With the signing of SF 617 into law by Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa became the latest state to legalize sports betting. If you’re a fan of the NHL, that’s fantastic news as soon you will be able to bet on NHL games at both live casinos and Iowa online sportsbooks.
While the NHL isn’t as popular as the NFL, NBA, or even Major League Baseball, there are still plenty of NHL fans in Iowa. On this page, you’ll learn more about NHL betting at Iowa sportsbooks, including how to read NHL odds, the types of bets you can place on NHL games, and when we expect NHL betting to launch.
Where to Bet on the NHL in Iowa
Iowa residents and visitors will soon be able to bet on NHL games at Iowa sportsbooks. There are 19 casinos operating in Iowa, and we expect most to offer at least live sports betting. We also expect several casinos to offer online sports betting. Below is a list of some of the providers we expect to operate in Iowa:
- William Hill
Online sports betting will be available to anyone physically located in Iowa. Geolocation technology will be used by online sportsbooks, meaning that your device will have to be identifiable by Wi-Fi for you to be able to place real money bets on sports.
NHL Odds and Types of Bets Available
If you’re new to NHL betting, you’ve come to the right place. We will give you a quick tutorial on how to read NHL odds and the types of ways you can bet on NHL games.
How to Read NHL Odds – NHL odds are not complicated as they use a simple moneyline format. With moneyline odds, you’ll always know what you can win without crazy calculations. Underdogs get positive odds, and these odds tell you how much you can win on a $100 bet. If the Kings are +150 against the Blues, you will win $150 on a $100 bet.
Bets on favorites get negative odds, and this tells you how much you have to bet to win $100. If you bet the Blues at -150 against the Kings, you will have to bet $150 to win $100. Of course, you don’t have to bet $100 on the team, but this serves as a guide.
Now that you understand how to read NHL odds, you’re ready to place some bets. Below is a list of the ways you can bet on NHL games.
Moneyline – This is a straight bet where you’re betting who will win the game.
Puck Line – The puck line is the same as your points spread bet in other forms of sports betting. You’re betting the margin of victory or loss. For favorites, they have to win by more than the line for your bet to win. For underdogs, they either have to win or lose by less than the line for your bet to win.
Totals – You’re betting on the total number of goals by both teams. If the line for Penguins-Blackhawks is 5.5, then you’ll bet whether the total score is more or less than 5.5
Parlays – One of the most exciting bets in hockey, but the toughest to win consistently. You’re betting on multiple teams at once, and all parts of the bet must win for the bet to pay out. If you bet the Maple Leafs, Devils, and Panthers to cover, they all have to cover for you to win.
In-Play Betting – This is an exciting form of NHL betting where you can bet on games while they are being played. Note that NHL odds will vary based on the conditions of the game, but this form of betting can take some of the guess work out of betting on games.
Futures – You’re betting on a future event such as which teams will make the NHL playoffs.
Will NHL Betting Launch in Iowa?
Now that Iowa sports betting is legal, it’s just a matter of time before it launches. We don’t have an exact date for the launch, but we predict that casino sports betting will start by the Fall of 2019 with online sports betting to either launch concurrently, or by Spring 2020.
Once Iowa sports betting launches, expect all online sportsbooks to offer NHL betting. Iowa doesn’t have an NHL franchise, but there are fans of the league in the state and soon they will be able to bet on NHL games from their PC or mobile devices.