Australia and New Jersey-licensed sports betting operator PointsBet has agreed a multi-year sportsbook deal with Iowa’s Catfish Bend Casino.

With legislation to regulate sports betting currently awaiting approval by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the agreement will facilitate the launch of a retail and mobile sportsbook for one of Iowa’s leading casinos.

PointsBet and Catfish Bend Casino will also work together to build out a multi-faceted sports entertainment venue, which will include a sports bar, multi-screen video and odds display wall, and additional casino gaming options.

“PointsBet is thrilled to announce this partnership, enabling us to create a first-class sportsbook for Iowa’s sports bettors at one of the best casino resorts in the Midwest,” said PointsBet US chief executive Johnny Aitken. “Catfish Bend Casino’s executives - Gary Hoyer and Rob Higgins - are two of the most progressive and forward-thinking operators in the industry. We knew they were the perfect match for PointsBet’s long-term vision of gaming in the US from day one.”

Gary Hoyer, CEO of Catfish Bend Casino-owner Great River Entertainment, commented: “We couldn’t imagine a better sportsbook to bring to Catfish Bend Casino and the state of Iowa.

“The potential legalization of sports betting in Iowa opens an exciting new opportunity for recreational and avid players, and PointsBet’s unmatched dedication to bettors makes them the ideal partner for our brand and go-to-market plan.”

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