If Americans were asked about their associations with Indiana, most would probably mention cornfields, basketball, or the Indianapolis 500. The Hoosier State has long been a cornerstone of the Midwest, albeit an overlooked one.
So it may come as a surprise that Indiana has emerged as an expanding area for gambling in 2019. The presence of Chicago as an economic driver alone is enough to justify the state’s push forward.
In fact, much of the state’s northwest corner exists in service to the Windy City in neighboring Illinois. The combination of Chicago, Cincinnati, Ohio to the northeast, and Indiana’s own largest city, Indianapolis, provides the Hoosier State with plenty of opportunity for collecting gambling dollars.
Sports betting in Indiana
Though Indiana legalized sports betting just a couple of months ago, the first retail sportsbooks opened within months. Beginning Sept. 1 and on, sportsbooks launched at the following properties:
- Ameristar Casino East Chicago
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Indiana Grand Shelbyville
- Winner’s Circle Indianapolis
- Horseshoe Hammond Casino
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana
- Tropicana Evansville
Many more sportsbooks are expected to unroll throughout the rest of 2019.
DFS in Indiana
It may come as a surprise to some, but Indiana is a very progressive state when it comes to daily fantasy sports. The Hoosier State was one of the very first in the country to legalize DFS play.
All the way back in 2016, Gov. Mike Pence – yes, that Mike Pence – signed S 339 into law. The law fully legalized daily fantasy sports and even went so far as to designate DFS as not a gaming activity under Indiana law.
Ironically, the passage of the law had a bit of a chilling effect on the availability of DFS options in the state. The law called for potential operators to pay a $50,000 fee in order to secure a permit to do business in Indiana.
Naturally, the larger operators, like DraftKings and FanDuel, had no problem paying such a price. However, it was the smaller-scale organizations that suddenly found Indiana DFS to be financially untenable.
Nevertheless, Indianans can play fantasy sports to their hearts’ content. Between DraftKings, FanDuel, and some other larger operators, there will always be plenty of options in the Hoosier State.