DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – You can do just about anything with your cell phone. And in two weeks, Iowa will allow people to place a bet on a dozen sporting events with just the click of a button.
Whether in the casino or on the couch, Iowans will soon be able to place bets on professional, collegiate and international sporting events.
Mobile apps like FanDuel have grown in popularity. Wendy Runde, Vice President of the Diamond Jo Casino, said that their casino is now partnering with them to get in on the action.
“They made their splash in the daily fantasy sports operation in 2009,” said Runde. “And lately they emerged as a leading sports betting provider in the United States.”
Brian Ohorilko, Administrator for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Comission, said online players will have to physically walk into casinos to prove their age and identity and set up an account before they are allowed to place bets.
“They only work within the state of Iowa,” said Ohorilko. “And so, technology will be part of this certification process and any provider of an online sports wagering company will need to ensure that those geo-locations will be in place so that wagers are only conducted within the state.”
The law still stands that you must be 21-years or older to place a bet.
These apps are only allowed to be used within the state. Therefore, if someone were to live in a state such as Wisconsin or Illinois, they would have to cross into Iowa to be able to use the app.
Anyone who breaks these laws could face criminal charges.