Indiana offers several forms of legal, well-regulated online betting. State law permits mobile sports betting, betting on online horse racing, and daily fantasy sports. The state is also a strong contender to legalize online casino and online poker in the future.
BettingUSA has been monitoring the industry’s development from day one to provide up-to-date listings and reviews of the best Indiana betting sites.
Legal Indiana Betting Sites
Indiana Sports Betting
Indiana legalized sports betting in May 2019 after Governor Eric Holcomb signed HB 1015 into law.
Mobile sports betting is available to anyone 21 or older, located within the Hoosier State’s borders, allowing them to safely and legally bet on sports online. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) also regulates retail sportsbooks at casinos and off-track betting facilities (OTBs).
Under the new law, casinos and horse racing satellite facilities have the opportunity to apply for licenses to operate retail sportsbooks and mobile betting apps.
State law puts the Indiana Gaming Commission in charge of reviewing licensing petitions and issuing licenses to operators who qualify. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) also regulates retail sportsbooks at casinos and off-track betting facilities (OTBs).
Key things to know about Indiana sports betting:
- Minimum age of 21 to participate
- Customers may register from anywhere but must be located in Indiana at the time any wagers are placed
- Wagers may be placed on professional and college sports
- In-play betting is permitted
Mobile Sportsbooks in Indiana
Indiana law permits licensed casinos and OTBs to partner with online gaming providers to operate up to three individually branded mobile betting platforms, also known as “skins.”
Every casino and OTB in Indiana now holds a sportsbook license, and most have launched their online betting platforms.
Below is a list of approved sports betting vendors and their land-based gaming partners:
|Licensee Name||Brand Name||Land-Based Partner|
|Unibet Indiana LLC||Unibet||Horseshoe Hammond|
|Rush Street Interactive||BetRivers||French Lick Resort|
|American Wagering Inc||William Hill||Tropicana Evansville|
|Betfair Interactive US||FanDuel||Blue Chip Casino & Belterra Casino Resort|
|Caesars Interactive Entertainment||Caesars Casino||Horseshoe Hammond|
|Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming||BetAmerica||Rising Star Casino|
|Crown IN Gaming, LLC||DraftKings||Ameristar East Chicago|
|Penn Sports Interactive||Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg & Ameristar East Chicago|
|Roar Digital||BetMGM||Belterra Casino Resort|
|Indiana Sports Gaming, LLC||BetIndiana||Majestic Star Casino|
|PointsBet Indiana, LLC||PointsBet||Hollywood Casino|
|Score Digital Sports Ventures Inc||theScore.bet||Ameristar East Chicago|
|Smarkets Holdings, USA Inc.||SBK Sportsbook||Rising Star Casino|
Additional operators are expected to join the fray in the coming months.
Rising Star Casino Resort has confirmed it plans to launch a total of three mobile betting apps in Indiana with various providers. One of those is BetAmerica, which is already live in the Hoosier State. Other companies either have a clear path to the Indiana market or have displayed a tendency to expand into every state where possible.
- 888Sport: 888 Holdings Inc., announced in December 2020 that has reached a partnership agreement with Harrah’s Hoosier Park to offer mobile betting. In a press release, 888 confirmed it plans to launch sometime in 2021.
- SBK Sportsbook: As CEO Jason Trost noted in an interview with BettingUSA, Smarkets plans to launch mobile sports betting in Indiana under the SBK Sportsbook brand. Once live, SBK aims to offer the best odds in Indiana by deriving pricing from its international exchange wagering platform (Smarkets). Smarkets partnered with Full House Resorts for Indiana betting.
- WynnBET: Full House Resorts has a third partnership in place with Wynn Resorts International to pursue online sports betting in Indiana and Colorado. That deal is expected to result in the launch of WynnBET in both states. In 2018, Wynn Resorts and BetBull agreed to a strategic partnership that included Wynn taking a 22.5% stake in the European sports betting operator.
- BetIndiana: The parent company of BetIndiana holds an Indiana sports betting license and is now waiting for the go-ahead from regulators. The launch of BetIndiana appears delayed by the IGC investigation into its land-based partner, Spectacle Entertainment, which operates the Majestic Star Casino riverboats.
