Online Betting in
Indiana

The Hoosier State is fast establishing itself as the gambling capital of the Midwest.

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Online sports betting legal in Indiana

ONLINE SPORTS BETTING IN INDIANA

Indiana, may only have 6.6 million people, but it more than punches above its weight when it comes to sports and gambling.

The state is represented in both the NBA and NFL as well as being the home of Indy 500.

With fourteen casinos, two racetracks and a state lottery since the 80s it is part of the US's gambling royalty.

Unlike some other states, including Nevada, that have an established gambling scene, Indiana has been particularly open with its legislation.

As of late 2019, the state has welcomed three major sportsbooks, DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers.

DraftKings is by far the most popular online sportsbook in the Hoosier state. In October 2019 they posted a $39.4 million handle, compared to BetRivers at $6.3 million and FanDuel with $2.4 million.

A lot of the profit recorded by the state actually comes from the bordering states, where online sports betting is not yet legal. Many Chicago residents make the trip across the border on game day.

Frequently asked questions about sports betting in IN

With a long history of gambling, expectations are high in the state if Indiana.

When will sports betting be legal in Indiana?

It is legal! On September 1st 2019 sports betting was legalised in Indiana.

when will sports betting start in Indiana?

It already has, but online sports betting is yet to get underway. We are expecting it to be up and running in early 2020.

What sportsbooks are there in Indiana?

At the moment there are no dedicated sportsbooks. New sportsbooks will have to partner with existing casinos

Can you bet on sports at Indiana Grand Casino?

Yes. Indiana Grand Casino now offers sports betting.

Online Sports Betting in Indiana

History was made on September the 1st 2019 when the first sportsbooks were launched in the state. So far, there are only a couple of sportsbooks online; Draftkings and BetRivers but by early 2020 we expect it to a list of over ten sportsbooks.

The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates the sports betting market in the state.

As it stands they only allow a sportsbook to launch if they are partnered with an existing casino. This is common practice in states where there is an established gambling industry. It helps to channel revenue back into state-based companies.

DraftKings Sportsbook Indiana

DraftKings, the fantasy sports provider was the first sportsbook to launch an app in Indiana. The sportsbook currently tops our best sportsbook list in 2019. The sportsbook currently dominates the market in Indiana. At first glance, this can seem strange considering FanDuel, the countries largest online sportsbook, with a similar background as a fantasy sports operator, is also active in the state. However, it makes sense when you realize that Draftkings was up and running first, and that really matters in the early stages.

The sportsbook was eager to get up and running before the NFL season got underway.

Football is the most popular sport in the Hoosier State and with the Indiana Colts representing the state in the NFL, it was a smart move by DraftKings. In fact, 45% of the state's betting handle in October 2019 came from football bets.

We find they offer an excellent service. Their in-play selection is a little restricted in the state, but that is down to legislation rather than their offering. We are especially impressed with how they have catered to the local market, with a wide selection of bets available for the Indy 500.

Indiana sports betting law

The current law is relatively unrestrictive in comparison to other states. In Nevada, for example, legislation insists that customers deposit, withdraw and sign- up in person. Indiana, which also has an established casino and sportsbook industry, has been more modern in its approach.

In Indiana you can:

  • Bet in person, or online on sports anywhere in the state.
  • Wager on your mobile.
  • Deposit and withdraw at sportsbooks online.
  • Sign up to a sportsbook online.

As it stands, for a sportsbook to launch in Indiana they have to partner with an existing casino.

This is why there has been a small delay in sportsbooks being able to launch their services. There are 14 casinos and 2 racetracks for US-based sportsbooks to partner up with. However, it can take a few months before they are able to come to an agreement with casinos. They also have to foot a $70,000 annual license fee.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers

Indiana Sports Betting Trends

Indiana is home to 6.6 million people. The state is mad for its sports with football, basketball and motor racing the most popular.

They are represented by two major professional sports teams: the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) and the Indiana Pacers (NBA).

Football is the runaway winner so far when it comes to sports bets placed in the state.

Gambling itself runs through the veins of Indiana, with a large number of bricks and mortar casinos, riverboat casinos and two racetracks. The industry had been declining in recent years, which explains the states relatively swift decision to legalise sports betting after the PASPA was removed at a national level in 2018.

Indiana Sports teams

Sports betting licenses

Indiana, like many other states, requires sportsbooks to partner with an existing casino in order to obtain a license. This is a way to retain some control over the online sports betting market. The three sportsbooks which have already set up shop in the state have partnered with the following casinos:

  • Draftkings operates under the Ameristar Casino license
  • BetRivers operates under the French Lick Resort license
  • FanDuel operates under the Blue Chip Casino

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