Indiana Sports Betting & Gambling News

The latest on Indiana online gambling, sports betting, lottery, and more.

January Revenue Report

When it comes to Indiana sports betting, so far it is a market that consists of DraftKings, FanDuel, and everyone else.

In November 2019, DraftKings and Ameristar accounted for 47% of the $9.3 million in sports betting revenue. FanDuel and Blue Chip were responsible for 21%. The other 10 operators split the remainder of the market. With BetAmerica joining the online market in December and BetRivers picking up steam though, it is unclear if the duopoly will continue into 2020.

Looking at retail sportsbooks, unsurprisingly, it is the properties near the state line and neighboring big cities like Chicago and Cincinnati that are doing the best. The two Hammond casinos and Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg outpace the rest.  Of course, the launch of Illinois sports betting in 2020 could certainly shake up those results this year.

IN Sportsbook Launch

SportsbookLaunch DateCasino Partner
DraftKingsOct. 3, 2019Ameristar Casino
FanDuelOct. 22, 2019Blue Chip Casino
Belterra Casino
BetRiversOct. 3, 2019French Lick Resort Casino
BetAmericaDec. 30, 2019Rising Star Casino
CaesarsTBAHorseshoe Casino
William HillTBATropicana Evansville

Legal Gambling Options in Indiana

Online Sports Betting

Right now, there are four active online sportsbooks in Indiana. The Hoosier State is home to DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, and BetAmerica.

These three sites give Indiana players the ability to wager on single contests or parlays. Additionally, Indianans can experience some of the more innovative features in sports betting today, like betting carousels and cash-out options

Retail Sports Betting

Sports betting has barreled into Indiana’s casinos in rapid fashion. Almost every casino and off-track betting location is now offering action on sporting events.

While some of these facilities may be on the modest side, expect to find technology-heavy experiences no matter the casino. Walls of high-definition televisions and state-of-the-art video boards are the hallmark of the modern sportsbook, including those in Indiana.

Lottery

The Hoosier Lottery distinguishes itself as the only state lottery to use the state’s nickname in its official name. As it enters its fourth decade of service, the lottery has generated more than $1 billion for Indiana’s state government fund.

While the Hoosier Lottery does maintain a mobile app for customers to use, there is no ability to play online. At this point, there is no indication that the Indiana General Assembly is moving towards legalizing online lottery play.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Indiana was one of the very first states to legalize daily fantasy sports (DFS) play inside its borders. Interestingly, Indiana is one of the few states to codify DFS as specifically legalGov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 339 in 2016.

For those unfamiliar, DFS is an online game that is part sports betting, part real-time peer-to-peer game. Players across Indiana choose lineups of different athletes and earn points (and victories) based upon those athletes’ performances in designated games or matches.

Casinos

By and large, Indiana is a hostile environment for online casino games. The state is one of the few to enact an explicit ban and criminalize online gambling.

So, there aren’t very many options out there. The only opportunity to play comes through Chumba Casino .

Its sweepstakes model – which allows players to request free money through mail – allows Indianans to play.

Poker

Indiana does not allow citizens to play poker outside of its casinos. This prohibition is especially true in online settings, where playing is actually a criminal offense.

Indiana residents can only try to play on Global Poker. Like its sister site, Chumba Casino, Global operates with a unique sweepstakes model that allows it to remain in legal compliance.

Please note that it is possible to play for real money on Global Poker without spending any money of your own.

Indiana FAQ

Is gambling legal in Indiana?

Yes. Indiana is home to more than a dozen land-based casinos, off-track betting locations, retail and online sports betting, and a state lottery.

Is sports betting legal in Indiana?

Sports betting is legal in Indiana as of September 2019. Online sports betting is live as of Oct. 3, 2019.

Since sports is legal, does that mean online casinos are coming?

No. At this point, there aren’t many indications that further expansion is in the offing. Legislators are likely to adopt a wait-and-see attitude regarding sports betting and find out how well it does before they move forward.

When will online poker launch in Indiana?

