Operators in Indiana wasted no time, opening three retail sportsbooks on Sept. 1, the opening day for legal retail sports betting, and online sportsbooks are right behind. French Lick Resort’s mobile offering is set to launch tomorrow, the first day for legal online sportsbooks.
Just one month past opening day, 13 of the 14 Hoosier State casino, racino and OTB operators that sought licensing from the Indiana Gaming Commission have opened brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, with Rising Star Casino Resort still working on the launch of its retail BetAmerica offering.
Indiana will be the seventh U.S. state to offer mobile sports wagering when French Lick, in partnership with sports betting heavyweight Rush Street Interactive, goes live with its mobile app.
How quickly the other online sportsbooks follow French Lick’s lead is up in the air for now, but if the state’s progress so far is any indication, it’s probably safe to say that French Lick won’t be the sole online sports betting operator in the Hoosier State for long.
William Hill, Caesars Entertainment and FanDuel already have retail sportsbooks in the state. BetAmerica will have a retail presence in Indiana as well, once Rising Star opens its brick and mortar sportsbook.
IGC has already approved DraftKings to operate its mobile app for Ameristar Casino East Chicago, part of the blockbuster deal between Penn National, the parent company of Ameristar, with DraftKings, Kambi, PointsBet and The Stars Group, among others, in July.
European bet exchange leader Smarkets partnered with Full House Resorts to launch its proprietary SBK mobile app in the state, as well.
Rush Street spreads into fourth U.S. state
Indiana will not only be Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive’s third online sports betting market, it will be the third consecutive time it has been first to launch mobile apps in nascent sports betting markets.
Rush Street opened its first retail sportsbook in New York’s Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady and also operates French Lick Resort’s retail sportsbook in Indiana.