DraftKings first entered the Iowa sports betting scene with the launch of its daily fantasy sports app in October 2019, while DraftKings Sportsbook debuted in the state in February 2020.
For a company that began operations in 2012, DraftKings has been on a meteoric rise, with Iowa being one of several states to welcome it.
In this DraftKings Iowa review, we go over all the information you need to get started with the sportsbook, and hopefully to grow your bankroll right from the get-go.
We detail how DraftKings’ bonus offer works for new customers and go over what you need to do to receive the full $1,025 value. There’s also information about how to get signed up, what types of bets you can make, and the best and worst things about the DraftKings app, which is available for both Android and Apple.
So, whether you’re new to sports betting or just new to DraftKings, we’ve got you covered.
Yes, DraftKings Sportsbook is legal in Iowa, as is DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports app.
When Senate File 617 was passed it opened the door for legalized sports betting throughout the Hawkeye State. The first sportsbooks opened in Iowa in August 2019.
DraftKings has a couple of great welcome offers for new customers. The first one doesn’t require anything other than creating an account, while the second is based on your initial deposit with the Iowa sportsbook. Together the DraftKings bonuses can be worth up to $1,025. Here’s how both of them work.
The first bonus is worth $25, and to claim it just follow our links to get signed up. When you do, you will receive five free $5 bets. Nothing more to it than that, and if you play your cards right those free $5 bets could help build your bankroll.
The second DraftKings Sportsbook bonus is a 20% deposit match bonus worth up to $1,000, based on your initial deposit only. In order to receive the full $1,000, you would need to make a $5,000 deposit.
Remember, it is only your first deposit with DraftKings that is matched at 20%, so make sure you deposit the highest amount you are comfortable with at the start to receive the most bang for your buck.
And in case you were wondering what DraftKings bonus code or promo code you need to receive these offers, the answer is you don’t need a code. All you need to do is use our links to access the DraftKings Sportsbook and download the app. Couldn’t be easier.
|Online IA Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Promo Code||None - Use Links|
|Deposit Match||20% up to $1,000|
|Total Bonus||Up to $1,025|
|Online Since||February 2020 in Iowa|
|Last Updated||November 2020|
We already talked about DraftKings’ welcome bonuses for new customers, but the promotions do not stop there. DraftKings has promos all the time, including daily odds boosts, that will increase your profits when you win and at times give you a refund when you lose. Here’s a look at the types of DraftKings promos you will see at the Iowa sportsbook.
DraftKings has both odds boosts and profit boosts. These may sound the same, but they’re slightly different. Odds boosts increase the odds for specific bets, which is great if you like the bet that is boosted. Profit boosts on the other hand increase your winnings, while still allowing you to decide exactly what you want to wager on. We tend to prefer profit boosts because they give you more control over what you are betting on.
DraftKings also has money-back promos with regularity, but most of the time you still need to have something happen in order to get your bet refunded. For example, during the NFL season, DraftKings has a deal to refund your money on select games when it comes to picking the game’s first touchdown scorer. If your player doesn’t score the first TD but does reach the end zone later, you get your wager back in the form of a free bet.
Also be on the lookout for some of the special promotions that the DraftKings online sportsbook offers from time to time. For example, at the start of the NFL season, it offered the Kansas City Chiefs as 100-point underdogs. You were only allowed to wager $50, but that still won you roughly $45 as long as Kansas City didn’t lose by over 100 points. Talk about a can’t lose!
And lastly, DraftKings also has free contests on the DraftKings Sportsbook app and the DraftKings DFS app. These contests award real money to the winners, but because they are free to enter they usually have over a hundred thousand entries. So while they’re challenging to win, they definitely are worth taking a chance on.
With new promotions coming out all the time, be sure to always check the sportsbook’s promotions page daily for what’s new. And also be sure to skim the terms to make sure you know exactly how each offer works.
To create an account with the DraftKings Sportsbook, you will either need to download the DraftKings app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, or go to the DraftKings website. If you need helping getting the app, read the section below.
When the app has been installed on either your phone or tablet, you’ll open it and click on “Sign up” from the app’s homepage. At this time you will need to create both a username and password.
You also will need to supply DraftKings with some of your personal information, including your name, email and home addresses, your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
DraftKings is secure, so you need not worry about any of this information being stolen. At this point, most of you will be all done creating your DraftKings account. On the off chance that the site is unable to verify your identity, you likely will need to upload a photo of either your driver’s license or passport.
