Iowa Sports Betting Handle in July Was Up 80% Over June

Iowa Sports Betting Handle in July Was Up 80% Over June
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Iowa sports betting rebounded in a big way in July.

In figures released Friday, Iowa had $22,859,622 in total sports betting handle in July, an almost 80% increase over June’s $12,711,201.


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The July numbers, from the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission, are still low for a normal month, but they showed improvement since casinos began reopening in early June. In the last full month before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down, Iowa had nearly $57 million in sports betting handle in February

Other key numbers in the July report:

The mobile sports betting handle was $17,770,140, up 53.4% from June’s $11,581,727. Mobile wagers represented 78% of the total handle in July.

July sports betting revenue was $2,244,012, an increase of 261.5% from June’s $620,740.

Iowa law requires in-person registration at its casinos to be in effect until Jan. 1, 2021. Rhode Island recently eliminated the in-person requirement.


Iowa Sports Betting Revenue & Handle, July vs. June

RevenueMobile HandleTotal Handle
July$2.224M$17.770M$22.860M
June$621K$11.582M$12.711M
ChangeUp 261.5%Up 53.4%Up 79.8%

Casinos Reopened in June

Casinos had been closed since mid March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 19 commercial casinos in Iowa, 18 take sports bets and 13 have mobile sports betting operations.

The Prairie Meadows Casino near Des Moines reported $7,294,327 in July sports betting handle, a 61.2% increase over June’s $4,515,351. Of the July handle, 95% of it was from mobile betting. Prairie Meadows reopened in mid June.

The Wild Rose in Jefferson had $2,802,119 in July sports betting handle, a 19% increase over June’s $2,359,885. Of the July total, 99% was from mobile betting. The Isle Casino Waterloo had $1,929,869 in July handle, while Riverside Casino saw $1,869,130 bet in July, according to the state figures released Friday.

The Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, the Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood and Q Casino in Dubuque all topped $1 million in sports betting handle in July.

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