Legal online sports betting in Indiana

Indiana Sports Betting

Indiana sports betting is legal online and in casinos. The Hoosier State became a full-service sports betting spot in October 2019.

Sportsbooks came to Indiana 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.

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Indiana online sports betting

Indiana’s online sportsbooks got off to a quick start. The first three launched in October 2019, just one month after retail sports betting began in the state. They were followed by a fourth before the year was out. The latest to launch, in February 2020, was BetMGM.

There are 10 online sportsbooks in operation in Indiana today, listed here along with their land-based partners. More info about each can be found by following the link, and details on the partner casinos are given in the retail sports betting section below.

As time goes on, these operators may find themselves with plenty of competition. There are more than a dozen eligible casinos in the state and Indiana’s law allows each to have up to three online skins for sports betting. Theoretically, then, there could be up to around 40 online sportsbooks, though in practice the market probably won’t support more than 10 to 15 or so.

However, Caesars Sportsbook is operating out of seven of the locations listed below and FanDuel is at two casinos.

Indiana retail sports betting

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.

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago

Online partner: DraftKings

Ameristar Casino is one of the first casino properties to open a sportsbook in Indiana. It did so on Sept. 1, 2019.

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

Online partners: FanDuel, BetMGM

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, 2019. It represents the closest sports betting location to Cincinnati.

Belterra’s retail sportsbook operates in conjunction with FanDuel. The daily fantasy sports titan lent its brand to the sportsbook, which maintains five cashier windows and 10 self-service kiosks for bettors.

FanDuel is also one of two online sportsbooks that operate on Belterra’s license. The other, BetMGM, launched for play in February 2020.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa

Online partner: FanDuel

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 sportsbook is functioning under the FanDuel banner. The 2,700-square-foot facility opened its doors to the public on Sept. 5, 2019.

FanDuel Sportsbook is the online wagering platform featured on the land-based casino’s site.

French Lick Resort Casino

Online partner: BetRivers

French Lick Resort is located, unsurprisingly, in French Lick, IN. Patrons can note the oddity of wagering on sports in the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird.

The sportsbook opened for business on Sept. 6, 2019. 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 Racing & Casino

Online partner: Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Entertainment announced its Caesars Sportsbook on Aug. 2, 2021. It’s tied to the loyalty program, Caesars Rewards. The sportsbook also uses the proprietary Caesars tech stack, Liberty.

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, 2019.

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.

Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg

Online partner: PointsBet Sportsbook

The Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg is another Indiana casino with a 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, 2019, 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. It is partnered with PointsBet Sportsbook, the sixth online sportsbook to launch in Indiana.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino

Online partner: Caesars 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.

Its online sports betting platform is Caesars SportsbookCaesars Entertainment rebranded the online sportsbooks it bought from William Hill to Caesars on Aug. 2, 2021. Caesars Sportsbook is tied to the loyalty program, Caesars Rewards. In Indiana, the sportsbook also uses the proprietary Caesars tech stack, Liberty.

The retail book went live on Sept. 4, 2019. It features 12 85-inch HDTVs and a large, high-resolution LED display wall.

Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino

Online partner: Caesars Sportsbook

The sister property to the Hammond location, Caesars Southern Indiana, draws much of its client base from nearby Kentucky, where Louisville sits just across the border.

The land-based Caesars Sportsbook replaced The Book at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, which sat on Deck 2 of the riverboat until December 2019. The retail sportsbook had opened for business on Sept. 12, 2019.

The casino’s location means that there is a tremendous opportunity to capture sports betting action from Kentucky residents.

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Online partner: Caesars Sportsbook

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, 2019.

The Grand is also the hub for four off-track betting facilities, each of which offers 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 Caesars Sportsbook will certainly be a point of focus for marketing and tie-ins at the Grand.

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indian opened in Gary in May 2021. At the moment, it has no sportsbook. The $300 million, 200,000-square-foot retail casino replaced the Majestic Star Casino located at Buffington Harbor on Lake Michigan. Hard Rock needed the Majestic’s license.

Majestic Star hadn’t been a single casino, but a pair of riverboat casinos located in the town of Gary and owned by Spectacle Entertainment. Hard Rock’s other license from Majestic is being used in Vigo County.

