Eldorado Resorts to Open Two Sportsbooks in Iowa with William Hill

This week, Eldorado Resorts announced plans to create two sports betting venues in the state of Iowa. As early as August, the company will have a new sports betting operation live in the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo with William Hill at the helm.

Moving Forward

The two casinos are owned by Eldorado Resorts and the operator decided to go with the Las Vegas-based William Hill to oversee the betting operations of the venues. The proper regulatory approvals are expected to come by August with William hill ready to offer betting at that time.

The casinos will be provided with kiosks for self-service wagering as well as an InPlay wagering menu. The mobile application of William Hill will also be offered. William Hill signed a partnership with Eldorado Resorts in 2018, giving the sports betting company exclusive rights to operate sports betting services within all of their properties in the US. They also have exclusive access to mobile sports wagering of the brand.

With the deal, Eldorado Resorts was given 20% ownership stake in William Hill. In exchange, William Hill was provided with an exclusive 25-year deal to operate in the company’s casinos via sports betting. The stake has been valued at $50 million.

Eldorado Resorts feels that William Hill will help to offer the company’s loyal customers with a full complement of gaming action. They play a vital role in providing Eldorado guess with an unbelievable experience.

Busy Busy

William Hill has been super busy in the United States as of late. The company has operated internationally for decades and has just recently become a well-known name in the US. The group has been selected by seven states thus far for sports betting operations. These states include:

  • Delaware
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

According to William Hill President of Retail Operations, David Grolman, the new destinations in Iowa will provide sports fans with amazing new opportunities to enjoy the games as well as teams they love in new settings.

At the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, the casino will provide 12 odds boards, of 55 inches in size, with eight viewing monitors that are 65 inches in size. High top and standard tables will be offered in the space for seating.

At the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, the sportsbook will have something a little different. They will be offering eight odds boards, but larger in size at 65-inches. There will be 15 55-inch viewing screens which will provide over 46 feet of viewing monitors in the sportsbook.

If the sportsbooks gain the appropriate approvals by August, the state will then offer two new sports betting options for residents and visitors. The sports betting industry continues to grow in the US and the addition of two more sportsbooks via Iowa only adds to the consistently growing list of providers in the nation as more and more properties get in on the action.


Logan is based in Los Angeles and is an avid poker player having played in tournaments across the globe. He covers both poker & regulatory affairs.