It’s not clear. Real-money online poker is still explicitly outlawed in Indiana, and no laws to legalize have made any noise there recently.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal or safe?

Offshore sports betting sites may be acting legally based on the laws in their home countries, but it doesn’t mean they are legal under US law.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) made it illegal for the US financial system to process transactions to gambling sites that don’t comply with US law.

All online gambling sites that are not licensed by a US state are inevitably going to breach the UIGEA if they serve US customers.

As to safety, that is simple. No matter how apparently reputable an offshore operator appears, you have no legal recourse in the event that things go wrong.

There are good reasons to leave your offshore operator and join the state-regulated market:

  • Better betting options and software.
  • Deposits and withdrawals are fast and certain.
  • You have legal protection for your funds.
  • Introductory bonuses are generally better at US sites because players’ average spend is higher.
  • In-game betting is rarely available at offshore sites.
  • Revenues that flow offshore do nothing for the local economy
  • Your money is not safe offshore! Many sites have gone bankrupt leaving no way for customers to get their deposits back.

What is the gambling age in Indiana?

In order to place a wager on sports in Indiana, a player must be 21.

What can you bet on in Indiana?

Casino gambling is available at several land-based facilities throughout the state. These locations offer every type of gambling commonly found in most casinos. There is even sports betting at some of them. Indianans can also play the lottery in their home state.

Resources

How to download a sports betting app?

To start, you will need to select one of the online sportsbooks active in the state. All of them have mobile apps that are available for download.

Here are the online sportsbooks available in Indiana:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • BetRivers
  • BetAmerica

If you have an Apple device, then the desired app should be available through the App Store. Both DraftKings and FanDuel have apps that are easy to install from there.

BetRivers is going a different route. Rather than use its own betting app, BetRivers is accessible on your phone’s browser in tandem with the GeoGuard app. This app, from the highly respected GeoComply, helps to geolocate your phone to Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) standards so you can wager.

Android users can find dedicated apps for every active sportsbook right now. Simply set your device to accept installations from other sources, and visit the desired sportsbook’s site to begin the downloading process.

How to sign up for an online betting account

Once the app is downloaded and installed, you’ll need to register for an account on the site. Look for a button that says “Join Now,” “Sign Up,” or something similar to get started.

The app will ask you to provide some personal information. Usually, this information will include your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • A portion of your Social Security number.

Rest assured that these sites are professional and well-regulated. Your data will be safe in their system.

How to fund your account

The next step in the process is to deposit funds into your account. Look for a button that says “Cashier” or “Deposit” to go to the correct page.

Every online sportsbook offers the ability to deposit through a variety of methods. Deposits can be made through credit cards, debit cards, checks, electronic checks, electronic wallets like PayPal or Skrill, or even with cash through PayNearMe.

Choose the method that works best for your situation. Make sure to check for any bonuses or offers before submitting the request.

Retail Sportsbooks in Indiana

Not everyone wants to be glued to their phones when they bet on sports. Some prefer a more visceral and tangible experience.

Thankfully, there are numerous retail sportsbooks scattered throughout Indiana. All of them are integrated into the existing casinos that serve the state’s residents.

Indiana residents and visitors will find sportsbooks at the following locations:

  • Ameristar Casino East Chicago – East Chicago
  • Belterra Casino – Florence
  • Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City
  • French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick
  • Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg – Lawrenceburg
  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino – Anderson
  • Horseshoe Casino Hammond – Hammond
  • Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana – Elizabeth
  • Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Shelbyville
  • Rising Star Casino – Rising Star
  • Tropicana Evansville – Evansville

Responsible Gambling

Unfortunately, gambling does possess an addictive quality that can lead some to an unhealthy place. Problem gambling can destroy the lives of both the gambler and his or her families.

Thankfully, Indiana has one of the best systems for problem gambling in the nation. It is possible to receive treatment for the condition completely free.

For those who are hurting or know someone who is, contact the Indiana Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) as soon as possible. See our responsible gambling page for more information.