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With the stroke of the governor’s pen, Iowa sports betting emerged Monday from the cornfields.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 617 into law just after weeks of deliberation, producing Iowa the third state to approve legal sports betting in 2019. Montana and Indiana enacted the initially two laws.

Iowa sports betting fundamentals

Right here are the particulars of the new law:

  • six.75% tax price on sports betting income
  • $45,000 license charge, $10,000 renewal charge
  • Mobile betting by way of intrastate implies only (this seems targeted at Wire Act compliance)
  • Up to two skins per licensee
  • In-individual registration for mobile apps till Jan. 1, 2021
  • Ban on prop bets involving in-state college teams, but betting on college games usually is permitted.
  • Regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

As far as sports betting bills go, this a single is fairly nicely conceived. American Gaming Association executive Sara Slane published a statement in response to the news:

“The state of Iowa has set its legal sports betting market place up for results with a affordable tax price, mobile wagering, robust customer protections and provisions that place accountable gaming at the forefront. By means of the leadership of champions like Iowa Gaming Association President and CEO Wes Ehrecke, Iowans will now have a secure option to the illegal market place that has thrived in the Hawkeye State and across the country…”

As Slane subsequently noted, no US jurisdiction with legalized sports betting has an integrity charge in its law — such as Iowa.

Partnerships currently in location

The governor’s signature was by no means a confident issue, but the path to legalization was relatively smooth. Some casino operators had been even optimistic adequate to forge their IA sports betting alliances in advance.

Prairie Meadows was initially to do so, aligning with William Hill back in January. Thereafter, Catfish Bend teamed up with US newcomer PointsBet.

Each DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook need to have access to the market place, as well. FanDuel has a partnership with Boyd Gaming, whilst DraftKings lately teamed up with Caesars. Each casino providers personal several properties in the state.

Iowa has 19 casinos that are eligible to offer you sports betting, and the two-skin provision could place as lots of as 38 brands in the marketplace.

Adam Candee
Adam Candee
Adam Candee is the managing editor of Legal Sports Report. He covers sports small business and news from Las Vegas. Adam is a former editor and reporter at the Las Vegas Sun, Arizona Each day Sun and KLAS-Television. He can be reached at [email protected]