- FOX Bet: FOX Bet has a partnership in place with Penn National Gaming, the parent company of Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, and Ameristar Casino East Chicago. FOX Bet has expanded rapidly in other states and will likely debut in Indiana at some point.
Retail Sportsbook Locations
All but two Indiana casinos have opened retail sportsbooks, and are taking in-person wagers from customers. Several off-track betting locations that once focused exclusively on horse racing betting have also added sports betting to their menus.
- Barstool Sportsbook at Ameristar East Chicago
- Tropicana Evansville Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Belterra Casino Resort
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Blue Chip Casino
- The Book at Caesars Southern Indiana
- French Lick Resort Sportsbook
- Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Rising Star Casino Sportsbook
- The Book at Harrah’s Hoosier Park
- The Book at Horseshoe Hammond
- Indiana Grand Sportsbook
- Winner’s Circle Clarkesville Sportsbook
- Winner’s Circle Indianapolis Sportsbook
- Winner’s Circle New Haven Sportsbook
- Majestic Star Casino (no sportsbook; Majestic Star I and II to be moved inland and rebranded as Hard Rock Casino)
- Hard Rock Casino (planned for Q1 2021 launch)
Indiana Sports Betting Law
Indiana legalized sports betting with the passage of HB 1015 in 2019.
In addition to legalizing sports betting and establishing a licensing process, the law sets a 9.5% tax rate on operators, earmarks funding for problem gambling programs, prohibits wagers on esports, and places the Indiana Gaming Commission in charge of overseeing the industry.
Types of Sports Wagers Allowed
Indiana law (IC § 4-38) allows licensed operators to accept wagers on professional and college sports but not on esports or amateur competitions involving minors. In-play betting is also permitted.
The Indiana Gaming Commission also maintains a full catalog of sports events upon which sportsbooks may accept bets. The catalog does not necessarily mean sportsbooks accept wagers on all listed events, only that they may do so if they choose.
The current list of events authorized for betting by the IGC includes:
- Aussie Rules Football: AFL
- Auto Racing: Constructors’ Championships, F1, IndyCar, MotoGP, NASCAR
- Baseball: MLB/MLB Draft, NCAA D1, Minor League AAA, Nippon Professional Baseball, KBO
- Basketball: NBA/NBA Draft, NCAA D1, WNBA/WNBA Draft, IFB, EuroLeauge, Euro Cup, The Basketball Tournament: TBT, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey
- Bowling: Pro Bowling Tour
- Boxing: Association of boxing Commission and Combative Sports, WBO, WBC, WBA, IBF, BBBofC
- Bull Riding: Professional Bull Riding, Inc.
- Competitions: Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest
- Cricket: ICC, Men’s and Women’s World Cup, South Africa Momentum One Day Cup
- Cycling: Men’s and Women’s World Tour and Grand Tour
- Darts: BDO, PDC
- Football: NFL/NFL Draft, NCAA D1, AFL, CFL, XFL
- Golf: PGA, PGA Tour Champions, LPGA, Champion’s Tour, European Tour, international events such as Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, World Golf Championships, Korn Ferry Tour
- Hockey: NFL, IHF, KHL, Belarus Extraleague, NCAA D1, World Championships
- Lacrosse: Premier Lacrosse League, NCAA D1
- Mixed Martial Arts: UFC, Bellator, One Championship, Professional Fighters League, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
- Olympics: Summer and Winter Games, trials
- Specials: Academy Awards category winners
- Rowing: FISA
- Rugby: European Challenge Cup, Four Nations, NRL, Premiership Rugby Cup, Six Nation, Super Rugby, World Cup, World Rugby
- Sailing: Americas Cup, International Sailing Federation
- Skiing & Snowboarding: US Ski & Snowboard
- Soccer: MLS, NWSL, NCAA D1, US Open Cup, FIFA, and many international leagues/tournaments
- Softball: NCAA D1
- Table Tennis: ITTF and ETTU
- Tennis: ATP, WTA, NCAA D1, USTA, World Team Tennis, Austrian National Series, German National Tennis Series, Spanish Liga MAPFRE
- Track & Field: International Association of Athletics Federations, NCAA D1
No Integrity Fees or Data Mandates
One of the more controversial issues plaguing states in the run-up to legalization is whether or not to impose integrity fees and mandate the use of official data provided by the leagues. Indiana opted against both measures in favor of letting the free market shape the industry.
