Editor’s Note: As of Jan. 1, 2021, those who want to create a Betfred Sports Iowa online sports betting account no longer need to visit the Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Larchwood to register.
Iowa was one of the first states in which Betfred Sports, one of the largest sportsbook operators in the UK, launched both retail and online sportsbooks.
In this Betfred Sports Iowa review, we tell you all you need to know about this recent entrant into the US sports betting marketplace, including how to get signed up with Betfred and claim the sportsbook’s $1,000 welcome offer.
So let’s get going.
New users at Betfred Sports in Iowa are eligible for a 100% first bet match, up to $1,000; you don’t need a bonus code to be eligible. All you need is to use our link and enter promo code BFS15 when signing up for your account.
Once you have created your account and deposited at least $10, you’re ready to have your first wager with Betfred Sports matched, up to $1,000.
Once your first bet has been settled, you need to go to the promotions page and activate the promotion. At that time, you will receive up to $1,000 in the form of a promo balance in your account.
Be aware that you have just seven days to use all your promo cash before it expires. Also, when making bets with promo cash, you do not receive the promo cash back into your account, only the winnings from your bets made with it. And one final note, you cannot use promo cash to make bets on favorites with odds shorter than or equal to -200.
Overall, this is one of the best sportsbook welcome bonuses we have seen at online Iowa sportsbooks. Just make sure you are aware of all the fine print, which we outlined so that you can take full advantage of the bonus.
|Online Sportsbook||Betfred Sports IA|
|Welcome Offer||100% first bet match, up to $1,000|
|Online Since||July 2020 in Iowa|
|Last Updated||January 2021|
When it comes to promotions, Betfred’s sportsbook kicks things off with its first-bet match offer and continues from there.
Betfred Sports offers daily odds boosts, called Betfred Boosts that will increase the odds for specific bets and prebuilt parlays. Betfred Boosts are not eligible for you to use on parlays, and you cannot modify them.
During the 2020 holiday season, Betfred Sports ran a promotion where users received a free bet worth up to $50 a day for 12 consecutive days. All you had to do to claim the free bet was make a bet each day, and you received a free bet in the amount you wagered.
There is no doubt that Betfred Sports will continue to offer daily odds boosts and various promotions. Make sure you watch your email or check the Betfred Sports promotions page to see the latest offerings from the Iowa sportsbook.
Yes, Betfred Sports received licenses for retail and online sportsbooks from the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission, which oversees sports betting in the state.
You must be at least 21 years old and within the state when placing bets. For this reason, you need to have geolocation software enabled on your computer or mobile device when making bets.
According to the law in Iowa, sportsbooks are not allowed to accept bets for non-sports events like the Oscars or Grammys or for esports. Betting on NCAA teams from Iowa is allowed, but prop bets on college players are not permitted.
To create your sports betting account with Betfred Sports, visit their website and follow the steps below:
Betfred Iowa does not currently offer a native app for iOS or Android. However, the site works great in browser whether you are on your mobile device or your computer.
Once you open the site and log in by clicking the button in the upper-right corner, you are ready to start making bets.
The bulk of the screen at Betfred Sports shows the games that are on or are about to start. To place a bet, all you need to do is click on what you want to bet on, and it will go into your betting slip.
If you want to make more bets, keep selecting bets until you’re ready, then open your slip called “My Bets.” Now you can decide if you want to make single, parlay or round robin bets. Once you’ve done that, you need to enter a bet amount and click “Place Bet.”
The easiest way to move around the Betfred Sports app is by using the bars at the top and bottom of the page. There you will see links to go to individual sport pages, as well as to the Betfred Sports promos page and the daily odds boost list.
You can assess your bet slip by clicking the tab on the bottom of the page, and there also is a tab for the most popular bets.
When you click on the person icon in the top-right corner, it will open a window for your Betfred Sports account. Here, you can make deposits or withdrawals in your “Wallet,” see your bonuses, change your settings or log out of your account entirely. This also is where you can set limits under “Responsible Gambling.”
Lastly, if you need to contact Betfred Sports staff, you will need to be on the homepage. At the footer of the page, you’ll find contact information for “Betfred Support.”
Here are three of our favorite features regarding Betfred Sports Iowa:
And now here’s a look at a few areas where we believe Betfred Sports could improve.
Betfred Sports has a plethora of betting markets, and here are all the types of bets you can make, along with a quick explanation of how each bet works.
