Elite Sportsbook is an Iowa-native mobile sportsbook that opened for business in August 2019. While many of Iowa’s casinos are partnered with established betting sites such as DraftKings and William Hill for the sake of convenience and brand-name recognition, EliteSportsbook.com is an entirely in-house operation run by Iowa’s own Elite Casino Resorts, LLC.
Elite Sportsbook offers online and mobile betting in Iowa and operates as an extension of three local casinos: Riverside Casino, Grand Falls Casino and Rhythm City Casino. Customers may visit any of those casinos in person to sign up for an account and then place wagers from anywhere within state lines through the Elite Sportsbook app or online at EliteSportsbook.com.
- Operated in partnership with three local casinos
- Legal and licensed in Iowa
- Pregame and in-game wagering supported
- Limited betting markets for individual games
- Navigation can be a bit confusing
- In-play betting interface lacks live scores/stats
EliteSportsbook.com is now open for business, but anyone interested in betting online or through the mobile app must first visit one of these three casinos to register an account:
All three casinos have also launched retail sportsbooks for in-person betting under the Elite Sportsbook banner.
The Elite Sportsbook mobile app and website are powered by technology from Bet.Works, which itself is a new entrant in the regulated sports betting industry focused on business-to-business services. Bet.Works has made some big hires in recent months and was also chosen by theScore to powers its betting platform in New Jersey.
Now that the mobile website is up and running, we present our Elite Sportsbook review complete with first impressions, betting options and more.
First Impressions of EliteSportsbook.com
The Elite Sportsbook website is a straightforward operation that lacks the polish and some of the betting options offered by more experienced providers. There is nothing horribly wrong here, but we did have higher expectations based on all the good things we have been hearing about its technology partner Bet.Works.
The main wagers for each game are easy to find, but it is also easy to get lost in navigation as selecting the “more” option inside a specific game’s page brings users back to a listing of all wagers of that type for all games. This is a bit jarring because the industry standard for so long has been to keep users within a single game rather than bouncing them around between different games.
Additionally, there are not a ton of wagering options for each game. EliteSportsbook.com provides the standard pre-game wagers such as moneylines, points and spreads plus a few propositions such as the first team to score and team totals.
Overall, Elite Sportsbook gets the job done covering the basic wagers but the whole experience still feels a bit amateurish compared to other mobile betting sites in Iowa. With other operators such as William Hill, DraftKings and FanDuel gearing up operations in Iowa, Elite Sportsbook has some work to do if it hopes to remain competitive over the long haul.
Elite Sportsbook Mobile App
Elite Sportsbook has launched mobile betting through its website at www.elitesportsbook.com. Desktop and mobile users alike can point their browsers to the website for access to the full range of betting options from any device.
There is no dedicated mobile app for Android or iOS devices at this time, though. All users can simply head to the Elite Sportsbook website to log in, place wagers and request cashouts.
The mobile-friendly version of the website is nearly indistinguishable from an actual dedicated app, so it does not feel as though anything is missing as far as design and styling are concerned.
Keep in mind in-person registration is required for online and mobile betting in Iowa. You must visit one of the three casinos partnered with Elite Sportsbooks to sign up for an account. After you have signed up, you may make deposits and place wagers from anywhere inside Iowa at EliteSportsbook.com.
Elite Sportsbook Bonus
Elite Sportsbook has not issued a new customer welcome bonus as of today.
This may change in the future Elite Sportsbook probably feels little pressure to offer a welcome bonus due to the nature of Iowa gambling law. The in-person registration requirement gives each casino a strong geographic base and protection from outside competition.
Deposit bonuses may make an appearance as additional mobile sportsbooks join the market but requiring players to register in-person at a casino greatly reduces the number of customers who can be poached by competitors with better bonuses.
A visit to the “promotions” tab at EliteSportsbook.com reveals other types of promotions, although none are geared specifically to sports betting and require an in-person visit. At the time of this review, each of the three casinos associated with Elite Sportsbook were hosting one giveaway drawing as a promotion:
- Riverside Casino: Drawing to win a Corvette Stingray
- Grand Falls Casino: Drawing to win a Harley Sportster Iron 1200
- Rhythm City Casino: Drawing to win a share of $20,000 cash
As far as online-accessible or sportsbook-centric promotions go, none were to be found as of this review.
