Iowa is all set to launch sports betting operations this week. Sports betting operations will begin at Iowa casinos this Thursday making it the 11th US states to offer sports gambling.
Earlier this year in May, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the sports betting legalization bill into law after the Senate approved the bill by a 31-18 vote in favor a month before.
Almost every casino in Iowa is poised to launch sports betting operations. While there are a total of 19 licensed casinos in the state, 18 of them have already initiated the process to launch sports betting operations.
Last month, UK-based bookmaker William Hill confirmed that they would be launching sportsbook at two of Eldorado’s Iowa casinos. The bookmaker would be providing both in-person and mobile sports betting services to Eldorado Resorts’ Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa.
Penn National Gaming also confirmed that it is going to launch sports betting operations at its Ameristar Casino in Iowa.
“Iowa is poised to become the first midwestern state to offer sports wagering since the federal ban was repealed last year,” Penn National CEO Timothy Wilmott said. “We appreciate the diligence of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that will allow us to begin offering this great new amenity at Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs prior to the kickoff of football season.”
According to reports, three casinos will launch sports betting on an opening day while several others will launch their sports gambling operations before the NFL season which kicks off from September 5.