FanDuel launches online sportsbook in Iowa

Iowans now have another legal option for online and mobile sports betting.

The US sports betting giant FanDuel has launched its online and mobile sportsbook platform in the state of Iowa.

This comes after the sportsbook operator launched its online sportsbook in the neighbouring state of Illinois last week.

FanDuel in Iowa

FanDuel initially entered the state of Iowa via a partnership with Boyd Gaming’s Diamond Jo casinos in Dubuque and Northwood. The launch of the operator’s online sportsbook comes almost a year after FanDuel launched land-based betting operations in the state on 29 August 2019.

Iowans can download the FanDuel Sportsbook app on Android and iOS devices, or online via a desktop browser.

In order to activate an online sports betting account with FanDuel, bettors must visit one of the FanDuel sportsbooks at one of the Diamond Jo casinos in either Dubuque or Northwood.

However, from 1 January 2021, bettors will be able to register online sportsbook accounts remotely from anywhere within the state, eliminating the inconvenience of having to travel to a casino.

FanDuel in the US betting space

The daily fantasy provider turned sportsbook and online casino operator FanDuel has managed to grow into one of the most recognizable brands in the US sports space.

Last week, the operator expanded its presence into the state of Illinois with the of its mobile sportsbook app, making it the third platform to launch in the state. Due to the co-branding rules in Illinois, FanDuel’s app is known as the “FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook” app. FanDuel’s Illinois app is available on both iOS and Android devices.

Earlier this week, FanDuel became an official betting partner of the PGA Tour after inking a multi-year content and marketing agreement with the league.

At the time of writing, FanDuel offers online sports betting in six other US states which include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The operator also powers land-based sportsbooks in the states named above and in New York, Michigan and Mississippi.

Sports betting in Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds signed Iowa’s betting bill into law in May 2019. With just 94 days between the signing of the bill and the launch of sports betting in the Hawkeye State, Iowa’s timeline to launch sports betting was one of the quickest in the US.

FanDuel will now join the likes of DraftKings, PointsBet, Hard Rock, Q Casino, Elite Sportsbook and William Hill, in offering online sports betting in Iowa.

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