Iowa Online Sports Betting in 2021

Iowa has experienced steady growth since legalizing sports betting in May 2019. In addition, the state received a significant boost in gambling action with its recent move to a fully online registration process.

Its sports betting handle has steadily increased month over month — the Hawkeye State boasts 11 online sportsbooks and 18 retail locations — climbing the ranks of U.S. states with legalized sports betting.

Read on to learn more about Iowa's legal sports betting scene.

Iowa, United States
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Online betting in the Hawkeye State
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    Population: 3.2 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: Yes

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: $575 million

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Is sports betting legal in Iowa?

Yes, sports betting in Iowa is legal. Iowa’s efforts to regulate sports betting pre-dated the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) disposal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992. 

Who can bet on sports in Iowa?

Adults 21 and over are permitted to place a sports bet in Iowa. Wagers can be placed on a legal sports betting website, a mobile app, or at one of Iowa’s 18 retail sportsbooks.

The following tips will help you get started with legal sports betting in Iowa.

21plus Legal age

If you are 21 or older, you are allowed to bet on sports in Iowa.

21plus Mobile betting

Place your Iowa sports bets using a computer or mobile device to access an online sportsbook or sportsbook app. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission regulates all sports betting activity in the Hawkeye State.

21plus Remote registration

Remote registration has been available in Iowa since January 2021. This option allows Iowans to complete the entire sign-up process remotely with a computer or mobile phone. Previously, Iowa gamblers were required to visit a casino to complete their registration.

globe Within state borders

Legal online sportsbooks use geofencing to ensure all players are physically present in Iowa. Attempts to place bets from out of state will be denied. Therefore, it’s essential for Iowans and those passing through the state to turn on location services when placing online bets.

bank Retail sportsbooks

Iowa is home to 18 retail sportsbooks found at one of the state’s 19 licensed casinos.

percent Taxable winnings

Like nearly all other states, gambling winnings are taxable at both the federal and state levels in Iowa.

Iowans must report all winnings on federal tax returns, as this money is subject to the standard 24% tax. Winnings that exceed $600 must be reported to the state and taxed at 5%.

Best IA sports betting sites

Our experts have identified sports betting sites that offer in-demand features, attractive bonuses, and highlighted the sports and bet types available to Iowa residents. Each independent sportsbook review includes relevant information needed to ensure that you're wagering at safe and legitimate betting sites. 

BetRivers

BetRivers has some of the best, and least restrictive bonus offers available for online betting, enforcing only a one-time playthrough requirement. The operator features one of the top rewards programs in the U.S., too. Its 10-tier iRush loyalty program gives you points for each wager placed, allowing you to buy bonus cash, odds boosts, and more.

Elite Sportsbook

The U.S. owned and operated Elite Sportsbook was the second operator to go online in Iowa. Its mobile apps are available for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, you can claim an enticing welcome bonus and special promotions to help new players get up and running. 

William Hill

The well-established and Caesars Entertainment-owned William Hill sportsbook was the first betting app to go live in Iowa. Its lucrative bonuses and often favorable odds are a result of its in-house oddsmakers. 

The pros and cons of Iowa sports betting

A major shift in Iowa sports betting took place when remote registration was introduced in 2021. Iowans can now place their first sports bets without leaving their homes.

Like many other states, Iowa does not allow college player proposition betting. Iowa has also yet to legalize action on the NFL draft.

Iowa sports betting
Pros
  • Remote registration significantly improves access to sports betting
  • A myriad of sports betting opportunities
  • Low taxes for operators means more favorable lines for bettors
Cons
  • No NFL Draft betting
  • No esports betting
  • No college props wagers

How to start betting in Iowa

Placing a sports bet in the Hawkeye state has never been easier. Now, Iowans can partake in a complete remote registration process.

Casinos are also an option for those who prefer the atmosphere a retail sportsbook provides.

1

Select a sportsbook

There are many sportsbooks to choose from in Iowa, making research an integral part of the process. Conduct research to identify the options that provide the best sign-up bonuses, lines, and customer support.

Check out some bettor reviews, furnished here by our experts, and take a look at the terms and conditions of the sportsbooks you’re considering before getting started.

2

Register online

Once you’ve picked out the sportsbook that you trust to satisfy your sports betting needs, go ahead and fill in your information on their website or mobile app. Be prepared to provide the last four digits of your SSN.

3

Claim a bonus

The amount of competition in Iowa certainly has its benefits for Iowa sports gamblers as sportsbooks routinely offer some excellent promotions to entice bettors to try out their platforms.

Common bonuses in Iowa include:

  • Risk-free bets: If your first bet with a sportsbook is unsuccessful, they may offer to refund the lost amount to your account
  • Deposit match: After you add funds to your account, some sportsbooks may top up your account with the same amount. Playthrough requirements usually come into play here.
  • No-deposit bonus: If you’re looking for a way to get started without making a deposit, this may be for you. Upon sign-up, you’ll be given a small amount of cash to place your first bet. Expect playthrough requirements here as well.

