Penn National Gaming has confirmed that it is going to launch sports betting operations at its Ameristar Casino in Iowa.
It is expected that the sports gambling will be launched in Iowa starting Thursday, August 15, which is also the date specified by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
Timothy Wilmott, chief executive officer of Penn National, said: “Iowa is poised to become the first mid-western state to offer sports wagering since the federal ban was repealed last year.
“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.”
In its announcement revealing the plans for launching sports gambling Penn National said: “Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs will offer a state-of-the-art sports betting experience that will become a destination for fans in Iowa and Nebraska”.
Earlier in May Governor Kim Reynolds signed the sports betting legalization bill. The bill included regulating betting on all sporting events including professional games, college-level tournaments, and international sporting events. However, the new law does not allow betting on some minor leagues and in-state college team players. Also, the minimum age for betting is 21.
Following the legalization of sports betting in Iowa, UK-based bookmaker William Hill confirmed that they will launch sportsbooks at two of Eldorado’s Iowa casinos. It said that they 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.