Iowa Sports Betting Apps

Iowa

From 2019 onward, Iowa has opened its doors to 17 sportsbook operators, which is impressive considering there are no major sports teams within the state.

Legal and licensed apps:

Filters
Android
IOS
Web app
Sportsbooks
Racebooks
DFS
Social Sportsbooks
Online Casino
Online Sweepstake
Filter by bonus

Bonus: 100$

Fanduel
BONUS: 
200$
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Circa
BONUS: 
-
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
DraftKings
BONUS: 
150$
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Bet365
BONUS: 
$150
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
SuperBook
BONUS: 
$250
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
BetMGM
BONUS: 
$1500
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Caesars Sportsbook
BONUS: 
-
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Hard Rock Sportsbook
BONUS: 
$100
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Betrivers
BONUS: 
500$
PROMO CODE: 
SPORTS
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Betfred
BONUS: 
$150
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Betway
BONUS: 
$150
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Tipico
BONUS: 
$100
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Bally Bet
BONUS: 
$100
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Elite Sportsbook
BONUS: 
100$
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Clutchbet
BONUS: 
$1000
PROMO CODE: 
-
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
DRF Sportsbook
BONUS: 
-
PROMO CODE: 
-
Review
Bet now
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly

All legal ways to bet on in Iowa

Is online sports betting legal in Iowa?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?Yes
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?Yes

Bettors in Iowa have free reign to wager on both professional and collegiate sports, including events that include in-state colleges. Outside of those two categories, the ability to wager on horse racing is available, along with the opportunity to utilize daily fantasy sports apps.

Customers in Iowa are not permitted to bet on politics or entertainment events like the Oscars.

Online sports betting in The Hawkeye State

Some states are set up perfectly to hit the ground running once sports betting is legalized, and Iowa was one of those states. With plenty of casinos already in operation throughout the state prior to the legalization, Iowa was able to welcome a wide range of big-name mobile sportsbook operators right away.

When PASPA was overturned in 2018, the state of Iowa had already been working on a bill to get sports betting legal before that ruling from the Supreme Court. Even though they seemed the most prepared to get a bill passed that same year, they were unable to do so. However, shortly after, in May 2019, the state was able to get a bill passed, and by August of 2019, both retail and mobile sports betting had gone live.

When Governor Kim Reynolds signed the state’s sports betting bill, one requirement was that all online sportsbooks partner with a land-based casino to obtain a license. In fact, each casino can partner with three online operators, so while there are a little over 15 mobile sportsbooks already active in the state, there could technically be 57 active at one time on paper.

Heading into 2024, there are 17 operators active in Iowa, and that number seems to be consistently changing due to sportsbooks leaving the state or merging with another operator. Regardless, this still allows residents of the Hawkeye State to have quite the selection of mobile betting apps available to them at all times.

In 2022, the Hawkeye State would pass HF 2497, allowing esports betting to become legal in the state with regulations. The bill also allowed bettors to wager on things like the NFL MVP or other similar awards.

All legal IA sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Fanatics Sportsbook

February 7, 2024

ESPN Bet

November 14, 2023

Bet365

June 5, 2023

DRF Sportsbook

March 3, 2023

Tipico

January 11, 2023

SuperBook

October 27, 2022

Clutchbet

September 19, 2022

Betway

November 18, 2021

Circa Sportsbook

October 7, 2021

Bally Bet

June 30, 2021

BetMGM

January 4, 2021

BetRivers

January 1, 2021

FanDuel

September 3, 2020

BetFred Sports

July 10, 2020

DraftKings

February 19, 2020

Q Sportsbook

November 26, 2019

Caesars Sportsbook

August 15, 2019

Sports betting & gambling legislation in IA

When sports betting was first made legal in Iowa, it was required that all bettors looking to create a mobile betting account be on location at a partner casino. However, that rule expired in 2021, and customers can now create accounts through remote registration. The only guideline is that they must be within state lines.

Once an account has been created, bettors must be at least 21 years old to place a legal wager online or at a retail location. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission enforces all of these rules and regulations.

Regarding taxes for bettors, winnings are subject to a 5% state income tax rate and a 24% federal income tax rate. It is important to note that even if a bettor is not an Iowa resident but received their winnings while within state lines, they are still taxable by the state.

Outside of sports betting, there are plenty of other ways Iowa residents or people passing through the state can get their gambling fix. While online casinos and poker remain illegal in The Hawkeye State, social casinos are still widely available.

Are online casinos legal in Iowa?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Iowa?August 15, 2019
How many legal sports betting apps are there in IA?17
How many legal retail betting sites are there in IA?17
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Iowa?21+
Iowa's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings5%
Who regulates sports betting in Iowa?Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

Most recent updates from the IA sports betting scene

  • May 30, 2024: Despite the gambling scandal, the Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a solid season. Entering this season, their win total is currently set at 7.5, and they are (+1100) to win the Big 12 Title game.

  • May 29, 2024: College football futures bets have been put on the board by most sportsbooks, and the Iowa Hawkeyes win total is currently set at 7.5. The Hawkeyes are also (+680) to make the College Football Playoff and (+3500) to win the Big Ten Championship game.

  • April 27, 2024: Over two dozen students involved in the Iowa and Iowa State sports betting scandal have filed a federal lawsuit. These students believe their rights were violated.

