- Three months after Iowa legalized sports betting, their first sports betting lounges are operational.
- Four of the eight sportsbooks will be offering online wagers right out of the gate.
- The four sportsbooks with internet offerings are those partnered with William Hill.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- If you build it, they will come and built it they have. Eight sports betting lounges in the state of Iowa are officially open for business. In May, Governor Kim Reynolds signed bill IA SF 617 into law, making sports wagering legal in the state. Casinos began obtaining licenses and expanding their facilities so they’d be functioning by the start of the NFL season and eight of these casinos have met their deadline.
Iowa has become the eleventh state in the nation to legalize sports wagers. Applying for a sports betting license in the state of Iowa costs casinos $45,000. The state will then receive a 6.75% in revenue from sports wagering lounges. Under the rules of the law, each establishment is allowed to use two separate online platforms. Today is a day for celebrations as sportsbooks hold their grand openings.
The Eight Sportsbooks Launching
Iowa has plenty to celebrate today in the world of sports. Not only is today a day for preseason NFL games, but it is also the day Iowans can legally wager on the events at a local sportsbook. So if you’re looking to place a wager on the Green Bay Packers (+155) to win it tonight against the Baltimore Ravens (-175), just visit any one of the below sports betting lounges. Granted the Packers are the underdogs, but it’ll be a higher payout if they can win it.
The Isle Waterloo Sportsbook in Waterloo, IA is now open. This establishment is partnered with William Hill, which allows them to offer their patrons both internet sports betting and in-house sports bets. In order to take advantage of their mobile platform, bettors will need to sign up in person. This will be the case until 2021 when it’s no longer part of a stipulation within the law.
Other William Hill locations for sports betting in Iowa that have opened both their land-based and internet sports betting options are Lakeside Sportsbook in Osceola, IA, Prairie Meadows Sportsbook in Altoona, IA and Isle Bettendorf Sportsbook in Bettendorf, IA. Each of these sports betting lounges are open and ready for bets both online and in person. Remember, in order to wager online you must go in person to join.
Bet.Works have partnered with Rhythm City Sportsbook in Davenport, IA and Riverside Sportsbook in Riverside, IA. Bet.Works is new to the scene and is looking to offer patrons of these two sports betting lounges a mobile platform in the near future.
Catfish Bend Sportsbook in Burlington, IA has partnered with PointsBet for all of their sports wagering needs while Ameristar Council Bluffs Sportsbook in Council Bluffs, IA went with Kambi. Each of these partnerships will allow for the new sports betting lounges of Iowa to operate in both mobile and land-based venues, offering the residents of the Hawkeye State the most out of their legal sports wagering experience. Any resident wishing to place wagers on sporting events must be at least 21 upon entering any of these establishments.