The best promo codes and deposit bonuses available at IA sportsbooks.
Iowa college sports fans who back their teams no matter what can now put their money where their mouths are. One of the top collegiate fan bases in America has welcomed legal sports betting with open arms – and wallets – as the industry continues to carve a swath across the U.S. Here's a look at the top sports betting bonuses available to Iowa-based players.
If your first qualifying wager loses, Caesars will credit you a free bet equal to the value of your first wager up to $1,250, plus get 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose. Your Free Bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
If your first qualifying bet loses and it is in an amount greater than $50, you will receive five (5) free bets back in equal denominations of 20% of the total amount of the qualifying bet up to $1,000. If your qualifying bet loses and it is less than $50, you will receive a single free bet back in a single denomination equaling the total amount of the qualifying bet. Example: If you place a $1,000 qualifying bet and your bet loses, you will receive five (5) $200 free bets. If you place a $49 bet and lose, you will receive one $49 free bet.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
At DraftKings, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, far from generous considering, DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant. The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users in most regions. They try and word it differently sometimes calling it a “2 for 1” but it’s a standard risk-free new player bonus. With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet, not deposit, up to $1,000.
Fubo offers new users a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. A bettor must wager at least $1 on odds of -250 or longer to qualify. The sign-up promotion also triggers a free month of FuboTV if the user chooses to take advantage of the offer, which is highly recommended.
Betfred offers new users a "Bet $50, Get $250 Free" promotion. The odds on the initial wager must be -200 or less. However, new users do not receive the full $250 at once. After the initial $50 wager, the bettor will receive a $100 credit. Once that bet settles, the account is credited again with a $50 credit the following Monday of the new week. In the subsequent two weeks, beginning each Monday, the bettor must place a wager of at least $1 to receive the remaining two $50 credits equating to $250.
BetRivers goes with a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser. Unfortunately, $250 is low compared to the industry standard.
First-time bettors who download the Hard Rock Sportsbook Iowa Mobile App, deposit, and place a cash wager will receive a Free Bet, equal to the amount of the wager, up to $250. ($5 minimum) Your $250 First Bet Match can be used on any market with a price of -250 or lower. Win or lose, you will receive a Bet Match up to $250 that will need to be used within 7 days of being credited to your account.
Bally Bet used to offer a $550 risk-free bet for new users, which was average at best and only awarded you if your first bet lost. They have since lowered their offering for new users down to $50 in most regions. The silver lining of the new offer is that it's a true free bet offer where they match your first wager, not deposit, win or lose.
|Caesars||$1,250 Free Bet + Credits||✅ No Code Required|
|BetMGM||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|FanDuel||$1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"||✅ No Code Required|
|DraftKings||20% Deposit Match up to $1,000||✅ No Code Required|
|PointsBet||5 Risk-free Bets up to $500||✅ No Code Required|
|Barstool||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|Fubo||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|Betfred||Bet $50, Get $250||✅ No Code Required|
|BetRivers||100% Deposit Match up to $250||✅ No Code Required|
|Hard Rock||Up to $250 in Free Bets||✅ No Code Required|
|Bally Bet||100% First Bet Match up to $50||✅ No Code Required|
Like most states, Iowa’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission manages the state’s self-exclusion lists and problem gambling programs, while 15 of the 19 licensed casinos in the state provide self-exclusion. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing through the mobile apps.
Visit the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Iowa bettors; here are the marquee sports on which Iowans can wager:
If you're an Iowan looking for a way to get your feet wet in the betting world, wagering on professional football is a great place to start. Not only are bettors treated to a wealth of markets every week of the season, you won't find a more popular sport with regard to tips, strategies and advice.
College football is wildly popular in Iowa – and legislation caters to the crowd by allowing for wagering on any NCAA football lines, totals and props. It will come as no surprise to betting fanatics that the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones generate the most hometown betting handle in the state.
From the gridiron to the hardcourt, you can expect to see bettors flock to NBA markets once the NFL and NCAA football seasons wind down. And fortunately for Iowa wagerers, sportsbooks flood their apps with dozens of markets for every NBA regular season and playoff matchup.
Iowa doesn't have major representation in Division I men's basketball, with just four programs (Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Drake). But don't sleep on Iowans' passion for collegiate hoops – and expect to see that enthusiasm translate into strong NCAAB handles, especially for March Madness.
Nothing says summer in the sporting world like Major League Baseball – and if you're looking for a wagering fix between the end of NBA and the beginning of football, you could do worse than to give MLB betting a try. Major sportsbooks provide hundreds of betting markets for most games.
Be sure to save some of your yearly betting budget for some hockey action. Whether you're new to the sport or a veteran NHL bettor, you'll find no shortage of betting markets – including a robust live bet offering that allows you to bet on the next goal or penalty, or whether the game will go to OT.
Golf might not rank among the most-bet sports in North America, but it's easily one of the most underrated. The number of available markets for every tournament is staggering – and sportsbooks get even more expansive (and creative) when it comes to major championships.
The English Premier League. La Liga. Serie A. The Bundesliga. Ligue 1. Even Major League Soccer. You will never find yourself short on soccer markets – so it's worth spending the time to brush up on your footy knowledge. And there's a bonus to doing so now, with the World Cup coming soon.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a free bet or several free bets as a reward for choosing them ahead of the competition. However, you should not expect a free bet offer to come with no strings attached. You will generally have to deposit your own money to unlock the free bet and then place several bets at a specific minimum set of odds before you can make a withdrawal.
Betting bonuses are awarded to new players to encourage them to sign up or to existing players so they remain loyal. They include match deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, boosted odds bonuses, and much more. They vary from one sportsbook to the next, so you should always shop around for the most appealing free bets and sign up for multiple books to enjoy several free bet offers. Always check the terms and conditions attached to free bets before accepting them.
This refers to the number of bets you must place before you are permitted to make a withdrawal. It applies to sign-up free bet bonuses and reload free bet bonuses. A typical rollover requirement would be 6x, which means you must wager your credit six times (place at least six bets) at a certain minimum price before you can make a withdrawal. The rollover requirement generally applies to the cash you deposit as well as the free bets you receive.