Betfred Sports has markets for all the major US sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NHL and UFC. You also can bet on college basketball and college football. And don’t forget that in Iowa you can bet on NCAA teams from the Hawkeye State.
Using the Betfred Sports app, you also can bet on golf (PGA Tour), tennis (WTA and ATP), auto racing (IndyCar and NASCAR) and soccer (MLS, Champions League, English Premier League).
Betfred Sports also has betting markets for other sports like boxing and table tennis, so if you’re interested in any smaller sports, be sure to check the app for all your options.
While Iowa doesn’t have any teams in any of the major North American sports leagues, the state still has college teams and teams from the wider region that generate local interest in Iowa.
Futures betting can be a fun way to bet on sports and a profitable one, too, if you’re able to identify a long shot to win the title before the season starts.
At Betfred Sports, you can bet on teams to win the championship for some of the top leagues like the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, and college football and basketball. Usually, odds for all the leagues will be posted shortly after the previous season finishes, but at the latest they should be up before the beginning of the season.
The Betfred Sports app also has futures markets for player awards. For example, you can bet on who will win the NFL regular season MVP or who will win the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the MVP of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
Betfred Sports even has markets for which teams will win their divisions and conferences. And for men’s college basketball, you can bet on teams you think will make it to the Final Four at the end of March Madness.
Currently, Betfred Sports does not have a lot of options when it comes to depositing and withdrawing money.
If you want to do so remotely, you can deposit using a bank or wire transfer, an e-check, Skrill or a Play+ prepaid card. If you don’t mind depositing money in person, you can go to a PayNearMe location or visit the retail sportsbook at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Larchwood.
When it comes time to collect your winnings and withdraw money from your Betfred Sports account, your choices are the same. You can use a bank or wire transfer, an e-check, or Skrill or your Play+ card.
Once again, you can head to Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort to pull money out of your account. Just make sure you know your Betfred Sports account passwords and security questions and have property identification before going to Grand Falls.
Betfred offers three ways to reach its customer support department. You can call (947-333-9991), text (515-293-4693) or email ([email protected]). The sportsbook will have representatives on hand to help from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to midnight, Fridays through Sundays.
Somewhat surprisingly, Betfred does not have an FAQ page on its website or app to help you find solutions on your own, though it may add one going forward.
If you are new to online sports betting, you might not be aware that you can set various limits and restrictions on your account.
You can limit the amount of time or money you can spend at Betfred Sports. You also have the option to completely restrict yourself from Betfred Sports if you believe that is what’s best for you.
Betfred also provides numbers to call if you or someone close to you needs help with a gambling addiction.
Betfred’s retail sportsbook in Iowa is at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort. It opened in January 2020, almost six months before the Betfred sportsbook debuted in the state.
The Betfred retail sportsbook covers over 3,500 square feet and includes a video wall with 32 TVs, four of which are 86 inches. There also are five high-top tables as well as chairs, recliners and VIP booths. The Sportsbook Bar & Grill serves burgers, wings and Neapolitan-style pizza and has local beers on tap.
No, we can’t say it is. Betfred Sports is a solid sportsbook offering, but at the moment, we don’t believe it is better than either FanDuel or DraftKings IA, which we consider to be the cream of the sports betting crop in the state.
There’s nothing wrong with Betfred Sports. It simply is a matter of those other two being slightly better. Both offer more promotions, and they each have more betting markets for most sporting events. But we’ll be watching closely to see if Betfred Sports closes the gap.
Yes, not only is Betfred one of the top oddsmakers in Europe, but it received a sports betting license from the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission, making it completely legal and legit. You can contact the IRGC to file any complaints by calling 515-281-7352 or emailing [email protected]
Yes, you can bet on NCAA sports at Betfred Sports, including games involving Iowa college teams and games taking place in Iowa. Prop bets on college players are not allowed.
You must be 21 years or older to bet on sports at any sportsbook in Iowa. You also need to be physically in the Hawkeye State when placing bets. In order to bet on your mobile phone using Betfred, you will need to download geolocation software such as GeoComply.
Betfred provides fewer promotional offers as you will find on the DraftKings app. DraftKings also has more betting markets for most games, usually with more prop betting options.
Betfred does not currently have a native app in Iowa. Betfred has a dedicated website for its online sportsbook in Iowa that you can use to place all your bets at home or on your mobile phone. You will need to download a geolocation app for mobile betting.
Kind of. You can manage your account and check lines from anywhere, but you only can place bets in states where Betfred is legal. It’s available in Iowa and Colorado, Nevada and Pennsylvania.