Iowa gambling law is the most relaxed in the Midwest. The Hawkeye State’s easy access to the Mississippi River and a strong riverboat casino industry is responsible for the state’s relaxed attitude towards gambling law. Gambling is a cultural legacy for most Iowans, as is their understanding of the democratic process, and the state’s residents regularly vote in referendums in favor of gambling reform.
When sports betting – online and land-based – comes to Iowa it is expected to arrive via that method, the State Legislature approving a model to go to a referendum for the state’s citizens to decide.
Iowa is home to 21 casinos – both commercial operations and tribal casinos and gaming is big business in Iowa, generating more than $18 billion annually in revenue, and providing more than 18,000 jobs.