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Indiana Sports Betting

On May 8th 2019, a year after the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional, Governor Eric Halcomb signed HB 1015 into law legalizing sports betting in the state of Indiana.

The state then established a regulatory framework overseen by the Indiana Gaming Commission allowing licensed retail sportsbooks to take their first bets on September 1st 2019. And just one month later, the state’s mobile sportsbooks launched with BetRivers and DraftKings the first to enter the market while FanDuel followed shortly after.

While Indiana sportsbooks offer odds on most major sports and college sports, betting on high school sports or esports events is not permitted.

Since launching, the market has continued to grow with some months seeing a combined sports betting handle of more than $300M.

Who regulates the Indiana sports betting industry?

The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates the sports betting industry in the Hoosier State. The Commission has created a dedicated sports wagering and paid fantasy sports division to handle all regulatory matters including license applications, renewals, and the collection of revenue data.

Which legal sportsbooks are available in Indiana?

There are 12 commercial casinos in the Hoosier State that operate retail sportsbooks and 3 off-track-betting locations giving us a total of 15 physical sportsbooks in Indiana.

Casino Retail Sports Betting Partner
Ameristar Casino Resort DraftKings Sportsbook
Belterra Casino Resort FanDuel Sportsbook
Blue Chip Casino FanDuel Sportsbook
French Lick Resort Casino Rush Street Interactive
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Kambi
Majestic Star Casino USA Sports Gaming
Rising Star Casino Resort BetAmerica
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Caesars Sports
Horseshoe Hammond Casino Caesars Sports
Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino Caesars Sports
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Caesars Sports
Tropicana Evansville Casino Caesars Sports
Winner’s Circle Clarksville Caesars Sports
Winner’s Circle Indianapolis Caesars Sports
Winner’s Circle New Haven Caesars Sports

For the purpose of monthly sports wagering revenue reports, Winner’s Circle Clarksville is tied to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino while Winner’s Circle Indianapolis and New Haven are tied to the Tropicana Evansville Casino.

Sports betting apps in Indiana

Indiana sports betting law requires that all mobile sports betting providers must partner with a land-based casino in order to operate within the state. And with such a competitive commercial casino industry in the state,

Once sports betting was formally legalized, the industry’s biggest operators quickly entered the market with BetRivers and DraftKings the first to launch in the state. FanDuel followed soon after and at the time of writing there are now 11 mobile sports betting apps live in the state.

These are the current online sports betting operators in Indiana and their casino partners:

Mobile Sportsbook Operator Casino Partner Launch Date
DraftKings Ameristar Casino East Chicago October 3rd 2019
BetRivers French Lick Resort October 3rd 2019
FanDuel Blue Chip/Boyd Gaming October 26th 2019
TwinSpires Rising Star Casino Resort December 30th 2019
BetMGM Belterra Casino February 22nd 2020
PointsBet Lawrenceburg Hollywood Casino March 6th 2020
Caesars Horseshoe Casino Hammond May 19th 2020
Caesars (formerly William Hill) Tropicana Evansville October 29th 2020
Unibet Horseshoe Casino Hammond July 30th  2020
theScore Ameristar Casino East Chicago September 17th 2020
WynnBet Rising Star Casino Resort April 1st 2021
Barstool Sportsbook Hollywood Casino May 18th 2021

SBK Sportsbook has agreed to partner with Rising Star Casino Resort with a launch date yet to be confirmed while FoxBet is expected to launch at some time in the near future.

Daily Fantasy Sports in Indiana

On March 24th 2016, then-governor Mike Pence signed bill 339 into law. The bill legalized Daily Fantasy Sports and allowed the state to establish a regulated DFS market.

The DFS industry is regulated by the Indiana Gaming Commission’s Sports Wagering and Paid Fantasy Sports Division.

The legal age to participate in DFS contests is 18 years or older.

There are currently six licensed DFS operators in Indiana.

These are:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Yahoo Fantasy Sports
  • Underdog Sports
  • SportsHub Games
  • FantasyDraft

What about online poker in Indiana?

The very fact that Indiana has legalized both Daily Fantasy Sports and sports betting indicates a willingness on the part of local lawmakers to consider all possibilities. However, a recent attempt to legalize online casino games including poker fell short in February of 2021.

Senator Jon Ford filed S 417 in January of 2021 in a bid to help the struggling casino industry recoup some of its pandemic-related losses through iGaming. But the bill failed to make it past a senate committee and so didn’t even come up for discussion in the House of Representatives.

Since then, there have been no further attempts to introduce similar bills. However, this may change in the coming legislative sessions.

Image credit: Josh Hallet / CC BY-SA 2.0

Do gambling affiliates have to be registered in Indiana?

Yes, gambling affiliates in Indiana must apply for a license to promote regulated gambling operators in the state, however a simple and fast track licensing regime means affiliates can acquire a license within 30 days from application.

Indiana sports betting frequently asked questions

  • What is the legal age for sports betting in Indiana?

    All gamblers must be aged 21 or older to place a bet at an Indiana sportsbook.

  • What sports can I bet on in Indiana?

    You can place bets on any professional sport or college sports. However, you cannot bet on high school sports or esports in Indiana.

  • Is mobile sports betting legal in Indiana?

    Yes, mobile sports betting is legal and has been live since October 2019.

  • Can I use an Indiana sports betting app when out of state?

    No, you must be physically located in Indiana to use a state-licensed sports betting app.

  • How do I deposit money into an Indiana sports betting account?

    The majority of Indiana sportsbook apps will allow you to deposit using the following methods — credit/debit card, online banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, Echeck/ACH Transfer, Casino Cage payments at the app's partner casino/racetrack.