Iowa’s Online Sportsbooks May Take Action On Bundesliga Matches Very Soon

Posted on May 8, 2020

Germany’s top flight of club soccer will resume later this month, and if you search the offerings at Iowa’s legal online sports betting apps, you should soon find Bundesliga betting markets. That’s because, for right now, Bundesliga will be one of the premier sporting events in the entire world.

Iowa already allows wagering on Bundesliga matches, extending to futures, parlays and team props. Those should surface on Iowa’s legal sports betting apps like DraftKings and PointsBet soon.

Why Bundesliga betting should be a hot ticket in Iowa soon

On Wednesday, the German government gave Bundesliga the green light to resume matches without spectators in attendance over the second half of this month. The league has yet to release an official schedule for resumed play, however.

Unofficial dates for matches include May 15, May 22 and May 29. There are several factors at play yet, such as the completion of a 14-day quarantine period for players and staff.

Bundesliga is among the most popular soccer leagues in the world, counting fans in the millions around the globe. It’s also set to become great fodder for sportsbook operators around the globe because of that soon.

Bundesliga is among the first European soccer leagues to resume play after suspending its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s unclear when North American major sports may resume/start their seasons still.

Because of that, IA sportsbooks have an interest in creating markets for Bundesliga matches. That means it’s time for bettors in Iowa to familiarize themselves with “Germany’s NFL.”

Where to find reliable information on Bundesliga

If German isn’t a strong suit for you, that’s not a problem. Several English-language sports media outlets devote coverage to Bundesliga, including BBC Sport.

That’s a great resource for news regarding Bundesliga. A great way to get scores and statistics is going straight to the source: Bundesliga’s English-language website.

With that information, you should be set to start handicapping markets and matches for yourself. Although none of IA’s legal sportsbook operators have announced any promotions for Bundesliga wagers yet, those may be on the horizon as well.

One problem you might run into, however, is IA’s in-person registration requirement for online sports betting. The mandate is in place until Jan. 1, 2021.

If you’re new to online sports betting in IA, you will have to wait to do so until the casino associated with the online sportsbook you want to place your wager with is open for business again. In order to complete your registration for any of IA’s four online sports betting apps, you have to physically show your identification at the retail component for that sportsbook brand in the state.

If you’ve already registered for one or more of IA’s online sportsbooks, however, you will be good to go as soon as the markets go live. The sooner you pounce on them, the better.

It’s unclear how adept IA sportsbooks like Elite and Hard Rock will be at handicapping Bundesliga events. The other side of that coin, however, is the relative lack of other sporting events frees up resources that normally would go elsewhere.

Regardless, the fact that Bundesliga will soon return is exciting news for soccer bettors and fans around the world. If you can win some cash betting on the matches, perhaps you’ll join millions around the globe in enjoying Bundesliga.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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