Under Iowa law, you must complete your sportsbook registration in person through Dec. 31, 2020. After that it is likely that you will be able to do the entire process remotely. For DraftKings, you need to go to any of the three Wild Rose Casino & Resort locations: Wild Rose Clinton, Wild Rose Emmetsburg or Wild Rose Jefferson. Needless to say, when in-person registration is no longer required, getting signed up will be even easier.
While the DraftKings online sportsbook has both a website and app, they function in very similar ways, with the main benefit to the app being that you can take it with you and use anywhere in Iowa that you have an internet connection.
For this section, be aware that while we are specifically discussing the app, you can do all the same things on the website, although a few of the tabs might be located in slightly different places.
To use the app, you obviously must get it on your mobile devices. To do that, use our link to navigate to the DraftKings site and then follow the prompts and instructions to download for Apple or Android from there. We have used both and don’t notice any difference whether you are using an iPad/iPhone or an Android phone or tablet.
When you click our DraftKings links, you will be asked whether you trust downloading the selected file. Answer yes. Then, once it has finished downloading, you’ll select it and then click on install. And that’s all it takes to get the DraftKings app on your mobile device. Now let’s get down to using it.
Once you open the app, you will either log in or register by clicking the appropriate button in the upper right corner. If you need help getting registered, we covered how to do so in the previous section.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see how much money is in your account in the upper right corner, and you can access your DraftKings account by clicking the logo in the upper left corner.
Below that, you’ll see links to the DraftKings Stats Hub, pools to enter and another link for the DraftKings DFS site. Then there is a marquee that lists current promotions.
In the quick links sections you’ll find links to the most popular leagues and events going on at the time. And below that are odds for various games that are coming up. At the very bottom of the screen are tabs to return to the homepage, to go to live games that you can bet on, to your bet slip, to a full list of the sports offered at DraftKings and to the promos page.
A few of the pages you should be most familiar with on the app are the promos page, your bet slip and your account.
The promotions page is where you are able to not only see all the current specials at DraftKings, but also where you can see which ones are active for you, what rewards you have waiting to be redeemed and whether you have any missions to complete to earn free bets.
Your bet slip is obviously where you will find all your open and settled bets, along with bets you are getting ready to place. DraftKings’ bet slip is easy to get the hang of and makes placing either parlays or round robins a breeze.
And lastly, when you tap on your account, you’ll be able to make a deposit or withdrawal, change any of your DraftKings settings, upload any documents or contact the DraftKings help desk.
All in all, the DraftKings Sportsbook app is one of the best in the state, and we have little doubt you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
A lot of what DraftKings does well is similar to what you’ll find at other sportsbooks. For this section we wanted to present three of the distinctive features that help set DraftKings apart.
Just because DraftKings is one of the better sportsbooks in Iowa doesn’t mean everything it touches turns to gold. Here we have a few suggestions on what DraftKings could do a little better.
If you’re new to sports betting or just need a little refresher course for what different types of bets are called and how they work, this section is for you. We’ll get started with the simplest sports bets and get a little more complex as we work our way down.
At DraftKings online sportsbook in Iowa, you can bet on all the major sports in the US and abroad, as well as other sports that you might not even know existed.
Football is the top sport to bet on, and DraftKings has both then NFL and college football. In basketball you can wager on the NBA, college basketball and the WNBA. Of course Major League Baseball is an option, as is the NHL.
If you are hoping to bet on soccer, you can choose from MLS, the English Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League and a whole lot more. For golf you can wager on PGA events, while there’s both the WTA and ATP in tennis and of course UFC action to bet on, as well.
There are other sports you can bet on at DraftKings, but they’re more fringe sports, although table tennis has proven to be remarkably popular.
While us Iowans do not have any teams to call our own in the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS or MLB, that’s not going to stop us from rooting for some of the teams in the surrounding area.
In baseball, there are plenty of teams nearby we can adopt as our own. You’ve got the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins. The best news is that with so many teams to pick from, chances are at least one of them will be contending each season.
In the NFL there are not as many choices, but the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are all close enough to get our attention. And with quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers in Kansas and Green Bay respectively, we’ve got two Super Bowl contenders at the moment, which is nice.
