Iowa Sportsbooks Accepted $118.4 Million in April Bets

Wagering at Iowa’s online and retail sportsbooks slowed in April to less than $120 million, the lowest handle since December though an expected pullback in what is the beginning of the slower summer period in sports betting. But on the two-year anniversary of Gov. Kim Reynolds signing sports betting into law, Iowa sportsbooks have generated $101.1 million in operator revenue since the industry launched in 2019, giving the state’s sports betting industry a historic milestone on its second birthday, according to PlayIA.

Iowa sportsbooks accepted $118.4 million in bets in April, according to official data released Friday. That is down 26.7% from the record $161.4 million in wagers in March and the lowest volume since sportsbooks collected $104.8 million in bets in December.

Net operator revenue was relatively strong though, hitting $7.7 million in April. That was down 42.6% from April’s record $13.5 million in net receipts. April’s revenue produced $521,455 in state taxes. Since January, when in-person registration rules were lifted, Iowa sportsbooks have produced $40.2 million in net receipts, or 39.8% of the state’s lifetime handle.

Without the NFL or the NCAA Tournament, sports betting has historically lightened from April through August in legal U.S. markets.

Online betting generated $104.5 million in bets or 88.3% of the state’s overall handle. Meanwhile, retail betting fell to $13.8 million from $22.1 million in March.

Longstanding Iowa leader William Hill, which is partners with six Iowa casinos — Prairie Meadows, Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Isle of Capri Bettendorf, Lakeside, and Harrah’s Council Bluffs — topped the market with $39.1 million in handle, including $35.7 million in online wagers. April produced $1.8 million in net receipts.

Wild Rose took in $34.6 million in online and retail bets. That included $34.3 million online. Still, Wild Rose led the market with $2.6 million in net receipts.

FanDuel and BetMGM helped put Diamond Jo in third place with $29.2 million in April bets, which included $26.1 million in online wagering.