- Iowa will have a total of 19 different retail sportsbooks open.
- The Diamond Jo Worth Casino’s betting lounge is a FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Mobile sports betting is available through this sportsbook as well.
NORTHWOOD, Iowa – The FanDuel Sportsbook at Diamond Jo Worth Casino opened its doors on Thursday.
Sports betting went live in Iowa in recent weeks. A total of 19 different retail sportsbooks can open up in the state.
For their sportsbook, this casino partnered with FanDuel and Boyd Gaming. This is the first retail sportsbook in Iowa for both of the companies. The new sportsbook will simply be called the FanDuel Sportsbook.
What Does This Sportsbook Have?
The FanDuel Sportsbook at Diamond Jo Worth has many different features. In the retail sportsbook, there are three betting windows. New sports bettors are encouraged to use the windows so they can ask the staff for help. There are also 11 different self-service sports betting kiosks available as well.
The FanDuel Sportsbook also has six different video displays. One of the video displays includes an entire video wall. All of the video displays will feature ongoing games that you can potentially wager on.
One of the most important features of the new sportsbook is mobile sports betting. Sports bettors must first go to the retail FanDuel Diamond Jo location to register for their account. Once they do that, they are free to bet on sports anywhere they want so long as they stay within Iowa’s borders.
Something that will not be available at this sportsbook are prop bets on Iowa college players. However, that does not mean you cannot bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes as a team. The Iowa Hawkeyes are set out to take on the Miami RedHawks on Saturday night. FanDuel currently has Iowa as a 22-point favorite over Miami (Ohio). Expect the Hawkeyes to be the heavy betting favorite at local sportsbooks, meaning there may not be much value in betting the moneyline.
A Successful Launch
The first inaugural bet was made by former Minnesota Viking and NFL Hall of Famer, John Randle. He placed $93 on the Minnesota Twins to win on Thursday night. Lucky for Randle, he won that bet.
Randle was not the only Minnesota representative at the new FanDuel Sportsbook. There were residents from Minnesota who crossed into Iowa to make bets at Diamond Jo Worth.
“It just makes the games more exciting to put a little money on it,” said Jack Brodshaug, a Minnesota native.
Minnesota has not legalized sports betting yet. The legislative session for Minnesota has also ended. Lawmakers from the state will likely not want to lose more potential revenue to Iowa sportsbooks. This could encourage Minnesota lawmakers to create their own sports betting laws.
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