Types of Wagers Offered
Elite Sportsbook supports a standard assortment of pregame wagers, parlays, teasers, in-play wagering and early cashout options.
Pre-game wager types include:
- Point spreads
- Game props
- Team props
- Player props
Parlay wages can also be built from scratch by adding wagers to the betting slip, tapping the “parlay” or “teaser” tab and choosing an amount to wager. Users can also check an option on the betting slip to turn the current parlay into a round robin.
A house rules document published prior to the launch of EliteSportsbook.com details how these various types of wagers work along with a list of even more types of wagers that may be offered in the future.
While the variety in types of bets is commendable, this does not translate into a ton of betting markets for each individual sporting event. For example, we found anywhere from 7-10 betting markets for MLB games and just a handful listed for upcoming NFL and college football games.
A limited number of betting markets emerged as a recurring theme during our time spent reviewing the sportsbook. A lack of tennis markets was particularly noticeable. Right during the middle of the US Open, there were only two tennis markets: futures on who would win the men’s and women’s tournaments outright. We found not a single wager on individual matches – and this was during one of the biggest tennis events of the year.
It is possible we jumped on this Elite Sportsbook review too early in the game and a more in-depth experience is still on the way, but for right now, we can confidently say other mobile sportsbooks in Iowa will have little trouble outdoing EliteSportsbook.com in terms of betting markets.
In-play betting is offered at EliteSportsbook.com although the experience is still fairly limited at this time. Navigating to the page of any sport using the left menu and then selecting “live lines” or “in-play lines” brings users to the live betting markets (if any) open for that sport.
We checked the in-play betting area during an MLB game between the Rays an Orioles while that game was underway and only found in-play wagers on the moneyline, point spread and total. Other markets such as wagers on the current inning, outcome of the next at-bat and so on were nowhere to be found.
The in-play betting interface could use an upgrade as well. While other legal betting sites in the US provide users with live scoring data and other game updates, Elite Sportsbook offers absolutely nothing of the type. You will need to have a separate website or TV nearby to keep up with what’s happening on the field while doing your in-play betting at Elite Sportsbook.
Early cashouts are also offered. For those unfamiliar with the concept, early cashout allows customers to close out wagers early at a premium. For example, if you have a bet on the Hawkeyes and they have the lead over Rutgers, you can use early cashout to close the bet now and lock in your winnings at the cost of a reduced payout.
Sports and Leagues Covered
Elite Sportsbook covers all the following sports and leagues:
|Soccer (MLS + international)||Formula 1||NASCAR|
|NHL||Tennis (ATP + WTA)|
College and pro sports alike are covered by Elite Sportsbook. Unlike some states, Iowa law does not prohibit wagers on local college teams. This means Elite Sportsbook is allowed to accept wagers on the Hawkeyes, for example.
The one restriction under Iowa law is a prohibition on player props for athletes who play for Iowa college teams. For example, you may not wager on a local player winning the Heisman Trophy or scoring at least X points in an upcoming game. This prohibition applies only to wagers on individual Iowa college athletes.
EliteSportsbook.com Deposit Methods
Elite Sportsbook accepts a minimum deposit of $10 per transaction and imposes a daily maximum of $2,000.
There are only two deposit methods on offer as of today, although we expect more will be added in the future.
The Play+ card is a prepaid debit card attached to your Elite Sportsbook account. You can register for a Play+ card for free online, and then immediately fund it with your own credit card, debit card or bank transfer while waiting for the physical card in the mail.
After you receive your physical Play+ card in the mail, you may use that to make purchases in the real world or withdraw cash at ATMs from your mobile betting account.
In-Person Cash Deposit
You may fund your account with cash by visiting any of the three casinos associated with Elite Sportsbook. Bring your ID, account information and some cash to any of these casinos:
- Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
- Grand Falls Casino Resort
- Rhythm City Casino Resort
EliteSportsbook.com is functional and gets the job done.
If you live in Iowa and would like to bet on sports more often without having to drive to the casino every time, Elite Sportsbook has you covered.
That being said, we need to see an improved website, more betting markets and a better in-play interface before we can say this sportsbook lives up to its name.