The state of Indiana unveiled mobile sports betting on Thursday to the delight of sports betting fans all across the Hoosier State. The launch of mobile or online betting comes just a little more than a month that sports betting was launched throughout the state. With the launch of mobile betting, Indiana becomes the eighth state in the United States to offer legal online sports betting options. They might be the final state to go live with mobile betting in 2019, but there are a number of states set to join the party in 2020.
At this time, there are only a pair of online sportsbooks that are up and running, but that is expected to change in the very near future. BetRivers.com was the first online sportsbook to launch in the state, but it quickly got some company in the marketplace. BetRivers.com is owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive, which is a Chicago-based company.
DraftKings wasted very little time in joining the mobile sports betting market in Indiana, just as it has done in several other states across the country. DraftKings is a company based out of Boston, and it is one of the biggest and best sportsbooks in the country.
They will likely become the most popular online sportsbook in Indiana, but they will get some competition from other sites before too long.
There are currently 13 land-based locations that are accepting sports bets throughout the state of Indiana. At the time of launch, there were just three ready to begin accepting wagers, but the other sportsbooks got on board in a hurry. There are plans for several of these casinos to offer mobile/online wagering, but all of them would have to be approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission.
Easier Access Including Chicagoland Residents
Residents of Indiana have been waiting for this day to come for quite some time, but sports betting fans in Illinois are excited as well. The city of Chicago is just across the border from the state of Indiana, and parts of Indiana are included as part of the Chicagoland area. A lot of people who live in Chicago or close to the border either work or travel in the state of Indiana often, and they will now be able to bet on sports as well.
The new mobile app guidelines simply require that location services be enabled on the mobile device, and bets can be placed anytime that you are within state borders.
The state of Illinois is planning on launching sports betting in the future as well, but they continue to delay the process. Indiana will gladly take the extra revenue that comes from Chicagoland residents by including them as part of their new law.
Mobile betting makes things much easier for a large group of people, and other states have proven to make a ton of money by legalizing it. Sports betting was a huge hit in the casinos in the “Hoosier State,” but it’s going to go up a whole new level now that bettors can now place wagers from their phones or other mobile devices.