Iowa might not strike you as a big gambling state. However, several forms of gambling are available in the Hawkeye State. From online sports betting to table games and slot machines at land-based casinos, Iowa residents can enjoy several forms of gambling regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
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Online gambling sportsbooks are legal and live in Iowa.
Iowa has online gambling in the form of multiple sportsbooks providing Iowa sports betting promos. Most other forms of online gambling still remain illegal. In addition to online sports betting, Iowa has its share of land-based casinos, retail sportsbooks, horse racing, daily fantasy sports, and the state lottery. However, as the president and CEO of the Iowa Casino Association Wes Ehrecke stated: “Online Gambling in Iowa is just in the very beginning stages”.
⭐ Iowa Sports Betting
Iowa legalized retail and online sports betting in May 2019. By August, both retail and online sportsbooks were already open. However, the Iowa sports betting bill stated, that in-person registration was required until January 1st 2021. When the registration was lifted, Iowa finally became an online gambling state.
Sports Betting Sites in Iowa
Online sports betting in Iowa had a slow start due to the in-person registration requirement. After January 1st 2021, several sportsbooks have entered the Hawkeye State. The number of local casinos that have entered the sports betting market, like the Hard Rock Sioux City makes Iowa special. Sports wagering sites in Iowa need to partner up with land based casinos.
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Sports Betting Apps
Iowa sports betting sportsbook sites are also avaialble for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. You can gamble online using the mobile apps or use the desktop website version. To register your new account online, you will need to provide the standard set of information including but not limited to name, address, phone number, last 4 digits of SSN and so on. Your Iowa geolocation will be verified by the sports betting site as required by federal law.
⭐ Casino Gambling in Iowa
Iowa casinos are land based. You have online sports betting in Iowa but not online casinos yet.
Casino gaming in Iowa is restricted to land based casinos. Iowa online casinos have not yet been legalized, and there is no bill legalizing online casino sites on the table at the moment. If Iowa residents want to play table games, video poker or slot machines, they need to head to social sweepstake casinos, or visit one of the land based casino properties in the state. The first riverboat casino began operations in Dubuque in 1991 in Iowa.
Prairie Flower Casino (tribal casino), Carter Lake
Prairie Meadows (racino), Altoona
Q Casino, Dubuque
Rhythm City Casino Resort, Davenport
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside
Wild Rose Clinton
Wild Rose Casino, Emmetsburg
Wild Rose Casino, Jefferson
WinnaVegas Casino Resort, Sloan
⭐ Online Gambling in Iowa
Iowa legalized real money sports betting with the SF 617 sports betting bill on May 13th 2019, becoming one of the first legalized sports betting states. However, the law specified that in-person registration at casinos should take place until January 1st 2021. Nowadays, retail sportsbooks and betting sites are going strong in Iowa, but no legislation legalizing online casinos has been introduced yet.
Rules and Regulations
Like most other states, Iowa applies some rules and regulations on gambling. The gaming laws do not restrict the games online or retail sportsbooks can offer, except for limited restrictions on college sports. The law does not also restrict land based casinos from offering all types of table games or slot machines available on the market. However, the following restrictions apply to all gamblers:
You mut be at least 21 years of age
You must be located within Iowa state lines, or at an Iowa casino
You must not be on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission self-exclusion list
List of facility licenses in Iowa
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission licenses include:
Ameristar II (Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs / Score Bet)
Casino Queen Marquette
Catfish Bend Casino
Diamond Jo Casino
Diamond Jo Worth (retail sportsbook Betfair and FanDuel)
Grand Falls Casino Resort
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Hard Rock sportsbook)
Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel (Caesars Retail Sportsbook)
Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs (Caesars)
Iowa Greyhound Park
Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo
Isle of Capri – Bettendorf
Lakeside Hotel Casino
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Rhythm City Casino (Elite sportsbook)
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
Wild Rose Casino & Resorts – Clinton (DraftKings Sportsbook at Wild Rose)
Wild Rose Casino & Resorts – Emmetsburg
Wild Rose Casino & Resorts – Jefferson (Rush Street / BetRivers)
Daily Fantasy Sports
SF 617 also legalized daily fantasy sports in the State of Iowa. Draftkings was the first operator to hop on board, and this has given them a massive boost for their retail sportsbook and online sports betting operation. Unlike most other states, the Iowa state law considers DFS gambling. Therefore, you need to be at least 21 years of age to participate in daily fantasy sports contests in Iowa.
Iowa has one horse track – The Prairie Meadows. At the Prairie Meadows, residents can participate in simulcast betting on horse races. The venue also offers casino games. Furthermore, there are a few off track betting locations in the Hawkeye State. If you don’t want to travel to the tracks or to an off track betting location, the legalization of online sports betting has made betting on horses legal on several different sites.
Prairie Meadows is the sole race track in Iowa. They also offer table games, slot machines, and video poker with a reward program.
The pari-mutuel wagering pools permitted in Iowa include win, place, show, double, exacta, trifecta, tri-super, twin-trifecta, superfecta, twin superfecta pools, quinella, quinella double, twin quinella, pick, and pick, and place pick.
Online Poker Sites
The gambling laws in Iowa do not allow for online poker sites. The last online poker bills were introduced in 2012 and 2013, but failed to pass in the Senate. However, many of the casino operators in the state offer players a poker room
Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington
Diamond Jo Casino – Worth, Northwood
Grand Falls Casino, Larchwood
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Meskwaki Casino, Tama
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Q Casino, Dubuque
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside
WinnaVegas Casino Resort, Sloan
Iowa State Lottery
The Iowa state lottery does not currently offer games online. However, you can follow the games through their iOS and Android app. If online casinos are legalized in the Hawkeye State, it’s likely, that the lottery will start to offer online games as well.
⭐ New Iowa Gambling Sites
Iowa sports betting apps have recently launched, and there are only a handful of operators in the state. In theory, gambling laws allow for several more online platforms for sports betting in Iowa. Currently, there are no rumors for new Iowa sportsbooks, but if the situation changes, we will update this page. The year 2020 was the first full year of sports wagering in the state.
Patrol protection and responsible gaming is inbuilt in Iowa legislation for sports wagering overseen by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The first instance of Iowa Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was in October 2004. Since that time, over 10,000 Iowa bettors have voluntarily excluded themselves from wagering at state licensed casinos and racetracks. Iowa Sports wagering and fantasy sports have self-exclusion features since they they became legal in Iowa.
Last updated: 09/23/2022
Iowa Online Gambling FAQ
Can you gamble online in Iowa?
The state of Iowa allows online gambling in the form of sports betting and daily fantasy sports. However, the Iowa gambling laws do not allow for online casino operators or online poker.
Can I play FanDuel in Iowa?
You can play at Fanduel Sportsbook and DFS. However, online gambling laws in Iowa do not allow for online casino sites, so Fanduel Casino is not available.
Is PokerStars legal in Iowa?
Online poker and online casinos in Iowa are not legal. Therefore, you can't play with Pokerstars.
Can you bet online in Iowa?
Yes. Betting on sports is available with operators such as PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook. Note: Just as in the NJ sports betting, you can't bet on instate college teams.
Is DraftKings legal in Iowa?
DraftKings Sportsbook and daily fantasy sports are available in Iowa. However, Iowa online casino sites remain illegal. Therefore, DraftKings Casino is not available.