Sports betting is legal and live in Indiana. On May 8, 2019, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed bill H 1015, allowing 13 brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for licenses.
Those casinos have moved fast, and the first retail sportsbooks in the Hoosier State opened Sept. 1, 2019, just in time for the NFL season. This is only the first of many opportunities to bet on sports in Indiana.
On this page, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to Indiana sports betting. We also include a list of Indiana’s pro league teams, sportsbook venues reviews and a preview of how online sports betting in Indiana will work.
Online sportsbooks and sports betting apps in Indiana are set to launch in October 2019. Major sportsbooks brands including:
will partner with local casinos to provide legal sports betting for bettors within the state borders of Indiana. Official launch dates will be announced shortly.
There are 14 riverboat, land-based and tribal venues that could eventually host live sportsbooks in Indiana.
We expect many venues to partner with known brands for their live books, as well as for their sports betting apps and websites.
The first sportsbooks in the state opened at the following properties:
Since then, more properties integrated regulated wagering:
Additionally, two properties (Majestic Star Casino and Rising Star Casino Resort) received temporary licenses, while Four Winds Casino South Bend has yet to be authorized.
In states where online sports betting is already live, partnerships are the usual format.
Instead of developing sports betting websites and apps from scratch, casinos team up with existing operators.
In turn, many big gambling companies, domestic and international, are keen to grow their brands as the states regulate gambling. These include many names that will already be familiar in Indiana, e.g., FanDuel.
Here is a list of the partnerships developed in Indiana:
You’ll have two ways to access online sportsbooks in Indiana.
All sports betting sites will offer wagers through a website. These will work on desktops and mobile devices with the display automatically resizing for your screen.
Sports betting apps are available in other states. While Android apps will be available from the get-go, Apple requires gambling apps to be recoded using its programming language. This new requirement means delays for iPhone and iPad users.
To place a bet, you’ll need to follow these steps:
It is important to take advantage of bonuses, comp schemes and promotions. We cover this more in-depth after these practical steps.
No sportsbook benefits from making the registration process difficult.
You can set up an account from either the website or the apps. Since there will be bonus offers available, books do restrict you to a single account per person or household.
As part of the registration process, you’ll typically need to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. This is to protect minors, which is part of the responsible gambling policies of the online sportsbooks. Bettors need to be at least 21 years or older to gamble in Indiana.
You won’t be able to place a bet or deposit from outside of Indiana state lines. Geolocation technology works well by combining IP and WiFi data. If there is any doubt about your location, or you use a proxy/VPN, you will not be able to place bets.
The next step is to fund your sports betting account.
Free bets are an attractive incentive in other states, so you may experience delays if you hit an early win.
The main advantage of legal, safe and regulated online betting sites is that you can use mainstream payment options. These include credit cards, bank transfers and even cash. Here are the main categories:
Debit or Credit Cards: You can use debit or credit cards to make a deposit. Most sportsbooks will welcome Visa and Mastercard, while a few will allow Discover cards or even Amex. In other states, some gambling companies offer a branded prepaid card. You can fund these cards from your bank and use them for instant deposits and fast withdrawals. Prepaid Visa gift cards are an alternative, too.
Cash: A brick-and-mortar casino will license each online sportsbook in Indiana. This means there are casino cages available for cash deposits. If you are nearby, this is a quick and easy way of getting your money on board and your winnings out again. This method is not the only option for cash deposits. PayNearMe is a payment option that uses the cashier desk at 7-Eleven convenience stores. Money orders are also in this category.
Bank Transfers: Options for making direct transfers from your bank have expanded beyond the old-fashioned bank wires. These days, e-checks (also called ACH transfers) are a popular option. This method is the electronic equivalent of a paper check. If you get pre-verified, you can use this process to fund your betting account instantly. In fact, you can also use it for withdrawals. Bill pay may also be an option at larger banks. You can pay your utility bills and fund your betting account using the same system.
Electronic Wallets: This broad category includes third-party payment systems, which for extra security. The best-known example is PayPal. E-wallets do have fees, which many bettors are content paying in exchange for the protection and ability to keep their bank and gambling money separate. Other commonly accepted brands are Skrill and Neteller. You can use e-wallets for withdrawals and deposits.
Once you register and fund your account, you’ll be ready to place your first bet.
While the apps and websites have differences in their menus, the designs follow the same principals.
You’ll find three primary columns; here is what they contain:
There are other areas to watch on sports betting websites.
These pages include your account information, the cashier, bonuses and promotions.
It is important to keep an eye on the promotions page. You will never know when a game that you were planning on betting on will offer a special boost or insurance promotion.
Indiana is lucky enough to represent at the highest level in both basketball and football.
There are many minor league and collegiate teams. Naturally, a lot of the money bet at live and online sportsbooks will be on the home teams.
Below is an overview of the main teams, their locations and how you’ll be able to bet on them:
Other sports teams that play in minor professional leagues in Indiana include the following:
Women’s professional teams are also well represented. These include FC Indiana (soccer) and Indiana Fever (basketball).
The number of sports available is greater than at DFS sites, which includes major leagues, collegiate sports, international events and more niche sports.
Major League Action: NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB are the biggest attractions when it comes to betting. You’ll be able to bet on all the conferences and divisions. College leagues and international leagues, eg., EuroLeague basketball, are also available.
Soccer: UK and European leagues, World Cup, MLS and leagues from around the world are covered. The depth of coverage, e.g., the international minor leagues, varies between the books.
