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Where Can I Bet on Hawkeyes Games From Iowa?

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Jul/27/2019

With Iowa set to open in-state sportsbooks as early as September 2019, one might be surprised to learn they will be limited when it comes to betting their favorite team with any of these establishments.  Sports bettors will still need to rely on those 'ol reliable standbys, the offshore sportsbook, at least when it comes to player props. 

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When Iowa lawmakers set out to amend their state law in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision overturning decades of prohibition against sports wagering, language included restrictions on games featuring in-state colleges.  You can bet on the Hawkeyes and Cyclones or - if you dare - the opposing team, you just can't place player props on either team.

Likewise, individuals must register in person for a period of at least two years.  Depending on how many sportsbooks there are throughout Iowa, this might not be as big of an inconvenience in such a small state.  Nevertheless, it's still somewhat of a handicap to the new state industry that will still be competing with the likes of a BetOnline, Bovada or 5Dimes.

Make no mistake about it, anyone who believes Iowa residents won't want to enjoy an extensive list of betting options on their beloved Hawkeyes, even in the worst of times, would be foolhardy.  It is expected, though not certain, that Iowa residents will not get the best price on the Hawkeyes or Cyclones.

2019 will not be the worst of times it seems.  Oddsmakers have this team favored at -140 to win at least 8 regular season games.

Iowa is set to take on its in-state rivals, the Iowa Cyclones September 14 in a pivotal state game.

CollegeFootballNews.com writes:

The Iowa State game is now more than just a feisty in-state showdown. The Cyclones are for real now, making this a game worth paying attention to on a national scale.

Pundits suggest the Hawkeyes, at 150-1 odds to win the College Football Championship, will still be a decent team despite losing key players.  It's their schedule that will be the Hawkeyes worst enemy in 2019.  If they can overcome such a schedule, an excruciating schedule (at least as it appears on paper early on), we could very well be looking at a championship team. 

Perhaps the best option would be a $2200 payout on a $100 bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes to win the Big 10 Conference.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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