Indiana Sports Betting 2019
If you want to legally bet on sports, you don’t have to leave Indiana. You can now bet with regulated sportsbooks in-person at physical locations in the state or bet from anywhere within its borders using licensed sportsbooks platforms online.
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Guide To Online Sportsbooks Indiana
Indiana legalized sports betting in May 2019 when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill passed by the state’s legislature approving in-person bets at sportsbook locations, as well as bets placed with licensed providers online.
Sports betting in Indiana began in September 2019 to take advantage of the NFL and college football seasons starting. Bettors can place wagers in person at sportsbooks in Indiana’s casinos and other betting sites.
The state has more than a dozen casinos eligible to apply for a sports betting license. Each approved application will warrant these casinos to each offer three different “skins” — or brands. That means there can be three separate online sportsbooks for each licensed provider.
Under Indiana’s sports betting law, each licensed provider will have every wager taxed at a rate of 9.5 percent. Although 3.3 % of that will go to assist those suffering from problem gambling, the rest goes into the state’s coffers.
Indiana launched mobile sports betting on Oct. 3. Mobile sports bets can be placed through French Lick Casino’s sportsbook run by Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive. More options are coming — nearly all of the state’s casinos are planning to launch their own mobile gaming platforms. When that happens, any eligible player age 21 or older within the state’s borders will be able to bet online with their favorite sportsbooks.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Indiana?
Yes, sports betting is legal in Indiana. Legislation passed in 2019 was signed into law in May. It allowed Indiana-based casinos to accept sports wagers, which they did in September. Mobile sports betting was launched in early October.
With the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, Indiana began the process of adding legal gambling. This guide will show players how to find the right online sportsbook in Indiana, which markets and events are available and how mobile betting is revolutionizing the industry.
Sports betting in Indiana is regulated by the Indiana Gaming Commission.
What to Consider When Choosing Indiana Betting Sites
There will be more options in the near future. So, what will separate the best Indiana betting sites from the rest?
- User Experience
Some gambling brands offer sites and apps that work well, are easy to use and look good. Others don't. Just like in any other industry, some companies are concerned about user experience, while others simply don’t. You should take some time to navigate the online betting sites and apps available in Indiana to see which ones appeal to you.
- Odds and Markets
Why sign up for a sportsbook if it doesn't offer the sports or markets you want to bet on? Make sure you research sportsbooks before placing bets. For example, make sure Indiana sportsbooks offer odds for horse racing in Europe and Australia or on international soccer leagues. Also knowing the team-based and player props the sportsbook operates can be crucial, too. Don’t register if you don't find the betting options you want.
- Promotions and Bonuses
We all like something for free and that's what's behind welcome bonuses and promotions that Indiana betting sites offer. There are certain wagering requirements, but bonus funds, free bets and more promotions are available to new customers at Indiana sportsbooks.
Indiana Online Sportsbooks and Their Partners
Here are Indiana’s online sportsbooks and their land-based casino partners:
|French Lick Resort||Approved||Rush Street Interactive|
|Hollywood Casino||Awaiting||William Hill|
|Rising Star Casino||Awaiting||TBD|
Gambling in Indiana
The state of Indiana legalizes sports betting within its borders. The law passed makes wagering legal in-person at a licensed sportsbook as well as any betting made with its mobile apps or online sportsbook.
Indiana passes a law officially legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports in the state, enabling DFS customers to continue using sites online but without fear of their access to the service being denied by the state.
Indiana amends its casino laws to allow the state’s riverboat casinos to move into land-based facilities to make them more competitive with casinos located in other states.
The state grants race tracks to offer slot machine gaming on their property, which converts the facilities installing slot machines into Indiana’s first racinos.
Indiana amends its constitution to clarify its language to specifically include online gaming. This essentially outlaws all online gaming within the state.
Hoosier Park is established, where many visitors participate in parimutuel simulcast betting as well as place off-track bets.
Indiana legalizes parimutuel betting, which sets the stage for parimutuel betting facilities to open for business in the years to follow.
Voters in the state pass an amendment to the state’s constitution to lift the ban on lottery games. The Hoosier Lottery is established and goes on sale in October.
A ban on lottery games is included in the 1851 Indiana Constitution. The state’s constitution has been skeptical of gaming since its founding.