Major Individual Sports: This category includes golf and tennis, which the majors receive significant coverage. Also, a lot of minor tours have a following. Boxing, MMA and motorsports are also popular.
Niche Sports: Many sports that are relatively unknown domestically are popular elsewhere. These include cricket, which is the world’s second-most popular sport (after soccer), rugby and Aussie Rules football.
There are some restrictions for bettors in Indiana. These include esports, which is specifically mentioned in the latest bill. Sports that have participants younger than 18 years are also excluded.
So far, this page has taken you through the process of registering, depositing and choosing a sport. Your next step is to decide what kind of bet to place.
You can bet on the outcome of a single match, or link several together in a multiples bet, e.g., a parlay. You can place bets on the performance of individual players, e.g., props, time periods within a match or even the results of an entire season.
Here are the main types of bet, along with a short description:
Live, in-play betting will be available at the new online sportsbooks. This type of wager will allow you to place many types of bets as the action unfolds. Data feeds will change the odds in real-time, allowing you to double down on winning positions or maybe hedge against a reversal of your original wager.
Once you nail down the process of placing a bet, you can focus on maximizing the benefits. With a long list of significant brand sportsbooks waiting to enter Indiana, many great offers will be available.
Offers from Indiana online sportsbooks can be divided into four broad types:
Indiana was an early mover in licensing brick-and-mortar casinos.
In 1993, the current framework for riverboat and land-based casinos came to be, along with racetracks and off-track betting (OTB) offices.
Prior to this, the state lottery was the only legal gambling option in Indiana, which began in 1976.
All that changed in 2019.
On April 25, the Indiana Legislature passed act H 1015. This bill expanded casino gambling and made sports betting legal, both live and online. Gov. Holcomb signed the bill on May 8.
This act gave holders of existing gambling licenses the right to open sportsbooks after Sept. 1. It also set up a licensing framework for online sports betting apps.
Here are the ways the Indiana sports betting legislation is different from other states:
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites were made legal in 2016. Bill S 335 was signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence.
Indiana is one of a handful of states that explicitly legalized DFS contests online.
In most states, these games are assumed legal, though they are not regulated or taxed. Big brands, including DraftKings and FanDuel, welcomed the law in 2016.
These contests involve picking lineups within salary caps and then challenging lineups chosen by other participants. There are individual contests, tournaments and many variations, e.g., where half the field gets double their money.
FanDuel and DraftKings offer sports betting sites in other states.
Indiana has racetracks, OTB offices and participates in simulcast betting with tracks across the country.
Indiana bettors can bet at established horse race betting sites, including BetAmerica and TVG. These sites operate under advanced deposit wagering laws and are not part of the sports betting setup in Indiana. When you bet on horses, you’ll be participating in the same pari-mutuel pools and people at the tracks.
The horse racing site, BetAmerica, offers sports betting in other states.
There’s no time like the present, as four properties debuted retail sportsbooks Sept. 1. Others have joined in just in time for the NFL betting season. Online sports betting is looking like it will debut in October.
The licensing process got started in July, as 13 casino and off-track betting properties were issued temporary sports wagering licenses by the IGC.
Casino properties had to first go through an application process, construct physical sportsbooks, test betting technology, among other tedious requirements before anything begins.
Should the licensing process not exclude any casino properties, there are potentially 13 locations that will have sports betting.
Additionally, as written, bets can also be placed at racinos and off-track betting satellite facilities.
There is also one Native American casino, Four Winds South Bend, that could potentially be home to a sportsbook.
No, you can be either a resident or a visitor. Online sportsbooks and betting apps will use geolocation technology to determine that players are within state lines.
Yes–eventually. The law included mobile wagering, but it’s likely that retail sports betting will begin first, and mobile will follow later.
Mobile bettors won’t have to first register in person–everything can be done online or through apps.
For the most part, any and all types of bets found in New Jersey, and the other states with sports betting, will most likely be offered in Indiana.
Although, it should be noted the Indian Gaming Commission will have the final say on live in-play betting. This means there may or may not be limited bets to place during college and professional games.
Some of the most common bets are:
As the bill is written now, Yes, you can bet an any and all Indiana sports teams including some of the more popular options like:
The state has over 24 total NCAA D-I, II, and III college athletic programs.
You can bet on anything, including college sports and international sports, but these are just a few of the sports that will be offered:
Unfortunately, in-play betting on NCAA sports is prohibited.
Sara Slane, former senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association (AGA) issued a statement in May praising Indian’s efforts to get a bill passed.
“Indiana is one step closer to reaping the benefits of legal, regulated sports betting with a framework founded on a sensible tax rate and free from unnecessary league fees or carveouts,” Slane said.
‘This bill enables convenience like mobile wagering and a safe alternative to the pervasive illegal market for the millions of Hoosiers who are already betting on sports,” she said.
Bettors must 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
We saw the first live sportsbooks open in Indiana when the calendar flipped to September, and the next phase is for mobile betting to begin.
With a licensing framework in place, the first websites and apps (plus partnerships between IN casinos and the brands) are sure to be announced soon.
With few restrictions, bettors in the Hoosier State will be able to place bets on pro and college leagues, as well as international matches. Only esports, and junior contests are currently restricted.
The major brands are sure to compete for your business when the online sports betting goes live. You should take advantage of free bet (no-deposit) bonuses and other promotions while you find the book that is right for you.