Iowa was the first state to build riverboat casinos in 1991. Casinos are now also found on reservations and at racetracks. Several restrictions were in place when gambling was first legalized. These included a regulation that required casinos to leave the dock. There was also a $500 loss limit every two hours. These types of regulations were eventually dropped. There are no bet limits or game restrictions today.
Is Online Poker Legal in Iowa?
Online poker is not yet regulated in Iowa. There are no specific laws that address online poker. The Iowa Senate passed a bill in 2012 that would have legalized online poker in the state. The Iowa House declined to vote on the bill and it died. No online poker bill was brought to either Iowa chamber of the legislature in 2013.
Existing casinos would have been allowed to launch online poker rooms. Casino games would not have been allowed.
Where Can I Play Online Poker in Iowa?
Iowa online poker players are accepted by a number of sites. Carbon Poker, a member of the Merge Poker Network, is one of the largest online poker rooms that accept Iowans. There are thousands of cash game players and hundreds of tournament players during peak hours. They also offer new players a deposit bonus of 200% up to $5,000.
Carbon is gaining popularity for copying Bovada’s ‘Recreational Player Model,’ however, it’s only used for Sit and Go’s currently. This favors weaker players in an attempt to even out the skill level. Players are assigned a number at a cash game table or tournament related to their seat number. This prevents poor players from getting followed by sharks. This feature also removes full table from the lobby to prevent players from sitting on waitlists instead of getting into the game.
These features have helped the poker room’s traffic explode. Some players do not like the setup though. There are some other choices for those players. Our recommendation for those players is America’s Cardroom on the Winning Poker Network.
Carbon Poker offers U.S. players one of the best software platforms. It is feature-rich and stable. Its Version 6.0 has been a huge hit with players. It also offers several unusual games. These include Badugi, Triple Draw and mixed games. A deposit bonus of 200% up to $5,000 awaits new Carbon Poker players.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in Iowa?
Iowa has several cities where live poker is available. The largest is Council Bluffs, which is just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Des Moines is another popular poker town.
Meskwaki Casino (Des Moines) – Meskwaki offers 15 tables and specializes in low limit games. This includes 2/4 Fixed Limit Hold’em and tournaments with tournaments as low as $20. Meskwaki also spreads Omaha High/Low in both cash games and tournaments.
Riverside Casino (Riverside) – This 14-table poker room specializes in No Limit Texas Hold’em but also spreads Fixed Limit Hold’em, Omaha High/Low and Big Omaha. There are one or two daily tournaments and a regular tournament series.
Horseshoe (Council Bluffs) – Horseshoe offers 18 tables just across the Missouri River from Omaha, NE. There is one daily tournament. Players can find a wide selection of Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha High/Low.