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Iowa Sports Betting

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Legal Sports Betting in Iowa

The Hawkeye State legalized sports betting back in May 2019 and quickly turned around to start taking wagers in August ‘19. In-person registration was required until 2021, but now you can sign up from wherever within state borders. Iowans have plenty of options for placing sports bets, as 18 operators are live as of April 2022.

Sportsbooks live in the state are Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, PointsBet, Bally Bet, Barstool, Betfred, Betway, Circa, DRF, Elite, Fubo, Hard Rock, Q, TheScore, and Unibet, with each offering its own brand of betting and plenty of bonus offers for bettors to take advantage of.

Iowans aged 21 and over (and those visiting the state!) can enjoy sign-up promotions for new accounts at these reputable sportsbooks. Read on for more information on Iowa’s market and history.

While Iowa had some legislative momentum in preparation for PASPA’s eventual 2018 repeal, the debate over sports betting bills ran into 2019. Governor Kim Reynolds would sign legal sports betting into law in May of ‘19 and then both retail and online betting was live by August of the same year, regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Despite not being home to a professional sports team and being the 31st most populous of the 50 U.S. states, Iowa has an abundance of sports betting options. They broke the monthly $100 million handle mark in December 2020 and eclipsed $300 million in January 2022. The midwest is indeed heating up as the sports betting market matures.


How to Sports Bet in Iowa

STEP ONE) Download a legal, licensed, and safe sportsbook app or visit their website.

As of April 2022, 18 sportsbooks meet the legal, licensed, and safe criteria:

  • Bally Bet Sportsbook
  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • Betfred Sportsbook
  • BetMGM Sportsbook
  • BetRivers Sportsbook
  • Betway Sportsbook
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • Circa Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • DRF Sportsbook
  • Elite Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Fubo Sportsbook
  • Hard Rock Sportsbook
  • PointsBet Sportsbook
  • Q Sportsbook
  • TheScore Sportsbook
  • Unibet Sportsbook

Be aware of others from the black market trying to advertise to Iowans and claiming to be legal. If in doubt, check the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s list on their site and look for IGRC banners on the sportsbook. And be sure to utilize the great promo offers through RotoBaller’s promo links.


STEP TWO) Register with the promo code and create your account

Head into the app or website, which you’ll be redirected to from our link, and register an account. You’ll need to provide personal information such as your name, date of birth, address, email, and more sensitive information like the last four digits of your social security number. This helps the sportsbook verify your identity and follow Know Your Customer protocols, which are part of the rigorous standards for holding a license.

Keep an eye out for the Promo Code field when signing up and be sure you grab our code. This nabs you the best promo code in the game.


STEP THREE) Make a deposit or play with the risk-free bets

With a verified account, you are ready for action. You can either build a bet slip with risk-free bets if applicable at that sportsbook, but most likely you are opening the cashier to make a deposit. This is also where plenty of the promotional value appears in the form of a deposit match. Check the terms of your deal and decide how much to put in. Remember to gamble responsibly!

While each sportsbook will have its own unique blend of payment methods available for deposit and withdrawal, you can usually count on some combination of major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard, online bank transfers, and PayPal.


STEP FOUR) Place your bets!

Your identity is confirmed and your bankroll is at the ready, so it’s time to wager. Navigate the menus to the sport of your choice and fill your bet slip out. The bet slip is where you’ll be able to enter the wager amount, see the odds in one place, and your potential payout.


In-Person Iowa Sportsbooks

Iowa’s commercial casinos went live with sports betting just as the online market emerged, with 19 regulated casinos in the state. As of April 2022, you can find sports betting available at each and every one of those 19 casinos. The majority of these casinos partner with established sports betting operators, such as Caesars or BetMGM, to help with branding and recognizability.


Sports Betting in Iowa FAQ

Who can bet on sports in Iowa?

Anyone aged 21 or over within the Hawkeye State’s borders can place a bet on sports through one of the licensed sportsbooks.

Can I bet on sports in Iowa from my phone?

Yes, mobile/online sports betting is live within the state.

What sports can I bet on in Iowa?

Bettors can expect to place bets on most professional and collegiate sports, including in-state college teams. However, prop bets on individual college athletes are prohibited.

Are there any physical, commercial sportsbooks to bet at?

Yes, there are 19 sportsbooks scattered throughout the state that have retail sportsbooks operating on-premises. Some are partners with recognizable operators such as Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

Who regulates sports betting in Iowa?

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is the entity that created the regulatory framework for sports betting in the state. They govern online sports betting and oversee the licensing process.

Can I play Daily Fantasy Sports in Iowa?

Yes, DFS is legal and operational in the state of Iowa.

Can I play online poker in Iowa?

No, online poker is not regulated in Iowa. But eight commercial casinos have poker rooms: Catfish Bend, Diamond Jo Worth, Grand Falls, Hard Rock, Horseshoe, Prairie Meadows, Q, and Riverside.

Will my winnings be taxed in Iowa?

Yes, bettors will have to track their activity for the normal tax on gambling winnings. Gambling winnings are fully taxable in Iowa even if the winner is not an Iowa resident.

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