Another mobile app launching in Indiana
Legal Sports Report

DraftKings Sportsbook Gets OK To Take Online Bets In Indiana Tomorrow

DraftKings Sportsbook received last-minute approval Wednesday for a next-day launch of online sports betting in Indiana.

DraftKings partnered with Penn National Gaming to run an online sportsbook under the license of Ameristar East Chicago.

The authorization from the Indiana Gaming Commission means DraftKings and Ameristar will join Rush Street Interactive and French Lick Casino as the first operators to launch mobile betting in Indiana on Thursday.

Sara Gonso Tait, executive director for the Indiana Gaming Commission, tells Legal Sports Report that she expects one more mobile operator to receive authorization in October. Thirteen Indiana casinos have launched retail sportsbooks.

“These are the two we’ve been spending our time on,” Tait said. “There will probably be one more likely to launch in October, but I think that’s still a few weeks off.”

In-person registration is not required to create and fund a mobile wagering account in Indiana.

DraftKings expanding sportsbook operations

DraftKings Sportsbook will now be taking bets in five states.

The company took the first mobile wager placed in New Jersey, where it also runs the retail location at Resorts Casino. DraftKings has joined FanDuel as the two most successful sports betting operators in the Garden State.

In West Virginia, DraftKings Sportsbook recently launched mobile sports betting.

DraftKings runs the retail operations at Del Lago Resort in New York, where mobile wagering is not yet legal.

In Mississippi, DraftKings accepted one of the largest wagers ever placed with a US sportsbook this week, taking a $3.5 million bet on the Houston Astros to win the World Series at the Scarlet Pearl casino in Biloxi.

DraftKings expects to add the Pennsylvania market in November, running the mobile sportsbook for Meadows Casino, which recently received retail authorization.

 

Matthew Kredell
- Matthew started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News, where he covered the NFL, Kobe-Shaq three-peat, Pete Carroll’s USC football teams, USC basketball, pro tennis, Kings hockey and fulfilled his childhood dream of sitting in the Dodgers’ dugout. His reporting on efforts to legalize sports betting began in 2010, when Playboy Magazine flew him to Prague to hang out with online sportsbook pioneer Calvin Ayre and show how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting expansion of regulated sports betting across the country. A USC journalism alum, Matt also has written on a variety of topics for Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.com.
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