William Hill became the first sports betting app to launch in Iowa when it debuted in August 2019. And with more than 160 locations in 12 states and Washington, D.C., William Hill US lays claim to being the top sportsbook operator in the country.
In this William Hill Iowa review, you’ll learn all there is to know about one of the top sportsbooks in the Hawkeye State.
Read on to learn about William Hill’s promo code and how it can get you up to a $500 risk free bet. We take you through downloading the William Hill app for Apple and Android phones and tablets, as well as its top features and areas where William Hill is a little lacking.
And of course, we go over the types of William Hill promotions that you will see when you create your account with the Iowa sportsbook.
Yes, William Hill is legal throughout the state of Iowa, both for its retail and online sportsbook operations.
Sport betting was legalized in Iowa thanks to the passage of SF 617 in May 2019. A few months later, in August, William Hill became the first sportsbook in the state to launch its sports betting app. William Hill also is partnered with four retail casinos in Iowa, with the ability to register in person at all of them.
When it comes to college betting, be aware that while you can wager on Iowa colleges, prop betting on any individual college athlete is prohibited.
New users to Iowa’s William Hill Sportsbook can receive up to a $500 risk-free bet as long as they use the William Hill promo code LEGALRF when creating an account.
Once you have entered the code LEGALRF and made your deposit, make your first bet. If it wins, your winnings will be in your account like any other bet. But if your first bet is not successful, William Hill will replace it with credit for a free bet of the same amount.
You can wager any amount up to $500. Remember, this offer only applies to your first bet so choose the amount carefully.
One very important note is that you will have seven days from the time you receive your bet to use it or it will expire. The last thing you want to have happen is for your free wager to go unused.
|IA Sportsbook||William Hill|
|Risk Free Bet||Up to $500|
|Online Since:||August 2019|
|Last Verified||May 2021|
The promotions that William Hill’s online sportsbook offers players are some of the most distinctive ones we have seen at any sportsbook in the state. They are rarely a simple “Bet this much money, receive a free bet for this much in return” type of offer. Instead, you are rewarded based on how teams and players perform. Let’s take a look at how some of the offers are structured.
During the NFL season, William Hill had a promo for select games in which you received a free bet based on the longest touchdown scored by your team if you placed a pregame wager of $100 on the standard point spread. So if you bet $100 on the Kansas City Chiefs and during their game they scored a 60-yard touchdown, you then received a $60 free bet.
For Major League Baseball games, the sportsbook rewarded users with free bets that were calculated based on how many singles ($1), doubles ($2), triples ($3), home runs ($5) and grand slams ($20) the team you bet on recorded.
While in the NBA, your free bet amount was determined by the number of points over 20 that players on your wagered-on team scored in a game. So if one player had 35 points and another finished with 25, you would receive a $20 free wager.
And in the NHL, your free-bet amount was based on the number of power-play goals the team you bet on scored in the game. Each goal earned you $5, so three power-play goals equaled $15.
The MLB and NBA promos required a $50 pregame wager, while the NHL offer only needed a $35 bet.
Clearly, William Hill’s promos are different from the standard fare at most other sportsbooks. Obviously if the team you bet on has a good game, these rewards are much better, whereas if your team has an off night, you could end up both losing your bet and not getting much of a free bet in return.
In order to create your sports betting account with William Hill, you can use either the William Hill website or betting app. The app is available for Android and Apple, and if you need help downloading it, check out the section below. Otherwise here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your William Hill Sportsbook account in Iowa.
That’s all it takes to get signed up with William Hill’s online sportsbook. Completing the process should take just a matter of minutes.
As of Jan. 1, 2021, you are able to sign up remotely for a William Hill online account as well as all other online sportsbooks in the state. Previously, you were required to complete the process in person at a partner casino or sportsbook. But now you can complete the entire process from anywhere in Iowa.
The William Hill Sportsbook app is available for iOS (iPhones and iPads) and Android devices alike. And not only does it operate in nearly identical ways on both operating systems, but the William Hill website is almost indistinguishable from the two, as well.
This section is dedicated to the William Hill app, but since the transition between the app and website is so seamless, much of what we cover here works the same way when using the William Hill website.
You need to have the William Hill Sportsbook app on your phone in order to use it, so to get it there, you can follow our links to the William Hill site for either version.
To begin the download process, you will need to click on the file and then grant permission to have the file downloaded. After the download process finishes, which should take less than a minute, you will click on the file in order to have the app installed on your tablet or phone. You will need to grant permission to do so a second time.
When the app has finished installing, you are ready to either get registered or simply to start using the app.
One thing we believe will be clear right from the beginning of your journey with William Hill is how uncluttered the app is. Many sportsbook apps in Iowa have games, offers and more across the top, bottom and running down the sides of pages. William Hill on the other hand doesn’t get bogged down with extras. Instead the app is straight to the point, which we find very refreshing.
