- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) required Betfred to attain an out-of-state vendor’s license.
- With the approval, the Grand Falls Casino Resort is in the middle of their $1.5 million sportsbook buildout.
- Betting in Iowa will likely be ready before the beginning of the NFL season, as regulations must be approved by the IRGC.
LARCHWOOD, Iowa. – The picture for sports betting in Iowa is becoming more and more clear as casinos about the state are announcing their sportsbook operators.
When it comes to Grand Falls Casino Resort in Larchwood, the Elite Casino Resorts property will use Betfred as their gaming operator. Betfred will act as their supplier for both retail and mobile betting operations even with limited experience in the US.
The U.K.-based company was required by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to pair with a national gaming brand in order to move forward with this partnership. Betfred selected SCCG, a Las Vegas-based company who supports tribal and non-tribal casinos about the country.
After this partnership was agreed to, the IRGC approved Betfred as an “Out of State Vendor” on July 11, giving permission to Grand Falls Casino to finalize the arrangements.
Betfred will manage a full suite of products for the casino including anti-fraud measures, customer support, and even payment processing.
With over 1600 books supplied in the U.K., Betfred has over 50 years or sports betting experience. They are also known through their sponsorship deals around sports like darts and snooker, while also being touted as the official bookmaker of the Royal Ascot.
Sportsbook Plans For Grand Falls Casino Resort
The casino is currently undergoing a $1.5 million renovation to introduce their new sportsbook. The Elite Sportsbook will be in the place of the former Show Lounge. The area will remain as an entertainment space, as the bar in the center will be transformed into the new stage.
“Once completed, the sportsbook will offer food and spirit options to cater to the tastes of the sports enthusiast, plush seating and TVs galore of every size so fans can watch their favorite game,” said Sharon Hasselhoff, Grand Falls Casino’s GM. “These new renovations and additions will offer an unmatched gaming and resort experience drawing guests from the tri-state area.”
The renovation is slated to be finished by the beginning of next month, which would fall right in line with the IRGC’s approval of the state’s sports betting regulations. If all goes as planned, Iowa sportsbooks like the one at Grand Falls Casino will be operational before the beginning of the NFL season.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.