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The sports betting landscape in the US is changing quickly, and never more so than in Iowa. August was a significant month for sports bettors in the Hawkeye State, with the launch of retail sportsbooks and online betting.
DraftKings has already opened sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Also, DraftKings is partners with three Wild Rose casinos (Clinton, Emmetsburg and Jefferson) for the online sportsbooks.
This review delves into DraftKings Sportsbook in detail.
First, we cover information regarding bonuses and promotions for new and existing players. Then we review the usability and design of the sportsbook. Toward the end of this review, you’ll find options for app downloads, deposits and withdrawals.
Yes, you can bet on sports in Iowa thanks to bill SF 617, which passed in May.
The first books went live in August, with many more available for the start of the NFL season. The most significant difference between legal online sportsbooks in Iowa and in other states is the requirement to register in person.
To bet at DraftKings, you’ll need to visit one of the three Wild Rose casinos in the state.
Daily fantasy sports was also regulated by bill SF 617. While full sports betting is still underway, the regulations for DFS sites are being finalized.
New users at DraftKings Iowa will enjoy a triple bonus worth up to a massive $1,025:
All you have to do is sign up, and there will be $25 waiting for you. These free bets will be in $5 increments, and you can use them any way you want.
Next, you will receive a deposit bonus worth up to $500. In addition, your first bet is risk-free up to $500. This means that if you lose your first bet (using funds you deposited), DraftKings will credit your account that amount up to the maximum amount of $500.
You must place the bonus bet within 30 days of that initial wager. The free bet amount will not be included in any returns or winnings.
Head to the “Promos” page of DraftKings, and you’ll find a list of incentives for regular players. There is a nice mix of general offers and those related to individual sports at DraftKings.
“Special Daily Odds Boosts” are a welcome boost for any player. You’ll find increased odds on offer across a range of the most prominent sports on the site.
“Sportsbooks Missions” offer an exciting way of landing a bonus. Simply opt-in, complete the mission as stated and reap the rewards.
If you refer a friend to DraftKings, both you and your friend can profit to the tune of $100.
The sports betting-related bonuses come into focus when the respective seasons get underway.
The NFL season is always a busy time for sportsbooks. DraftKings offers a whole range of incentives in and around the regular season and the playoffs.
For example, there are “Marquee Matchups,” where you place a spread bet, and if a named player scores a touchdown, you’ll receive a free wager. Season-long NFL pools (with incredible prize funds) are available, while you can even enjoy a post-NFL game casino session and an additional bonus.
Other sports featuring these offers include college football, major league baseball, the NBA, college hoops, premier league soccer and tennis.
The homepage of DraftKings Sportsbook is divided into three distinct columns.
The left-hand column is where you’ll navigate directly to the latest odds. The top of the column features the most popular bets on offer, usually led by the major pro sports leagues. Beneath this is where you’ll find a complete list of sports, including direct links to all of the leagues.
For example, under “football,” you have links to the NFL and college football, while tennis shows links to each ATP or WTA event.
In the middle column, you’ll find all of the main gambling action. Promotions and pointers to the best of the action appear at the top of this column. Below this are three tabs:
The right-hand column is where all of your betting action will take place. After you choose your wager, your bet slip in this column will auto-fill. In the bet slip, you’ll have the option of selecting American-, fractional– or decimal-style odds.
The top of the home page offers a series of links where you can check your current bets, the promotions, the casino, player pools or find customer support.
Options include “flash bet,” a new high-speed betting option on sports such as baseball and tennis, with updated odds on every point or at-bat.
DraftKings provides a variety of bet types for Iowa bettors. Here is a list of the most popular types:
Many of the wagers available will be specific to a certain sport. For example, in soccer, you could place a bet on which individual player will score the first goal.
In football, you could place a bet on the winning team at the end of the first quarter, the first or last touchdown scorer and in-game parlays based on the predicting both the winning team and the totals.
At DraftKings, you can expect to see some of the most comprehensive sports coverage. That’s not just in terms of the number of sports; the depth of coverage (minor leagues, college action, and so on) is also impressive. Here is a sport-by-sport rundown:
Other sports sections include motorsports, where you’ll find the best action from both NASCAR and IndyCar, boxing and MMA (mainly featuring the biggest upcoming events in UFC. You’ll also find Australian rules football, cycling, darts, cricket, rugby union and more.
A registered and completely legal sportsbook in Iowa, DraftKings can offer the most popular deposit options. The banking aspect of the site is as pain-free as possible.
The current banking methods available are:
Other options, which may become available include bank transfers (ACH or bill pay), cash at the Wild Rose Casino cages or via PayNearMe, and alternative wallet services like Skrill and Neteller.
Popular withdrawal options at DraftKings are via PayPal or a bank transfer.
At the top of the DraftKings site, you’ll find a “Help” button, which will take you directly to a series of FAQs. Here, five drop-down menus cover the following range of topics:
If you can’t find an answer here, you can contact DraftKings via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to a PO box address.
The final option, and perhaps the best, is to fill in an online form that you can use to submit your query directly to the site. The customer services desk is available 24/7.
At DraftKings, you’ll find a page dedicated to responsible gambling and “Patron Protection.”
The site is affiliated to organizations covering local and national programs. The “Responsible Gaming” page offers a series of guidelines to ensure players enjoy their time at the site and play responsibly.
Also, players have the option to set deposit, spending and time limits.
If all else fails, DraftKings Iowa offers a self-exclusion option. On this page, you’ll find advice relating to keeping your account as secure as possible.
We expect daily fantasy sports will be available in Iowa in the near future. DraftKings is one of the leading lights in this industry, so we expect that after launch, the site will have a significant DFS presence.
These games offer an alternative to traditional sports betting. You pick lineups of players covering game-days or weekends. These then compete with the lineups selected by other people for real-money prizes in cash game (head to head) or tournament format.
Iowans are currently enjoying a new wave of sports betting options, with DraftKings being the site of choice for many bettors.
The sheer range of sports betting options available is a big reason to make DraftKings your sportsbook of choice. The live, in-game betting options ensure that you can keep your finger on the pulse while watching or at the game.
With the $25 welcome bonus, 20% deposit bonus and an initial risk free bet up to $500 in place for new customers, there is a great incentive to sign up with DraftKings. Existing customers can enjoy a range of promotions around the biggest sports all year round.