Iowa may not have any professional sports teams to call its own, but the state houses several elite college sports teams and does not lack when it comes to enthusiastic sports fans. Online sports betting is legal in Iowa, and there are many online sportsbook options for placing bets in Iowa.
Though there are no pro sports teams in Iowa, there is no shortage of nearby teams to bet on in surrounding Midwest states, including the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and more.
Iowa sports bettors can also bet on NCAA basketball and football, English Premier League soccer and many other sports (check your favorite sportsbook for all offers).
There are several legal sports betting apps available in Iowa, and we’ll go over some of the best options to help you place online bets in the state.
Top Iowa sportsbooks online sports betting
DraftKings Sportsbook IA
Launch: DraftKings online sports betting in Iowa launched in February 2020.
DraftKings was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Boston. DraftKings is a top DFS platform and is also one of the best online sportsbooks. DraftKings Sportsbook can be accessed on a mobile app or website.
DraftKings Sportsbook Website
iOS: DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino on the Apple App Store
Android: DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino on the Google Play Store
FanDuel Sportsbook IA
Launch: FanDuel online betting in Iowa launched in September 2020.
FanDuel was founded 2009 and is headquartered in New York City. FanDuel is a top DFS platform and is also one of the best online sportsbooks. FanDuel Sportsbook can be accessed on a mobile app or website.
FanDuel Sportsbook Website
iOS: FanDuel Sportsbook & Casino on the Apple App Store
Android: FanDuel Sportsbook & Casino on the Google Play Store
BetMGM Online Sportsbook IA
Launch: BetMGM mobile sports betting in Iowa launched in January 2021.
William Hill was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in London. William Hill Sportsbook can be accessed on a mobile app or website.
Website: William Hill Website
iOS: William Hill: Sports Betting on the Apple App Store
Android: William Hill Sportsbook on the Google Play Store
* Bonus offers shown here are as of March 2021; bonus offers are subject to change.
Sports you can bet on in Iowa
Iowa sports bettors can bet on a wide range of sports, including, but not limited to, those shown in the chart below:
NBA, NCAA, WNBA, Euroleague & more
The Majors, PGA, Euro Tour
NHL, KHL, Sweden & more
NASCAR, Formula 1
Rugby League, Rugby Union
EPL, UEFA, Women's International, Champions League, individual country leagues
Australian Open, Grand Slams & more
Check with your sportsbook for all available sports and leagues, as the options can differ between different sportsbooks.
Bet types in Iowa
Online Iowa sports betting offers all of your typical bet types, including but not limited to those shown in the chart below:
Pick which team will win the game.
The team you pick has to cover the spread (+/- points)
Pick over/under the total amount of points scored
Side bets on the game (e.g. first team to score)
Side bets on individual players (e.g. over/under yards)
Multiple bets on the same slip; all must hit to win
Multiple parlays on the same slip, but money on all possible parlays on the slip
Bet on events that will occur in the future (e.g. league MVP)
Alternative spread parlay bets
Betting on events that are in progress
Check with your sportsbook for all available bet types, as the options can differ between different sportsbooks.
How to legally make sports bets in Iowa
Iowa sports betting is regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Regulations in Iowa may differ from other states, and wagers offered in some states may not be available in Iowa (and vice versa).
General rules for legal online sports betting in Iowa include but are not limited to:
You must be at least 21 years of page
You must be located in the state of Iowa (you do not have to live in the state, but you do have to be physically present within its borders to place a bet).
You must use an approved sportsbook, such as one of the options listed above
Check with your sportsbook for all rules and regulations that must be followed, including tax laws on any winnings.
Iowa Sports Betting FAQs
Is online sports betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. Iowa legalized online sports betting in May 2019.
What is the legal age for online sports betting in IA?
You have to be at least 21 years old.
Do I have to live in Iowa to do online sports betting in Iowa?
No. You just have to be located within the state when you place the wager.
What are Iowa resources for responsible gambling?
You can visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website for helpful information. website for helpful information. Iowa sports bettors can self-exclude, live chat online, call 1-800-BETS-OFF, text 855-895-8398 and more.
Tyler is a 20-year fantasy football vet specializing in redraft, DFS, and dynasty. He has earned multiple FSWA nominations and won the Best Football Series award in 2017. Tyler previously wrote for PFF Fantasy, RotoViz, and Bleacher Report.