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Indiana Mobile Betting Launch Date Set for October 3rd

Indiana mobile betting is set to kick off on October 3rd with BetRivers cleared for launch.

Update: DraftKings Sportsbook has also been cleared for launch on October 3rd. Hoosiers are set to have their choice of two mobile sportsbooks beginning Thursday.

The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) issued its first Mobile Go Live Authorization to Rush Street Interactive earlier today. The authorization notice formally authorizes Rush Street to commence online betting in Indiana next Thursday.

Rush Street Interactive will operate under the BetRivers brand in Indiana in partnership with French Lick Casino. Rush Street also operates the casino’s retail sportsbook, which launched on September 6th.

The authorization notice states in part:

“Rush Street has substantially demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Commission that its mobile sports wagering operations meets the requirements of Indiana Code Article 4-38, the Commission’s Emergency Regulations, and all Commission Directives related to sports wagering activities.

As such and pursuant to Rush Street’s launch date request, I hereby AUTHORIZE Rush Street to commence mobile sports wagering activities within the State of Indiana on October 3, 2019. The Commission reserves the right to rescind or modify this authorization.”

Looking at BetRivers Indiana

BetRivers is operated by Rush Street Interactive, the online division of Rush Street Gaming. Rush Street Gaming is a Chicago-based outfit that operates casinos in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York.

This will not be Rush Street’s first foray into online sports betting. Rush Street Interactive already offers online betting under the BetRivers and SugarHouse brands in Pennsylvania. Rush Street also operates an online casino and sportsbook under the SugarHouse name in New Jersey.

According to the IndyStar, French Lick Casino says it plans to offer all the same types of sports betting options online as it does at its retail sportsbook. This means BetRivers Indiana will offer a full menu of pre-game wagers and in-play betting beginning next week.

BetRivers Indiana launches next Thursday and will be open to customers 21 or older and physically located within state lines.

Indiana sports betting laws are fairly permissive and will likely result in BetRivers Indiana resembling its Pennsylvania operation. That means we can look forward to wagers on pro and college sports, in-game betting and regular promotions for customers.

We cannot guarantee everything will be the same, but we anticipate a largely similar experience. For reference, here are some screenshots of the BetRivers Pennsylvania online betting platform:

Additional Mobile Betting Authorizations Likely Coming Soon

The Indiana Gaming Commission will likely issue additional go live authorizations in the near future. Rush Street Interactive is just one of seven online operators that have received temporary mobile sports wagering licenses in Indiana.

Other operators that have received sports betting licenses include:

  • William Hill: Partnered with Tropicana Evansville
  • FanDuel: Partnered with Blue Chip Casino and Belterra Casino Resort
  • Caesars Entertainment Interactive: Partnered with Horseshoe Hammond
  • Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming: Partnered with Rising Star Casino
  • DraftKings: Partnered with Ameristar East Chicago
  • Penn Sports Interactive: Partnered with Hollywood Casino

Every single one of these additional operators already holds a license in other states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, so all are very unlikely to have any trouble meeting the demands of the Indiana Gaming Commission. Look for more go live authorizations in the near future.

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