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Indiana sports betting is here, live across both retail and online/mobile channels. The first brick-and-mortar sportsbooks opened on Sept. 1, and the market went online statewide on Oct. 3.
The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates sports betting in the state.
Sportsbook providers in the state needed to partner with land-based entities in order to offer Indiana sports betting. Nearly every major operator has a path into the market, but only a couple are up and running so far.
Here’s a list of live sportsbook apps and others we’ll expect to see eventually:
| DraftKings Sportsbook||Oct. 3, 2019|
|BetRivers||Oct. 3, 2019|
The first-mover advantage should be important to both DraftKings and BetRivers. But Indiana is expected to approve more online sportsbooks in short order. If that’s the case, you should expect the best brands and the companies spending the most money on marketing to ascend to the top. That’s what has happened in other states new to online sports betting.
Casinos and off-track betting parlors with legal Indiana sports betting include:
|Ameristar Casino Resort||DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Belterra Casino Resort||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Blue Chip Casino||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|French Lick Resort Casino||Rush Street Interactive|
|Harrah’s Hoosier Park||Scientific Games|
|Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Kambi|
|Horseshoe Hammond Casino||Scientific Games|
|Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino||Scientific Games|
|Indiana Grand Racing & Casino||Scientific Games|
|Majestic Star Casino||Unknown|
|Rising Star Casino Resort||BetAmerica|
|Tropicana Evansville Casino||William Hill|
|Winner’s Circle Clarksville||Scientific Games|
|Winner’s Circle Indianapolis||Scientific Games|
|Winner’s Circle New Haven||Scientific Games|
The partnerships involved either an online partner or a company that will be providing technology or sports betting expertise.
Indiana sports betting launched days before the start of the 2019 NFL season. That early-September date was only for in-person retail sportsbooks at Indiana casinos, racinos, and off-track betting parlors.
The first Indiana sports betting apps began rolling out on October 3, with BetRivers and DraftKings Sportsbook christening the online market. The former operates under the license of French Lick Resort, while DK relies on Ameristar East Chicago for access to the market.
A Pennsylvania representative is preparing to introduce a bill that would allow casinos in the state to offer daily fantasy sports contests, on property.
Texas looks at regulating and licensing daily fantasy sports. And another NFL team signs on with a DFS site.
Are the Indiana Pacers the next team to strike a fantasy sports deal? And DFS is a hot topic at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Here’s a brief breakdown of Indiana’s sports betting law:
The opportunity for Indiana is quite sizable. With a population of more than 6 million, that potential market alone could create a large and vibrant market.
Handle in the state could range from $3 billion to $6 billion annually, depending on how the market evolves and what surrounding states do as far as legalizing wagering.
The interesting part for Indiana is the surrounding states. In particular, Chicago is very close to the Indiana border. While Illinois has legalized sports betting, it hasn’t yet started. And when it does, online betting will require visiting a casino.
Even beyond Illinois, the bordering states of Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky still have not legalized sports betting. If they don’t any time soon, that could be a boon to Indiana coffers.
The market also has a lot of teams that should draw betting and rooting interest around the state, including:
For those interested in betting online in Indiana, here’s a rundown of what you need to know:
The first step to start betting is picking a sportsbook app. Links to download the app can always be found on a sportsbook’s website. (Alternatively, if you don’t want to download an app, the site itself will allow wagering without a download.)
But, the most convenient way to bet is via an app. Keep in mind that you can download and register for an app from anywhere, you just won’t be able to place bets unless you’re in Indiana.
Most if not all sportsbooks should eventually have an iOS app for download for iPhones and iPads. You can find these in the App Store; again, a link should be provided on the sportsbook’s website.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, it will help walk you through the registration process, which includes giving personal information such as your name, address, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. The process will help to verify that you are who you say you are and that you are of legal age to bet in Indiana.
The process for getting a sportsbook app on an Android device like a Samsung Galaxy is similar. The big difference is the apps do not appear in the Google Play Store. You must download them directly from a sportsbook site. You’ll have to allow your phone to download an app that is not in the store; this is safe to do for regulated sportsbooks in the US and Indiana.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, the process will be the same for registration.
The next step to get started after downloading and registering is to fund your account. These options will vary by sportsbook, but you often will encounter these methods (some are not yet available in Indiana).
While credit card might seem like the most convenient method for funding an account, many might encounter issues trying to deposit with that method. Depending on the bank that works with your credit card company, it may or may not facilitate gambling transactions. Other methods are usually more likely to work.
Withdrawal methods are usually the same as depositing.
Once you have money in your sportsbook account, you’ll be able to bet. If you’re familiar with sports betting, it will usually be easy to find what you want to bet on. Apps are organized by sport, and you’ll be able to see which games are upcoming or live now.
Common bet types include betting on the moneyline (who will win), betting a point spread, futures (who will win a division or championship, for example), and proposition bets (will LeBron James score more than 30 points in a game?) Indiana sportsbooks also feature live betting, where you can bet on a game while it’s going on.
In order to bet, you will have to have location services turned on for your phone. The app will be able to geolocate you to make sure you are in Indiana and not in another state where wagering might be illegal.
You can bet on just about any sport you want to in the state, including the major sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and golf. You can usually bet on any international sporting events that are not common in the US, like cricket or rugby.
The state’s gaming commission actually keeps a running of list of what sportsbooks are allowed to take action on in the state. See the list here.
Yes. Sports betting in Indiana started in September 2019, in time for NFL and college football season. Online betting began in October.
The Indiana Gaming Commission assumes the primary responsibility for regulating sports betting activity throughout the Hoosier State.
Sports betting in Indiana takes place inside casinos, racetracks, and off-track betting facilities, as well as via the internet and mobile devices.
Yes. Mobile sports betting is available throughout Indiana as of October 2019.
Licensed casinos in Indiana can apply for a license to operate a sportsbook. They have the option to partner with a sports betting operator to assist in their physical or mobile sportsbooks.
You must be 21 years old. The usual restrictions apply to anyone associated with a professional or collegiate sports team or league.
Yes, but you have to travel to Indiana in order to bet. You can download an app and deposit while in Chicago, or wait till you are in Indiana. But once you are within the state’s borders, you may place wagers.