Indiana Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

Sports betting was legalized in Indiana on May 8th, 2019, when Governor Eric Holcomb endorsed House Bill 1015 on his final day to act on the bill. The bill approves sports wagering at licensed facilities, which includes casinos, racetracks, riverboats, and online operators. Online sports betting is also legal in the state of Indiana. Residents can register and bet from their phones at multiple sportsbooks

Best Online Sportsbooks in Indiana

Here are the best online sports betting sites for residents of Indiana:

DraftKings Sportsbook – Best Overall, Best for Beginners

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DraftKings is the best sportsbook in Indiana because of its variety of bet types, fantastic live betting, and stellar education. DraftKings offers pools, daily odds boosts, party parlays, early cash-outs, and an annual sports betting national championship. Not to mention, you can integrate sports betting with your daily fantasy sports account.


BetRivers – Best Live Betting

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Live betting at BetRivers is a unique experience. Instant bets are available (ex. next pitch in baseball), live streaming is offered for some sports, and you can track the game live with a live match tracker.


PointsBet – Best Variety of Bets Offered, Best Odds

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PointsBet offers all types of traditional team and player prop bets, in addition to PointsBetting, a new and exhilarating way to bet. PointsBetting takes a spread, total, or prop bet, and makes it a variable bet until the end of the game. The idea is, the more correct a bettor is, the more they win, and visa versa.


FanDuel – Best Mobile App

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FanDuel offers an excellent mobile app. Bettors can easily find the sport or game they're looking for, everything runs smoothly, and bets are easy to place.


BetMGM – Best Casino Games

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BetMGM is a solid option for people who enjoy betting on sports, online poker, and online casino games. For those who exclusively want to bet on sports, there are better options with better odds and more educational content.

BetAmerica – Well-Rounded Sportsbook

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BetAmerica offers decent odds, sports, bets, and banking options. That said, the company still fails to stand out for one category in particular.


Which Indiana Sports Betting Apps Offer the Best Odds?

I keep money with sportsbooks that offer better odds, and sportsbooks that provide the sports and bets I most enjoy. To determine which sportsbooks offer the best odds, I analyzed data from hundreds of games for spread, moneyline, and total bets. Most books have similar spreads for total bets, while moneyline and spread bets differed substantially, based on the sport.

Sport Basketball (NBA) Baseball (MLB) Football (NCAAF) Football (NFL) Hockey (NHL) Soccer (Misc. Leagues)
#1 Odds FanDuel BetRivers BetRivers DraftKings PointsBet BetRivers
#2 Odds DraftKings BetMGM PointsBet FanDuel DraftKings DraftKings
#3 Odds PointsBet BetAmerica BetMGM BetAmerica BetMGM FanDuel

What Indiana Sports Betting Sites Offer the Best Banking Options?

US regulated sportsbooks, like all of those in Indiana, tend to offer a variety of banking options with low-to-no fees, as well as low minimum deposits and withdrawals. The pictures below compare banking options for some of the best Indiana sportsbooks.

Deposit Options

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook BetRivers Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet BetMGM
Total Deposit Methods 4 6 7 4 8
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card $5/$2,000 $10/Varies $10/Varies $5/Varies $0/Varies
PayPal Yes No Yes No No
Deposit Min/Max - PayPal $5/$2,000 N/A $10/Varies $10
Banking Options and Fees 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 4.5

Withdrawal Options

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook BetRivers Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet BetMGM
Total Withdrawal Methods 4 5 5 2 6
No Withdrawal Fees - Check Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check $5/Varies $10/Varies $10/Varies $5/Varies $0/Varies
Withdrawal Min/Max - PayPal $5/Varies N/A $10/Varies $10
Banking Options and Fees 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 4.5

What Indiana Sportsbooks Offer the Best Live Betting?

If you are looking for an immersive live betting experience, you can’t go wrong at BetRivers, FanDuel, or DraftKings. All three sportsbooks offer a live match tracker, instant betting, and all, but DraftKings provide live streaming.

All three of these sportsbooks also offer a few pre-game matchup preview statistics, as well as some real-time statistics such as points, shots, assists, etc.

Live Streaming: BetRivers and FanDuel are some of the few sportsbooks that allow users to stream games live from their phones. Tennis and soccer are the only sports that currently offer this feature, although I'm sure more sports will be added in the future.

Instant Bets: Instant bets include drive-by-drive betting on NFL games and pitch-by-pitch betting on MLB games. If you think Tom Brady is poised to lead the Patriots to a touchdown next drive, bet on it. If you think Miguel Cabrera is going to hit a single on a 2-2 pitch count, bet on it.

Live Match Tracker: A live match tracker is a display that has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time. For NFL games, the match tracker even lists the last play, the total plays, and yards on the drive, and the down and distance.

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A note on bonuses

At BettingBuck we do not give a rating for bonuses because they are not the core product at hand. While they can be nice to have, they are not a core function of the sportsbook. We do include bonuses that were available at the time each review was conducted. Remember, before agreeing to receive a bonus, it is important you understand the rollover requirements, as well as any other terms and conditions the sportsbook might impose.

Best Indiana Sportsbooks Summary

Below is a summary of the best online sportsbooks currently available in Indiana.


Indiana Online Sportsbook Best For Live Betting Bets Offered Overall Rating
DraftKings Sportsbook Best Overall 5 5 5 Stars
BetRivers Best Live Betting 5 4.5 5 Stars
PointsBet Best Variety of Bets Offered, Best Odds 3 5 4.5 Stars
FanDuel Sportsbook Best Mobile App 5 4.5 5 Stars
BetMGM Best Casino Games 4.5 3.5 3.5 Stars
BetAmerica Best for Banking 3.5 3.5 4 Stars

Indiana Online Sports Betting and Gambling FAQ

Below are common questions on what exactly is legal in the Hoosier State.

Residents of the Hosier State are prohibited from betting on amateur athletes (under 18) or E-Sports, which contain quite a few amateur athletes. E-Sports are likely banned because it is a newly recognized sport. The nature of the sport makes it hard for sportsbooks to place odds on and monitor.

Indiana Sports Betting

How old do you have to be to bet on sports in Indiana?

Citizens of Indiana must be 21 years old to bet on sports legally.

Do you have to register at a casino to bet on sports in Indiana?

No, you don't need to register at a casino to bet on sports in Indiana. You can register online at one of the sportsbooks mentioned above.

Who regulates sports betting in Indiana?

The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates all sports betting in the state of Indiana.

The Indiana Gaming Commission is in charge of regulating Indiana sports wagering. The Commission has the power to limit live or in-play wagers, as well as place restrictions on specific data sources tied into betting. Sports wagering will be taxed at a rate of 9.5% with 3.33% of the tax revenue going towards the addiction services fund, and the rest going to the state general fund.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Indiana?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Indiana.

For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Contests Offered Lineup
Contests Offered Lineup

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Indiana?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Indiana.

Does Indiana offer online lottery games?

No, the Indiana Lottery does not offer online games. The Indiana lottery website does list games you can find in retail stores. It also lists current prize pools and retail locations to purchase specific tickets.

Methodology

For the BettingBuck.com annual best online sportsbooks review published in 2020, a total of 2,300 data points were collected over six months and used to score sportsbooks. Additionally, odds data was collected for each sportsbook on over 1,400 bets to give each sportsbook a comparative odds ranking.



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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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