Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission works to expedite sports betting

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Iowa is one of eleven states to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year, that a federal law dating back to 1992 barring state participation, was unconstitutional.

Rules governing sports betting still must be worked out by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. A public hearing on those rules will be held before Iowa casino’s cash any winning tickets.

IRGC member Jeff Lamberti says he expects wagering to begin late this summer.

“The people in the industry would like to see us have everything in place and have licenses issued and rules adopted before the college and professional football season begins.  That roughly gives us 3 months or so.  It’s our job to make sure it’s done in a fair way and I’m confident in our staff,” says IRGC member Jeff Lamberti.

Once betting does begin, Prairie Meadows in Des Moines likely will be the first casino to take bets. The business currently is taking horse and dog wagers and an oddsmaking company is already employed. Construction of the casino’s sports book is already underway.


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