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Indiana Opens Doors to Sports Betting

Sports betting is now legal in the state of Indiana. The “Hoosier State” officially launched sports betting on Sunday, September 1 joining Iowa as the only other state in the Midwest that offers sports betting.

The state of Indiana and the Indiana Gaming Commission have been working feverishly of late to ensure that sports betting would be up and running before the start of the 2019 NFL season. Sports betting fans in Indiana did miss out on the chance to bet on week 1 of the college football season but can take advantage of this opportunity for week two.

Indiana had hoped to become the first state in the Midwest to launch sports betting, but Iowa beat them to the punch by less than a month. There is a wide range of sports and events that are open to betting in Indiana, but high school or amateur sports are not included in this bill. All sports betting must be done in-person at one of the approved and licensed casinos or race tracks throughout the state.

Technically, mobile betting became legal on Sunday as well, but the Indiana Gaming Commission has not approved any locations to offer this service.

Ceremonies and Celebrations Aplenty

There were big celebrations and ceremonies planned at several of the approved locations throughout the state, but the biggest celebration involved the governor himself.

Eric Holcomb made the first legal bet in the state of Indiana at he did so at Grand Racing Casino in the city of Shelbyville. Holcomb placed a trio of $10 bets, and they all included profession teams from the state of Indiana. He placed bets on the Pacers to win the NBA Championship, the Colts to win the Super Bowl, and the Fever to win the WNBA Championship. The governor told the audience that any winnings from these bets would be donated to organizations or charities throughout the state. Other casinos have similar type celebrations, with a chosen person placing the first bets at their casino or race track.

Where Can you bet on Sports in Indianapolis?

There are 13 locations that have been approved and granted a license to offer sports betting in the state of Indiana. These locations include ten casinos and three off-track betting facilities. Here is a complete list of approved betting locations in the Hoosier State:

  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Anderson
  • Ameristar, East Chicago
  • Tropicana Evansville Casino
  • Belterra Casino Resort, Florence
  • Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City
  • Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, Shelbyville
  • Horseshoe Casino, Hammond
  • Blue Sky Casino in French Lick
  • Horseshoe Southern Indiana Riverboat Casino, Elizabeth
  • Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg
  • Winner’s Circle off-track betting locations: New Haven, Indianapolis, Clarksville

Several of these locations have reportedly applied for a license to offer mobile/online betting, but the Indiana Gaming Commission is still trying to go through all of the applications.

It’s unclear when mobile betting will be approved and up and running in the state of Indiana, but it likely won’t be until 2020. Indiana is hoping to draw some customers from the state of Illinois, as they have yet to launch sports betting despite making it legal in May.

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