The title match of the 2021 season is just days away, which means supporters of the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit are ready to descend upon Louisville. Sports betting isn’t available in Kentucky, but fans still have a legal option for NWSL championship betting.
Indiana sportsbooks will be happy to take your wagers. Access to them is literally just across the bridges spanning the breadth of the Ohio River.
How to legally bet on the NWSL championship
In Indiana, both in-person and online sports betting are legal. That’s as long as you’re of age, which is 21, of course.
Although the state has given licenses to many more sportsbook operators, there are only a few that reliably post lines on NWSL matches. Those include:
BetMGM Sportsbook and Caesars Indiana have posted lines in the past, but it’s been inconsistent. In order to comply with state law, you must be within the borders of Indiana when you place your wagers.
So, what if you’re hanging out in Louisville prior to the match and want to get some bets down? Regardless of how you arrived in Kentucky, you can easily get across the river into Jeffersonville, IN.
The Big Four Bridge offers conveyance across the river via bicycle or on foot.
It’s a two-mile length altogether across the river that lands on the Kentucky side in Waterfront Park. The bridge bans all motorized traffic, including electric scooters, skates, and skateboards.
You have some options if you’d rather drive across the river.
The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge carries four lanes of US 31 traffic and is just under two miles in length. Alternatively, you can take I-65 North across the river. However, that option requires you to pay a toll entering IN.
Either way, once you’re on the Indiana side of the border, your smartphone becomes your sportsbook. Getting started with an Indiana sports betting app is quick and easy, plus it might prove well worth your time as well.
Get your kicks on IN sports betting apps
If you like, you can actually download the legal betting apps you want, register your accounts, make your deposits and browse the lines while in Louisville. The only time you’ll actually have to be across the Ohio is when you place your bets.
Just decide which sportsbooks you’d like to check out and download the appropriate apps onto your Android or iOS device.
Then, follow the prompts to register your account. You do not have to be an Indiana resident to bet on sports in the Hoosier State.
At that point, you’ll need to fund your account so you can place some bets. Pay special attention to your email and push notifications for any new customer bonuses. Many of them are tied to your first deposit.
Then, once the app verifies your account and deposit, head across the river and let the app verify your location. Once you’re golden there, you can choose from any of the available NWSL championship bets that any of the apps offer.
After you’ve submitted your betting slip, you’re good to head back across the river and enjoy the match. If you win your bets, you can withdraw your winnings without having to cross the river again.
If the club you’re supporting also wins the match, those winnings might make the after-party a lot more fun Saturday night.