Indiana is now a full-service sports betting state. As of October, residents and visitors in the Hoosier State can wager on sporting events at both retail and online sportsbooks.
This paradigm shift in Indiana’s gambling landscape comes as a result of the passage of H 1015 in May 2019. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s signature made the bill the law of the land and set the stage for the current situation.
Indiana’s online sportsbooks launched in October. The debuts came roughly one month after the first openings of land-based sportsbooks in the Hoosier State.
There are three online sportsbooks in operation in Indiana today:
These operators will have plenty of company. Indiana’s law allows each casino to host three online sportsbook “skins.”
At this point, nearly every one of Indiana’s land-based casinos has an active sportsbook. There are 15 sports betting facilities throughout the state, including four locations at off-track betting (OTB) shops.
Three online sportsbooks are also open for business in Indiana.
|Online Sportsbook||Casino Partner||Launch Date||iOS App||Android App|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Ameristar||Live on Oct. 3, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||French Lick Resort Casino||Live on Oct. 3, 2019||No||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Blue Chip Casino||Live on Oct. 22, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Belterra Casino||Live on Oct. 22, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Scientific Games||Indiana Grand Casino||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Winner’s Circle Clarksville||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Horseshoe Casino||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Horseshoe Southern Indiana||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|William Hill||Tropicana Evansville||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Winner’s Circle Clarksville||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Hoosier Park||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Scientific Games||Winner’s Circle New Haven||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|TBA||Majestic Star I & II Casinos||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Bet America||Rising Star Casino Resort||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Betting sports online in Indiana is as straightforward as placing a wager at a retail sportsbook. Potential bettors can set up their accounts and start betting in a matter of minutes.
Thankfully, the Indiana law does not require physical registration. Unfortunately, residents in states like Nevada are not so lucky.
Once registered, it is necessary to load money into an account on the sportsbook’s server. Most sportsbooks maintain a plethora of deposit options, such as:
Some sportsbooks may even accept personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders. Rest assured, an online sportsbook wants to make depositing as painless as possible.
Once you deposit, betting via the app is merely a few finger swipes away.
There are few restrictions on what sports are available for wagering in Indiana. The state law allows betting on both professional and collegiate sporting events.
There are only a couple of exceptions to the law. The first one is esports: Hoosier State gamblers cannot bet on the outcomes of these contests. No wagering of any kind is allowed on amateur athletes younger than 18 either. This rule is mostly common sense, and a version of it exists in every state with legal sports betting.
Here is a sample of markets that Indiana bettors may find awaiting a bet:
Additionally, there may be some more esoteric sports or sporting events available for a wager. In this age of customization and fluidity, it might even be worth communicating with the sportsbook directly if there’s a special bet a player wants.
You can see the full list of approved Indiana sports betting events here.
Online sports betting has largely moved beyond their land-based brethren in terms of betting capabilities. There are usually far more ways to bet online, and each game often has dozens of wagering possibilities
Types of bets available in Indiana include:
Live betting may not be immediately familiar to new sports bettors. However, this form of wagering is nothing short of a game-changer and elevates online sports betting beyond its land-based predecessor.
Online sportsbooks are now able to offer wagers throughout a sporting event, rather than pregame. A sportsbook can host dozens of bets for a single contest.
So, bettors get far more bites at the apple online. Obviously, the sportsbook is happy to book as much action as it can. But, bettors can now hedge against pregame bets going south, or augment their initial positions further.
Yes, Indiana sportsbooks can offer in-play, or live, betting to patrons. However, according to the law, the Indiana Gaming Commission maintains the ability to approve or nix live betting options as it sees fit.
So, live betting in Indiana is not as unbridled as in other states.
Despite the 2019 launches of sportsbooks in Indiana, betting on sports no doubt existed long beforehand. A simple web search is sure to reveal several sportsbooks that are happy to accept action from players in the Hoosier State.
However, many of these books are offshore operations. As such, they come with several disadvantages that legal sportsbooks simply don’t possess.
Here are the reasons to play on legal sportsbooks:
These are the places where Indiana inhabitants can bet on sports.
Ameristar Casino is one of the first casino properties to open a sportsbook in Indiana. It did so on Sept. 1.
Ameristar’s sportsbook facility features five betting terminals for customers to use. There are also multiple high-definition televisions and a full-service bar.
The Chicago-area casino is also the land-based partner for one of Indiana’s two online sports betting sites, DraftKings Sportsbook. Indiana bettors can now wager through their browsers, Apple or Android devices.
Belterra Casino Resort is located on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, which forms the border between Indiana and the state of the same name. The casino property opened its sportsbook on Sept. 9. It represents the closest sports betting location to Cincinnati.
Belterra’s sportsbook operates in conjunction with its strategic partner, FanDuel. The daily fantasy sports titan lent its brand to the new sportsbook, which maintains five cashier windows and 10 self-service kiosks for bettors.
Sources indicate that FanDuel will join the other online sportsbooks in Indiana sometime before the end of 2019. However, the company has not designated Belterra as its land-based partner for that yet.
Of the Chicago-area casinos, Blue Chip Casino is the most removed from the Windy City. It occupies an area along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan.
Like Belterra, Blue Chip’s new sportsbook is functioning under the FanDuel banner. The 2,700-square-foot facility opened its doors to the public on Sept. 5.
FanDuel has already indicated that it will open an online sportsbook in Indiana sometime in 2019. However, its land-based partner for that endeavor remains unclear.
French Lick Resort is located, unsurprisingly, in French Lick, IN. Patrons to its new sportsbook can note the oddity of wagering on sports in the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird.
Nevertheless, the book opened for business on Sept. 6. Truthfully, the sportsbook is one of the more modest in the state, with standard seating and a few teller windows.
