FanDuel Brings Daily Fantasy Sports Contests to Iowa

FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports contests are now live in Iowa.

Iowans may now visit FanDuel.com to sign up for an account or download the official app to compete against users from around the country in contests that routinely generate million-dollar prize pools. Under Iowa law, the minimum age to play is 21.

The Des Moines Register spoke with a FanDuel spokeswoman this week who said this on the launch:

We are excited to announce that Iowans can now enter paid fantasy sports contests on FanDuel. Following approval by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, millions of residents in Iowa can now access all that FanDuel fantasy sports has to offer.

With the launch of FanDuel DFS, both of the country’s biggest daily fantasy sites are now live in Iowa. FanDuel’s chief rival, DraftKings.com, crossed the finish line first having launched last month. Together, the two fantasy sites account for more than 90% of the national daily fantasy sports market.

That makes it two fantasy sites to launch in Iowa since the passage of legislation earlier this year authorizing sports betting and daily fantasy sports. In addition to legalizing both activities, the new Iowa sports betting bill also established a process by which sportsbooks and fantasy sports operators may apply for licenses to serve the state.

Licenses only run $5,000 a piece and the state approved daily fantasy regulations months ago, but certain technical requirements applied to DFS operators delayed the launch of both companies.

FanDuel and DraftKings spoke with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to clear things up and the matter was eventually resolved to clear the way for both operators. This is how Iowa earned the unique distinction of legalizing and implementing actual sports betting faster than fantasy sports.

FanDuel Now Has Daily Fantasy and Sports Betting Operations in Iowa

FanDuel is almost fully mobilized in Iowa with a fantasy sports platform and two retail sportsbooks operational. Diamond Jo Worth and Diamond Jo Dubuque both feature FanDuel-branded sportsbooks.

Mobile betting will also be on the menu at some point. The Racing and Gaming Commission approved William Hill IA and Elite Sportsbook for online betting back in August but has issued no additional licenses since.

When the Commission gets back to issuing sports betting licenses, look for FanDuel and DraftKings to be among the first in line. Both fantasy operators have pursued an aggressive expansion policy since the Supreme Court opened the door to legal sports betting with its May 2018 ruling.

In the meantime, Iowans can get acquainted with FanDuel and DraftKings through their daily fantasy offerings. Mobile registration is permitted for daily fantasy sports, but customers will have to register in person for online sports betting until January 2021. After that point, the in-person registration requirement will sunset and mobile registration will be permitted for sports betting as well.

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