Local reaction to Iowa Governor legalizing sports betting in state

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LARCHWOOD, I.A. (KELO) — The next time you head to a casino in Iowa, you could have another gaming option. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) signed a bill legalizing sports betting in the state.

Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort attracts all kinds of people to try their hand at gambling. For Iowa resident Connie Aldridge, this is her first time here.

“Hanging out with my family, going to go a program tonight,” Aldridge said.

She’s just one of the people trying her luck on the machines today. But soon, there will be another option at Iowa casinos.

“We’re anxious to be able to offer a new gaming possibility to our guests, so come August we’ll be able to enjoy sports betting here at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort,” Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort general manager, Sharon Haselhoff said.

Iowa is the 11th state to legalize sports betting.

The bill establishes a legal way to bet on professional, collegiate, and international sporting events.

“I think we will definitely have a new type of better here at Grand Falls,” Haselhoff said. “It’s going to drive additional trips and we have a lot of different amenities here so I think it’s going to liven up the place a little bit and be something new for guests.”

The new law excludes betting on some events, including minor leagues and in-state college team players.

For Aldridge, she has a mixed opinion on the newly signed bill.

“I think it will be a great idea, wonderful money maker for the state, however, I red flag the fact that you’re betting on young people and if it’s going to exploit those young people then I disagree agree with it,” Aldridge said.

A new option that’s big news for Iowa.

“It should be exciting and fun, and we’re looking forward to offering that new amenity for our guests,” Haselhoff said.

Sports betting is limited to those 21 and older.

Haselhoff says the casino will be remodeling to create an area for the sports book location. 

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