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Sports betting is available in the Hoosier State, kicking off September 1, 2019, when Gov. Eric Holcomb placed bets on the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers to win their respective league championships. This was made possible when Holcomb signed the state’s sports gambling bill into law in May 2019.
Indiana’s first online sportsbooks went live in October 2019. BetRivers and DraftKings began taking bets online, followed just a few weeks later by FanDuel Sportsbook. BetAmerica, BetMGM, and PointsBet are some of the other sportsbooks to offer legal online sports betting in Indiana.
With the state issuing 14 temporary certificates to the state’s casinos and racetracks and six vendor licenses to sportsbook technology providers, more online sportsbooks are likely to launch in the Hoosier State. Be sure to check back with SharpSide for updates as news and launch date announcements become available.
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Indiana sports betting information
- Licensed casinos allowed to apply for online sports betting license
- Mobile & online sportsbooks can partner with land-based casinos
- $100,000 initial fee to obtain a license
- $50,000 license renewal fee
- Sportsbooks pay 9.5% of adjusted gross revenue as taxes to the state
- 3.3% of taxes goes directly to help with problem gambling
- No betting on esports or amateur athletes younger than 18
Indiana sports betting operators are to pay an initial fee of $100,000 to obtain a license. After that, it’s a $50,000 annual renewal fee to offer services to Indiana sports bettors. There is a 9.5% tax rate, of which 3.3% is directed to help those with gambling problems.
Mobile and online sportsbooks are able to partner with land-based casinos to offer sports betting in the state, but users do not need to register for an account in person. As you can see in the table below, BetRivers Sportsbook is partnered with French Lick Resort Casino, DraftKings Sportsbook is partnered with Ameristar Casino, and FanDuel Sportsbook is partnered with Blue Chip Casino and Belterra Casino. With each Indiana casino allowed to have up to three contracts with varying online sportsbooks, there is plenty of opportunity for others to get involved in the space. We expect more mobile and online sportsbooks to become available in Indiana soon.
Online & mobile sportsbooks in Indiana
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Ameristar Casino East Chicago||Kambi||Yes||Oct. 2019|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||French Lick Resort||Kambi||Yes||Oct. 2019|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Belterra Casino, Blue Chip Casino||IGT/PPB||Yes||Oct. 2019|
|BetAmerica||Rising Star Casino Resort||SBTech||Yes||Dec. 2019|
|BetMGM||Belterra Casino Resort||GVC||Yes||Feb. 2020|
|PointsBet||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||PointsBet||Yes||May 2020|
|Caesars||Caesars Entertainment||Scientific Games||Yes||May 2020|
|FOX Bet||TBD||The Stars Group||Yes||TBA|
|Penn Sports Interactive||Penn National||Kambi||Yes||TBA|
|SBK Sportsbook||Rising Star Casino Resort||Smarkets||Yes||TBA|
|William Hill||Tropicana Evansville||William Hill||Yes||TBA|
BetRivers Sportsbook is owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive, who is partnered with Kambi for their sports betting data. In addition to Indiana, BetRivers has online sportsbooks live in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. BetRivers has partnered with French Lick Resort Casino in order to offer online sports betting in Indiana. BetRivers was the first to launch in the Hoosier State, going live on October 3, 2019.
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DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports juggernaut, was the first online sportsbook to go live (outside of Nevada) in the US when it launched DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey in 2018. DraftKings has a national deal with Caesars, who owns Ameristar Casino, which allows DraftKings to offer online sports betting in Indiana. DraftKings online sportsbook went live on October 3, 2019, the same day as BetRivers.
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FanDuel is dominating the PA and NJ online sportsbook markets and is a favorite to do the same in Indiana. FanDuel Sportsbook has a deal with Boyd Gaming, who owns Blue Chip Casino and Belterra Casino Resort, giving FanDuel a green light in the Hoosier State. FanDuel went live on October 22, 2019, becoming the third online sportsbook in the state.
FanDuel is offering a one-time $500 risk-free bet when you sign up using SharpSide’s exclusive link. If your first bet loses, FanDuel Sportsbook will refund that bet 100% up to $500 in site credit.
An Australian-based company that is online in New Jersey and Iowa, PointsBet now offers legal sports betting in Indiana. PointsBet offers standard sports betting and a unique high-risk, high-reward betting system based on how close the bettor’s prediction is to the final outcome. PointsBet offers online sports betting in Indiana through a deal with Penn National.
