Thursday, Iowa became the 11th state where you can legally place a sports bet.
The first legal sports bets in the state started rolling in at noon. In total, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission granted sports betting licenses to 18 casinos in July after it voted to adopt the sports betting oversight rules that will govern the action, the Gazette in Cedar Rapids reported.
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Iowa’s sports betting bill into law in May. The law made it legal in the state for bettors 21 years old and older to wager on professional and college sports both in-person at retail locations and online via mobile apps.
Of importance to online bettors is that the law requires a person to register at the physical location of the sportsbook first for an age verification process before being able to place bets online. That part of the law will remain in effect through 2020, after which registration will be available entirely online.
Iowa currently has 19 casinos within state lines, 18 of which are set to offer sports betting. Only Casino Queen in Marquette has not yet applied for a license.
But not every one of the 18 state-licensed casinos started taking bets immediately. Overall, eight Iowa casinos were ready to offer services on the first day of legal Iowa sports betting, while the rest are targeting launch dates of either Aug. 24, which is the start of college football season, or Sept. 5, which is when the NFL season begins.
There are eight casinos in Iowa offering sports betting on the first day of it becoming legal in the state. The rest of the casinos will be rolling out their services over the next three weeks.
The race to offer legal sports betting has taken off since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018 by overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
Iowa joined 10 other states in the U.S. sports betting business. Nevada had long been the only state to offer legal sports betting, but after the Supreme Court decision cleared the way for others last year, a fifth of the states in the country have since jumped into the market.