It is a surprise to a lot of people when they find out that Indiana has a thriving casino industry that consists of nearly a dozen casinos and three off-track betting locations. Despite this, it is that thriving casino industry and an overall accepting attitude towards gambling that allowed for sports betting to be legalized in the state in September of 2019. In addition to the wide array of physical sports betting locations, Indiana also approved mobile and online sports betting in October of 2019.
The way in which sports betting works in Indiana is as straightforward as one can imagine. So long as you can prove that you are at least 21 years of age or older, you are able to gamble at both online and brick and mortar locations.
There is mobile betting in Indiana, but there also exists plenty of brick and mortar locations where players can place wagers. The Indiana Gaming Commission has given the green light to 10 casinos and three off-track betting locations. This means that physical betting locations are accessible in virtually all parts of the state. Every approved sports betting location in Indiana, as well as the city within which they are located, are listed below:
Ameristar – East Chicago
Belterra Casino Resort – Florence
Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City
Majestic Star Casino – Gary
Rising Star Casino Resort – Rising Star
Horseshoe Southern Indiana (riverboat) – Elizabeth
Blue Sky Casino – French Lick Resort
Hollywood Casino – Lawrenceburg
Harrah’s Hoosier Park – Anderson
Horseshoe Casino – Hammond
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Shelbyville
Tropicana Casino – Evansville
Winner’s Circle OTB – Indianapolis
Winner’s Circle OTB – Clarksville
Winner’s Circle OTB – New Haven
Types of Sports Betting in Indiana
We have to give Indiana credit because their Gaming Commission’s website does a very good job of tracking what sports and leagues can be wagered upon. From a bettor’s perspective, the sports betting rules in Indiana are no different than they are in most other states where sports betting is legal. Betting on any amateur events or events with participants who are 18 years of age and younger is not permitted. What’s more, betting on eSports and politics is not allowed. The only non-sports market permitted is listed under “Other Events” on the IGC website and includes Academy Award winners.
With regard to live betting, things are a little bit different in Indiana than they are in other states. For example, live bets that are taken must be settled at a “natural break” in the competition, meaning quarters, halves, periods, or other specified breaks. Wagers regarding what happens during a single basketball possession or on a lone offensive drive in football will not be permitted for in-game betting.
Sports Betting Markets in Indiana
Sportsbooks in Indiana will allow for a variety of different sports and leagues to be wagered upon. The betting markets, including the leagues which they include, are as follows:
Auto Racing – NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, Constructors’ Championships
Aussie Rules Football – AFL
Baseball – MLB, NCAA Division 1, AAA (minor league)
Basketball – NBA, WNBA, NCAA Division 1, Euro League/Cup, International Basketball Federation
Bowling – PBA
Boxing – International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
Cricket – Men’s and Women’s World Cup, International Cricket Council
Darts – PDC Championship
Football – NFL, NCAA Division 1, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League
Golf – PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour, European Tour, International golf
Hockey – IIHF, KHL, NHL, NCAA Division 1, World Championships
Lacrosse – NCAA Division 1
Mixed Martial Arts – Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Bellator MMA, One Championship, Professional Fighters League, Ultimate Fighting Championship
Olympics – Summer and Winter (including qualifying events)
Other Events – Academy Awards (category winners)
Rowing – FISA
Rugby – Four Nations, NRL, Six Nations, World Cup, World Rugby (international country v. country qualifiers, games, tournaments)
Sailing – Americas Cup, International Sailing Federation
Skiing and Snowboarding – US Ski & Snowboard
Soccer – Argentine Superliga, Brazil Serie A and B, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Denmark Superliga, EFL Championship, English Premier League, FIFA Sanctioned Events, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Major League Soccer, Liga MX, NCAA Division 1, Netherlands Eredivisie, Spanish La Liga
Sweden Allsvenskan, UEFA Champions/Europa League, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Super Cup, Ukrainian Premier League, USL Championship
Softball – NCAA Divsion 1
Tennis – ATP Tour, Challenge Tour, ITF, NCAA Division 1, USTA, WTA
Track and Field – IAAF. NCAA Division 1
Online and Mobile Sports Betting in Indiana
Online sports betting in Indiana features many of the same players that you will see in markets like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Something else that makes Indiana similar to other states with online and mobile sports betting is the fact that all online operators must be partnered with a physical sports betting location.
Being that a majority of people will be placing sports bets in Indiana from their phones, it goes without saying that all online sportsbooks in the state also boast a mobile application. These apps can be downloaded directly from the sportsbook site if you have an Android, or can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS users. As far as functionality goes, users will be able to enjoy all the amenities of the online sportsbook from their mobile devices. In other words, all betting markets are available for mobile sportsbook apps and live betting is too. There should be almost no differences between online sportsbooks and their mobile applications other than the layout and organization. Making deposits and executing withdrawals can also be completed via mobile applications as well.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that all online/mobile sportsbooks in Indiana will be required to use your device’s GPS function to ensure that bettors are physically located within the Hoosier State when placing bets. This is a legal requirement and you will not be able to place wagers if your GPS function is not activated.