Iowa Casinos, Gamblers Gearing Up For Sports Betting

Now that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill legalizing sports betting in the state, gamblers say they are itching to bring their money to the newest game in town.

"It's going to be a party. We can watch a game, have some chicken wings, a beer... and win money," Chris Parnam told 6 News.

With three major casinos across the river in Council Bluffs, the sports gambling scene may be set to take off. "We're hoping you're going to come hang out at the property, see our big screens, see our sports betting environment. We're modeling it after some of the stuff we've seen in Vegas that we do," Samir Mowad with Caesar's Entertainment told 6 News.

The company is weighing a couple of different spots for its sports book section at Horseshoe Casino. It won't be unlike the race betting area.

"You can see kiosks where there's technology to make a bet without having to go up to the teller and then you can also go up to the traditional betting windows," Mowad says.

There will also be an app where gamblers can place sports bets anywhere in the state. "I think that there's a lot of people who might be willing to check it out now," Mowad says.

Some betters say being at the casino will always beat the digital option. "Sit down and enjoy watching sports while I've got money on it and going and being around everybody, also enjoying doing the same thing I am. It's a great time," Ricky Kojdecki says.

Caesar's Entertainment said the Iowa Gaming Commission plans on having all of its regulations set by August, just in time for football season.

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