  • April 15, 2024: Former Iowa Hawkeyes megastar Catilin Clark has been selected first overall in the 2024 WNBA Draft to the Indiana Fever. She is currently (-700) to win Rookie of the Year and (-280) to lead the Fever in scoring.

  • March 1, 2024: Criminal charges against four Iowa State student-athletes involved in the NCAA sports betting scandal have been dropped.

  • February 6, 2024: Fanatics Sportsbook has officially launched in Iowa.

  • December 12, 2023: In November, Iowa sees a significant increase in sports betting with $289.7 million in wagers, marking a 17.1% rise from the previous year. This is the highest monthly total since January 2022 and a 13.5% increase compared to October 2023. Online operators accounted for $265.8 million of the total bets, while retail sportsbooks contributed $23.9 million.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Gambling was already prevalent in Iowa well before the passing of the state’s sports betting law in May 2019. Many casinos had been staples in cities across the Hawkeye State, but once sports betting became legalized, they could expand their business to reach a wider audience by partnering with online sportsbooks.

With well over a dozen casinos active in the state, online sportsbooks had their fair share of options to choose from when it came to finding a retail partner. In terms of consistent success with sports betting revenue production, the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque and the Wild Rose Casinos have been some of the biggest contributors to the state's monthly numbers in terms of handle and revenue.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

Grand Falls

1415 Grand Falls Blvd, Larchwood

Harrah's Council Bluffs

One Harrah's Blvd, Council Bluffs

Horseshoe Casino

2701 23rd Ave, Council Bluffs

Isle Casino Bettendrof

1777 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf

Isle Casino Waterloo

777 Isle of Capri Blvd, Waterloo

Prairie Meadows

1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona

Rhythm City

7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport

Riverside Casino

3184 IA-22, Riverside

Wild Rose Casino & Hotel Clinton

777 Wild Rose Dr, Clinton

Wild Rose Casino & Hotel Emmetsburg

777 Main St, Emmetsburg

Wild Rose Casino & Hotel Jefferson

777 Wild Rose Rd, Jefferson

Lakeside Hotel and Casino

777 Casino Dr, Osceola

Diamond Jo Dubuque

301 Bell St, Dubuque

Diamond Jo Worth

777 Diamond Jo Ln, Northwood

Hard Rock Sioux City

111 3rd St, Sioux City

Catfish Bend

3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington

Q Casino

1855 Greyhound Park Rd, Dubuque

Sports betting in neighboring states

Iowa is surrounded by states that have both retail and mobile betting legal to nothing legal at all. If making a trip over state lines, Iowa residents could end up in a state like Illinois, where there are a ton of sports betting operators and casinos that are active, or they could end up in Minnesota, where local tribes have continued to fight against any sort of sports betting legislation.

By clicking on the respective states down below, you can read more about what each state currently has or doesn’t have to offer when it comes to sports betting.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
NebraskaIllegalLegalLegalLegal
MissouriIllegalIllegalLegalIllegal
IllinoisLegalLegalLegalLegal
South DakotaLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal
MinnesotaIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal
WisconsinLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Iowa's economy

The sheer volume of operators and retail locations in Iowa has allowed the state to continually churn out substantial monthly and yearly numbers for handle, revenue, and tax income. In 2024, the Hawkeye State recently lost its streak of three consecutive months with a handle of at least $220 million.

Regarding licenses and taxes, Iowa goes pretty easy on operators compared to other states. The fee to obtain a license is $45,000, and the tax rate for both online and retail sports betting is 6.75%. Only two states in the U.S. currently have an equal or lower tax rate than Iowa.

Since the state still has plenty of licenses to be applied for on what could be considered a discount for a licensing fee compared to other states, there is a real possibility that the state gambling market will get even bigger. With that, Iowa could cement itself as one of the highest-earning states monthly in the post-PASPA era.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in April 2024 (Retail + Online):

  1. DraftKings: Handle: $73.1m, Revenue: $6.2m

  2. FanDuel: Handle: $57.4m, Revenue: $5.8m

  3. Caesars Sportsbook: Handle: $20.6m, Revenue: $934,300

Iowa sports betting record months:

  1. Sports betting handle: November 2023 ($289,698,466)

  2. Revenue: December 2023 ($26,286,446)

  3. Tax income: December 2023 ($1,774,335)

IA sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Apr. 2024

$209,522,911

$16,527,342

$1,120,126

Mar. 2024

$272,366,214

$18,194,914

$1,235,155

Feb. 2024

$220,583,732

$13,608,943

$920,400

Jan. 2024

$259,468,795

$22,064,697

$1,487,626

2024 Total YTD

$961,941,652

$70,395,896

$4,763,307

Iowa - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in Iowa?

Since August 2019, sports betting has been 100% legal in Iowa in both mobile and retail formats. There are 17 mobile and retail betting options available, and bettors can also download daily fantasy sports apps or legally use racebooks for horse racing.

How profitable has sports betting been for IA?

The Hawkeye State is slowly but surely creeping up on over $1 billion in sports betting revenue made since it was legalized. As of right now, the state has made over $570 million.

Who is the biggest sports figure in Iowa?

Iowa has produced some big-name athletes over the years, but currently, Caitlin Clark is the state's biggest sports icon.

What is the biggest gambling win ever recorded in IA?

In 2018, a woman named Lerynne West won $343.9 million from the Powerball Jackpot, the biggest lottery payout in the state's history.