Online sportsbooks are live in Indiana
Legal sports betting started in Indiana just in time for the NFL season. Books at Ameristar, Hollywood Casino, Indian Grand, the Horseshoe in Hammond and French Lick opened for business with online sportsbooks going live shortly after
You can now bet at retail sportsbooks and online betting sites. Both live and online sports betting in Indiana are covered in a lot of detail below.
First, the new online sportsbooks are covered – along with current opportunities to bet online and horse racing. The legal timeline of Indiana’s gambling laws is looked next, before the focus shifts to the retail sportsbooks in Indiana.
Indiana sportsbooks are live! DraftKings was the first to launch.
Here is a partial list of the online sportsbook options you have in Indiana.
Here are the brands we expect to see in Indiana’s online sports betting market soon:
Yes. The sections below give you a detailed preview of how the online sportsbooks in Indiana will work. You’ll be able to access these sportsbooks through your smartphones, as well as desktop / laptop computers.
With a lot of online sports betting sites launching – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of their bonuses and introductory offers.
Of course, there is more to choosing a book than just the welcome bonus. Their sports coverage, odds (including promotional boosts) on offer, cashback / comp schemes and ease of depositing and withdrawing all count.
The information below will give you a head start for telling the difference between the best Indiana online sportsbooks and the rest.
With a large number of sports betting sites launching in Indiana as 2019 comes to a close, you’ll find a lot of competition for your bets. This will subsequently create a great opportunity to take advantage of big marketing budgets – you’ll need to check the terms and conditions before you jump in.
When it comes to sportsbook bonuses, the small print can make the difference between a great offer and a dud.
The good news is that many books are expected to offer free bets with no deposit needed. This will give you a chance to compare their apps and odds with no risk to your own bankroll. Paying attention to these offers also gives you a legitimate shot at building your betting bankroll with no cash down.
Here are the different types of bonuses on offer at Indiana online sportsbooks:
Welcome bonuses like those covered above will get bettors to sign up – though it is the ongoing promotions which will keep them coming back.
These are more varied that the welcome bonuses. Some books keep things simple, boosting odds or offering fixed rate cash-back. Others will prefer ever changing lists of special deals and offers.
Here are the types of promo to look out for:
Once you find a site which has the right balance of a generous welcome deal and solid online promotions, you’ll need to register. The first step is to decide whether to use the browser-based site, or download an app.
You’ll have access to all the betting markets, cashier and account functionality both ways. Native sportsbook apps are better designed for smartphones – though the websites will automatically adjust to your screen size.
Once you have an app or accessed the website, registration is very easy. A few personal details, including the last 4 digits of your social security number and e-mail address are needed. After that you’ll be free to go to the next step – making a deposit.
Forget any notions of needing to use obscure virtual currencies to deposit – regulated sportsbooks are happy to accept all the same payment methods you use anywhere online. Which one you use depends on how comfortable you are using your bank card or direct transfers.
If you are not comfortable (or simply don’t want betting transactions appearing on your bank statement), then there are a lot of alternatives. These range from cash to 3rd party online wallet systems.
While not all IN sportsbooks will offer all the deposit methods listed below, the rule of thumb is that most books will offer the majority of them.
You’ll see that many of the options above work for both deposits and for withdrawals. There is one additional withdrawal option, a paper check.
With your sportsbook chosen, welcome bonus claimed, and account funded, – you’ll be ready to place your first bet. Now you need to understand how online sportsbooks are organized – and find your way through the 1000’s of betting options to the game and bets you want.
Online sportsbooks are more similar to each other than different. Many use a 3-column layout, though others let you select from different ball-themed icons and navigate from there.
Here is what to expect from most Indiana online sportsbooks.
In the footer of most books you’ll find links to the terms and conditions, FAQ, responsible gambling pages and contact information. Download buttons for the apps, plus social media links will also appear here.
You can bet on teams from any state, though for those that like to back their home team by betting on them, Indiana does provide some opportunities.
The Hoosier state is represented at the top level in both football and basketball.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Indiana based teams. Minor and regional leagues are packed with local teams. These cover a wide range of sports including baseball, hockey, basketball and soccer.
Pro leagues in the most popular sports are mentioned in the section above. This is just the starting point when it comes to the matches and events you can bet on online.
Major leagues get the spotlight. NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL are always given prime position – depending on which are in-season. Big events cover college leagues as well as the play-offs / finals for each sport.
