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Q Sportsbook Review

Q Sportsbook is the official mobile betting app of Q Casino and Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa. The retail sportsbook at Q Casino opened for business in August 2019 and followed with the launch of the mobile betting app that fall.

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Q Sportsbook

Q Sportsbook offers mobile sports betting in Iowa as the online extension of Q Casino and Hotel. Licensed and legal, Q Sportsbook is a safe place to bet on sports from anywhere inside Iowa state lines.

Pros

  • Licensed by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission
  • Pregame and in-play betting offered
  • Instant deposits
  • Fast download and easy to use

Cons

  • In-play betting interface lacks live stats
  • Does not offer a deposit bonus

Overall Rating

Reputation and licensing

Variety of wagers offered

Variety of sports covered

Ease of Use

Q Sportsbook Info

A temporary provision in Iowa law requires all mobile betting customers to visit Q Casino Sportsbook in-person to sign up for an account. That provision expires on 1 January 2021, after which customers will be able to register remotely.

In either case, customers can place wagers 24/7 through the Q Sportsbook mobile app from anywhere within state lines once they have created an account.

Q Casino Sportsbook is available for iOS and Android devices. Customers must be 21 or older and physically present in Iowa at the time wagers are placed.

Q Sportsbook App Review

iOS and Android users can visit the Q Sportsbook website for links to download the official app. iPhone users can also search for “Q Sportsbook” in the App Store to download the app, but all Android users must download the app directly from the Q Casino and Sportsbook website because Google does not list gambling apps in the Play Store.

The Q Sportsbook app is a simple operation powered by software from IGT. We downloaded the iOS app and found it very similar to the official Rhode Island Sportsbook which is also powered by IGT.

Downloading and launching the app for the first time is a quick process as the download itself is small and functions quickly.

The homepage of the betting app may throw some people off as it does not display a list of popular wagers and odds with a navigation menu along the left. Instead, users are greeted with what looks like chat bubbles listing “trending” matchups:

This way of displaying trending games provides a more modern sense of styling, but it would be more convenient if the app took a traditional approach to show the odds up front rather than forcing users to select a game to see the odds on that game.

However, a quick tap of the “all sports” tab near the top of the screen is all that’s needed to browse all matchups for any particular sport with odds included.

Wagering options are somewhat limited compared to mobile sportsbooks found in other states, but Q Sportsbook covers the major North American pro and college sports with a variety of wagers for each matchup.

In-play betting is offered as well, although the schedule of live events is not as comprehensive as offered by some of the competition.

Overall, our first impression of Q Casino Sportsbook is that the app gets the job done for basic wagers but lacks advanced wagering options. Customers can place pre-game, in-play and proposition wagers for most prominent US sports leagues.

One area in which Q Sportsbook could improve is in the types of wagers offered for each game. For the most part, the focus is on standard moneyline, spread and totals wagers with a smattering of propositions for each matchup. Customers can also build parlays by adding multiple wagers to the betting slip and combining them into a single wager.

Q Mobile Sportsbook also comes up a bit short in terms of advanced features. While other sportsbooks provide access to advanced stats to assist handicappers, Q Sportsbook simply presents the odds and accepts wagers. There are not a whole lot of bells and whistles here – this is a straightforward sportsbook experience.

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Q Sportsbook Bonuses

Q Sportsbook does not offer a welcome bonus, nor does it have any ongoing promotions as of this review. We suspect bonuses and promotions will play a larger role in the future as Iowa’s in-person registration requirement sunsets and prospective customers are able to choose from the full range of mobile sportsbooks from anywhere within the state.

As it stands now, each retail sportsbook has a near-monopoly over customers within a certain driving distance due to the in-person registration rule. The IA sports betting market is set to become a whole lot more competitive after January 1st, 2021 when the in-person registration rule no longer applies.

Sports and Wagers Offered

Q Sportsbook provides the usual pregame wagers along with in-play betting, propositions, parlays, teasers and round robins.

On a typical game day, Q Sportsbook offers roughly two dozen markets for each game. As an example, a recent Monday Night Football game was covered with the following wagers:

  • Point spread, moneyline and point total
  • 1st half spread, moneyline and total
  • QB passing yardage total
  • QB total passing touchdowns
  • Key running back rushing totals (TDs and yards)
  • Key receiver totals (TDs, yards and receptions)
  • Point spread (buy or sell half point)
  • Point spread (buy or sell one point)
  • Point totals for each team

Sports You Can Bet On

Q Sportsbook is primarily centered around the major North American sports but does provide some coverage of international soccer and tennis.

NFLCollege FootballNBACollege Basketball
NHLMMABoxingGolf
TennisSoccer (MLS + International)MLB 

Under Iowa law, licensed sportsbooks may accept wagers on pro and college sports with some restrictions:

  • College sports: Sportsbooks may not accept proposition wagers on individual athletes who play for Iowa colleges
  • Professional sports: Iowa sportsbooks may only accept wagers on the premier league for each sport. This means wagers on minor league games are not allowed. For example, sportsbooks may accept wagers on MLB games but not on Triple-A games.

In-Play Betting

In-play betting is still somewhat limited at this juncture with Q Sportsbook only offering live markets during important North American sports games. For the most part, customers will have to log in during the evening hours to find in-play markets. Logging in during the day will often result in the user finding zero in-play options.

The in-play betting interface itself is fairly barebones and does not offer much in the way of live updates or stats. During a recent in-play soccer match, for example, Q Sportsbook did not even provide a live score or time remaining.

We imagine customers will find themselves visiting third-party websites or looking for a nearby TV for play-by-play action. This is another area in which Q Sportsbook could improve just for the sake of convenience.

Q Sportsbook Deposit Methods

After creating an account in-person, customers have three options for making deposits and receiving payouts.

  • In-Person: Visit Q Sportsbook in-person with your username and ID to instantly fund your account.
  • Q Play+ Card: Sign up for a Play+ account through Q Sportsbook to make instant online deposits via cred card, debit card or online banking. You will also receive a physical prepaid debit card in the mail that can be used to withdraw funds via ATM or to make purchases anywhere Discover is accepted.
  • PayPal: Use your existing PayPal account or sign up at PayPal.com to fund your Q Sportsbook account instantly via bank transfer or by using your existing PayPal balance.

Customer Support

We called customer support with a question about deposit methods and spoke with the on-duty sportsbook manager who was able to answer our questions quickly and thoroughly. We even asked a couple of follow-up questions and the Q Sportsbook rep patiently answered every question.

The one hiccup we had was the number listed inside the Q Sportsbook app went to an unanswered line. We instead called the Q Casino front desk, asked to be transferred to the sportsbook and had no issues from there.

Overall, dealing with Q Sportsbook customer support was a pleasant experience.

Final Thoughts

Q Sportsbook is a functional online sportsbook that essentially repackages the actual sportsbook experience for mobile users. The lack of a welcome bonus and advanced features such as in-play betting statistics is a bit of a letdown, but Q Sportsbook covers all the basics as a safe and legal place to bet on sports from anywhere inside Iowa state lines.

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