Online sports betting in Indiana is live. The first sports betting apps, DraftKings and BetRivers, officially launched on Oct. 3, 2019. FanDuel went live later in the month on Oct. 22. Just before the end of the year on Dec. 30, Churchill Downs’ mobile betting app BetAmerica went live, offered through Rising Star Casino.
Here is an overview of the best sports betting apps in Indiana and their features. All sites offer live betting along with regular promotions geared to specific events. This includes odds boosts for NBA, NFL, and MLB. They also provide bettors with various deposit and withdrawal options, as well as an early cashout option on winning bets.
Top Indiana sports betting apps for iPhone & Android
Here is some information about how to download betting apps, how they work and the option of using your browser on your smartphone.
Indiana sports betting apps: How to download an app
Recently, Apple announced potential restrictions on gambling apps.
Until that point, downloading a sports betting app on your iPhone or iPad in other states was easy. Sportsbook apps were available in Apple’s app store. You could either go direct and search for a brand or follow a link from the casino’s website.
Android users have not had things so easy.
The Google Play store does not support gambling apps at all. Instead, you must download a sports betting app directly from the brand’s website. You will come across a warning message that flags you are downloading from an unknown source.
Once you download the app, you’ll have full access to your account, cashier, betting history and, of course, the ability to place bets.
Do you need an app? In most cases, yes
All online sportsbooks have responsive web designs.
Most sites will automatically adjust to the size of your mobile device’s screen. The site will detect and adapt to your input type, whether it’s a touchscreen or a mouse.
As you make the website smaller, the navigation will change from a system of menus and links to the “burgers” (triple horizontal lines) to show menus on mobile phones.
With websites working just as well as apps on mobile phones these days, you might question whether you need an app at all.
For many sites, the app is a necessity of the regulated marketplace. In order for your phone to meet the requirements set forth by state gaming regulators, like the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), an app is necessary. Sites like DraftKings and FanDuel have to be accessed via app.
For a site like BetRivers, that does not have an Apple app, there is a browser alternative. In order to access browser betting, customers will need to download a third-party app called GeoGuard. This geolocation app helps mobile users meet the regulatory geolocation requirements to allow for browser betting
Navigating around sports betting apps
Each sports betting app in Indiana is from a different brand that organizes its pages uniquely. That said, here are some key features you can expect from most online books, accessible from the main navigation menu.
- Markets: The main screen shows you the current matches, lets you sort by sport or search for individual bets. Sportsbooks usually sort this information by the current games or the next to start in the major leagues.
- Account info: Here you can see your personal information, including progress toward any bonus, loyalty milestones, and current bonus offers.
- Cashier: Apps have full cashier functionality, which means you can deposit and withdraw without having to access the full website.
- Live betting: This is a new area for most Indiana sports bettors. You can now bet on games while they are underway. Lines will change in real-time, depending on the action on the field.
- Promotions: It is always worth checking the current promos before you place a bet. You never know when the match you are betting on might be the subject of a special offer.
- Results: You’ll be able to see statistics on past team performance on many apps. This info will give you an edge when selecting your bets.
Depending on the brand, you may also find cash-out betting or access to the pari-mutuel betting pools at horse and greyhound racing tracks.
Sports available on Indiana betting apps
In states with regulated sports betting, many betting app users have been surprised by the number of betting markets available. Although Indiana isn’t allowing betting on esports, most other markets are available.
Major leagues are, of course, the primary attraction.
You can bet on the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, depending on the season. These options include futures betting and season-long props.
Check out a few of our sports/team betting guides at the links below:
- How to bet on the NFL in Indiana
- How to bet on the NBA in Indiana
- Bet on Indianapolis Colts
- Indiana Pacers betting odds
- Chicago Bears betting odds
College leagues and special events, like March Madness, are also popular betting fixtures.
Other major sports include golf, tennis and motor racing (NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar). You can also bet on MMA and boxing.
Soccer will be a significant draw at legal IN betting sites. This does include MLS, though the focus is on the major European leagues, including the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga and Champions League. Sportsbooks will also feature international matches (World Cup and others), plus leagues and cups from all around the world.
Drilling down into niche sports, you can find cricket, Aussie rules football, rugby, cycling and athletics markets.
What kind of bet can I place on IN betting apps?
Apps have full betting functionality, which allows you to place singles, parlays, and several exotic bets via your mobile device.
One main advantage of mobile betting apps is the live betting option.
You can be watching a match, see the action change, like a star player retiring from the match, and instantly place new bets. Lines update in real-time, based on the action.
For example, if there’s an early goal, you can then place extra bets. For bettors who understand the implications of certain events, this can be a profitable format. It can also allow you to double down on winning positions or hedge against losses.
Cash-out betting is a system that lets you redeem bets early. This option will not be available at every Indiana sportsbook. Where it is possible, you will be given a price for early redemption and get to choose whether to accept it or to let the bet close out.
Regular bets available via apps include moneyline, spread and totals bets. You will find period and player betting, too, with other singles bets depending on the sport. Parlays are popular, and teasers or round robins are also available.
When it comes to apps on horse racing sites, there are still more bets to be placed. Those include win, place and show, plus the bigger prize bets of predicting the places of two to four entrants in a race.
Funding your sports betting app: How the cashier works
Indiana, the other regulated sports betting states give us a good idea of what deposit options will be available via app cashiers.
The good news is that I expect a lot of mainstream deposit and withdrawal methods to be available right from the start.
Here is a list of sportsbook deposit options from other regulated states:
- Bank cards: Your regular bank cards (either debit or credit) are many people’s first choice. Depositing on a sports betting app works just like buying anything online.
- Prepaid cards: Some sportsbooks have their own branded debit cards that you can fund from your bank. The type of prepaid cards you buy from convenience stores are also a possibility.
- Bank transfers: E-checks, also called ACH transfers, are popular if you get pre-verified (these become instant). An alternative bank transfer system uses bill pay. You can deposit into your sports betting app in the same way you pay a utility bill.
- PayPal: Some online sportsbooks in regulated states use this popular electronic wallet service.
- Neteller or Skrill: These brands are not as well known as PayPal, though work in broadly the same way. They provide a secure wallet between your bank and the betting sites.
- Cash: There are several ways of using cash. You can take this to the cashier at the casino license holder for your book. You could also use PayNearMe at your local 7-Eleven.
- Wire, check or money order: These old-school ways of making deposits are slow, though they are a safe and reliable way to get your money on board.
Indiana mobile sports betting looks bright
We expect every Indiana online sportsbook to eventually offer a choice of using an app or a responsive website.
Despite some variation, all the mobile sportsbook options should provide similar convenience factors. You’ll be able to set up and fund your account, track bonus or loyalty progress, and place bets directly from your mobile device. This works well for live betting; after all, you won’t be carrying your desktop computer to a local bar to watch the big game.
With a lot of betting options and a long list of easy funding methods, the future is looking bright for sports bettors in Indiana.