Soccer is popular. You can bet on MLS matches, plus the big international leagues and cup contests. Add in golf, tennis, boxing, MMA, auto racing and rugby – and you’ll see just how wide the opportunities for wagering are. International and niche sports are also available, with some sportsbooks going deep into minor leagues from countries around the world.
State regulated sportsbooks have a full range of bet types. These include single match bets, multiples (parlays) and futures / season-long bets. You can bet on specific periods within a game, the performance of individual players – and in many ways which are specific to your chosen sport.
Here are the most popular bet types which cross over many different sports.
In-play betting will also come with the new mobile sportsbooks. This format allows you to bet on matches which are already underway. Cash-out betting, also known as ‘early redemption’ bets, may also be available.
It took a last-minute session of the Indiana Gaming Commission to finalize the betting rules before the first retail sportsbooks went live. The initial 5 venues accepting bets are:
While these casinos were able to take bets before the busy period that marks the start of the NFL season, there are many other live sportsbooks not far behind. Local news reports suggest that the following venues will see live betting very shortly:
In total there are 14 casinos in Indiana (10 riverboats, 2 racinos, 1 land-based and one tribal) which could eventually host sportsbooks.
Under the current rules, anyone over 21 years old can bet at these live sportsbooks. You’ll be able to bet on pro leagues, college sports, international sporting action and individual sports including boxing, tennis and golf. Indiana betting laws exclude eSports and betting on any non-professional sport where the participants are under 18 years old.
Along with the new sportsbooks are two forms of betting that have been available in Indiana for years.
Indiana introduced a law regulating Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests called SB 339 in 2016. Most states allow these contests, though very few made them expressly legal. Big names in this area are DraftKings and FanDuel. Both brands are expected to enter the Indiana online sports betting market.
DFS contests allow you to pick line-ups of players – and compete in tournaments or head-to-head matches with other people’s picks for real money. These contests have been a popular alternative to full sports betting.
With both racetracks and OTB offices, there are plenty of opportunities to bet on horse racing in the Hoosier state. This is not restricted to the thoroughbred and harness racing taking place within Indiana – simulcast betting allows for wagers on races around the country.
There are US horse betting sites active in Indiana. Bet America and TVG work under Advance Deposit Wagering laws, allowing access to the Pari-mutuel betting pools online. Bet America has made the move to a full sports betting site in New Jersey.
Horse racing bets are governed separately to sports bets. The new online sportsbooks will not offer horse racing betting.
Residents of Indiana have enjoyed a mix of riverboat, land based and tribal casinos for many years. Legislation in 1993 set up the governance for these venues – along with Off Track Betting (OTB) offices.
It was the Supreme Court decision on an act called PASPA which kick-started the current legislative changes. In 2018 this act was overturned, effectively giving the states control of their own sports betting laws. Several states, including NJ and PA, already had legislation in place (with a clause triggered by PASPA being overturned).
Indiana was quick to draft a house bill. The final form was H 1015. This was passed by the house on the 25th April – and signed (on the last day before becoming law by default) by Governor Eric Holcomb on the 8th of May.
This law sets out a licensing framework, allowing the existing casinos to apply for sports betting. The Indiana Gaming Commission was given jurisdiction over the licensing for both live and online sportsbooks. Unlike in other states, online casino games and online poker were not included in this bill.
With the Wire Act of 1961 still banning sports betting transactions over state lines, the new legislation only allows for sports betting within state lines. Even if you are a permanent resident, you will not be able to place a bet if you step outside of Indiana.
The tax rate on sports betting in Indiana is notable. This was set at 9.5% of gross revenue – lower than elsewhere. Other terms set the age limit for betting online and live at 21, and excluded eSports bets and bets on amateur sports where the participants are under 18.
It is all change in Indiana following Bill H 1015 passing. Retail sportsbooks are already open, offering a full range of betting opportunities on pro leagues, college games and more. With 14 casinos and 3 OTB offices, retail sportsbooks will soon cover a lot of the state.
Online sports betting, via websites and mobile apps, are in the final stages of development. It is hoped that the first will be online before the end of 2019. Local casinos are expected to partner with some of the biggest brands – hitting the ground running when they go live.
With competition between the brands expected to be fierce, you can take advantage of bonus offers from day 1. Look out for free bets, matched deposit bonuses and cash-back offers.