Iowa casinos, residents gear up for sports betting

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) - Sports betting is coming to Iowa, and athletics fans are chomping at the bit.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law on Monday, but casinos in Council Bluffs are already getting a head start.

"I'll be one of the first in line, I'll tell you that," Ricky Kojdecki said.

The betters are itching to take their dollars to the newest game in town.

"It's going to be a party. We can watch a game, have some chicken wings, a beer... and win money," Chris Parnam said.

Iowa is the second state to sign sports betting legislation this year.

With three major casinos across the river in Council Bluffs, the sports gambling scene may be set to take off in the Heartland.

"We're hoping you're going to come hang out at the property, see our big screens, see our sports betting environment. We're modeling it after some of the stuff we've seen in Vegas that we do," Samir Mowad with Caesar's Entertainment said.

The company is weighing a couple of different spots for its sports book section at Horseshoe Casino. It won't be unlike the race betting area.

"You can see kiosks where there's technology to make a bet without having to go up to the teller and then you can also go up to the traditional betting windows," Mowad said.

The gaming corporation is also modifying its app so that betters can place mobile wagers, as long as they're in the state of Iowa.

"I think that there's a lot of people who might be willing to check it out now," Mowad said.

Some betters said that the casino will always beat the digital outlet.

"Sit down and enjoy watching sports while I've got money on it and going and being around everybody, also enjoying doing the same thing I am. It's a great time," Kojdecki said.

Caesar's Entertainment said the Iowa Gaming Commission plans on having all of its regulations set by August, just in time for football season.