Sports Betting Coming to Iowa

LARCHWOOD, I.A.- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that enables sports betting in the state of Iowa.

For casino’s like Grand Falls, they have been preparing for this for a while now.

“Anxious to put our plans together and put them in front of the State,” said Sharon Haselhoff, General Manager Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. “Once we’re ready,  I think it will fun venue for the tri-state area.”

Iowa is the first Upper-Midwest state to establish this legislation and the 11th state in the US.

The law allows betting on professional, collegiate and international sports events; also fantasy and internet sports betting.

The are exclusions in the law, such as no betting on minor league and college team in-state players.

The official rules and regulation for the betting will be left in the hands of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

The earliest they can implement those rules is in July, according to their officials.

Once those rules are in place betting can start.

Still, casinos will have to make a few changes, which includes a contract with vendors and an on-site place for betting.

“We’ve been interviewing viewers vendors to partner with and we are in the final stages of that,” said Haselhoff. “You know, we will be doing a little bit of remodeling here and add a new sport betting venue within our casino here.”

When everything is set you will only have to be 21 years old to place a bet on your favorite team.

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