However, French Lick Resort is also the land-based partner for one of Indiana’s two online sportsbooks. Through a collaboration between the resort and parent company Rush Street Interactive, BetRivers Sportsbook serves customers throughout the Hoosier State.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is an Indianapolis-area casino property that offers casino gambling, horse racing and now, sports betting. The Book at Hoosier Park opened for business on Sept. 19.
Any member of the Caesars family is going to be well-appointed. Hoosier Park’s sportsbook doesn’t disappoint, with luxury seating and a high-definition video display that covers an entire wall.
A Caesars online sportsbook launch is imminent and expected before the end of 2019. While Hoosier Park is by no means the only Caesars property in Indiana, there’s no doubt that players will find numerous tie-ins at the Book.
The Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg is another Indiana casino, which closest major city is across a state line. The facility sits on the Indiana bank of the Ohio River, almost due west from nearby Cincinnati.
Since Sept. 7, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg has been the home of The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. The laid-back facility is more accurately described as a sports bar with betting kiosks, but it is a nice place to catch a game.
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming and is a sister property to Ameristar East Chicago. So, it’s unclear if Penn National is planning another sportsbook app to be housed in southeastern Indiana. But, in the meantime, Hollywood is no doubt singing the praises of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Horseshoe Hammond Casino is a Chicago-area property in northwestern Indiana and a member of the Caesars Entertainment group. The Book at Horseshoe Hammond is one of the largest sportsbooks in the state, with 10 teller windows and thousands of square feet set aside for sports bettors.
The Book went live on Sept. 4. It features 12 85-inch HDTVs and a large, high-resolution LED display wall.
Horseshoe Hammond will undoubtedly be one of the homes for Caesars Sportsbook online in Indiana. The mobile app should drop into the Hoosier State by the end of 2019.
The sister property to the Hammond location, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, draws much of its client base from nearby Kentucky, where Louisville sits just across the border.
The Book at Horseshoe Southern Indiana sits on Deck 2 of the riverboat. It opened for business on Sept. 12.
As with other Caesars’ properties, Horseshoe will likely share in advertising and promoting the upcoming online Caesars Sportsbook in Indiana. Its location means that there is a tremendous opportunity to capture sports betting action from Kentucky residents.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is one of two casino facilities in the Indianapolis area. It was also one of the first locations to open a sportsbook, doing so on Sept. 1.
The Grand is also the hub for four off-track betting facilities. They are:
Each of these four facilities currently accepts sports betting. So, in effect, Indiana Grand has five sportsbooks under its umbrella.
As is the case with many of Indiana’s casinos, Indiana Grand is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. So, the upcoming Caesars Sportsbook will certainly be a point of focus for marketing and tie-ins at the Grand.
Tropicana Evansville is located in Evansville, IN, and thus, is the farthest southwest of any Indiana casino property. Along with strategic partner William Hill, the facility opened its doors for bettors on Sept. 12.
Area sports bettors will be pleased to know that the Trop has spared little expense in outfitting the new book. Among other things, there is a video wall that measures 16 feet wide and 9 feet tall, perfect for watching any game.
There’s no word about when William Hill will launch an online version of the sportsbook yet. However, given the sportsbook giant’s record elsewhere, a virtual presentation cannot be too far away.
As tax frameworks go, Indiana’s sports betting law designated a rate and fee structure that is quite reasonable. Unlike some states that have onerous requirements (like Pennsylvania), Indiana’s casinos have little in the way of complaint.
To apply for a license, the casino property must pay a $100,000 licensing fee. Then, each sportsbook must pay a $50,000 annual renewal fee to the state.
Once the license is granted, the state is entitled to 9.5% of the sportsbook’s adjusted gross revenue. Only currently active casinos in Indiana or two facilities under construction are eligible to apply.
Yes. In fact, Indiana is one of the few states to have legalized daily fantasy sports (DFS) play explicitly.
Then-Gov. Mike Pence signed S 339 back in 2016. As a result, almost every major DFS operator is free to do business in the Hoosier State.
Yes, both live and online sports betting are permitted in Indiana.
Two horse tracks are offering live racing in Indiana, and they are near Indianapolis:
Additionally, most major horse betting sites allow wagering from the Hoosier State. Indiana residents who wish to bet on their computers or mobile devices should consider one of the following sites:
The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees all aspects of Indiana sports betting. Please direct any concerns to this agency.
Yes, there are now two online sportsbooks active in Indiana, and more are on the way.
No, Indiana law does not require in-person registration. So, a visit to one of the sites is all that is necessary to get started.
Any Indiana resident or visitor who is 21 or older can place wagers on sports.
Yes, both online sportsbooks in Indiana maintain multiple methods for players to move money into and out of their accounts.
Indiana’s foray into legal sports betting came as a bit of a surprise. The Hoosier State was not especially vocal in its support for the issue prior to the bill’s passage. Perhaps Indiana’s legalization of daily fantasy sports — only the second state to do so — portended the state’s true feelings about wagering on sporting events.
Nevertheless, legal sports betting came to the Hoosier State by virtue of H 1015. The bipartisan bill made its way through both houses of Indiana’s legislature in late April 2019.
In early May, a signature from Gov. Eric Holcomb made the bill law. It authorized the state’s casinos to apply for licensure to operate retail and online sports betting operations. The bill also allowed the Majestic Star Casino to relocate its operations inland to Gary, Indiana. The new Hard Rock Gary is shooting to open in early 2021.
In an interesting quirk, Majestic Star has been operating with two casino licenses rather than one, because the facility’s two boats each needed authorization. The move inland means that Majestic Star is going to surrender one of those permits.
The surrendered license already has a planned use. A new casino is going to appear in Terre Haute before long.