- Horseracing (1983), Lottery (1985), Casinos (1989), Bingo (2000)
- $375 million
- $1.8 billion
- 21 for all forms of gambling
- Iowa exempts casinos from its statewide smoking ban
- Horseracing is the only version of online gambling legal in Iowa.
Iowa casino locations: Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Onawa, Burlington, Dubuque, Northwood, Larchwood, Bettendorf, Marquette, Davenport, Waterloo, Tama, Altoona, Riverside, Osceola, Clinton, Emmettsburg, Jefferson, and Sloan. You can find all specific Iowa casinos using our interactive map and find the directions and websites.
Iowa gambling has a long history. Like many Midwestern states, Iowa casinos on riverboats were common during the 1800s. Some carried over through the early 20th Century. Iowa casino gambling was brought back and regulated in 1989. It was the first state to legalize riverboat casinos in the country. Iowa casinos were the fourth to be legalized after Nevada, New Jersey, and South Dakota.
Iowa also has a state lottery, charitable gambling, and horse racing, which includes simulcast betting. Casino gambling was later expanded to the racetracks. Greyhound racing is legal in Iowa but it is in a sunset phase through a gaming deal.
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Types of Iowa Online Gambling Allowed
The only form of legal Iowa online gambling is off-track betting. Wagers may be made over the Internet and on mobile devices. Horses and greyhounds are eligible.
Daily fantasy sports sites are illegal under state law. Iowa does not offer a skill gaming law to use like the industry does in other states. No legitimate daily fantasy sports sites operate in the state. All online poker, casino, and sports betting sites are located offshore and are unlicensed in Iowa.
Types of Live Iowa Gambling
- Slots: Yes
- Blackjack: Yes
- Poker: Yes
- Craps/Roulette: Yes
- Horses: Yes
- Lottery: Yes
Legal Iowa gambling comes in several forms. Racing was the first to become legal in the state. Horse and greyhound tracks were both legal. The state is phasing out greyhound racing amid the push-back among animal rights activists.
The Iowa Lottery was the next form of gambling to existing. Tickets are sold at convenience stores but not over the Internet. Charities may also offer games of chance. These are available at lodges, religious organizations, and fraternal orders. All must register with the state to offer bingo and raffles. Social gaming is also permitted in taverns with proper licensing.
There is a total of 22 casinos in Iowa, as a combination of regular Iowa casinos and Native American casinos. From taking a look at our Iowa casinos map we can tell they are spread throughout the state, making it easy for any resident to find and play at any location. All of the popular casino games are offered, including blackjack, craps, roulette, and hundreds of slot machines.
Iowa Gambling Laws
Daily fantasy sports players know that Iowa gambling laws do not permit the activity. Iowa gambling law forbids people to,
“participate in a game for any sum of money or other property of any value.”
Players may also not pay a fee to enter a contest, regardless of the amount of skill or chance. There are some exceptions to this. These include bingo, horseracing, licensed Iowa casinos, and social gaming. Out-of-state websites do not enjoy this exemption.
A lottery may only be spread by the state. Horseracing and off-track betting require a license. All casinos must be on riverboats except those located at tracks and on tribal land. Iowa riverboats no longer have to leave the dock. There are no bet or game limits. The state taxes casinos at a rate of 22%, except racetracks, which pay 24%.
Taverns and other gathering places may operate social games. This includes card games and sports pools that do not take a portion of the prize pool as a fee or operate in any other commercial manner. A social gaming license costs $100 for an establishment that does not serve alcohol. This goes up to $150 for a tavern. Social gaming licenses are valid for two years.
Raffles and bingo halls must pay a licensing fee that ranges from $40 to $100. These are also two-year licenses. The minimum gambling age in Iowa is 21 years for all forms of gambling.
List of Iowa Casinos
Lottery tickets are sold at virtually any gas station. Bingo is available at many lodges and other charitable organizations. Social gambling is legal throughout the state at restaurants and taverns. Commercial gambling in Iowa is limited to racetracks and casinos.
Below you will find a detailed list of all Iowa casinos that currently operate within the state borders. Locate casinos in Iowa easier using the address or website, or by checking out our Iowa casinos map at the top of this page.
