yes. You can bet online with any sportsbook that is set up in Iowa. However, until Jan 2021 you will need to sign up in person.

Is mobile betting legal in Iowa?

Yes. As of October 2019, mobile wagering is legal in the state of Iowa.

At what age can you bet on sports in Iowa?

You have to be 21 years old and don't try and cheat the system!

What is the best sportsbook in Iowa

This depends on what you want. At bettingscanner.com we are very focused on online sports betting, so until all of the online and mobile sportsbooks are up and running, we can't really pick our favorite sportsbook.

In terms of a physical sportsbook then we think William Hill is probably the largest and most established sportsbook in the state.

Do I have to be in Iowa to bet?

Yes. If you are betting with an Iowa licenced sportsbook, you will need to bet within the state borders.

Your sportsbook will be able to geo-locate you using via your IP address.

Online Sports Betting in Iowa

Iowa is the eleventh state to legalize sports betting in the US after the nationwide ban was overturned in 2018. Legalising online sports betting is one thing, but Iowa has gone the extra mile and created an attractive environment for sportsbooks arriving in the state.

The tax rate is relatively low, the license fee is very low and the processing time is quick. This means that they will have a competitive advantage over states that have restrictive fees or legislation in place.

From October 2019, we expect to see sportsbooks scrambling to offer online sports betting in the state.

The sportsbooks of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids will remain, but now you'll be able to bet from the comfort of your own home!

Sportsbooks in Iowa

At the moment it's William Hill, the British sportsbook, that has laid the deepest roots in Iowa. They have partnered with:

  • Prairie Meadows
  • Isle Waterloo
  • Lakeside Casino
  • Isle Bettendorf

As it stands sportsbooks are legally required to partner with an existing gambling establishment if they want to receive a sports betting license of their own.

There are currently nineteen registered operators. These operators are allowed to partner with two sportsbooks. This means that, as it stands, the state of Iowa can host 38 sportsbooks.

PointsBet has also partnered with Catfish Bend Casino. Bet.Works have partnered with Rhythm City and Riverside Casinos.

DraftKings and FanDuel the two sportsbooks really taking the US sports betting market by storm have launched in the state.

online and mobile wagering in Iowa

Online and mobile wagering in the US is going to be huge. So, Iowa have made a smart move in being one of the first states to legalise online and mobile wagering. As long as you are over 21 and within the state borders, you can bet as much as you want.

The only restriction at the moment is that you are not allowed to sign-up to a sportsbook online.

So, you will still need to sign-up at a sportsbook in person. This should be easy if you are in Des Moines or Cexer Rapids, but frustrating if you live further out. This legislation will expire in Jan 2021.

    Iowa sports betting law

    It's a frustrating situation. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has created an incredibly attractive sports betting environment, with low taxes and fees. Sportsbooks flooded over the state borders, partnering with the existing Iowan casinos. Everything seemed to be going well.

    Then it was announced that signing-up to a sportsbook would have to be done in person. This rule has definitely stunted the industry. The good news is that in Jan 2021 this rule will be abolished and the state should be able to realize its full potential.

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