What you need to know about the rise and fall of Iowa’s sports gambling investigation

What you need to know about the rise and fall of Iowa’s sports gambling investigation

Article brief provided by Des Moines Register
  • Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez, Des Moines Register
April 13, 2024 12:19 PM
  • Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez, Des Moines Register

A powerful tech company’s offer to help the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s sports wagering unit in early 2022 led to what’s now a statewide controversy.

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Here’s what to know about the latest in Iowa’s sports gambling investigation.

How did the Iowa sports gambling investigation start? The DCI was struggling to track and monitor gamblers as the industry grew rapidly in Iowa. Unlike at casinos and Prairie Meadows racetrack, the agents in the sports betting unit didn’t have tools to see who was placing wagers.

In March 2022, the unit received an offer from GeoComply, a Canadian company that contracts with sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings to track the locations of their users.