Sports betting in person began today at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City.
State regulators approved the Casino's new sportsbook, last month it didn’t start taking its first bets on professional and college sports until today. Betting online or via app won’t be available until mid October. Sioux City State representative Jacob Bossman voted to legalize sports betting. He was at the Hard Rock today. Bossman says sports betting was happening already without any regulation.
And if we could pull this out in the open at a reputable place like the Hard Rock, where we know if people need help they are going to get help, where you know the bets are going to be professionally run, and limits on the amount, and you know you can’t use credit to bet.”
The Hard Rock had originally planned to join six other casinos the first day of betting last month. But some unresolved details with its third-party sports betting vendor forced the Hard Rock owners to withdrew their request for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to approve the agreement at the commission's meeting last month.
Iowa is the 11th state in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering.
Floodwater from the Missouri River has forced officials to close a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.
The Iowa Transportation Department said Friday the 10-mile stretch extends north from the Crescent exit to the Missouri Valley area. A detour is in operation. Several I-29 interchange ramps are closed in southwest Iowa as well.