Whether you’re from Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri or Wisconsin, If you plan on making a trip to Iowa soon, you can legally wager on sporting events while you’re here.
There are few qualifications to be able to enjoy legal sports betting in Iowa.
It depends. You don’t have to be a legal resident of Iowa to bet on sports there. The only parameters you need to fit within are:
The choice of sports betting apps for Android and iOS devices in IA may not be as robust as the market in New Jersey, but Iowa holds its own, given its population. Among those sports betting operators in IA are:
The first two steps to bet legally are the same, no matter where you are.
You can register for an account with these operators and deposit funds even before making your way into the Hawkeye State.
It’s not illegal to create an account or fund it from your state of residence. It’s just illegal in most of the states that neighbor IA to place a bet.
If you’re from Prairie State, you are welcome to legally and safely wager in Illinois as well. This guide will detail how to bet in Iowa if you don’t make your home here. We will begin with the Prairie State.
First off, there’s no need for you to cross the Mississippi River to wager on sporting events legally. Illinois also hosts a regulated market for sports betting.
If you’re going to do so anyway, however, and you want to get some bets down while you’re in IA, you can do so easily. It might just take some adjustments.
While some of the IA books operate a single customer database, others keep the rolls for different states separate. That means you may have to register a new DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet account while in Iowa even if you already a customer with these sports betting operators in Illinois.
Once you’re registered or signed in and have funded your account, you can place your bets. Every legal sportsbook is available for online betting, but if you’re looking for a retail sportsbook in Iowa, here are those closest to the Illinois border:
If you’re a fan of Twin Cities‘ sports teams and determined to place some legal bets on their games, IA sportsbooks welcome your bets. Unfortunately, all efforts to legalize wagering on sports in Minnesota have failed so far.
You can register for and fund an account for IA online sportsbooks from your home in Minnesota. That way, as soon as you cross your state’s southern border, you’re raring to go.
This is where you should note that most IA sportsbooks offer some great bonuses for new customers, such as matching funds for your first deposit or guarantees against lost bets. Don’t let that free money slip away.
After you’ve downloaded the apps, registered, handed over some of your hard-earned money to take advantage of those promos, and made your trip to IA; you’re ready to bet. Search for the odds on the Golden Gophers, Lynx, Timberwolves, Twins, Vikings and Wild games and stake your claims.
Once you’re in Iowa, geolocation technology allows you bet at any online sportsbook in the state. However, if you’d like to watch those events as you bet from a brick-and-mortar sportsbook, there are a few casinos close to the MN border. Those include:
Whether you’re a supporter of the Kansas City Royals or the St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa sportsbooks are ready to take your wager. Just head up Highway 61 or Interstate 35 a few hours.
Unfortunately, MO legislators have fallen short of legalizing sports betting in Missouri to date. The pressure is mounting, however, as four states that neighbor MO have active markets and Kansas is trying to join that fray.
Depending on the time of year, look for promos for individual Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Blues games at IA sportsbooks. The same goes for Sporting KC matches.
A good practice is to download the apps and register for all IA sportsbooks. That way, you can compare odds for the bets you want to place and be sure you’re getting the best “price.”
Every online Iowa sportsbook is available to bettors once you’re within state lines. If you want the experience of using a betting window and enjoying a beverage while you’re watching your wise wagers pay off, here are the closest retail sportsbooks in IA to the Missouri border:
There’s nothing bigger in the Cornhusker State than the college football program that goes by the same nickname. While Nebraskans voted in November to allow the racetracks in their state to offer casino games, that doesn’t include sports betting.
Thus, if you want to place a legal bet on the Cornhuskers or any other event, you’ll have to cross the border into Iowa. You will find the markets somewhat limited on college sports, however.
In IA, legal books can’t take prop bets on individual college athletes’ performances. For example, you can’t bet on how many yards the Cornhuskers’ best running back will accumulate in a game.
However, team-based props are absolutely fine. So, if you want to get some action down on how many points the Cornhuskers will score in the first half of a game, those bets are available. There’s an abundance of college betting odds at every online sportsbook in Iowa available to you once you are the Hawkeye State.
One of the best places to enjoy the annual Heroes Game between the Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes is a brick-and-mortar sportsbook. Here are the closest of those retail sportsbooks near the NE border for out-of-state bettors:
South Dakotans voted in November to allow Deadwood casinos to offer sports wagering. That may also extend to tribal casinos in the state if they can renegotiate their gaming compacts.
However, it’s uncertain whether that will include any online wagering right now. Additionally, there’s no sure timetable yet for when the Deadwood casinos will actually start accepting wagers.
At least, for the time being — and even after Deadwood sportsbooks go live, it may still be more convenient to cross the state line into IA to place legal wagers here. IA online books may offer more competitive odds and promos as well.
The only way to know is to go. After the sportsbook has verified your eligibility and you’ve funded your account, the sports betting world is your oyster, especially if you opt to bet online in Iowa.
Some brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are in prime locations to welcome South Dakota bettors. From there, you can also play some other games if you like. Those locations are:
Despite the presence of sports franchises like the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks along with the Green Bay Packers and UW-Madison Badgers, sports betting remains illegal in Wisconsin. Therefore, IA may be on the list of gambling destinations for Wisconsinites.
Online sportsbooks in IA do their best to make bettors from Wisconsin feel welcome with potentially lucrative promos for new customers. Even if you’re an old hand with these brands, however, you can rest assured that they have deals for you as well.
Therefore, if you want to bet on who the Bucks and/or Packers might draft when those events come around, you’re better off heading to Illinois or Michigan instead to place your out-of-state bets.
Until the legal status changes in WI, however, IA books will take your bets on everything the law allows. Here are some brick-and-mortar books close to the WI border you may visit if you wish:
No matter which neighboring state you’re coming from, the landscape of online and retail sports betting in IA has something to offer you. Winning some of your wagers can make a trip to the Hawkeye State worth the investment.