Sports betting in Iowa sets another monthly record in November

Iowa gamblers wagered nearly $87.2 million last month on pro and college sports, setting another monthly record, according to documents posted Friday by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

November numbers were fueled by $62.4 million in wagers that were placed by Iowans via online apps. So far in the five months of this fiscal year, sports bets made at state-licensed casinos or remotely have topped $314.6 million — with $222 million wagered via online services.

When sports betting was legalized in Iowa beginning Aug. 15, 2019, state legislators and Gov. Kim Reynolds imposed a requirement that sports bettors for the first 18 months would have to travel to a state-licensed casino to establish an account in person.

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