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Indiana sports betting at brick-and-mortar casinos might get a green flag for the first week of the NFL season, but mobile wagering almost certainly will have a red flag.
Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), told Legal Sports Report that the start date of retail and mobile sports betting is now in the hands of the individual casinos.
“The timing of the launch is going to be dictated by the operators getting us the info we need to review and approve for launch,” Tait said. “At this point, it’s too early to tell when that will be. There’s a checklist of items that need to be done before launch, and the timing is dictated on the operators getting us that required information.”
Launch proposals were discussed Thursday at the last in a series of sports wagering stakeholder meetings held by the IGC. Operators were asked to provide dates on when they plan to start IN sports betting.
Mobile wagering seems to be in the background as Indiana races to the starting line for retail sports betting. Tait said the IGC has yet to receive a request to launch online sports betting.
She made clear that the IGC hasn’t put any restrictions on when mobile wagering can begin. But the operators have more to do in showing the commission that internal controls and geolocation requirements are met.
A good over/under for mobile wagering in Indiana could be mid-October.
“What we’ve heard from other jurisdictions is retail is a little bit easier to launch and it can fold into existing casino operations,” Tait said. “We’re pleased our operators so far have really focused on retail so that we can hopefully get those activities going as close to Sept. 1 as possible. We know Hoosiers are very excited to have access to mobile wagering, but we’re going to launch it responsibly.”
Last week, the IGC released a list of 19 sporting events permitted for sports wagering. They include:
Each casino operator has the discretion to determine what events out of the permissible list it will accept wagering. Sportsbooks also may submit a request to the commission to accept wagers on an event not included in the list.
At the meeting, the commission reviewed a directive issued last week on restrictions to the wagers and proposition bets operators may offer.
Unless specifically restricted below, sportsbooks may offer wagers for all approved leagues and events where the results are determined on the field of play and can be confirmed by statistical results. Wager directives are as follows:
The meeting marked the final opportunity for stakeholders to offer feedback and questions on the draft emergency rules, which are set to be finalized at an Aug. 28 meeting of the Gaming Commission (IGC).
Over the next several weeks, the commission will review the written submissions of suggested changes from stakeholders. Tait anticipates some changes to the rules.
In July, the IGC issued temporary sports wagering licenses to 13 casino and off-track betting properties.
Judging by the agenda, steps operators need to take prior to accepting their first wager include: