FanDuel became a household name with the rise of daily fantasy sports in the early and mid-2010s. Since then, FanDuel has become one of the top sportsbook operators in the US, with Iowa becoming one of the latest states with a FanDuel Sportsbook.
The online sportsbook gives users a great product with a variety of rewards and bonuses.
In this FanDuel Iowa review, we go over everything you need to know about the sportsbook. From creating your account and depositing money to FanDuel’s $1,000 new customer offer, as well as the different types of sports and wagers you can place at the sportsbook.
Yes, FanDuel Sportsbook is legal throughout Iowa. Sports betting became legal in the Hawkeye State in May 2019 thanks to Senate File 617. Retail and online sportsbooks are legal in the state.
While betting on college sports is allowed, Iowa prohibits prop bets on collegiate athletes.
Most sportsbooks offer welcome packages to new customers, and FanDuel is no different. At FanDuel, you don’t need a promo code or bonus code, simply follow the links on this page to take advantage.
When you join FanDuel Sportsbook, you are eligible for a risk-free first bet, up to $1,000. Here’s how the offer works.
First, you have to be a new user of the Iowa sportsbook. Then, once you have created your account and made your first deposit, your first settled bet with FanDuel will be of the risk-free variety. If your initial bet loses, the sportsbook will refund your loss, up to $1,000, in the form of a free bet.
Again, be aware that you do not receive cash back if you lose; you receive a free bet in that amount. And it also is your first settled bet, not simply the first bet you make at FanDuel.
Despite those qualifications, it still is a great offer for new customers because it gives you the chance to lose your first bet but still have a second shot at making money.
|Online Sportsbook||FanDuel Sportsbook Iowa|
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|Bonus Offer||First bet is risk-free, up to $1,000|
|Last Updated||January 22, 2021|
While FanDuel Sportsbook is relatively new in Iowa, we can tell you about regular promotions based on what FanDuel offers in other markets:
Be sure to check the FanDuel promotions page and check your email for offers throughout the year. You are likely to see new promos around the start of league seasons, come playoff time and around the biggest golf and tennis tournaments.
Also, most promotions at FanDuel require you to opt-in, which you can do from the promos page by clicking the opt-in button.
To create a FanDuel Sportsbook account in Iowa, start by downloading and installing the FanDuel app on your phone or tablet. See the next section for help with this. Once you have the app installed, open it and click “Join Now” in the upper-right corner.
From there, you need to supply your email address and create a username and password. Then, you’ll need to provide your address, phone number and the final four digits of your Social Security number.
FanDuel uses the info to confirm your identity, after which you are ready to start betting. Sometimes, though, you will need to supply more information. If that’s the case, you must upload some form of identification, usually your driver’s license.
FanDuel is available for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets.
Follow our links to get the FanDuel app for your Android or Apple device. To download the app, you will be asked if you trust the source of the file and if you want to download it. Select “yes.”
After the file has been downloaded, you will start the installation process. Simply click on the file and select “Install.” You likely will be asked if you want to install the app. Select “yes” again. And that’s all there is to it.
Whether you are familiar with online sportsbooks or not, the FanDuel app is easy to understand. The layout and functionality also are extremely similar to that of the FanDuel website.
Along the top of the app are links to FanDuel’s promotions page, the live sports that you can wager on and the top sports to wager on at present. While across the bottom are links to take you back to the homepage, a listing of all the sports you can bet on at FanDuel, your bet slip, another promo page link and a link for your account.
You will want to become familiar with the bet slip. Adding and removing selections is easy. Simply click the trash can logo to remove bets, while to add wagers you need to select the bets you want to add.
FanDuel’s bet slip also is nice because you can either decide how much money you want to wager, or you can enter an amount in the “To win” field, and your bet amount will be determined from there.
Under your account is where you can either deposit or withdraw funds, view your transaction history, contact customer support or log out of your FanDuel account.
Overall, the FanDuel app is, in our opinion, one of the best Iowa sportsbook apps on the market. It looks good, functions extremely well and is fast. Switching between the iOS app, the Android app and the FanDuel website is about as seamless as possible.
When it comes to the top features FanDuel has to offer, there are many from which to choose, but we narrowed our list down to the top three.
First, we love FanDuel’s single-game parlays. Other sportsbooks have begun offering SGPs, but nowhere near to the extent that FanDuel does. FanDuel has SGPs for most of the major sports. and the number of bets you can make is impressive. We enjoy making moneyline, spread and over/under single-game parlays, but you can add any number of prop bets as well.
Second, the number of promotions FanDuel Sportsbook has is great, as is the quality of the promos. It’s easy to come up with lots of promotions, but making them worthwhile to users can sometimes be the tricky part for sportsbooks. Somehow, FanDuel is one of the few that is able to do both. From money-back offers to parlay insurance, FanDuel has something for just about everyone.
And lastly, it might not seem like a huge deal, but the FanDuel Sportsbook app works in both the vertical and horizontal positions. There are a lot of times, whether it’s using an iPad or Android tablet, that being able to have your device in the sideways position is necessary. So having a sportsbook app that still is usable in either position is a major bonus.
We couldn’t bring you the best features of FanDuel without also telling you about that less-thrilling aspects. So here are three ways FanDuel could improve.
First, we absolutely would love to see FanDuel create some type of rewards or loyalty program for existing users. New users receive a risk-free bet for up to $1,000, but if you’re someone who makes bets every single day, you get nothing in return.
Next, while we love how many FanDuel promotions there are, we definitely are not fans of always having to opt in to them. Listen, it’s our job to pay attention to these things, and we have little to no issue making sure we’re always opted in, but we know a lot of you out there might forget to do so, or might miss out on the promo entirely. And we think it’s unfair that because you failed to click a little button, you lose out entirely.
The final area where we’d like to see FanDuel make some changes is by adding a search bar to the main page of both the FanDuel app and website. This would be especially helpful when it comes to betting on college sports, especially if you’re looking to bet on a smaller school. As it is now, if you’ve got a good feeling about this weekend’s Western Carolina-Liberty football game, you’re in for some scrolling.
You have a large number of types of bet you can make at FanDuel. Here’s a look at what they are, with examples to make them easier to understand.
You can wager on pretty much any sporting league or event out there at FanDuel.
All the major US leagues are available. Whether you’re a fan of football (NFL and college football), basketball (NBA, WNBA, college basketball), baseball (MLB), hockey (NHL), soccer (MLS), golf (PGA Tour), tennis (WTA, ATP), mixed martial arts (UFC) or auto racing (NASCAR, IndyCar).
The action doesn’t stop there, as internationally you can wager on soccer leagues such as the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. FanDuel also has markets available for small, fringe sports like table tennis. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are high that you can wager on it at FanDuel in Iowa.
Unfortunately there are not any local teams from any of the major North American leagues that us Iowans can wager on. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few teams in the neighboring states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri to cheer on from afar.
If football is your sport, then there are the Minnesota Vikings, Green Packers and Chicago Bears close by, while the Kansas City Chiefs, winners of Super Bowl LIV, aren’t too far away either.
The NBA has the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. You also have a trio of teams to pick from in the NHL: the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild.
And then in Major League Baseball you have both the Cubs and White Sox in Chicago, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Minnesota Twins, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Meanwhile Iowa has four Division I colleges — Drake, Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa — with football and basketball teams generally available for wagering.
Different sportsbooks offer different futures options, so not everything available at FanDuel will be at other Iowa sportsbooks.
One of the most common futures markets is for betting on the eventual champion. The FanDuel Sportsbook app has markets for picking the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL title winners. You also can wager on which team will win the NCAA football national championship and the NCAA men’s basketball national championship.
FanDuel also has markets for the teams you think will win conference and division titles across all the major sports discussed above. Usually the odds for these are released shortly after the completion of the previous season and are always changing based on offseason moves or regular-season results.
When it comes to player futures, the NFL is the deepest market, with lines for who will capture the MVP award as well as the Defensive, Comeback and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Not only that, you can wager on who will lead the league in regular season passing yards and rushing yards.
Player futures markets in the other leagues tend to be smaller, sometimes with only wagers on regular or postseason MVP winner. And while FanDuel does not have futures odds on who will win the Heisman Trophy in college football, that could change.
You have multiple options for putting money into and taking money out of your FanDuel account in Iowa.
When you need to add money, you can do so using a Mastercard or Visa debit card, via an online bank transfer, by using your PayPal account, visiting a PayNearMe location, using cash at Diamond Jo Casino, getting a FanDuel Prepaid Play+ card or by using a FanDuel gift card. Needless to say, you have a lot of choices when it comes to funding your account.
When it comes to withdrawing money from FanDuel, you don’t have as many choices, but we still believe there are enough that it shouldn’t be an issue for the majority of users. You can have your money deposited into your online bank account or into your PayPal account.
You also can have a check mailed to you. And finally, you can get cash by going to Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque or Northwood and withdrawing your winnings that way.
If you encounter any problems, you have a few methods of contacting FanDuel customer support to help you out. But before doing that, you might want to check out the support page to see if a solution to your problem already exists.
If that does not work, you can have a live chat with the FanDuel support team either through the app or website. The chat feature is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or you can submit a ticket, the equivalent of writing an email.
You can access the chat and ticket options by clicking on your account, contact support and then selecting either the green “Submit a Ticket” or blue chat box labeled “Support.”
When you visit the responsible gambling page at FanDuel, you will find options that allow you to set personal limits as to how much you’re able to deposit, or how many entries you are allowed, the maximum amount you can wager and the amount of time you are able to spend on FanDuel a day.
You also can put yourself in timeout, meaning you can’t use the online sportsbook until your time is up. You can have reminders sent to you letting you know how much time and money you have spent at FanDuel. And lastly, you can take an indefinite leave from FanDuel entirely to protect yourself.
FanDuel hosts a retail sportsbook at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, and at Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood.
Whether FanDuel is the overall best sportsbook in Iowa is a difficult question to answer because there are a lot of top sportsbooks in the state. What’s not difficult to answer, though, is whether FanDuel is among the top sportsbooks in the Hawkeye State, because it most definitely is.
FanDuel offers new customers a risk-free bet up to $1,000, constantly has new and exciting promotions for existing users and has one of the top sportsbook apps there is, so FanDuel is without a doubt among the contenders for best sportsbook in Iowa.
The next couple of years will go a long way in determining whether there is a No. 1 overall sportsbook in the state, or if instead there ends up being a group of three or four that distance themselves from the rest.
You must be 21 or older to bet on sports in Iowa. You also need to have the geolocation software on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone enabled to confirm that you are placing your bets from somewhere in the state of Iowa.
FanDuel has more promotions that most other Iowa sportsbooks and it is one of a small handful that offers same-game parlays for major sports like the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.
Yes, FanDuel was granted a sports betting license by the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission (IRGC) which is in charge of sports wagering in the state. If you run into any problems with FanDuel or any other Iowa sportsbooks you can email ([email protected]) or call (515-281-7352) the IRGC to have them look into and address the issue.
No, FanDuel has a great website that functions in nearly identical ways as its dedicated sports betting app. The FanDuel app is free for Android and iOS though, and we consider it one of the top sportsbook apps in Iowa, so there’s really no reason not to get it for your phone or tablet.
FanDuel offers both odds boosts and early cash out betting. Odds boosts are available nearly everyday, while bets that are eligible for early cash out are indicated by a unique cash out symbol on the website and app. You must be physically in the state you placed the bet to cash out early.
Yes, you can bet on college sports using the FanDuel app, including betting on Iowa-based college teams like Iowa State and Iowa. However, Iowa law prohibits prop bets on college players.