Editor’s Note: The in-person registration mandate for online sports betting expired Dec. 31, 2020.
It’s a great time for legal sports betting in the Hawkeye State. Sports bettors in Iowa can register for an account at any legal sports betting operator within the state.
Prior to New Year’s Day 2021, you had to visit the Iowa casino partner of the online sportsbook to complete your account registration. So, if you wanted to bet at several online Iowa sportsbooks, it meant a trip to several casinos around the state before you could wager using a sports betting app.
Thankfully, the in-person registration mandate is a thing of the past. If you’re of legal age and have a computer, smartphone or tablet, and access to the internet, you’re good to go. While you need to be inside the state lines to legally place a bet, you can register for an account from anywhere.
The process of registering online is easy and fast but you will need to share a few pieces of identifying information.
Yes, you can. There are three requirements for legal sports betting in IA beyond using an approved operator. You must be:
You don’t have to be a legal Iowa resident to place a wager. Additionally, you can register for and even deposit funds into your account from outside the state as well.
The only time you have to be physically in the state if you live elsewhere is when you actually make your wager. It’s not illegal to register for an Iowa sportsbook account from Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
Legal sports betting operators must ask for some basic personal information to verify that you are who you say you are before they give you a sportsbook account. Iowa sportsbooks will ask for the following information when you click the sign-up button:
Some of the apps let you streamline that process by allowing you to snap a photograph of your government-issued photo ID. However, you need to ensure the information on that card is correct.
Once the sportsbook has verified the information you supplied, that’s it. You’re now ready to make your first deposit and place your first bet.
There’s good news if you’ve ever played daily fantasy sports (DFS) games with DraftKings or FanDuel. Because they are also sports betting operators, you can skip a few steps in the registration process. Simply log in with your existing credentials that you use for DFS.
From there, DraftKings or FanDuel will walk you through the process of verification for sports betting.
Be sure to watch your email, as sportsbooks tend to give their best promotions to first-time depositors.
In Iowa, only brick-and-mortar casinos can receive licenses to offer online sports betting.
Those facilities can negotiate operator agreements with sports betting companies to run their sports betting activities. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission approves those contracts before the book can take wagers.
If you’re uncertain whether a sportsbook has approval in IA, there’s an easy way to tell. Somewhere on the app’s or website’s landing page, there will be a disclaimer that denotes such regulatory compliance. If you don’t see that, it’s a good bet that the sports betting site you want to use is not legally allowed to operate in Iowa.
Here’s a list of the regulated online sportsbooks in Iowa and their land-based partners:
|Iowa Casino||Retail Sportsbook||Online Sportsbook No. 1||Online Sportsbook No. 2|
|Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington||PointsBet Sportsbook||PointsBet Sportsbook|
|Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque and Northwood||FanDuel Sportsbook||FanDuel Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook
|Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort||Betfred Sports||Betfred Sports|
|Rhythm City Casino, Davenport||Elite Sportsbook||Elite Sportsbook|
|Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside||Elite Sportsbook||Elite Sportsbook|
|Wild Rose Casinos, Clinton, Jefferson and Emmetsburg||DraftKings Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook||BetRivers Sportsbook|
|Q Casino, Dubuque||Q Sportsbook||Q Sportsbook|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City||Hard Rock Sportsbook||Hard Rock Sportsbook|
|Harrah's, Council Bluffs||William Hill Sportsbook (kiosks)||William Hill Sportsbook|
|Horseshoe Casino, Council Bluffs||William Hill Sportsbook||William Hill Sportsbook|
|Isle Casinos, Bettendorf and Waterloo||William Hill Sportsbook||William Hill Sportsbook|
|Lakeside Hotel Casino, Osceola||William Hill Sportsbook||William Hill Sportsbook|
|Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Altoona||William Hill Sportsbook||William Hill Sportsbook|
Every online sportsbook in Iowa offers an app except for Elite Sportsbook, which is web-only. Here are the sports betting apps available in Iowa:
Depending on the device you want to use to bet, finding the right path to your sportsbook of choice can differ. The IA operators provide for access no matter what device you’re using, however.
Most Iowa sports betting operators have platforms for Android and Apple (iOS) devices, and web browsers. So, whether you’re on your desktop computer or on your mobile phone’s web browser, the process is the same.
As a matter of fact, the mobile website is your first destination if you’re using an Android device to register for an Iowa sportsbook. That’s not really the sports betting operators’ choice, however.
You can download sportsbook apps to your Android device; however, you won’t find them in the Google Play store.
Just visit the website of the sportsbook you want to register for using a mobile browser. The sportsbook’s software should automatically detect you’re using an Android device.
From there, it will walk you through how to download the Android app. You will have to enable the installation of third-party apps on your device, which will be a part of the download process.
If you’re an Apple user, finding iOS-friendly apps is a bit simpler. All you have to do is open the App Store and search for the sportsbook from which you want to wager.
If that’s William Hill or BetRivers Sportsbook, you need to make sure you’ve selected the IA version of the app. Those sportsbooks exists in multiple states and maintains separate app for each. DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet also exists in several states; however, it’s all one app.
If you prefer, you can do your wagering on a computer using sportsbooks’ websites. For William Hill customers, however, the Iowa site will just refer you to the company’s mobile app.
There are Iowa sportsbooks that only offer browser-based sports betting. Betfred Sports and Elite Sportsbook don’t offer an app option; however, you are required to download a geolocation app on your phone to verify your betting location.