Indiana Sports Betting: Online Sportsbooks & iPhone Apps
Sports Betting Goes Live In Indiana
With more states and news coming in every day, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of the legality of sports betting in your state.
Back in May, the Indiana governor signed sports betting into law, allowing it to begin on or after September 1st. Retail sportsbooks in Indiana hit the target by launching just in time for the 2019 NFL betting season.
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) had stated that if Indiana Casino’s (sportsbook operators) provide the proper information, within the require the time period, a launch of legal sportsbooks could happen just in time for the 2019 football season. Cooperation between the IGC and sportsbook operators was the key for retail and the eventual online sports betting launch in October 2019. It’s all in the hands of the sportsbooks now to provide a solid product, so get ready for Indiana online sports betting!
Indiana Retail Sportsbooks
Casinos and OTBs with legal sports betting in Indiana include:
- Ameristar East Chicago
- Belterra Casino
- Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City
- Caesars Southern Indiana
- French Lick Resort Casino
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Horseshoe Casino Hammond
- Indiana Grand Casino
- Majestic Star
- Rising Star Casino Resort
- Tropicana Evansville
- Winner’s Circle Clarksville/Indianapolis/New Haven (OTB)
Indiana Online & Mobile Sportsbooks Go Live
The launch of Indiana sports betting was expected to be dominated by retail or inside casinos and sportsbooks in physical locations. Indiana regulators moved quickly to establish online and mobile sports betting to launch in October 2019. DraftKings Sportsbook Indiana was the first out of the gate, followed by BetRivers.
Per the Indy Star: We want to do this as quickly as we can, but we want to do it responsibly,” said Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission.
“Much of the timeline for when legal sports betting could kick off in Indiana is in the hands of the facilities seeking licenses. Along with completing applications to conduct sports betting in Indiana, the facilities will need to enter into contracts with vendors, hire and train new staff and more, all to the approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission.”
Indiana law allows for each sportsbook licensee to host up to three “skins”. Skins are defined as a separate online/mobile brand that operates under the license holder in the state. Based o the number of skins available, 40 online sportsbooks could technically go live in Indiana. This is unlikely for sure. Expect Indiana to follow a similar course to NJ online sportsbooks, where 20 will be the high water mark.
Below is an overview of all of your online/mobile sports betting options in Indiana:
|Sports Betting Site/App||Licensing Partner||Tech Provider||Mobile||Launched|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Penn National||Kambi||Yes||10/3/19|
|BetRivers||French Lick Resort||Kambi||Yes||10/3/19|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Blue Chip Casino||IGT||Yes||10/22/19|
|Caesars||Caesars Entertainment||Scientific Games||Yes||TBD|
|FOX Bet||Penn National||The Stars Group||Yes||TBD|
|Penn Sports Interactive||Penn National||Kambi||Yes||TBD|
|William Hill||Tropicana Evansville||William Hill||Yes||TBD|
What Can You Bet On?
Indiana residents will be able to bet on, per the IGC:
- Racing: NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar
- Pro and College Baseball: MLB, NCAA Div. I, AAA
- Pro and College Basketball: NBA, WNBA, NCAA Div. I, Euro League and Euro Cup, International Basketball Federation
- Bowling: PBA
- Boxing: International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
- Cricket: Men’s and Women’s World Cup, International Cricket Council
- Darts: PDC Championship
- Pro and College Football: NFL, NCAA Div. I, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League
- Golf: PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour, European Tour, and of course International events
In addition, residents in Indiana can bet with the following rules:
- College Sports must be D1 Only
- Live betting in college is prohibited
- Season-End Awards are allowed (MVP, Heisman, etc)
- Draft Betting is allowed (NFL Draft props, etc)
FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana Locations
FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana, AKA Betfair Interactive, was granted temporary vendor licenses to operate two brick and mortar casinos, Belterra Casino Resort and Blue Chip Casino. Blue Chip is up north while Belterra is located east on the Ohio River.
This was just a matter of time, given that last August, FanDuel partnered with Boyd Gaming, who is the owner/operator of both Belterra and Blue Chip Casinos, as well as Valley Forge Casino in southeastern Pennsylvania. FanDuel also has an online sportsbook in Pennsylvania as well.
Rush Street Interactive’s License (BetRivers)
Rush Street Interactive owns and operates PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers, both of which are operable in Pennsylvania. They will offer their sports betting products at the French Lick Resort, south of Indianapolis.
Given Rush Street Interactive’s reach, technology, and experience in other states already…they will also be big players in the state of Indiana.
Other licenses granted: Caesars with Horseshoe Hammond, Penn Sports with Hollywood Casino, and over a dozen casinos have been granted certificates of authority for sports betting.
When Can I Bet Online in Indiana?
The end of the summer and the beginning of the fall is a very busy time in the sports betting industry, with NFL and College Football beginning, NBA around the corner, and MLB playoffs beginning as well. This means that online betting will be pushed to be active as soon as possible.
All indications show that online betting will be available sometime in the early fall, likely before NBA starts in October. Some even think it will be in September, but we have seen in the past that these are not easy to launch.
The Indiana Gaming Commision is set to meet at the end of August, where it is likely to approve regulations for all sports betting, including online betting. In addition, a list of approved sports has already been listed and ready to ratify.
MLB, NBA and WNBA, NFL, NHL, Golf (PGA, LPGA, etc)
NCAAF, NCAAB (Division 1)
Lacross, Rugby, MMA, World Hockey Championships, Darts and more!
NFL Draft, NBA Draft, and others.
There is no official date or timeline for online betting, as the IGC has full ability to say vendors are or are not ready to launch. But for residents of Indiana, expect it to be sooner rather than later!
Indiana Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes. Sports betting in Indiana begin in September of 2019 at retail sportsbooks and launched online and mobile apps in October 2019.
Where can I bet on sports in Indiana?
Sports betting in Indiana takes place with retail sportsbooks that are located in licensed casinos, racetracks or OTB establishments. As of October 2019, online sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps are now approved as well in Indiana.
Who oversees sports betting in Indiana?
The Indiana Gaming Commission or IGC, regulates sports betting activity in the state of Indiana.
Are mobile sports betting apps like DraftKings available in Indiana?
Yes. Mobile sports betting is available throughout Indiana as of October 2019.
Who can offer Indiana sports betting?
Retail or brick and mortar casinos in Indiana can apply for a license to operate a sportsbook. The casino license holder can then partner with a company like FanDuel or DraftKings to offer online and mobile sports betting options.
What is the legal age to bet on sports in Indiana?
You must be 21 years old. The usual restrictions apply to anyone associated with a professional or collegiate sports team or league.