Iowa Sports Betting
Iowa's sports betting law was signed on May 13, 2019, and the state started accepting bets on Aug. 15. The one wrinkle with mobile betting: You’ll have to register in person before being able to bet on your phone. That provision will remain in place until Jan. 1, 2021. In the meantime, here's what you should know about Iowa Sports Betting.
Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

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Iowa Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Beginners

If you’re new to sports betting in IA, you likely have questions.

Our 11 sports betting tips for beginners can help you make savvier decisions come gametime.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology. 

It can all be a bit overwhelming and intimidating for newer betting enthusiasts, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions on all the main terms.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid in Iowa

Sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. 

There will always be ups and downs, but if you stay true to our nine mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.

Iowa Sports Betting Timeline

May 2019

Iowa legalized sports as of May 2019.

August 2019

Retail and online betting in August 2019. William Hill and Elite Sportsbook launch.

November 2019

PointsBet launches in Iowa.

January 2021 (Projected)

Online registration to be allowed.
Iowa Sports Betting Locations
Iowa has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

Division I Football & Basketball

Drake Bulldogs
Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa State Cyclones
Northern Iowa Panthers

Pro Sports Teams

Clinton Lumberkings (MiLB)
Des Moines Menace (USL2)
Wild (AHL)
Wolves (NBAG)

Pro teams in Iowa.

Other Events

Iowa has a range of 'other' sporting events that draw local and national interest, including:

  • The Drake Relays. Drake Relays are a track and field event held annually in April. Many Olympic Gold medalists have competed in this relay.
  • Iowa Shrine Bowl. The Iowa Shrine Bowl is an all-star foo tball game featuring Iowa’s most talented highschool/pre-college football players. It's held every July in Cedar Falls.
Steve Petrella is a Senior Executive Producer at The Action Network, covering all angles of the sports betting world. He spent two stints at ESPN, from 2000-06 and 2012-18, he regularly wrote for and contributed to ESPN shows, including SportsCenter and Outside The Lines.