Iowa could launch sports betting next month

The state gambling regulator has reported that they’re considering August 15 as the start for sports betting in Iowa.

US.- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) has revealed that they’re considering launching sports betting activity in the state by August 15. They will hold a special meeting today, and the launch will be discussed. Daily fantasy sports (DFS) will also be allowed under this launch.

IRGC Administrator Brian Ohorilko has confirmed that 18 of the state’s 19 casinos have already applied for licenses that will allow them to offer sports betting at their facilities. If the commission approves the launch tomorrow, these casinos could be offering sports betting by August 15.

“If rules were adopted on Tuesday, casinos will be working to get their controls approved,” Ohorilko said. “There would likely be a number of controls that we are looking at between July 30 and August 15.”

Iowa has been preparing its rules

The state regulator confirmed that gaming officials took notice of the legalisation of sports betting right after it happened. “We started monitoring this issue immediately after the Supreme Court ruling,” Ohorilko said. “Without that preparation, we never would have been able to implement this within the three months (since it was approved).”

“In the past, people either could bet on sports in Nevada, or they had to do so illegally through a bookmaker or an offshore website,” said Wes Ehrecke, president and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association. “Now, people can do so in a legalised manner.”

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