In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize sports betting, both online and in-person. Indiana became the 10th state to legalize sports betting, doing so in May of 2019.
Where can I bet on sports in Indiana?
Mobile sports betting launched in Indiana on October 3rd, 2019. DraftKings and French Lick were the first two sportsbooks to take online bets in Indiana. For a full list of casinos and mobile apps to bet at, see the table below.
|Name||City||Type of Facility||Sportsbook Open?||Mobile App|
|Ameristar||East Chicago||Casino||Yes||DraftKings Sportsbook Review|
|Blue Chip Casino||Michigan City||Riverboat||Yes||N/A|
|Four Winds South Bend||South Bend||Tribal Casino||N/A|
|French Lick Casino||French Lick||Casino||Yes||BetRivers|
|Horseshoe Southern Indiana||Elizabeth||Riverboat||N/A|
|Indiana Grand Casino||Shelbyville||Racetrack||Yes||N/A|
|Rising Star Casino||Rising Sun||Riverboat||N/A|
Is Sports Betting Legal in Indiana?
Yes, 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. Residents were able to bet on sports since October 3rd, 2019.
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.
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.
Can I Bet on Sports Online in Indiana?
House Bill 1015 legalized online sports betting in Indiana. Indiana launched mobile sports betting on October 3rd, 2019. The Indiana House initially voted only to legalize sports betting at casino sites. After getting heavy pushback from the Senate, the House conceded and gave support. Residents will have to register with a licensed casino either in-person or online before they are allowed to place mobile bets.
Indiana Gambling FAQ
There are currently nine riverboats that offer various forms of gambling (card games, slot machines), as well as two racetracks, one tribal casino, and two land-based casinos. After passing HB 1015, the Hoosier State can build two more land-based casinos. Indiana-based NCAA also canceled their policy which previously banned championship games from being held in states with legalized sports gambling. With this cancellation, residents of Indiana will be able to bet on events like March Madness when it is hosted in Indiana.
Watch our video below for a quick overview of Indiana sports betting laws, and be sure to check out the table at the bottom of the page to see what casinos offer sports betting once it goes live in the state.
Aside from traditional gambling, there other forms of online gambling available to Indiana residents.
Are daily fantasy sports 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.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Indiana?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Indiana. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Indiana as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Indiana offer an online lottery system?
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.