FanDuel launched in partnership with Boyd Gaming and is tethered to the Diamond Jo casinos in Dubuque and Northwood. The launch comes almost exactly a year after FanDuel opened its retail sportsbooks at Diamond Jo and Diamond Jo-Worth on Aug. 29, 2019, and a week ahead of the NFL season.
FanDuel’s digital book is available to download on Apple or Android devices or online. The site currently shows wagering available on everything from Australian Rules Football to table tennis, with betting options for the NFL and all major professional sports leagues in the U.S.
Iowa is FanDuel’s seventh digital platform
The company is also offering many of the same boosts it provides across the country, including improved odds on the Chicago Bears winning 10 or more games this season. The NFL season starts Sept. 10 and the Bears’ first game is Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Detroit Lions.
In-person registration is required in Iowa until early 2021, so consumers must visit a brick-and-mortar sportsbook to register.
Iowa was among the first wave of states to legalize sports betting when it did so in May 2019, a year after the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protections Act. The first sportsbooks there went live on Aug. 15, 2019, when Isle Bettendorf, Isle Waterloo, Lakeside, and Prairie Meadows casinos all opened their doors for retail sports betting. All four are partnered with William Hill, which along with Elite Sportsbook launched mobile/online sites on Aug. 15, 2019.
Of the 19 casinos licensed for sports betting in Iowa, 14 are accepting sports bets at physical locations. William Hill, Elite Sportsbook, Q Sportsbook, PointsBet, Hard Rock Sportsbook, DraftKings, and Penn National all have live digital platforms.