Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.
Cedar Rapids casino

Governor Could Shelve Cedar Rapids Casino Bid Until 2024

House File 2497 is on its way to Gov. Kim Reynold’s desk. If she adds her signature, Linn County residents won’t see a Cedar Rapids casino anytime soon. HF 2497 calls for a two-year moratorium on new casino licenses. That means all applications could be on hold until at least July 1, 2024. State senators […]
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SBK Sportsbook to use Smarket odds

Smarkets, Affinity To Make Iowa Third State For SBK Sportsbook Launch

Look for Lakeside Hotel Casino in Osceola to add another sportsbook to its offerings soon. SBK Sportsbook on Thursday confirmed plans to make Iowa its third US market. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) approved the casino-sportsbook contract at its March 3 meeting in Osceola. Thursday’s joint announcement came from Affinity Interactive, which operates […]
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Cy Hawk 2022 odds

FanDuel Iowa Sets Cy-Hawk 2022 Game Odds And More

The college game has spring football, so why not spring Cy-Hawk 2022 game football bets as well? FanDuel Sportsbook in Iowa pinged PlayIA with some early lines for more than 80 college football games this fall. The potential bets cover 13 weeks of the college football season. Let’s get right to the bread-and-butter. For now, […]
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Iowa Greyhound Park Closes

Iowa Greyhound Park Closes Sunday; State’s Dog Days Are Over

Folks behind races at Iowa Greyhound Park knew it for years. Their kennels would go empty sooner rather than later. There are only four days of sprinting dogs and betting slips left in Dubuque. Post times for the last races in Iowa greyhound history are: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 1 p.m. Sunday Each […]
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ClutchBet in Iowa

BlueBet Will Rebrand as ClutchBet Sportsbook When It Debuts In Iowa

An established Australian sportsbook will arrive in Iowa “in the coming weeks.” Look for the name ClutchBet Sportsbook when it makes its US debut. BlueBet Holdings is the company behind the planned ClutchBet Sportsbook Iowa launch. In Australia, they go with the “blue” in BlueBet Sportsbook to reflect “true blue” reliability. They don’t want the […]
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Mega Millions win

Iowa Man Lands A $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

Iowa has another big lotto winner, but the West Burlington man who won the $1 million Mega Millions prize thinks the windfall almost didn’t happen. Josh Buster asked for five easy-pick plays for the April 14 Mega Millions drawing, but the clerk at the MK Mini Mart in his hometown initially printed out just one […]
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