Iowa began offering full-service sports betting, with options for online and retail wagering.
Dozens of sportsbooks offer services in the state, each under the watchful eye of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
As part of the legalization of sports betting, Iowa regulators added a self-exclusion program for players needing a break from services. Players need to learn more about this program and know how to cut off online and land-based play access.
Iowa offers several ways to self-exclude, including in-person and via mail. This voluntary program allows players to exclude from sports betting services to avoid a significant gambling problem.
Learn more about the program below, including how long self-exclusion lasts and the proper steps to get started.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) makes it easy for sports bettors to self-exclude. You can enroll by mail with the IRGC Des Moines office, the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, and a state-licensed gambling facility.
Below are steps to take with each option if you wish to enroll:
With enrollment, you agree to a five-year or a lifetime ban. Upon enrollment, you are not allowed to gamble at a casino, racetrack, online sports betting site, or fantasy sports site. You agree not to enter into a facility that is licensed for gaming. If you do enter a licensed property, then you may face trespassing charges.
Individuals who enroll for five years will be automatically removed after the time frame ends. You are not allowed to be removed from the list until the time has ended.
Your name will no longer be listed, and you are free to visit physical gambling locations or take part in online sports betting.
If you follow the self-exclusion process, then you will automatically be banned from casinos. You can contact the Commission to ensure your information was placed on the registry to confirm.
Follow the procedure for self-exclusion, and you will be blocked from online sports betting sites. You can also contact individual operators to see if they offer self-exclusion.
Iowa allows players to self-exclude for five years or a lifetime.
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