Even if a bill to legalize online casinos in iowa passed its first test, lawmakers have already close any other discussions.
Representing. Bobby Kaufmanthe author of Internal Study Bill 604said, “It’s a multi-year effort.”
iGaming in Iowa has to wait another year
the Iowa iGaming bill passed through the House State Government Committee, which, in Kaufmann’s words, was meant to help build momentum for 2023.
“I wanted to push it through the sub-committee as a step up from last year, but that’s the farthest I expect it to go. I just wanted to engage the public and get some media attention so we can keep pushing the topic and debate.
A similar online casino bill in neighboring Indiana also failed to gain enough support to move forward this year.
What’s the heist on online casinos in Iowa?
According to wes ehreckPresident and CEO of Iowa Gaming Association (IGA), out of the 19 casinos in the state, six are opposite at Iowa Online Casinos Games. Thus, the IGA remains neutral on the issue.
Kaufmann said that until all casinos agree to the bill, “the chances of it passing are zero.”
One of the main reasons why some casinos are reluctant to support HSB 604 is the potential loss of ancillary revenue related to food and beverage, entertainment, and lodging.
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Another Iowa Gaming Bill Has Legs
Another bill introduced by Kaufmann, SNB 578would include several gaming changes supported by the casino industry.
Such a change would make it possible to bet on eSports like Call of Duty and League of Legends.
Other changes include:
- Develop sports betting have bets on the winner of the Heisman Trophy, the NFL Draft and charity sporting events
- To delete fines on mistakes made by casino employees when checking jackpots
- Remove license requirements for non-playing staff occupying hospitality positions
The bill passed a subcommittee last week and is now fully seated Committee on State Governmentthat Kaufmann presides.
If the bill has a chance of passing this year, it must go from committee to Feb. 18.