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Legal Sports Betting in Indiana

Daniel Smyth
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Sports betting in Indiana is legal, both online and in-person, but exactly where can you bet on sports? This article outlines your option as a bettor, with recommendations and tips on how to get started.

Online betting websites in Indiana

Mobile and online sports wagering is available across the whole state of Indiana. There are eight online sportsbooks available in Indiana bettors can choose from:

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Remote registration is allowed for these sites, but you will have to be located inside of Indiana’s borders if you want to use them to bet real money on sports.

Sports betting venues where in-person betting is available

Bettors can place single and multiway wagers at licensed casinos, racinos, and off-tracking betting parlors.

This means, in effect, that there are sportsbooks located in all 13 commercial gambling establishments in Indiana. So far, the casinos you can bet on sports in Indiana are as follows:

  • Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville
  • Ameristar Casino in East Chicago
  • Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg
  • Winners Circle in Downtown Indianapolis 
  • Winners Circle in Clarksville
  • Winners Circle in New Haven
  • Horseshoe Hammond Casino
  • Bluechip Casino in Michigan City
  • French Lick Casino in French Lick
  • Belterra Casino in Florence 
  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson
  • Tropicana Evansville Casino
  • Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino

Sports betting options and age restrictions

The only restrictions in terms of what customers can bet on will be eSports and amateur events where the participants are under the age of 18. Additionally, there may be some restrictions on in-play betting.

The NCAA can submit a request to the Indiana Gaming Commission to ban in-play betting on certain events. If they do so ahead of time, and the IGC accepts that request, then you may be limited on your betting opportunities for that game.

How did Sports Betting become legal in Indiana?

With the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) no longer a barrier to entry, Indiana became the tenth US state to regulate sports betting. Although it took slightly longer than the likes of New Jersey and Nevada, Hoosier country is now a hotbed for regulated bookmakers.

Just days after Montana became the first US state to legalize sports betting in 2019, Indiana jumped on the bandwagon. Having shown its intent to offer regulated sportsbooks since the close of 2018, the Hoosier State is now part of the ever-growing network of US betting hubs.

What’s interesting about the legislative shift is that it was almost inevitable. After the Legislature passed a sports betting bill on April 25, 2019, it was virtually a done deal. Although the bill was sent to Governor Eric Holcomb for review, it ultimately didn’t need his signature.

Publishing a statement hours after signing the bill, the Governor said new sports betting laws would allow Indiana to remain competitive with its neighbors and, in turn, bolster the local economy.

2018: Preparing for PASPA

Even before PASPA was struck down in May 2018, Indiana sports betting talks had already started. With many assuming intrastate sports betting would become a reality, an initial draft of HB1015 received its first reading in January.

As PASPA fell, amendments from both chambers saw the bill make its way through the legislative process. One of the major sticking points was the issues of mobile sports betting. Initially on the table, then taken off due to concerns over security, provisions for mobile betting eventually made it into the final copy of Indiana’s sports betting bill.

2019: Leading up to the launch in September

Following a period of inactivity during the first three months of 2019, the final version of the bill passed a Senate vote by a margin of 37-12 and a House vote by 59-36.

Governor Eric Holcomb finally gave his approval on May 8 and Indiana officially launched on September 1, 2019.

Three different casinos opened their sportsbooks that day. The very first bet was placed by Governor Holcomb at the Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville. Since then more and more gambling facilities in Indiana have begun to accept sports bets at their retail locations.

Governor Holcomb
Governor Holcomb places the first sports bet in Indiana.

The first online sports betting apps in Indiana launched just one month after the first land-based sportsbooks opened. DraftKings Sportsbook and BetRivers were the initial online operators, but FanDuel Sportsbook joined the online marketplace only a couple of weeks afterward.  

Indiana Sports Betting FAQ

What is the legal sports betting age in Indiana?

To bet on sports at Indiana’s best sportsbooks, you have to at least 21-years-old.

Do I have to go to a casino to register for sports betting app?

No. In-person registration is not required to use a sports betting app in Indiana. You will still need to provide proof that you are above the legal age to bet on sports.

How do I download sports betting apps?

The first place to check for mobile sports betting apps in Indiana is through the Apple App Store or the Google Play store if you’re using an Android device. If they are not available on those platforms you can always download the app directly from the sportsbook’s website.

Can I bet on the Purdue Boilermakers?

As long as you are above the age of 21 and you are not a student, faculty member, or administrator at the university then yes, you can bet on the Purdue Boilermakers. The rules against betting on Purdue were set by the university itself and not by lawmakers. There is a chance this rule can be challenged in court or be changed in the future.

Who is in charge of overseeing sports betting in Indiana?

The Indiana Gaming Commission is the state agency that approves sports betting licenses and regulates the industry in Indiana.