Overall, Indiana sports betting law is favorable to gamblers and operators alike. Indiana avoided the twin pitfalls of integrity fees and data mandates while also authorizing mobile betting, which accounts for the lion’s share of betting handle in all states that permit online and in-person betting.
Mobile betting also provides convenience to residents and effectively channels players away from unregulated offshore sites onto licensed betting apps that provide consumer safety and generate tax revenue for Indiana.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Indiana
Indiana legalized daily fantasy sports in 2016 with Senate Bill 339 (full text). Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law on March 24th, 2016 and paved the way for companies like FanDuel and DraftKings to apply for licenses and host legal fantasy contests for state residents.
Fantasy sites operated in Indiana prior to the passage of the bill, but their legal status at the time was questionable. Lawmakers finally addressed the issue with a piece of legislation that would later become known as SB 339. That law requires operators to apply for a license, pay a licensing fee and adhere to a standard of conduct designed to protect the integrity of sports, protect the customers of fantasy sites and protect the vulnerable from risking too much money.
Operators are required to pay a fee of $50,000 to $75,000, hold player funds in segregated accounts, prevent employees from sharing confidential information, prevent employees from participating in paid contests with a prize greater than $5, and to prevent athletes and anyone else involved in actual sporting contests from competing in contests in which the winning outcome derives from events that those people could possibly effect. For example, prohibiting Andrew Luck from participating in any fantasy football contests.
Indiana Horse Racing Betting
Horse racing betting is legal in Indiana and regulated by the state Horse Racing Commission (HRC). Residents may bet on horses in-person at authorized racing events or online through licensed ADWs.
Indiana’s two major racetracks, Indiana Grand and Harrah’s Hoosier Park, host live racing seasons most months of the year for thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and quarter horses. Both permanent tracks are joined by an array of state and county fairs that also host races throughout the year.
Online Gambling in Indiana
Online casinos and poker sites are prohibited in Indiana. The Hoosier State is one of just a few states that explicitly outlaws participating in online gambling.
IC § 35-45-2 states that “a person who knowingly or intentionally engages in gambling commits unlawful gambling” commits an offense classified as a Class B misdemeanor. Additionally, an operator who offers online gambling in Indiana commits a Level 6 felony.
Since legalizing sports betting, some Indiana lawmakers have come around to considering legislation to authorize online casinos and poker sites. A bill introduced by State Sen. Jon Ford in early 2021 would authorize online gambling and poker. The bill would require online gaming operators to partner with land-based casinos for licensing purposes.
Efforts to legalize Indiana online gambling are not guaranteed to produce results, though. In December 2020, local news station WIBC reported some legislators are not yet sold on further expanding the state’s legal gambling options.
If Indiana is to authorize online gambling, it may come about as state coffers reap the full benefit of mobile sports betting. The first online sportsbooks launched in October 2019, and it did not take long for the industry to generate betting handle measured in the billions.
Legalizing online sports betting may make it easier to implement any new laws authorizing online gambling. Now that regulators are acquainted with vetting mobile betting companies for licenses, overseeing internet security standards, and ensuring effective geofencing, the prospect of legalizing online gambling is less daunting from a technical standpoint.
Indiana Online Lottery
Indiana voters approved a referendum in 1988 to establish a state lottery, and lawmakers followed up with the Lottery Act the following year to establish the Hoosier Lottery. The first tickets went on sale in 1989, and the lottery has been running strong ever since.
The Hoosier Lottery has returned billions to winners and billions more to state programs such as the Build Indiana Fund, Police & Firefighters’ Pensions, and the Teachers’ Retirement Fund.
Online ticket sales are not yet authorized, but lottery officials have launched a study to consider the implications. The Indiana Lottery is operated by IGT, which has extensive experience in selling lottery tickets online in other states. Should officials decide to sell tickets to Powerball, Mega Millions, and instant win games online, IGT will be well-prepared to move quickly.
According to media reports, the Hoosier Lottery doesn’t require additional legislation to authorize online ticket sales. If lottery officials decide to proceed, they would be able to do so on their own timeline, without authorization from the legislature.