Casinos in Iowa account for a massive piece of the state’s economy, representing roughly 60% of Iowa’s tourism according to The Daily Iowan. The Iowa Gaming Association credits the gambling industry with creating more than $1 billion annually in economic impact across the state.
In this piece, we’ll provide an overview of the licensed land-based casinos in Iowa, highlight some key moments in Iowa gambling history, and showcase some of the popular ways to gamble at various facilities.
Are there legal casinos in Iowa?
Yes, there are legal casinos in Iowa. The state has 23 casinos in operation around the state giving gamblers plenty of accessible options to play.
Iowa legalized riverboat casino gambling in 1991 and allowed for land-based counterparts in 1994. Since then, IA has acted as somewhat of a pioneer in the gambling space, becoming the first state to legalize riverboat casinos, the first state to require lottery players to be 21+, and the first to develop a multi-state scratch-off game.
List of all casinos in Iowa
There are 23 casinos in Iowa, operating in both land-based and riverboat capacities. We’ll go into more detail below, but this is the full list.