4

Choose your bet

Iowa sports bettors have access to nearly every type of bet imaginable. Betting options are plentiful and these are the most common bet types:

Betting the moneyline is favored by new sports bettors because you're simply choosing which side will win.

With Over/Unders (totals), you must decide whether the combined score will match the projected total number set by oddsmakers.

The point spread is considered an equalizer for sports bettors, who use this number to compare teams. Oddsmakers apply spread betting to level the playing field since the skill level of teams differs.

 

5

Deposit

Iowa sportsbooks give players a number of options when it comes to adding funds to an account. Keep a watchful eye on transaction fees, however, as these can vary depending on your chosen payment method.

Common payment options in Iowa include debit/credit cards, bank transfers, e-wallets, and prepaid cards. Cash can also be used when visiting a casino.

6

Start betting

Take a look at how different sportsbooks’ betting lines stack up against one another, prior to placing your first bet. Glancing over a few different options will ensure you’re not squandering an opportunity to place a more favorable wager.

7

Withdraw

Iowa sports bettors can withdraw funds from their accounts in a variety of ways. Remember, bank and transaction fees vary here as well, so check to see which method gives you the most bang for your buck.

odds icon Odds explained

American Odds — aka moneyline odds — are used by Iowa sportsbooks to display favorites and underdogs . A minus sign (-) is listed next to the favorite. The number found next to the minus sign specifies the amount players need to wager to be awarded $100 in profit. For example, -155 odds indicate a bet of $155 needs to be placed in order to take home $100 in profit.

Underdogs are accompanied by a plus (+) sign. The number that follows the plus sign represents the amount of profit that would be realized if a player placed a $100 bet. For example, +170 odds tell us that a winning $100 bet would result in a player profiting $170.

Odds are commonly viewed in decimals and fractions as well. Use our odds converter to quickly cycle between American, Decimal, and Fractional odds.

Iowa sports betting handle

Iowa saw a major boost in sports betting following the implementation of full remote registration. After modest earnings in 2020, the state’s monthly handle ballooned to $149.5M in January 2021 — a 42% increase over December’s total.

Iowa surpassed the $1 billion mark in total sports bets early in 2021 and is on pace to double that number in the coming months. Iowa’s sportsbooks have posted the following numbers to date:

Yearly breakdown

Year

Total handle

Revenue

Hold percentage

Tax revenue

2019

$212M

$19M

9%

$1.3M

2020

$575M

$41.6M

7.2%

$2.8M

Monthly handle

Month

2021

2020

2019

January

$149.5M

$58M

N/A

February

$143.6M

$56.9M

N/A

March

$161.4M

$19.5M

N/A

April

$118.3M

$1.5M

N/A

May

$114.8M

$6.9M

N/A

June

$111.2M

$12.7M

N/A

July

-

$22.8M

N/A

August

-

$50.3M

$8.7M

September

-

$72.3M

$38.5M

October

-

$81.9M

$46.5M

November

-

$87.1M

$59.3M

December

-

$104.8M

$59.2M

Total

$798M

$575M

$212M

What you can't bet on in Iowa

While Iowans are able to place a wager on nearly any sporting event — locally and internationally — there are a few no-gos in the Hawkeye State.

Money Icon Politics

Iowa law forbids political betting of any kind. Discussing Iowa caucus betting odds around the water-cooler is fine, but that’s as far as you can take things.

Money Icon NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is the league's signature offseason event, but Iowa is one of a handful of U.S. states to outlaw NFL Draft wagering.

Money Icon Esports

Esports betting has not yet been legalized in Iowa, though there does seem to be some momentum building here. Rep. Bobby Kaufmann has sponsored a bill that would regulate esports betting, along with pro sports drafts, and player awards.

Money Icon Awards shows

Much-hyped celebrity and pop-culture events, such as the Academy Awards, are off-limits to Iowa bettors.

What about college sports?

Iowa sports bettors may place wagers on any college team in the country. However, individual player prop bets involving in-state schools are not permitted.

Legal sportsbooks in Iowa

Legal sportsbooks may be found online or at 18 of Iowa’s licensed casinos. Sports bettors need only a computer, mobile phone, and an internet connection to get started, but have the option of joining fellow sports fanatics at a physical sportsbook.

Iowa's online and mobile sportsbooks

Online sportsbook operator

Mobile app

Odds provider

Online casino

Retail partner

Bally Bet

Yes

Bet.Works

Yes

3 locations: Grand Falls, Rhythm City, and Riverside Casino

BetFred

Yes

LSports

Yes

Grand Falls

BetMGM

Yes

BetMGM

Yes

Diamond Jo Casino

BetRivers

Yes

IGT

Yes

Wild Rose

DraftKings

Yes

SBTech

Yes

Wild Rose

Elite Sportsbook

Yes

Bet.Works

Yes

3 locations: Grand Falls, Rhythm City, Riverside

FanDuel

Yes

Flutter

Yes

Diamond Jo Casino

Hard Rock

Yes

GiG

Yes

Hard Rock Sioux City

PointsBet

Yes

SBTech

Yes

Catfish Bend

Q Sportsbook

Yes

IGT

Yes

Q Casino

theScore Bet

Yes

Bet.Works

Yes

Ameristar

William Hill

Yes

William Hill

Yes

6 locations: Isle Bettendorf, Isle Waterloo, Lakeside, Prairie Meadows, Harrah's Council Bluff, Horseshoe

