Indiana Debuts Online Sports Betting With Two Sportsbooks

Posted on October 4, 2019 - Last Updated on February 20, 2020

Indiana has joined the ranks of states with online/mobile sports betting with not one, but two operators debuting on the same day. First up was the BetRivers Sportsbook via Rush Street Interactive. Yesterday, Rush Street, in partnership with French Lick Casino, helped the Hoosier State became the seventh to introduce customers to online sports betting.

DraftKings, by way of Ameristar East Chicago and in partnership with Penn National Gaming, also launched mobile operations. Customers can now place wagers with DraftKings in five different states.

Now that Indiana has managed to not only introduce retail sports betting but also mobile operations, pressure shifts to neighboring states like Illinois to produce a product of their own.

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With the addition of Indiana, customers can now place wagers with DraftKings in the following states:

Although sports betting in New York and Mississippi is retail only, DraftKings has managed to quickly become one of the most popular sports betting brands in the US.

DraftKings runs retail operations at Del Lago Resort in New York and Scarlet Peal casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Additionally, DraftKings expects to expand its sports betting portfolio in November by running the mobile sportsbook for Meadows Casino in Pennsylvania.

Impact of online sports betting elsewhere

Since the downfall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), online sports betting is now available in seven different states.

States like New Jersey and Pennsylvania continue to reap the benefits of mobile wagering. DraftKings was instrumental in launching online sports betting in the Garden State, where it was successful in taking the very first wagers. Now, a little over 80 percent of all bets are taking place online in New Jersey.

This significant detail continues to forcing lawmakers in other states to include mobile wagering when crafting legislation. In Indiana, the hope is to see similar results as New Jersey, before states like Illinois can get a product off the ground. Another critical factor for Indiana sports betting is customers are not required to register online accounts in-person.

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Next steps for Indiana sports betting

Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, told Legal Sports Report more operators are expected to come online in the coming months.

“There will probably be one more likely to launch in October, but I think that’s still a few weeks off,” she said.

Indiana currently has 13 sportsbooks up and running.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago, writing about local politics, and in Washington, D.C., covering the expanding gambling industry. Now back in Chicago, he continues to write about the emerging sports betting market with a focus on the Midwest. Originally from West Texas, he graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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