Sports Betting in Iowa

Iowa has legalized sports betting throughout the state. Although the law has already passed, we’re still waiting on developments from the casinos eligible for licensing. Iowa permits both bets on sports in-person as well as online from your favorite devices.

Iowa Sportsbook Locations

In-person and online sports betting is live in Iowa.

The state’s 19 land-based casinos are eligible to apply for licenses to offer sports betting. Each licensed provider can accept sports bets on its property as well as online. Anyone above 21 in Iowa has multiple sportsbooks at which they can place their bets.

To obtain a license for operating a sportsbook in Iowa, applicants must pay a $45,000 licensing fee and agree to the state’s 6.75 percent revenue tax. The responsibility of regulation rests in the hands of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Iowans interested in betting with online sportsbooks will be glad to know that licensed casinos are eligible to launch their own betting platforms with their online partners. Each licensed operator can also offer as many as 2 different online betting skins.

According to the law, Iowans must register in-person with a physical location before they can bet online or through their betting apps.

One major flaw in the new law is that customers will have to visit a physical sportsbook location to complete the registration of their sports betting accounts. Some see this as an erroneous request but at least it will only last until the start of 2021.

We’ve found all the state’s casinos eligible to become licensed betting providers. This table also includes which casinos have applied for sports betting licenses in Iowa, when licenses will be granted and whether any brands have partnered with them yet.

LocationLicensePartner Brand
Horseshoe CasinoApprovedDraftKings Sportsbook
Harrah’sApprovedCaesars DraftKings Sportsbook
WinnaVegas CasinoPendingTBD
Blackbird Bend CasinoPendingTBD
LadyLuckPendingTBD
Wild Rose Casino & ResortApprovedTBD
Riverside CasinoApprovedBet.Works
Rhythm CasinoApprovedBet.Works
Q CasinoPendingTBD
Prairie MeadowsApprovedWilliam Hill PointsBet
Meskwaki Bingo & CasinoPendingTBD
Lakeside CasinoPendingTBD
Isle Casino HotelPendingTBD
Hard Rock Hotel and CasinoApprovedTBD
Grand Falls Casino ResortApprovedTBD
Diamond Jo CasinoApprovedDraftKings Sportsbook
Casino QueenPendingTBD
Ameristar Casino HotelApprovedTBD
Catfish Bend CasinoApprovedPointsBet

Gambling in Iowa - Timeline

2019

In May 20 of 2019, Iowa officially legalized sports betting when Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 61, a bill regulating sports wagering within the state. The law allows licensed casino operators and other betting providers to offer wagering on professional and collegiate sports.

2018

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which effectively banned sports betting, was unconstitutional. This meant the federal ban was now lifted, setting the stage for each state to make their own betting legislation.

2005

The Commission granted gambling licenses to multiple land-based casinos, including Wild Rose Emmetsburg, Diamond Jo Worth, IOC Black Hawk County and Washington County Casino.

1991

Three Native American Indian tribal gaming compacts were negotiated, allowing tribal gaming facilities to open for business in Iowa.

1989

In July, Iowa passes legislation that permits its riverboat gambling.

1985

Iowa starts to administer the state lottery.

1983

Iowa passes a law that permits qualified organizations to conduct paramutuel betting on horse and dog racing. After singing the bill, Gov. Branstad appoints the state’s first-ever Racing and Gaming Commission.

1973

The state’s General Assembly authorizes specified individuals and organizations to conduct raffles and bingo games to raise funds for charitable purposes.

1972

Iowa repeals its constitutional provision that proclaims that no lottery shall be authorized by the state.

1857

The state constructs a new constitution that includes the exact same anti-gambling phrasing that banned lottery games from being offered in the state.

1846

Iowa prohibits gambling when its statehood is established, including a state constitutional amendment that banned lottery games.