PointsBet is quickly gaining notoriety in the world os legal sports betting and offers two risk-free bets up to $200.
BetAmerica launched online sports betting in Indiana in December 2019. BetAmerica works with SBTech as its sports betting technology and data provider and is partnered with Rising Star Casino Resort for its license. The inclusion of horse racing markets makes BetAmerica stand out.
Launching in February 2020, BetMGM sportsbook is partnered with Belterra Casino Resort. Indiana isn’t the only state where BetMGM is operational. BetMGM is also up and running in Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia, with more states coming soon. As you likely guessed, BetMGM is MGM’s online betting platform and it comes with the same brand power and experience you expect from MGM.
BetMGM offers new customers a risk-free first bet up to $500.
Caesars online sportsbook launched in May 2020, following the platform’s launch in NJ and PA. Caesars uses Scientific Games as its technology partner and is partnered with Horseshoe Casino Hammond for its license in Indiana. Like BetMGM with MGM, Caesars online sportsbook has the brand backing of gambling giant Caesars.
Online Sportsbooks Coming Soon to Indiana
William Hill, the world’s oldest bookmaker, that first opened its doors in 1934 in London, England, went online in New Jersey in September 2018. Now they have their eyes set on Indiana and plan to expand through a partnership with Tropicana Evansville.
The result of a massive deal between international online gambling giant The Stars Group and sports media superstar FOX Sports, FOX Bet is already live in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and looking to expand its footprint throughout the U.S. FOX Bet has a deal with Penn National in order to use an available skin to market its online sportsbook.
In PA and NJ, FOX Bet is offering $20 free to play with just for signing up and $100 first deposit match. We believe the same offer will be available in Indiana when FOX Bet goes live.
BetIndiana, Indiana’s hometown sportsbook, is owned and operated by USA Sports Gaming which is a sports-betting company focused on establishing retail and online sportsbooks. BetIndiana prides itself on being a Midwest-based company and being connected to local markets. BetIndiana will have an online sportsbook and a retail sportsbook at the Majestic Hard Rock Gary.
Other online sportsbooks
Other books that are looking to join in on sports betting in Indiana include theScore (partnership TBD), Smarkets (Rising Star Casino Resort), and Penn Sports Interactive (Penn National).
How can you place a sports bet in Indiana?
Sports bettors can place a wager in Indiana in person at a retail sportsbook or via a mobile sportsbook. Both require the bettor to be at least 21 years of age and within state boundaries. Of course, if you’re placing a bet at a retail sportsbook, you’re going to need to physically go to the sportsbook and place the bet.
If you’re interested in placing a wager online, you simply need to be within state boundaries to do so. Under state regulations, Indiana’s mobile sportsbooks use geolocation technology to determine if a sports bettor is within state lines in order to be eligible to make a wager.
Bettors can sign up for an online sports betting account on a sportsbook’s website or the associated mobile app. In Indiana, bettors can also sign up for an online sports betting account at a brick-and-mortar location of the online sportsbook’s partner but doing so may forfeit the generous sign-up bonuses.
In order to register for a mobile or online sports betting account, bettors will need a form of payment, driver’s license or other state-issued identification, and date of birth.
Have the following materials and information handy when registering for an online sportsbook in Indiana:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of social security number
You’ll also want to have the information regarding any bonus or promotional code you plan on using at sign-up. Again, signing up at an online sportsbook’s brick-and-mortar location or the location of a casino partner may cause you to miss out on some of the lucrative bonuses available by signing up via online or mobile. As legal online sportsbooks fight for market share in new regions of regulated sports betting, customers can greatly benefit so take advantage of what’s on offer.
Indiana’s path to legal sports betting
Here is a brief summary of Indiana’s path to legal sports betting:
- PASPA is deemed unconstitutional in May 2018, leaving the decision up to individual states to legalize sports betting
- Early discussions begin in February 2019 about a massive gaming expansion bill that was primarily focused on relocating riverboat casinos, but also included sports betting
- The first standalone sports betting bill, SB439, was proposed and failed to get out of committee, but SB439 showed progress despite its failure
- After much debate and countless amendments, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 17-6 for SB552 on April 9, 2019, to be sent to the State House for discussion and eventual vote
- A repackaged offering of SB552 called bill H 1015 passes by a wide margin in both the Senate and House
- Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the bill into law, making Indiana the 10th state to legalize sports betting
- Governor places the first legal sports bet in Indiana on September 1, 2019, on the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl, Indiana Pacers to win the NBA Championship, and the Indiana Fever to win its WNBA game that night
- DraftKings and BetRivers online sportsbooks take their first bets on October 3, 2019
Indiana’s gambling history
In 1988, Indiana voters approved lifting a ban on gambling that dates back to 1851. The Indiana constitution had language that banned lotteries but did not expressly name casino-style gambling. Despite not particularly naming casino games, it was interpreted as such and required a vote to change the rules. Indiana voters approved the push for casinos by a 60% margin and Indiana acquired 350 acres of land for casinos to start building properties.
