Iowa has approved a launch date for sports betting operations in the state. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously agreed upon August 15 to be the start date of the sports gambling in Iowa.
It would be just before a major football game coming up between Miami and Florida on August 24.
Following the announcement, it is confirmed that from August 15, gamblers and bettors in Iowa would now be able to bet on professional and college games, as well as participate in certain online daily fantasy sports.
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.
Prior to the launch of sports betting operations in the state, in June this year, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved sports betting plans for two state casinos – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City and Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort.
The gambling regulator also approved their remodeling plans to develop the venues and allow visitors to place bets on sporting events.