BetMGM Sportsbook has brought its top-of-the-line sportsbook to Iowa. The sportsbook is operated by MGM Resorts International, one of the largest gambling companies in the world.
Our BetMGM Iowa review will tell you all about BetMGM’s risk-free first bet. We will walk you through creating an account and getting the app on your Apple or Android device. We also go over the best and worst parts of the Iowa sportsbook and, of course, how to deposit and cash out at BetMGM.
So, let’s get started with that $600 risk-free bet.
If you’re signing up for an account at BetMGM IA Sportsbook, be sure to use our BetMGM bonus code PLAYBONUS to receive a risk-free first bet on the site. The offer will cover any wager size up to $600.
When you create your BetMGM online sportsbook account, all you need to do is enter the code PLAYBONUS in the appropriate field. Then when you make your first deposit, your first deposit is automatically qualified as being risk-free.
If you win that first bet, the proceeds will hit your account as usual. But if you lose it, BetMGM will refund the entire amount so you can take another shot.
If you do lose your first bet, the bonus bets will be awarded within 24 hours of your bet settling and must be used within seven days.
|Online Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook Iowa|
|Deposit Bonus||Up to $600 risk-free bet|
|Online Since||January 2021|
|Last Updated||February 9, 2021|
For those of you who expect great promotions from online sportsbooks, BetMGM does not disappoint. It starts with its risk-free bet for new users and then continues from there. Let’s examine a few of the BetMGM promos.
BetMGM makes parlays a little more exciting with its Multi-Sport Parlay Booster. Just opt in and all your four- to seven-leg parlays will increase by up to 40%. The only stipulation is that you can only boost one per day.
If parlays aren’t your thing, no worries, BetMGM has other offers. In BetMGM’s Money Monday Club, you can receive a free $10 bet every Monday if you wagered at least $50 the previous week. Even better than that, you’ll receive a free $20 bet if you wager $50 while live betting during the NFL season.
Maybe you’re new to sports betting and a little hesitant to be risking $50 a week and would rather start off small. In that case, how about BetMGM’s free Pick-3 TD Challenge? It allows you to win a free bet worth up to a $100 a week. All you need to do is select who will score the first touchdown in three selected NFL games. One correct pick nets you a free $5 wager. Two and you’ve got yourself a $10 bet, and if you manage to select all three correctly, you’ll nab a free $100 bet with BetMGM.
As you can see, the BetMGM Sportsbook app provides great offers for big and small bettors alike. Also, BetMGM sometimes even gives out free $5 or $10 bets for loyal users; just make sure you check the app daily because the special offers usually only last 24 hours.
Yes, BetMGM is a legal sportsbook operator in Iowa.
Sports betting became something that individual states outside of Nevada could legalize when the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018.
In May 2019, Iowa passed Senate File 617, which paved the way for legal sports betting in the state for both retail and online sportsbooks.
While you can place a plethora of sports bets in the Hawkeye State, you cannot place prop bets on any individual college players.
In order to start placing sports bets at BetMGM, you will first need to create an account with the sportsbook in Iowa. The process should take only a few minutes, and you can complete it on your mobile device or desktop or laptop computer.
And that is all you need to do in order to create a sportsbook account with BetMGM.
As of Jan. 1, 2021, you can sign up remotely for BetMGM as well as all other online sportsbooks in the state.
When sports betting was legalized in Iowa in 2019, the law required registration to be completed in person through the end of 2020. For most online sportsbooks, that meant going to that sportsbook’s retail location to complete the sign-up process. BetMGM’s online partner is Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque.
But this requirement is no longer. You can complete the entire registration process, deposit and place your bets from the comfort of your home or anywhere else in Iowa.
You can access BetMGM’s online sportsbook by using the BetMGM app or the BetMGM website. While both are nearly identical, the app allows you to have a sportsbook with you wherever you go in Iowa as long as you have a connection to the internet.
In this section, we are specifically discussing BetMGM’s app, but again, you can use the website the same way.
First up is downloading the BetMGM app to your iPhone/iPad or your Android tablet or phone. The easiest way to do so is by following our links to the sportsbook site and following the instructions to download either the iOS or Android app.
