Sports betting in Iowa closing into the final stretch

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ALTOONA, Iowa (WHO) – The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission moved a step closer to having online wagering in the state on Thursday.

The Commission held a public hearing in Altoona.

Only two people testified about the rules and procedures the Commission is working on.

Both were from the industry.

No concerns from the public were voiced.

“I was surprised that we did not get as many comments, that we only had two today. I will say though that the Commission has taken a very thorough and deliberate approach when drafting rules,” said Brian Ohoriko, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. “The commission has been in contact with multiple jurisdictions that have already gone live with sports wagering. The commission has listened to the industry, they listened to the public.”

The Racing and Gaming Commission will take up the issue at its July 30 meeting, with rules on the agenda for Emergency Adoption to allow casinos to proceed with online gambling.

Last month, Sioux City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino began turning 400 square feet of space into an area to accommodate sports betting.

KTIV Staff

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