Wild Rose to unveil DraftKings sportsbook today

JEFFERSON — DraftKings and Wild Rose Entertainment will debut its state-of-the-art sportsbook at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Jefferson today, the casino announced.

The sportsbook is the result of newly legalized sports betting. A bill legalizing sports betting was signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in May.

Wild Rose and DraftKings executives will be on hand for a ribbon cutting celebration at the Jefferson casino, 777 Wild Rose Road.

Dennis Gibson, Iowa State University Hall of Famer and former San Diego Chargers linebacker, will make the first bet, according to Jamie Buelt, a spokesperson for Wild Rose. Proceeds will go to charity.

Festivities will commence at 2 p.m.

Wild Rose announced its partnership with DraftKings in August. DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company headquartered in Boston, Mass.

Wild Rose is also partnering with Rush Street Interactive, a sportsbook headquartered in Chicago.

DraftKings will serve as a retail and mobile partner. RSI will partner with Wild Rose for mobile sportsbook gaming.

Both of Wild Rose’s partnerships have been approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Under the new sports betting law, each casino in Iowa is allowed to apply for a sports betting license.

A sports betting license is separate from a casino license.

There is one clear exception in the betting rules when it comes to college teams, according to Buelt.

In Iowa, sportsbooks are not allowed to accept college sports in-game wagers (prop bets) involving game statistics and individuals who play for any Iowa college, including Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.

The prohibition extends to opponents in games with Iowa schools.

A person must be 21 years old to place a bet.


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