With newly regulated online sportsbooks, many people are asking when casino games will be coming online in Indiana.
Currently, legislation has been introduced by Sen. Jon Ford to bring online casino gaming and online poker to the Hoosier State.
The 2021 legislative session runs from January-April, during which, Ford hopes the bill will be approved.
Ford estimates that online casinos could bring Indiana between $45-60 million worth of tax revenue every year.
This page covers all you need to know about live and online casino gambling in Indiana.
Sen. Jon Ford has developed a bill for online casino and online poker in Indiana. He hopes the bill will be passed in 2021.
The bill would allow Indiana’s 14 casinos and racinos to offer internet casino games and online poker. The planned Rocksino in Terre Haute would also be allowed to offer online gaming.
Details of the bill include:
While there has been progress on the online gaming front, online casinos are still illegal in the state of Indiana at the moment.
The newly regulated online sports betting market is a significant policy change for Indiana, which has left many people hopeful that online casinos and poker rooms will soon follow.
With a new bill announced, the current legislative session will be key to Indiana’s gambling progress.
Based on NJ and PA online casino activity, we can see how future online casino gambling could look in Indiana.
Regulated states have given jurisdiction for licensing to their gaming control boards. For example, in New Jersey, the Division of Gambling Enforcement covers licensing and regulates areas like responsible gambling policy and game fairness.
In the current regulated states, each online casino has to partner with an existing brick-and-mortar venue. Some live casinos have multiple licenses, most branded a casino on their own name, while some have partnered with international giants like Bwin.Party, The Stars Group or Scientific Games to develop a platform.
Ford’s bill outlines a similar structure for potential Indiana online casinos.
Some good news for IN residents comes via the bonus offers at these casinos.
With competition for new players being fierce, there are multiple opportunities to pick up free cash, deposit bonuses, and many other incentives. In the early days after “go live,” you’ll have the chance to take maximum advantage of the casino marketing budgets.
There have been legal retail casinos in Indiana for decades.
In recent years, there has been a gradual expansion from the initial five licenses to 10 boats and two racetracks. Originally, riverboat casinos were only licensed to offer gambling while on the move.
If and when online casino licensing happens, the live venues will have first rights to the online licenses. In NJ and PA, casinos have teamed up with global players to provide locally branded online casinos.
Indiana hosts multiple riverboat casinos, two racetracks and one tribal casino. New Hard Rock properties are under construction. Here’s an overview:
So far, the specifics of games you can choose from have been skimmed over. We flesh out what you can find in Indiana.
First, there are five broad categories of games to cover. Each of these has its subtypes.