Land-based IA sportsbooks

Sportsbook

Venue

Address

Phone number

Odds provider

Sportsbook Bar & Grill

Grand Falls

1415 Grand Falls Blvd., Larchwood, IA 51241

(712) 777-7777

LSports

FanDuel Sportsbook

Diamond Jo Casino

777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028

(201) 843-2446

Flutter

William Hill Sportsbook

Isle Casino Bettendrof

1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, 52722

(563) 441-7000

William Hill

William Hill Sportsbook

Horseshoe Casino

2701 23rd Avenue Council Bluffs, IA 51501

(712) 323-2500

William Hill

William Hill Sportsbook

Isle Casino Waterloo

777 Isle of Capri Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50701

(877) 475-3946

William Hill

William Hill Sportsbook

Lakeside

777 Casino Drive, Osceola, IA 50213

(641) 342-9511

William Hill

Draft Day Sports Lounge

Rhythm City

7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 328-8000

Bet.Works

Draft Day Sports Lounge

Riverside Casino

3184 Hwy 22, Riverside, IA 52327

(319) 648-1234

Bet.Works

Q Sportsbook

Q Casino

1855 Greyhound Park Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001

(563) 582-3647

IGT

Hard Rock Sportsbook

Hard Rock Sioux City

111 3rd Street, Sioux City, IA 51101

(712) 226-7600

GiG
PointsBet Sportsbook Catfish Bend 3001 Winegard Dr., Burlington, IA 52601 (319) 753-2946 SBTech

 

Home team advantage: Iowa sports

Whether they’ve grown up on Vikings football or reveled in the triumphs of the 2016 World Series-winning Cubs, there is no questioning Iowans’ fandom and allegiances to their favorite clubs.

Cheering on your team is one thing, but placing a bet is an entirely different story. Always be sure to remain objective when placing sports bets as these allegiances can quickly cloud your judgment. Read through our how to bet guides for an overview of betting terms and scenarios.

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Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild
NBA
Chicago Bulls
Minnesota Timberwolves
NFL
Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears
MLB
Chicago Cubs
Minnesota Twins

Timeline of sports betting in Iowa

SCOTUS, and its decision to overturn the federal ban on single-game wagering, set the stage for Gov. Kim Reynolds to sign Bill SF-617 into law in May of 2019.

Review this timeline of Iowa's sports gambling history:

 

 

Other types of gambling

Iowa is home to 19 licensed casinos and four tribal casinos. Two of the state’s casinos offer live racing.

casino Casino

Each of Iowa’s commercial, riverboat, and tribal casinos offers players the full range of table games, slots, and more.

Online casinos are illegal in Iowa, as they were not included in Bill SF-617. National brands Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots offer a limited number of casino games and use “sweeps coins” to remain legally compliant in Iowa.

poker Poker

With 421 tables in the state, there’s no shortage of poker action in Iowa.

For those looking for an online alternative, Global Poker’s sweepstakes model remains the only option. Iowa has yet to make any progress on an online poker bill.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

Live and simulcast horse racing can be found at Iowa’s lone horse racing site — Prairie Meadows. A number of off-track betting sites can be found throughout the state as well. Pari-mutuel bets can be placed online in Iowa with TVG and TwinSpires.

Iowa is also home to one greyhound racetrack — Iowa Greyhound Park.

Horse and jockey Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been a popular option in Iowa since the state passed its sports betting law in May 2019. DraftKings, the first operator to enter the market, was joined by fellow industry titan FanDuel soon after.

Responsible gaming in Iowa

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has taken preventative measures to ensure programs and resources are available for individuals who feel as if their gambling activity is getting out of hand. Helplines, treatment centres, and self-exclusion lists have all been established to curb the effects of problem gambling in Iowa.

Fifteen of Iowa’s 19 licensed casinos now offer self-exclusion programs. Not all online sportsbooks offer these programs, but sites do provide players with a number of options to manage their betting activity. These tools include deposit and betting limits, timeouts, and self-assessments.

Legal online sportsbooks also allow users to place a wide range of restrictions on themselves. Players can set deposit and betting limits or permanently join the self-exclusion list.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Iowa mobilized on legalizing sports gambling following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the federal ban on sports gambling. Outside of Iowa, these states have all introduced sports betting laws: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Sportsbooks to avoid in Iowa

Bettors should also steer clear of unregulated offshore betting sites. These blacklisted sites are not authorized to take your bets, and you’ll have no legal recourse if your funds disappear from an offshore account. 

Bookname
Blacklist Star Rating
  • Allegations of withdrawal issues
  • No license information available on site
  • Poor customer service
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Blacklist Star Rating
  • Multiple reports of slow payments
  • Allegations of non-payments
  • Risk of account closure simply for winning bets
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Blacklist Star Rating
  • Reports of confiscated winnings
  • Slow customer support response times

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