As of September 1, 2020, sports betting in Indiana is now legal and live. After the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), states were free to legalize sports betting. Multiple states across the country have already started to regulate sports betting, and Indiana is among them. Now, residents and visitors to the Hoosier State can bet at selected retail locations.
Sports betting in Indiana was initially restricted to licensed casinos, but the Indiana Gaming Commission has recently started to allow mobile and online betting platforms. Provided these sites are licensed by the commission, players are free to sign up and place wagers on lots of different sports.
Where to Place Bets in Indiana
Whether you live in Indiana or you’re just visiting, you have multiple options when it comes to placing bets on sports. There are retail locations that are mostly found in the state’s legal casinos. These include:
- Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville
- Ameristar Casino in East Chicago
- Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg
- Horseshoe Hammond Casino
- Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City
- French Lick Casino in French Lick
- Belterra Casino in Florence
- Horseshoe Southern Casino in Elizabeth
- Tropicana Evansville casino
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson
- Winner’s Circle locations in Downtown Indianapolis, New Haven, and Clarksville
Rising Star Casino and Majestic Casino in Rising Star and Gary have also been approved for sports betting, although they haven’t started accepting bets just yet.
If you prefer to place bets from your home or while using your mobile, you can also bet at one of the licensed online sportsbooks that operate in the state. Online sportsbooks in Indiana include:
- William Hill
- Points Bet
How Does Online Sports Betting Work in Indiana?
As of October 2020, online sportsbooks have been able to operate legally in the state. Residents and visitors to IN can now visit one of these sites, sign up and place wagers on a range of top sports from the US and around the world. Major leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL are all available to bet on as are tennis, boxing, soccer, golf, and motorsports. Some sites even offer less popular sports such as cricket, rugby, lacrosse, darts, and sailing.
Before you start placing bets, it’s important to find a licensed online sportsbook. All sites should be licensed by the Indiana Gaming Commission, which ensures that the site is fair and your funds are protected. While there are offshore sportsbooks you can use, there’s no guarantee that these sites are safe, so you’re always better off choosing a licensed sportsbook.
If you want to place bets online, you’ll first need to sign up and create an account. Legal sites should confirm your location and age, as state gambling rules require anyone betting to be at least 21 and located within Indiana’s borders. You’ll also need to provide personal details, including full name, contact information, the last four digits of your SSN, and your payment details. Once you have an account, you’re free to make a deposit and start betting on your favorite sports.
Remember to always gamble responsibly and avoid betting more than you can afford to lose. Sports betting can be a lot of fun and helps make sports more exciting, but it can quickly get out of hand for some people. If you’re having problems stopping, you can sign up for the Indiana Gaming Commission self-exclusion list. This will prevent you from being able to join any of the Indiana sportsbooks.