When you download the files to your mobile device, it may require your permission in order to proceed with the download. After the download is complete, your authorization may be necessary to install the app on your phone or tablet.
The entire process, from following our links to downloading and installing the app, should take no more than a few minutes.
When you open the BetMGM app, you can log in or register by selecting the appropriate buttons at the top of the screen. If you need help registering, check out our previous section where we detail how to do so.
The app works vertically and horizontally. The only difference is that popular upcoming events are listed on the left side in the horizontal alignment and the middle of the screen in the vertical display.
Let’s look at some of the areas of the app that you should know:
Let’s break down three of the best features of the BetMGM Sportsbook app:
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the ways in which BetMGM could provide a better user experience going forward:
Here are the various types of bets you can make at BetMGM Sportsbook:
BetMGM offers the major sports leagues so that you can bet on MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL games. There’s also NASCAR, UFC, PGA Tour, men’s and women’s tennis and MLS. Across the pond, there’s international soccer leagues aplenty, including World Cup action.
Be sure to check BetMGM’s A-Z listing of sports, as there are even smaller sports, including table tennis and rugby.
While Iowa isn’t home to any Major League Baseball or the NFL, NBA or NHL teams, it still has four Division I college teams. On top of that, there are quite a few teams in neighboring states.
Collegiate sports include the Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Drake Bulldogs and Northern Iowa Panthers. At BetMGM, you should find almost all Iowa and Iowa State games available to bet on, while some Drake and Northern Iowa contests might not have lines based on the level of play of those schools’ opponents.
Let’s look at the pro teams in neighboring states:
Futures markets tend to vary from sportsbook to sportsbook, so here’s an overview of what BetMGM’s futures tend to look like:
BetMGM offers a plethora of ways to deposit money into your account:
If you want to withdraw money from your BetMGM account in Iowa, you have four options:
Regrettably, BetMGM doesn’t have a lot of options to reach its customer support staff.
Sometimes you can start a live chat on the customer service page. Some report to say it’s not uncommon to read “due to an overwhelming amount of chats, you can email instead.”
Truth be told, we haven’t run into any issues with BetMGM’s customer service, so we’re hopeful it’s a matter of not having enough staff as opposed to an abundant amount of customers experiencing problems.
You will find a page on the BetMGM site devoted to responsible gambling. It provides phone numbers and websites to organizations you can contact for help if you or someone you know has a gambling problem. You can also set restrictions to limit the amount of time and money you spend on the BetMGM website or app.
BetMGM also allows users to self-exclude or ban themselves completely from BetMGM for three, five or 10 years, or forever.
While BetMGM is not the best sportsbook in the Hawkeye State, it is at least one we consider legitimate contenders for the title. Other sportsbooks that we would put in the conversation would be DraftKings, PointsBet and FanDuel.
What helps set these sportsbooks apart is their commitment to offering great bonuses after new bettors sign up. They all offer high-quality apps that let you take advantage of the myriad sports wagers available.
When you use the bonus code PLAYBONUS you receive a risk-free first bet with BetMGM Sportsbook for up to $600.
Yes, not only can you bet on college sports at BetMGM, and you also can bet on Iowa-based college teams such as Iowa and Iowa State. You are not, however, allowed to place any prop bets on individual college athletes.
Yes, BetMGM Sportsbook allows for early cash out on select straight and parlay bets only. Early cash out at BetMGM is not available for any bets placed using free bets.
BetMGM has odds boosts practically everyday, however you are rarely able to use free bets for odds boosts and odds boosts cannot be used when creating parlay or round robin bets.
Yes, BetMGM received its sports gaming license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC). You can reach out to the IRGC if you need to file a complaint in regard to any sportsbooks in Iowa. The IRGC can be reached by email ([email protected]) or phone (515-281-7352).
The minimum age to bet on sports in Iowa is 21 years of age. You also need to place your bets while you are physically in Iowa, so you must have geolocation services turned on, on your mobile device or computer to confirm you are in the state when making bets.