As for the NHL, there are three teams to pick from: the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks. All three teams play in the Central Division of the NHL’s Western Conference, so whomever you choose to root for, you’ll be seeing plenty of the other two throughout the season.
And then in the NBA we have three more teams in the surrounding states: the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are home to one of the top players in the NBA right now in Giannis Antetokounmpo while both the T-wolves and Bulls are trying to get back into contention.
The state has more to offer at the college level, and you could see college football and basketball wagers available on Northern Iowa, Drake, Iowa State or Iowa.
In the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, DraftKings has futures markets for picking which team will win the championship at season’s end, as do pretty much all the Iowa sportsbooks. Usually odds will be posted shortly after one champion is crowned, and they will continue to fluctuate throughout the offseason, regular season and postseason.
DraftKings also has odds on which teams will win either division and conference titles for the four tops sports. In the NFL, you bet on which teams will make the playoffs, and as long as there is an unbeaten and winless team, DraftKings maintains odds on whether a team will go 16-0 or 0-16.
DraftKings also has futures markets for which NFL player will be named the MVP and for who will win the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards. You can even wager on the players who will lead the league in passing, rushing and receiving yards.
In other sports, the player futures markets tend to be more sparse, usually with just odds on who will win the regular or postseason MVP award.
As for college sports, you can wager on which schools you think will win the national championship in men’s college basketball and in college football. You also can bet on which teams will win their conferences in football and which teams will reach the College Football Playoff. In men’s basketball you also have the option to bet on the team or teams you believe will reach the Final Four during March Madness.
You have plenty of options when it comes to funding your DraftKings Sportsbook account or cashing out. If you prefer doing things in person, you can head to Wild Rose Casino locations in Clinton, Emmetsburg or Jefferson to deposit or cash out.
If you find it easier to do things via the app or website, here are your options: When it comes to depositing money into your DraftKings account, you can do so using an e-check, PayPal, a credit card, an online bank transfer, a DraftKings gift card or a DraftKings Play+ prepaid card.
As for cashing out at your DraftKings account in Iowa, you have the options of requesting your winnings be sent to your PayPal account or mailed to you as a check. If you choose PayPal, you can expect your money in three to five days, while if you choose check it likely will take seven to 14 days, and a minimum withdrawal of $15 is required. If you use PayPal, a minimum $1 withdrawal is required.
Fingers crossed that you never have to use this section, but if for some reason you do run into any issues, DraftKings customer support staff will have you covered.
The easiest way to contact the help desk is by logging in to the app and clicking on your account. Then scroll down to the help center. Once there you can check out the FAQs and see if your issue has been addressed. If not, you have other options.
Back out of the help desk and now select the contact tab. From here you will enter your issue into the form and DraftKings will reach out to assist you as soon as possible.
But you still have two other options to try. Go to the DraftKings website and head to the very bottom of the page and click “contact us.” Then there’s a section that allows you to enter your info and DraftKings will call you back.
And finally you simply can email [email protected]
DraftKings provides links and information to help you if you have a gambling problem or to help figure out if you have a gambling problem.
DraftKings is proactive in its approach by educating its employees so they can spot potential problems early on. DraftKings Sportsbook also gives users the ability to set limits on how much they wager and how much time they spend on the app.
DraftKings Sportsbook has three retail locations to choose from in Iowa: the Wild Rose Jefferson, Wild Rose Clinton and Wild Rose Emmetsburg.
The Jefferson location also is home to Coaches, a full-service bar and restaurant. The sportsbook has almost 6,000 square feet of space, 28 TVs and a 200-inch HD projection screen.
In Clinton you’ll find 21 TVs, including two video walls, and a full-service bar and restaurant.
As for the Emmetsburg location, it’s open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Monday, but is closed entirely on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
While it’s difficult to call DraftKings the best sportsbook in Iowa, we do think it is easily one of the best.
The reasons we consider DraftKings such a great sportsbook are simple. It offers new customers great bonuses (worth up to $1,025), it offers existing customers great promotions to help win more money, and the DraftKings Sportsbook app is fast and easy to use.
The odds offered at DraftKings are on par with or better than most other sportsbooks, and both depositing and cashing out at DraftKings are easily done. Really what more could you ask for from an Iowa sportsbook?