Iowa contemplates how to launch online sports betting in the state

Iowa contemplates how to launch online sports betting in the state

Perhaps seeing how success online sports betting is elsewhere, Iowa now wants in

Opening up a whole new gambling market has not always been an easy task and that is why the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA) is looking to do the best planning for the state to have the opportunity to open the doors to legalized online casinos gaming. Wes Ehrecke, the president of the IGA, said that apart from his support, there are other big commercial groups in the gaming industry that also gave a nod to the legalization of online gaming in Iowa. Now it remains to be seen how the market can be implemented in the most appropriate way.

Should Iowa implement online casino gaming, it would join the list of five other states where the iGaming industry has already become a reality, including Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The IGA currently has a total of 19 commercial casino property members. The non-profit group has said it is providing all the support necessary to bring these efforts to fruition in the near future and says that any legislative action that serves the best interests of the industry will be most welcome.

Referring to the legislative session, which is set to begin early next year, Ehrecke noted that he was unsure whether lawmakers would discuss iGaming but says that this market has enough positive characteristics for lawmakers to overlook it. Many statistics showed that online legal gaming boosted gambling revenues after the pandemic caused by COVID-19 last year. While it is true that Iowa could not compare to the greatness represented by New Jersey, taxes would be greatly increased, and that is never not a good thing for a state.

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