Now let’s narrow our app overview to some of the most important aspects.
Picking just three of our favorite features from the William Hill app was difficult because the Iowa sportsbook does so many things well, but here is what we settled on:
We’ve said before that William Hill is great, but we’ve never said it’s perfect. Here are three things that the Iowa sportsbook could improve:
Some new sports bettors are surprised by the number of bets available at online sportsbooks like William Hill in Iowa. For that reason we’ve put together a roundup of all the types of sports wagers you can make at William Hill.
There’s something for just about every sports fan on the William Hill Sportsbook app.
If you like football you can wager on all the NFL and college football action you want. Baseball addicts have Major League Baseball, hockey aficionados have the NHL and basketball enthusiasts have the NBA, WNBA and college basketball.
There also are the PGA Tour for golf lovers, the WTA and ATP for tennis fans and UFC bets aplenty for MMA junkies. If motorsports are more your style, William Hill has lines for NASCAR, Formula One and IndyCar.
And be sure to check William Hill’s A-Z sports listings for even more sports that you can bet on.
There are not any pro teams from the Hawkeye State that we can bet on at William Hill, but we do have four Division I college schools.
Those schools are Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Drake and the University of Iowa. All four colleges have NCAA football and men’s basketball teams that you can bet on during their respective seasons.
But instead of just ignoring the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, here’s a look at the teams in states bordering Iowa that you can choose to root for and bet on.
With futures markets varying from sportsbook to sportsbook, this section is devoted to looking at what William Hill’s futures odds look like for some of the top sports.
William Hill has plenty of ways to deposit funds into your account, including various in-person methods.
If you’re looking to do so via your mobile device or computer, you can use the online banking transfer option (which is what William Hill recommends). You can also use a Discover, Visa or Mastercard debit card, send an e-check or use a William Hill prepaid card.
As for in-person choices, you can go to a PayNearMe location or go to any one of the four casinos that William Hill Sportsbook is partnered with. A complete listing of all four locations is in the retail sportsbook section below.
When it comes to cashing out at William Hill, there are not as many methods, but there still are enough that it shouldn’t be a problem. You can have your money sent to you via a bank transfer, delivered via an e-check or by having your funds transferred to your William Hill prepaid card.
Withdrawal requests can take up to 72 hours to process, but the majority of the time they go much faster than that.
One of the better aspects of William Hill in Iowa is the number of ways in which you can reach out to customer support.
You can log on to the app or website and begin a live chat with a William Hill team member. You also can text (719-417-5179), call (855-754-1200) or email ([email protected]) in order to help get your issue resolved.
Before trying any of those options, you also can check William Hill’s help page and see if any of the articles it has can help solve your issue.
There’s a full page of William Hill’s website focused on responsible gambling. On the page you will find links to help set limits on your William Hill account, as well as for excluding yourself from William Hill entirely.
There also are phone numbers to call if you or a person you know has a sports gambling problem.
William Hill is partners with six Iowa casinos that have retail sportsbooks.
Prairie Meadows is arguably the most successful in the state, thanks in part to its proximity to Des Moines.
Whether William Hill is the best sportsbook in Iowa is really a matter of opinion, but we don’t think it’s in doubt that William Hill Sportsbook is one of the top operators in the Hawkeye State.
Overall, William Hill offers pretty much exactly what you want from a sportsbook. It has a great app, a great website, and its odds and promotions are among the best in the business. And with such a long track record of success, it’s hard not envisioning William Hill as one of the top sports betting brands in Iowa for a long time to come.
When you use the promo code LEGALRF you are eligible for a risk-free bet up to $500.
Yes, William Hill is one of the oldest, most trusted names in sports betting and William Hill was granted a sports betting license in Iowa by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC). If you have any concerns or complaints about William Hill you can file them with the IRGC by calling 515-281-7352 or emailing [email protected]
All bettors need to be 21 years of age or older to place sports wagers in Iowa. Bets also must be placed while players are in the state, so you need to have geolocation software activated to verify you are in the state when making bets.
Yes, you can bet on Iowa State and any other college teams from the state and from outside the state at William Hill Sportsbook. Prop betting on any individual college athletes, however, is not allowed under Iowa law.
No, you can use the William Hill website to make all your sports bets and manage your William Hill account. We recommend getting the William Hill app for Android and Apple though because it allows you to place and track your bets when you are out and about. Just remember you need to be in Iowa to place any bets.
The William Hill app is very straight and to the point, you won’t find extraneous offers or ads. FanDuel is a top-notch sportsbook in Iowa, but it has a little more going compared to William Hill. Both apps are great and it really comes down to personal preference on which one you pick.