Despite having just one actual horse race track in the state (Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino), gamblers in Iowa still have plenty of options for horse racing. One such avenue, off-track betting (OTB), provides bettors with a location to bet on horse races happening nationwide.
When Iowa sports betting came to the state in 2019, brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, which included racehorse betting, came with them. While online horse race betting in Iowa is also legal, let’s take a look at the in-person off-track betting in Iowa options.
Off-track betting locations in Iowa
There are 12 off-track betting locations in Iowa, all located at casinos throughout the Hawkeye State. Take a look below at the dozen OTB locations in Iowa, including exactly where to find them.
Off-track betting and how it works
Off-track betting in Iowa is a popular form of gambling for the state's more than 3 million residents. Commonly referred to as an OTB, off-track betting in Iowa is done at one of the state’s 12 casinos. The Hawkeye State is somewhat unique in that regard, as other states have independent OTB facilities, with some even located at bars and restaurants.
Simply put, off-track betting works by allowing gamblers to place bets on races from horse race tracks across the country, and then watch them on closed-circuit television. Also known as pari-mutuel Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW), off-track betting allows horse racing fans to bet on the biggest races in the country, right from their hometown.
Like other states, off-track betting locations in Iowa make their money by taking a small commission on every bet placed (the “takeout”), no matter whether it's a winner or loser. At Iowa casinos, off-track betting is most commonly at or near the casino’s sportsbook.
How do I place a bet at OTB locations in Iowa?
For residents and those visiting the great state of Iowa, visiting an OTB location is much easier than you might expect. Below, we walk you through how to place a bet at OTB locations in Iowa, using the increasingly popular self-service kiosk.
Expert advice when off-track betting in Iowa
When it comes to placing a bet at an off-track betting Iowa location, we’re here to arm you with some great tips and tricks to make sure you have a great experience. Based on nearly two decades of experience, below are a few pieces of expert advice when off-track betting in Iowa.