LARCHWOOD, Iowa (KTIV) – If you’re a sports fan, and like gambling, you are in luck.
Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa will now allow you to place bets on your favorite team.
Staff at Grand Falls Casino say sports betting has been done illegally for a number of years, so being able to bring it to light legally is something they know people are very excited about.
The casino is preparing to go live with their in house “Elite Sportsbook” betting this Saturday, August 31.
“There was a lot of technology, a lot of regulations, but we have gotten through all of those hoops and I think we are very excited about delivering an awesome product to our guests come Saturday morning,” said Sharon Haselhoff, the Grand Falls Casino General Manager.
Grand Falls has partnered with Betfred, the third largest sportsbook operator in the United Kingdom.
In the fall, they will be transitioning their show lounge into their new ten million dollar sportsbook area.
“We are really excited about that partnership because this will be their first state side sportsbook and what they have planned for that space is really going to be a wow for folks. Like one of the details is a 33 foot by 9 foot TV, plasma screen for that space,” said Haselhoff.
Haselhoff adds that anywhere she goes the first question she gets asked is, “Whens your sportsbook going to open? We’re very excited.”
Jeremy Lamfers, a local resident, says he will be visiting Grand Falls Casino strictly for the sports betting.
“Pretty exciting, there’s you know the only other place you could do it before hand was Las Vegas so yeah, and I don’t really make it out to Las Vegas too often,” said Lamfers.
A Reno, Nevada resident who has been sports betting for over 20 years now says he has always been intrigued by this form of gambling.
“Just using math trying to predict the future on what’s going to happen on any given sport whether its football, basketball, baseball, hockey. It makes you think, it keeps your head in the ball game on a daily basis, I like the competition, I like to win so its kind of a combination of all those things,” said Joseph Niederkorn, a Reno, Nevada resident.
Grand Falls went live online last Friday and people have already been placing their bets.