Sports betting news seems to be coming out of Iowa each day, and it just keeps getting more exciting every time. The news this week is that Boyd Gaming and FanDuel have teamed up to open up the Diamond Jo Casino. The retail sportsbook is the first one of the state for these powerful sports betting companies and is located in Northwood.
FanDuel has been in talks with Boyd Gaming about opening a sportsbook, and the two companies were finally able to get it done. There are already plans to open up a retail sportsbook in Dubuque, Iowa, in the coming months as well. These two companies aren’t just limiting their business to the state of Iowa as they have already planned to open up a pair of retail casinos on the Boyd Gaming property in Indiana as well.
A mobile sportsbook app will also be available in the coming months, but that can only be accessed by Iowa residents who stay within state borders.
This brand new retail sportsbook in Northwood opened less than a month after the official sports betting launch in the Hawkeye State. There were major celebrations and ceremonies held on that first day that betting became legalized, and the Diamond Jo Casino had a celebration itself.
Pro Football Hall of Famer John Randle was chosen as the man to make the first bet at this location. Randle was one of the best players to ever play with the Minnesota Vikings and was thrilled to have the opportunity to make the first wager at Diamond Jo. The bet was a $93 moneyline bet on the Minnesota Twins.
The Diamond Jo Casino has been going through a transformation in recent weeks to establish space for the retail sportsbook. The new FanDuel Sportsbook is located between the Big Wheel Bar and Cashier’s Cape, and there is plenty of room.
There are 11 different sports betting kiosks that are available for use on-site, and they are all equipped with an IGT PlaySports platform. There are also three betting windows on-site that feature a teller that can help you with your betting transaction.
A very large sports ticker will greet customers who enter the facility, as well as three betting windows and six video displays. A large video wall has also been set up at the Diamond Jo Casino sportsbook and will mostly feature Iowa sports teams, or teams from neighboring states.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission was in charge of reviewing and approving applications for retail sportsbooks in the state of Iowa. Iowa was also in a race with the state of Indiana to launch sports betting first, and they won by a couple of weeks.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission anticipates that 18 casinos will have a sportsbook up and running by the time the NFL season kicks off. Betting on all of the major sports is legal in Iowa, and will all be offered at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Diamond Jo Casino.