PointsBet launches mobile sportsbook in Iowa

The Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet has launched its online and mobile sports betting product in Iowa.

The Australian sports betting operator PointsBet has launched its online and mobile sports betting product in the state of Iowa.

This comes after the Australian operator announced a partnership with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons ahead of its launch in the state of Michigan.

PointsBet launches app in Iowa

PointsBet launched its app in the Hawkeye State earlier this week after the in-person registration in the state expired on 1 January 2021.

Bettors in the state of Iowa will now be able to place a variety of pre-game and in-play bets with the Australian operator and create online sports betting accounts remotely from anywhere within the state.

To promote the launch, PointsBet is offering a $1,000 risk-free betting bundle offer where customers can receive up to $500 back if they lose their first fixed odds bet and up to $500 back if their first PointsBetting wager loses.

The operator initially entered Iowa’s sports betting market in 2019 after inking a market access agreement with Catfish Bend Casino.

Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO said: “The state of Iowa continues to be a great priority for the PointsBet team, and we are fortunate to work alongside terrific partners in Catfish Bend Casino. 

“We both are tremendously excited for what is effectively a second launch of Iowa sports betting with remote registration now in play. The PointsBet mobile app and digital sports betting product is extremely fast and easy to use, features exclusive product features and betting options, offers the most bet types in the world across the four major US sports, and perhaps most importantly, is specifically tailored for the local sports fan.”

Rob Higgins, General Manager at Burlington’s Catfish Bend Casino said: “The Catfish Bend Casino team has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside PointsBet thus far, and the best is yet to come. 

“We’ve received terrific response from Iowan sports bettors thus far, confirming the superior speed of the PointsBet app and the excitement that follows from being offered roughly 80% more wagering options versus the competition. The unique PointsBetting platform is an added plus and an experience that we are excited to offer to all Iowan sports bettors now more easily.”

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

Sports betting in Iowa

Sports betting went live in Iowa in August 2019 with a law that forced bettors in the state to create and register their online betting accounts in-person at one of the state’s casino sportsbooks.

The provision for in-person registration expired on 1 January 2021, allowing bettors in the state to now register online sports betting accounts from anywhere within state lines.

Now that bettors in the state can sign up remotely, Iowa’s sports betting market may finally reach its full potential. 

Although Iowa may not be the largest state, aside from its neighbour Illinois, its other five border states Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin do not offer legal sports betting. As a result of this, bettors in those states will now simply need to cross Iowa’s border to place a bet which could provide the market with a massive boost.

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