Iowa Sports Betting Sites: Retail Sportsbooks & Mobile Apps

Iowa is ready to bet on sports. Thursday August 15th was the first day for legal sports betting in the Hawkeye State, and there are a handful of casinos that will launch as soon as they are given the go-ahead. In addition, Iowa is ready much faster than other states for online betting options as well.

Iowa Casino’s With Sports Betting:

  • Catfish Bend
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Ameristar Council Bluffs
  • Lakeside
  • Riverside
  • Isle Bettendorf
  • Isle Waterloo
  • Rhythm City


Iowa Residents Can Bet Online

Iowa has done it correctly, as online betting is likely to be ready to roll right away.

This week, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission allowed people to sign up for online betting accounts in person, which would then allow those users to bet online.

This is a very important part of the law in Iowa, which requires users to register in person to receive access to mobile apps.

The IRCG authorized William Hill (Prairie Meadows, Isle Bettendorf and Isle Waterloo, and Lakeside) and Bet.Works casinos (Rhythm City and Riverside), meaning they are set to accept mobile bets on Thursday, August 15th.

Expect similar things to happen for PointsBet’s Catifish Bend and Ameristar Council Bluffs as well, when they are ready to launch. The IRCG authorized these as well, but they are not ready for mobile betting yet.


More Iowa Sportsbooks Coming Soon

In total, nearly 20 casinos applied for sports betting licenses in Iowa, and the IRCG expects them all to be ready (onsite) by the time the NFL season begins in early September.

Of course, with no NFL football teams in Iowa, but Iowa and Iowa State playing football the week before, most will try to launch before then to take bets on college sports as well. With that being said, Iowa will not allow prop bets involving in-state college teams, meaning Iowa and Iowa State games will not have prop bets.

As always, mobile betting is not as simple for every casino…so be patient as all of them will not be ready right away!

Expect to see some of the following names in Iowa at some point:

FanDuel Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook
888 Sports
Fox Bet
And more!


Iowa Sports Betting FAQ

Am I allowed to bet on sports in Iowa?

You must be 21 years old or older to bet in Iowa

Will there be online and mobile betting in Iowa?

Yes, see above for more details!

When did legal sports betting start in Iowa?

The law goes into effect on Thursday, August 15th.

How does Iowa Make Money on Sports Betting?

Taxes. The Iowa sports betting law shows this for state revenue:
$45,000 license fee and 6.75% tax rate on revenue