The first riverboat casino opened in 1993, soon followed by nine others open their doors in the early 1990s. The first land-based casino opened in 2004 in French Lick, IN. Further expansion continued in 2007 when the “Racino Law” passed, which allowed for the state’s racetracks to add 2,000 slot machines at their tracks.
The casino industry in Indiana is booming and has one Native American casino, two land-based casinos, two racinos, and nine riverboat casinos. This gives Indiana gamblers 13 options and shows true promise for a very busy sports betting industry to bloom.
Indiana sports betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes, sports betting is legal in Indiana. Sports betting became legal in Indiana in September 2019. Both retail and mobile/online sports betting is available, with online sports betting launching in October 2019.
When did sports betting become legal in Indiana?
The first retail brick-and-mortar sportsbooks began accepting bets on September 1, 2019. Mobile and online sportsbooks launched in October 2019.
Where can I place a sports bet in Indiana?
You can place an in-person sports bet in Indiana at one of the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos, racetracks, and off-track betting parlors. Indiana has 13 casinos/racinos. Mobile and online sports betting became available in October 2019 and there are several operators up and running, including BetRivers, DraftKings, and FanDuel.
How old does a bettor have to be in Indiana?
In order to place a legal sports bet in Indiana, the bettor must be at least 21 years of age.
Do I have to be in Indiana to place a sports bet online?
Yes, state regulations require that bettors are physically located within Indiana state boundaries in order to place a sports bet. Indiana’s mobile and sportsbooks use geolocation technology to determine if a sports bettor is within state lines in order to be eligible to make a wager.
What sports can I bet on?
Bettors can wager on all professional and collegiate sports, although there is no betting on esports or amateur athletes younger than 18.
What types of bets can I make at Indiana online sportsbooks?
There is a wide array of betting options in Indiana, including but not limited to:
- Moneyline: Moneyline betting on a certain team to win at varying odds depending on who is the favorite and who is the underdog.
- Point spread: A point spread bet uses a handicap to make the odds as even as possible. The favorite must win by a certain amount of points or the underdog can lose by a certain amount of points. For example, if the Indianapolis Colts are -5.5 on the point spread, they must win by 6 or more points to “cover” and the bet to be a winner.
- Over/under: An over/under bet, also known as a totals bet, is a bet on the total amount of points scored by teams in a match. If the total is set in the Indiana Pacers game at 205.5 and the total amount of points scored by both the Pacers and the opponent is 206 or more, the over bet would win.
- Prop betting: Prop betting can vary widely. Prop betting is short for “proposition betting” and includes wagers not tied to the outcome of a sporting event. There are season-long props, game props, and player props. For example, you can place a wager for Colts running back Marlon Mack to score a touchdown, or you can place a bet on the number of points for Victor Oladipo in an NBA game.
- Parlays: A parlay is when you combine two or more bets into one bet. This increases the odds for a bigger payout but it also makes the wager harder to win because there are multiple legs that must all win for the overall parlay bet to win. A parlay is an all-or-nothing bet, so if one leg of the parlay loses, the whole parlay loses.
- Futures: A futures bet is one placed on an outcome that will be settled further down the road. The money is bet on the current odds and is locked in until the final outcome is settled. Future bets are usually placed on eventual Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship, or Stanley Cup winners early or even before the season begins.
- Teasers: Teasers are parlays where bettors use alternate, more favorable lines at somewhat reduced odds.
Indiana sports betting laws and regulations
- HB 1015 signed into law in May 2019
- Mobile and online sports betting available
- Retail sports betting launch date of September 1, 2019
- Mobile and online sports betting launch date of October 3, 2019
- $100,000 initial fee for operators
- $50,000 annual renewal fee for operators
- 9.5% tax rate
- 3.3% of tax revenue dedicated to helping problem gamblers
- In-person registration not required for mobile and online sports betting