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Is sports betting legal in Iowa?

Yes. Iowa legalized sports betting May 2019, becoming the 11th state to pass a bill. Sportsbooks officially opened a few months later (August) with online operators also in the mix. Despite being one of the last states that prohibited Daily Fantasy Sports, Iowa made a surprising move to legalize sports betting.

The main stipulation for online betting is that residents must register in person at a casino, though that ends Jan. 1, 2021. Most relevant for betting, in-play prop bets are not allowed on games involving Iowa schools.

While most casinos that are taking part in sports betting have physical sportsbooks, each is allowed two separate mobile sportsbooks in partnership with third-party providers. That's why Wild Rose resorts have retail DraftKings sportsbooks, but they also offer signups to bet online with BetRivers.

Daily Fantasy Sports were legalized in the sports betting bill, so residents have been able to take part since October 2019 when DraftKings officially launched in the state. The interesting part to a sports betting bill passing was that it succeeded on its second try. Iowa had tried to legalize fantasy sports numerous time before, dating back to 2015.

Iowa Sportsbooks


Grand Falls Casino, Larchwood

Betfred Sportsbook at Grand Falls encompasses 3,500 square feet with a 32-screen front video wall display, plush chairs, reservable VIP booths and the Sportsbook Bar & Grill. It is Betfred's only physical sportsbook in Iowa, though you also can register to bet online at Riverside Casino and Rhythm City Casino.

Sunday - Thursday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.


BetRivers has a deal with the Wild Rose resorts, but the online sportsbook has yet to launch in Iowa. However, Wild Rose has retail sportsbooks provided by DraftKings.

Caesars Entertainment

Harrah's, Council Bluffs

The Book at Harrah's features a massive video wall with 16 HDTVs, a full-service bar and plenty of casino games.

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Horseshoe, Council Bluffs

The Book at Horseshoe has HDTVs, thoughtfully-crafted game-day food specials and a wide range of drink selections provided by Whiskey Roadhouse.

Monday - Friday: opens 11 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: opens 9 a.m.

DraftKings Sportsbook

All three sportsbooks at Wild Rose properties are run by DraftKings, which also offers sports betting online

Wild Rose Casino, Clinton

This DraftKings Sportsbook has 21 TVs (four mega TVs) and two video walls, as well as a full-service bar and restaurant. There are betting kiosks throughout the property that are available 24/7.

Monday - Wednesday: closed
Thursday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wild Rose Casino, Emmetsburg

Monday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tuesday - Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Wild Rose Casino, Jefferson

The Jefferson sportsbook has nearly 6,000 square feet of space, 28 TVs, a 200" projector screen and Coaches, a full-service bar and restaurant. Odds boards are also placed throughout the casino at Lucky's Bar and J-Town Cafe.

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (or end of NFL game)
Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (or end of NFL game)

ELITE Sportsbook

Riverside Casino, Riverside

ELITE Sportsbook is located in the Draft Day Sports Lounge at Riverside, which has a distinctive food menu and full-service bar, as well as HDTVs and an arcade. Bets can be made at Draft Day or at kiosks located around the property.

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Rhythm City Casino, Davenport

Similar to Riverside, ELITE Sportsbook is located in Draft Day, which includes a 360-degree screen and 18 TVs along with a wide variety of food and drinks. Bets can be made at Draft Day or online after signing up for an account in person.

Monday - Thursday: opens 1 p.m.
Friday: opens 11 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: opens 9 a.m. 

In partnership with Betfred, the sportsbook at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood is under the Betfred name, though residents are still able to sign up for online betting through ELITE at that location.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Diamond Jo Casino, Worth

Located between Cashier's Cage and Big Wheel Bar, the FanDuel Sportsbook has three betting windows, 11 self-service kiosks and an entire video wall. Through the partnership with Boyd Gaming (parent company of Diamond Jo), FanDuel also offers online betting.

Monday - Sunday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque

The FanDuel Sportsbook offers 2,150 square feet of sports betting with four betting windows, 34 screens, three sports tickers and nine 24/7 self-service kiosks. Food and drinks are provided by nearby The Game Sports Bar.

Monday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Hard Rock Online

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City

Through a partnership with technology company Gaming Innovation Group, Hard Rock has its own sportsbook and online betting system. The sportsbook at the casino has 400 square feet of space for sports betting with four windows available to place action. Following registration in person, bets can be made online at the Hard Rock Sportsbook.

Monday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington

The PointsBet Sportsbook boasts the largest TV in Iowa at 163", which is one of 37 TV screens and eight odds displays, as well as a bar and lounge seating. This was the first retail sportsbook for PointsBet, an Australian-based company with a mostly online presence.

Q Sportsbook

Q Casino and Hotel, Dubuque

Powered by IGT, the local casino has its own retail sportsbook in addition to its own mobile betting app. The sportsbook features a 4,200-square-foot area with 47 TVs, a huge video wall, betting kiosks and the Q Sports Bar which has 20 beers on tap. The newly renovated bar also has access to high-speed internet and USB charging points.

Monday - Tuesday: closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Unibet Sportsbook

Unibet still needs to receive its license for online sports betting in Iowa, but it has a partnership through two Caesars casinos, Harrah's and Horseshoe. There is no firm date for this to happen and it's possible it won't be until 2021.

William Hill

William Hill Sportsbook has the biggest footprint in Iowa, at least in terms of physical sportsbooks.

Isle Casino, Bettendorf

The Bettendorf casino supports 12 HDTVs, eight more screens showing live games and is next door to the Lone Wolf Bar.

Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Isle Casino, Waterloo

This sportsbook contains eight odds boards, 15 viewing screens, betting windows and numerous self-serve kiosks.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Lakeside Casino, Osceola

The William Hill Sports Book features two 86" 4k TVs and 14 more 65" TVs to go with enough seating to catch the action. 

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Prairie Meadows, Altoona

The William Hill Sports Book offers more than 50 HDTVs with 20 dedicated to sports content as well as a 16-monitor video wall. 

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Retail-Only Sportsbooks

Ameristar Casino, Council Bluffs

The Sportsbook at Ameristar is the lone retail sportsbook that doesn't offer online sports betting, though that's likely to change in the near future. Owned by Penn National Gaming, the Ameristar sportsbook is power by Kambi.

The physical sportsbook is located inside Ameristar Bar featuring 50 HDTVs, six wagering terminals, 10 betting kiosks and comfortable seating.

Monday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.