Indiana is a bona fide sports betting state. By virtue of the passage of H 1015 in May 2019, Indiana’s casinos gained the ability to offer both online and retail wagering on sporting events.
September 2019 marked the beginning of the sports betting era in earnest. By the end of the month, most of Indiana’s retail casinos had opened sportsbooks.
The following month, the first online sportsbook launched its operations. DraftKings Sportsbook received the first wager through its app in October 2019.
So, it is quite the time for Indiana sports bettors. Below is a handy guide to all things sports betting in the Hoosier State.
Online sportsbooks are open for business in Indiana. As of October 2019, there are several options for placing a wager through a mobile device or computer in the Hoosier State. So far, Indiana sports bettors can bet on the following apps:
This list will continue to grow as more companies find their way to Indiana. Here are some other sports betting companies likely to launch an app:
Make sure to check back frequently with this page, as the list of open online sports betting sites will only grow. New sites mean new bonuses, so it’s important not to miss out.
You have two ways to access online sportsbooks in Indiana – desktop or mobile.
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 a convenient and easy option to place a bet online. 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 Indiana 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:
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.
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 the best Indiana online sportsbooks can be divided into four broad types:
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:
There are 13 riverboat, land-based and tribal venues that currently–or could eventually–host live sportsbooks in Indiana. Many venues have partnered 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are several online sportsbooks accepting wagers from Indiana residents at this very moment. See above for an updated list of all the available options.
Most of Indiana’s retail casinos have opened sportsbooks as well. Check the nearest casino’s page to make sure, but it’s likely that a sportsbook is taking bets somewhere nearby.
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 use geolocation technology to determine that players are within state lines.
Yes. Mobile sports betting is up and running in Indiana right now. Most sportsbooks are compatible with Android as well as the iOS system (iPhone and iPad).
Make sure to use our links to access the sites initially, however. PlayUSA and its network of sites often have exclusive bonus offers that cannot be found anywhere else.
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.
Almost every sport is available for wagering in Indiana. Players can bet on most events taking place, including many collegiate and international events. Sports available at Indiana sportsbooks include:
Indiana residents can bet on all major sports events associated with these sports, such as the Super Bowl, March Madness and The Kentucky Derby.
There is one notable exception to this list, however. Live betting on NCAA events is not permitted under Indiana law.
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 mobile betting began on Oct. 3.
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 as online sports betting continues to roll out. You should take advantage of free bet (no-deposit) bonuses and other promotions while you find the book that is right for you.