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Iowa Getting the Sports Betting Party Started

Legalized sports betting is coming to the Midwest, and the state of Iowa will be the first state to offer it. Sports betting is set to launch at noon on Thursday, and there are a number of casinos primed and ready to go. There are a few other states in the Midwest that have been working towards legalizing sports betting, but Iowa beat them to the punch.

Some of the casinos will also begin offering mobile betting at launch, and Iowa residents have been able to sign up for an online account since Tuesday.

Here is the list of casinos that are set to launch sports betting at noon on Thursday:

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

The first four casinos on the list are all owned and operated by William Hill, and they will all offer online gambling as well as in-person betting upon launch.

Riverside and Rhythm City have partnered with online company Bet.Works to begin taking online/mobile bets as well. Bet.Works has also partnered with Grand Falls casino, and online betting is the only kind that will be offered by this establishment at launch.

Catfish Bend and Ameristar Council Bluffs have also been approved for a license to offer mobile/online betting, but they are not set up to take that kind of action at this time.

Launch Celebrations

Almost all of the eight casinos set to launch sports betting on Thursday have some sort of celebration planned, but the William Hill properties are taking the celebration to a new level. World War II veteran Joseph Reynolds will be given the opportunity to make the first bet at the Lakeside Casino in Clarke County.

Andre Dawson, who is a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, has been named as the person to make the ceremonial first bet at the Isle Casino Waterloo sportsbook.

There are 10 other casinos who have been approved to open up a sportsbook in the state of Iowa, and they are expected to launch soon. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gave an update stating that all 18 casinos in the state of Iowa are expected to be ready to accept bets by the start of the 2019 NFL season on Sept. 5.

Road To Launch

Iowa became the 11th state to legalize sports betting when Governor Kim Reynolds signed bill SF617 into law on May 13. The bill initially announced a launch date of July 4, but it took a lot longer for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to accept and approve applications from the in-state casinos.

Bettors must register for an online account in-person at one of the state’s approved casinos, but this portion of the law will fall off in January 2021. In-game or live betting has been approved by the state of Iowa and can be offered in all of the sportsbooks across the state. Parlay and future bets have also been legalized, and bettors will have the opportunity to bet on a wide range of American and foreign sports.

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