Online sports betting is legal in Indiana, and the state’s first online sportsbooks launched in October 2019, following the launch of retail sports betting in September 2019.
Since then, several new sportsbooks have come to the state, bringing the total to 13, and the sports betting industry has taken a total of over $5 billion in bets.
Here’s everything you need to know about online sports betting in Indiana, including where you can bet, who can bet, and how to bet responsibly.
Details About Sports Betting in Indiana
- Indiana’s first online sportsbooks launched in October 2019 — one month after the state opened its first retail sportsbook.
- There are currently 13 sportsbooks live in Indiana, including popular platforms like DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM.
- All online sportsbooks in Indiana must have a partnership with an in-state casino to operate.
- Indiana does not allow bettors to place bets on esports events or athletes under 18. However, unlike many other states, Indiana does allow individuals to bet on in-state college teams and NCAA games that take place in Indiana.
- In the first year of service, the Indiana sports betting industry took in more than $1 billion in bets. In its lifetime, the industry has taken a total of over $5 billion in bets.
Recent Sports Betting News in Indiana
The Indiana sports betting industry is constantly growing and changing as more individuals participate in the industry and more sportsbooks come to the state. Here are some of the most recent major developments in the state’s online sports betting industry:
- April 14, 2022: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb appoints Milt Thompson as the new chairman of the Indiana Gaming Commission, which oversees the state’s sports betting industry. Thompson will replace Mike McMains.
- April 11, 2022: The Indiana Gaming Commission reports a March handle of $476 million, which includes $274 million in basketball wagers, mostly because of March Madness.
- March 23, 2022: Indiana bans wagers on sporting events in Russia and Belarus following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Indiana Gaming Commission is also investigating Barstool Sports regarding allegations against Dave Portnoy.
- March 11, 2022: Indiana sportsbooks report a $409 million handle for February, generating approximately $17 million in revenue for sports betting operators and $1.6 million in taxes for the state.
- March 10, 2022: SBK Sportsbooks launches in Indiana, just in time for March Madness. SBK Sportsbooks is owned by UK-based Smarkets.
- Feb. 17, 2022: MaximBet announces it plans to launch in Indiana and Iowa for its next two locations. This comes shortly after MaximBet launched in Colorado.
- Feb. 4, 2022: The Indiana Gaming Commission approves an additional four Winter Olympic events for sports betting. This includes luge, biathlon, skeleton, and Nordic combined.
- Jan. 24, 2022: The Indiana Gaming Commission approves betting on seven Winter Olympic sports, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, bobsled, hockey, short-track speed skating, and speed skating.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Indiana
There are currently 13 sportsbooks available in Indiana — all of which are partnered with in-state casinos. Here’s a comprehensive overview of all the online sports betting apps currently available in the state.
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|Bally Bet||Bally’s Evansville||Bet.Works||Bally’s Evansville||Dec. 16, 2021|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Kambi||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||May 18, 2021|
|BetMGM||Belterra Casino||Entain||Belterra Casino||Feb. 20, 2020|
|BetRivers||French Lick Resort||Kambi||French Lick Resort||Oct. 3, 2019|
|Betway||Belterra Casino||N/A||Belterra Casino||May 28, 2021|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Tropicana Evansville||Scientific Games||Tropicana Evansville||Oct. 28, 2020|
|DraftKings||Ameristar Casino||SBTech||Ameristar Casino||Oct. 26, 2019|
|FanDuel||Blue Chip Casino||IGT||Blue Chip Casino||Oct. 3, 2019|
|PointsBet||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||PointsBet||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||March 5, 2020|
|SBK Sportsbook||Rising Star Casino Resort||Smarkets||Rising Star Casino Resort||March 10, 2022|
|theScore Bet||Ameristar Casino East Chicago||Bet.Works||Ameristar Casino East Chicago||Sept. 17, 2019|
|Unibet||Caesars Horseshoe Hammond||Kambi||Caesars Horseshoe Hammond||July 30, 2020|
|WynnBET||Rising Star Casino Resort||Scientific Games||Rising Star Casino Resort||March 25, 2021|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Indiana?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) let users create fictional sports teams and compete with other users for cash and other prizes in daily contests. These apps operate in a somewhat legal gray area, as many states consider them to be games of chance, while others view them as games of skill. As such, some states ban these apps under their gambling laws, while others allow residents to participate in DFS contests, even if sports betting isn’t legal in the state.
Daily fantasy sports apps are legal in Indiana. In fact, Indiana was the second state to pass DFS regulation in 2016. While you must be 21 or older to bet on sports in Indiana, you only have to be 18 or older to participate in DFS contests.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Indiana
Anyone located in Indiana who is 21 or older can bet on sports by registering with any of the legal and licensed sports betting apps available in the state. After registering, you can deposit funds into your account, take advantage of promotions and sign-up bonuses, and start placing bets.
Although sports betting can be a fun hobby, it’s important to follow responsible gambling practices to reduce the chances of developing a problematic gambling habit.
Responsible sports betting practices include:
- Only using legal sports betting apps to avoid scams, fraud, or potential legal consequences
- Never betting while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Setting and sticking to a betting budget to mitigate financial losses
- Only betting what you can comfortably afford to lose
- Taking breaks as necessary to maintain a healthy gambling habit
Gambling addiction is a serious issue that can result in significant financial losses while damaging your personal and professional relationships. If you believe you have or are developing a gambling addiction, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 to find local resources that can help you deal with your gambling problem.
Indiana Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||Yes|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s Note: Information accurate as of May 2022.
How old do I have to be to bet online in Indiana?
You must be 21 or older to bet online in Indiana. This also applies to betting at any retail sportsbooks located in the state.
Do you need to be a resident of Indiana to place bets online?
No, you do not need to be a resident of Indiana to place bets online, but you do have to be located in Indiana when placing a bet. If you are not located in the state, sports betting apps will prevent you from placing a wager.
Who regulates the online sportsbooks in Indiana?
Online sportsbooks in Indiana are regulated by the Indiana Gaming Commission.
Is it safe to use online sportsbooks apps in Indiana?
Yes, it is safe to use online sportsbooks apps in Indiana. But users should only use one of the state’s licensed sports betting apps to ensure a safe, legal, and fair betting experience.