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Indiana Inches Closer to Legal Sports Betting Reality


The Indiana Gaming Commission moved closer to the opening of legal sportsbooks at licensed retail gambling locations on Tuesday with the release of all sporting events state bettors will be able to place wagers on.

Along with football, basketball, baseball and hockey, residents of the Hoosier State will also be able to place legal bets on less popular sporting events such as professional bowling and cricket, among others.

The Indiana legislature passed House Bill 1015 on April 25 and Governor Eric Holcomb approved the bill in early May.

September 1 is the first day sports betting will be legal in Indiana, just in time for the fall football season, but some state officials have expressed doubts about the ability of temporary permit holders to launch sportsbooks by that date.

Mobile sports betting, also legal in Indiana, is expected to go live in 2020.

On the agenda

The IGC issued temporary licenses for legal sports betting at ten of the state’s 12 casinos, as well as three off-track betting sites, in July. The temporary permits allow for the launching of in-person legal sportsbooks before the Commission is able to finalize and adopt legal sports betting rules and regulations, and can consider granting applications for full licenses.

The IGC is scheduled to adopt its sports betting regulations at its August 28 meeting. A draft version of the rules was published earlier this month. Public comment is being accepted on the proposed regulations through Aug. 1.

Caesars Entertainment announced plans to add sportsbooks to its Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville, Harrah’s Hoosier Park casino in Anderson, Horseshoe Southern Indiana in southeastern Indiana and Horseshoe Hammond in northwestern Indiana, as well as its Winner’s Circle off-track betting facility in downtown Indianapolis, and two additional OTB locations in Clarksville and New Haven.

Other facilities to receive temporary permits include Penn National Gaming’s Ameristar Casino East. Boyd Gaming’s Belterra Casino Resort and Blue Chip Casino and French Lick Resort and Hollywood Casino.

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