While Hard Rock doesn’t have a sportsbook, Spectacle had struck a partnership with USA Sports Gaming to form an independent sportsbook, BetIndiana. That independent sportsbook appears to have gone dark, as of May 2020.

Rising Star Casino

Online partner: TwinSpires

Rising Star Casino is located in the town of Rising Sun. Its retail sportsbook opened in November 2019, in partnership with TwinSpires. The two launched an online sportsbook under BetAmerica‘s brand the following month. However, BetAmerica’s owner – Churchill Downs Incorporated – rebranded its apps to TwinSpires in 2021. BetAmerica had been a partnership between business-to-business gaming company SBTech and Churchill Downs, which owns multiple racetracks and casinos around the country.

Rising Star is owned by Full House Resorts, which has a total of five properties in four states. Two of these are in Nevada and already have their own sportsbooks, while Bronco Billy’s in Colorado launched in September 2020, also in partnership with TwinSpires.

Tropicana Evansville

Online partner: Caesars Sportsbook

Tropicana Evansville is located in Evansville, IN, and thus, is the farthest southwest of any Indiana casino property. Along with strategic partner Caesars Sportsbook, formerly William Hill, the facility opened its doors for bettors on Sept. 12, 2019. The online sportsbook is via Caesars now, which acquired William Hill and used it to launch Caesars Sportsbook apps around the country.

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.

Winner’s Circle

Online partner: Caesars Sportsbook

Winner’s Circle is not a single casino, but rather a trio of off-track betting facilities operated by Caesars Sportsbooks. They are located in Clarksville, Indianapolis and New Haven, and now offer sports, as well as race betting.

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Indiana sports betting FAQ:

Who regulates Indiana sports betting?

The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees all aspects of Indiana sports betting. Please direct any concerns to this agency.

Is sports betting legal in Indiana?

Yes. Indiana legalized sports betting in May 2019. The first retail sportsbooks opened in September that year, and online betting followed one month later.

Can I bet on sports online in Indiana?

Yes, there are now five online sportsbooks active in Indiana, and likely more on the way.

Do I have to go to a casino to sign up for Indiana online sports betting?

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.

Who can legally bet on sports in Indiana?

Any Indiana resident or visitor who is 21 or older can place wagers on sports.

Can I make deposits and cash out online?

Yes, both online sportsbooks in Indiana maintain multiple methods for players to move money into and out of their accounts.

What sports can I bet on in Indiana?

There are few restrictions on what sports are available for wagering in Indiana, including all the big ones like football, baseball and hockey, down to more niche sports like darts and snooker. 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.

You can see the full list of approved Indiana sports betting events.

What types of bets can I place in Indiana?

Indiana’s laws don’t place any particular restrictions on the types of wagers that can be made. Money lines, spreads and various kinds of props are all available. Betting on futures and parlays is also legal and available. Online sportsbooks often have a wider range of options than their land-based counterparts.

Is in-play betting available in Indiana?

Yes. Indiana online sportsbooks allow you to wager during the game, with lines and odds updated every few seconds based on the action.

What are the advantages to legal sports betting?

Prior to the legalization of sports betting in Indiana, those wishing to bet had to turn to illegal offshore sportsbooks. This is still the case in many states. Betting illegally carries many risks, however, and legal options are always better.

Here are some of the reasons to play on legal sportsbooks:

  • These sportsbooks are subject to US laws, regulations and its legal system.
  • American players have several methods of recourse in case of a dispute.
  • A players’ deposited money is safe and secure.
  • Money deposited is not being used to fund criminal enterprises or terrorism.
  • Government oversight ensures that games are fair and not rigged.
  • Transactions can occur much faster without having to travel across international lines.
  • There are resources and features to assist players suffering from problem gambling.

How does Indiana tax sports betting?

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.

Are daily fantasy sports (DFS) legal in Indiana?

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.

Is horse betting legal in Indiana?

Yes, you can bet on races in Indiana both online and at retail racebooks.

Two horse tracks are offering live racing in Indiana, and they are near Indianapolis:

  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park
  • Indiana Grand

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:

  • TVG
  • TwinSpires

The history of legal sports betting in Indiana

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.

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.

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