|Ameristar Casino – Council Bluffs||1,400 Slot Machines||2200 River Road||www.ameristar.com|
|Blackbird Bend Casino – Onawa||400 Slot Machines||1 Blackbird Bend Boulevard||www.blackbirdbendcasinos.com|
|Catfish Bend Casino – Burlington||700 Slot Machines||3001 Winegard Drive||www.catfishbendcasino.com|
|Diamond Jo Casino – Dubuque||900 Slot Machines||301 Bell Street||www.diamondjo.com|
|Diamond Jo Casino – Northwood||900 Slot Machines||777 Diamond Jo Lane||www.diamondjo.com|
|Great Falls Casino – Larchwood||900 Slot Machines||1415 Grand Falls Blvd.||https://www.grandfallscasinoresort.com/index.html|
|Hard Rock Casino – Sioux City||800 Slot Machines||401 Douglas Street||www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com|
|Harrah’s – Council Bluffs||1,000 Slot Machines||1 Harrah’s Boulevard||www.caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs|
|Horseshoe Casino – Council Bluffs||1,900 Slot Machines||2701 23rd Avenue||www.caesars.com/harrahs|
|Isle of Capri – Bettendorf||1,000 Slot Machines||1777 Isle Pkwy||bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com|
|Isle of Capri – Waterloo||1,000 Slot Machines||777 Isle of Capri Blvd.||waterloo.isleofcapricasinos.com|
|Lady Luck – Marquette||540 Slot Machines||100 Anti Monopoly||www.marquette.isleofcapricasinos.com|
|Lakeside Casino – Osceola||1,000 Slot Machines||777 Casino Drive||www.lakesidehotelcasino.com|
|Meskwaki Casino – Tama||1,300 Slot Machines||349 Meskwaki Road||www.meskwaki.com|
|Mystique Casino – Dubuque||1,000 Slot Machines||1855 Greyhound Park Road||www.dgpc.com|
|Prairie Meadows – Altoona||Slot Machines||1 Prairie Meadows Dr.||www.prairiemeadows.com|
|Rhythm City Casino – Davenport||800 Slot Machines||101 W River Dr.||www.rhythmcitycasino.com|
|Riverside Casino – Riverside||1,181 Slot Machines||3184 Highway 22||www.riversidecasinoandresort.com|
|Wild Rose Casino – Clinton||600 Slot Machines||777 Wild Rose Drive||clinton.wildroseresorts.com|
|Wild Rose Casino – Emmettsburg||550 Slot Machines||777 Main Street||www.wildroseresorts.com|
|Wild Rose Casino – Jefferson||536 Slot Machines||777 Wild Rose Drive||jefferson.wildroseresorts.com|
|WinnaVegas Casino – Sloan||850 Slot Machines||1500 330th St.||www.winnavegas.com|
- Prairie Meadows – Altoona
- Dubuque Greyhound Park – Dubuque
History of Iowa Gambling
The first form of gambling legalized in Iowa was pari-mutuel. Horseracing was legalized in 1983. Greyhound racing followed two years later. There were once two horse tracks and two greyhound tracks in Iowa. Today, there is only one of each. Greyhound racing is being phased out. The Dubuque Greyhound Park will cease its racing operations later this decade.
The Iowa Lottery was created through legislation in April 1985. The first ticket was sold on August 22, 1985. It sells scratch-offs, pull tabs, and lotto tickets. There were once TouchPlay machines under the control of the Iowa Lottery. These were video lottery machines that spread casino-style games that resembled slots. They were rolled out in 2004. The Iowa Legislature banned the games in 2006 after a mountain of complaints from residents that were angry that the devices infiltrated every facet of their lives.
Iowa became the first state to legalize riverboat casinos in 1989. This was done as an answer to South Dakota’s video lottery and reservation gaming. Bet limits were restricted to $5 with a $200 loss limit per cruise. All players had to use a rewards card that tracked the amount lost per excursion. Iowa gamblers were required to leave the boat every two hours.
Boats left the docks during the days of riverboat gambling. All of these laws were repealed in 1994 as the state felt that its gaming industry was at a competitive disadvantage after neighboring states legalized casinos. This opened the door for the expansion of Iowa casinos, and thanks to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission there are now 22 legal casinos spread throughout the state that are regulated.
Iowa Casinos & Gambling FAQ
What is the minimum gambling age in Iowa?
The minimum Iowa gambling age is 21 years for all forms of gambling.
Are casinos legal in Iowa?
Yes. There are casinos on boats, at racetracks, and on tribal land in Iowa.
What games are legal in Iowa casinos?
Slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, live poker, and virtually all table games are legal in Iowa.
Do Iowa casinos have a loss limit?
Iowa casinos once had a $5 minimum bet and $200 loss limit. Both were repealed in 1994. There is no bet limit today.
Is greyhound racing legal in Iowa?
Yes, but it is being phased out at the Dubuque Greyhound Park, the last one in Iowa.
Is horse racing legal in Iowa?
Yes. Prairie Meadows in Altoona is the only horse track.
Is off-track betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. It is spread at Prairie Meadows and Dubuque Greyhound Park.
Are daily fantasy sports sites legal in Iowa?
No. Fantasy sports contests are illegal in Iowa.