Iowa Becomes First State With Day One Mobile Sports-Betting Launch

Iowa became the 12th U.S. state to accept sports bets on Thursday and carved out another slice of sports-betting history by becoming the first state to see mobile betting launch in concert with retail betting at several locations.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation in May to legalize sports betting in the state, and just three months later, at 12pm Thursday, the state’s first bets were placed.

William Hill was the lone operator to launch mobile betting on Thursday, in addition to retail books at four casinos.

In total, eight casinos were authorized to launch retail sportsbooks, and by the end of the month, 18 of the state’s 19 casinos plan to offer live land-based betting, according to Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA).

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