Online Casinos & Gambling in Indiana

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.

Are online casinos legal 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:

  • Casinos and racinos pay $500,000 for an interactive gaming license.
  • The license is renewable annually for $50,000.
  • Each casino can partner with up to three online brands, or skins.
  • Internet gaming operators pay $100,000 for an initial license. The license can be renewed annually for $25,000.
  • Internet gaming revenue taxed at 18%, including 3% for local governments.
  • 3.33% of state tax revenue collected goes to an Addiction Services Fund.

While there has been progress on the online gaming front, online casinos are still illegal in the state of Indiana at the moment.

Speculation: How does a regulated online casino market in Indiana look?

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.

Live Casinos in Indiana

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:

  • Ameristar Casino: This riverboat is docked at Indiana Harbor on Lake Michigan in East Chicago. It has undergone several brand changes, previously known as Resorts, Harrah’s and Showboat Mardi Gras.
  • Belterra Casino: This riverboat is on the Ohio River close to Florence, IN. Boyd Gaming owns it. In an unfortunate event, the original boat sank after a collision just before opening and had to be replaced.
  • Blue Chip Casino: This riverboat casino is in Michigan City, IN. It hosts a 1,200-seat event center in addition to the casino that welcomes musicians and comedians.
  • Four Winds South Bend Casino: This is Indiana’s only tribal casino, which is operated by the Pokagon Tribe, a 5,000-strong tribe that became federally recognized in 1997.
  • French Lick Casino: This was Indiana’s first “dryland” casino. It opened in 2006 between the towns of West Baden and French Lick. The site includes resort spas, hotels and stables.
  • Hollywood Casino: Located in Lawrenceburg, IN, this huge riverboat casino covers the Cincinnati area. Penn National Gaming operates this casino.
  • Hoosier Park: This racetrack casino is in Anderson, IN. Caesars Entertainment owns it. Harness racing is popular here, and an entertainment complex hosts prominent name musicians.
  • Caesars Southern Indiana: This riverboat casino is on the Ohio River. While its official Indiana address is the town of Elizabeth, it is conveniently located opposite Louisville, Ky. This property was recently bought by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).
  • Horseshoe Hammond: This property is located in Hammond (East Chicago), IN. The four-level gaming venue has entertainment and dining options as well as more than 3,000 slots and table games. Caesars is planning to sell this property by the end of 2021.
  • Indiana Grand: This venue is a racetrack, located close to Indianapolis. Caesars Entertainment owns and operates it. As well as casino, entertainment and dining options, you can enjoy thoroughbred racing here.
  • Majestic Star I and II: Located in Gary on Lake Michigan, these twin riverboat casinos are owned by Majestic Star Holdings. These will be replaced by the Hard Rock racino currently under construction in Gary, Indiana.
  • Rising Star Casino: This riverboat was once known as the Grand Victoria, and is located in Rising Sun, IN. There are two hotel towers and an entertainment pavilion here.
  • Tropicana Casino: This is Indiana’s second “dryland” venue, located in Evansville. This is a combination of casino, hotel and entertainment complex.
  • Terre Haute Hard Rock– Hard Rock is aiming to become a staple in the Indiana gambling industry. The sister property to Gary’s Hard Rock will open in Terre Haute in 2021, becoming the first casino in the area.

Casino Games in Indiana

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.

  • Slots: This is the most popular and numerous type of casino game. They range some simple, three-reel games to complex, movie-themed titles with life-changing progressive jackpots. Look out for entertaining bonus rounds and wild symbols with special behavior.
  • Table games: Expect to see table games at Indiana retail casinos. Options include every game you can play over the green felt: blackjack, roulette, craps and casino poker variants.
  • Video poker: From jacks or better on bar-top consoles to today’s complex “Double Double Bonus Poker” or multi-hand games, video poker is a low-edge alternative to other gambling options and can be found at Indiana retail casinos.
  • Keno and bingo: As themes and computer graphics become more advanced, the gap between keno and slots gets smaller.