Indiana Sports Betting
Indiana sports betting is live. Online wagering began with DraftKings and BetRivers in fall 2019. In spring 2020, BetMGM, Caesars and PointsBet all went live. Indiana has full online betting and deposits, a huge win for consumers. And it's attractive for operators thanks to friendly rules, population and nearby cities without legal betting.

Here's what to know about Indiana Sports Betting.
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Indiana Sports Betting Sites & Apps

Indiana bettors have it better than most other states thanks to fully online betting and deposits. Indiana is an attractive market for operators thanks to its 6.7 million people, favorable online betting rules, and proximity to major cities with big populations and no legal betting.

Here are the Indiana sports betting sites and apps that have gone live so far:
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We graded Indiana on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.

How Indiana Sports Betting Compares
Indiana followed the New Jersey model and got just about everything right when it comes to online sports betting.

he Hoosier state chose wisely for the most part: mobile-forward, accessible online deposits, and decent pricing.

We just wish they didn’t limit player props on college sports, and constrain live betting to commercial breaks.
Mobile Betting Options: A

Indiana has full online betting. You just need to be in the state’s borders to wager. Operators in the Hoosier State took almost $1 billion in bets in their first eight months, and it generated nearly $7 million in revenue for the state. To generate meaningful revenue, states need fully online betting. Indiana got that right.

Deposit: A

Indiana bettors can sign up and deposit online. That’s a huge advantage since it removes most of the friction if you want multiple sportsbook accounts.

Fair Pricing: B+

Getting the best pricing requires lots of sportsbooks in a state. And Indiana did pretty much everything it could to attract the big operators.

While books do need to partner with a land-based operator to offer online sports betting, there are 14 total casinos, so there shouldn’t be a shortage of relationships. And the fees to enter are just $100,000 with a $50,000 per year renewal, plus a reasonable 9.5% tax rate.

We should see more and more books in Indiana over the next year, which will lead to great pricing for bettors.

Offerings: B-

Just about every bet type is available in Indiana. The state’s gaming commission published a list of all event types, and it’s about what you’d expect. You can bet on college teams based in the state, which you can’t in New Jersey.

What can’t you gamble on in Indiana?

  • Live betting is limited to “natural” breaks, like commercials or the end of a quarter or inning
  • No college player proposition betting
  • No casino or online poker
It sounds like a small thing, but the power of live betting really opens up when you can get action down at any time, and don’t have to wait until breaks.

The Indiana Gaming Commission controls the data sources available and live betting rules. No college player props is unfortunate for anyone trying to start out making their own projections and beat an exploitable market.

Indiana’s failure to legalize online casinos and poker is also a miss. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have seen massive handles and revenue from poker and online gaming, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic without sports.
THE GOOD
The Good: Indiana’s Successes
We’ve covered a lot of what Indiana got right -- full online betting, online sign ups and deposits, ability for just about every major sports book to set up shop in the state if it wants to.

But Indiana getting those things right helps it in one other major way -- it borders so many major cities in states that are either moving slowly with online sports betting, botched their bills or won’t have legalized wagering anytime soon.

Indiana moved first in the midwest, and that could pay off. Its bordering states -- Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky -- have a combined population of more than 37 million.

Chicago is 17 miles from Indiana. Louisville is on the border. Cincinnati is a half hour away. The list goes on. For those folks to bet, they just need to pop over the border, sign up for an account online, bet, and head back. They can even cash out in their own state.

Indiana has a chance to become the midwest’s sports betting destination, like New Jersey has for the tri-state area (mostly New York, but that’s a huge deal). While Illinois and Michigan do have plans to get online gambling soon, there’s no guarantee they’ll be favorable bills for consumers.

Illinois is already planning a $20 million fee for operators, eliminating many small players from the market.
THE BAD
The Bad: What IN Got Wrong
Indiana didn’t get much wrong relative to other states. College player props has been a popular ban for new states like Indiana and Colorado. Its only failings are no online poker and casinos, and limits to live betting.

Perhaps the state wants to protect its land-based casinos and keep gamblers there. But COVID-19 has exposed an underlying issue -- people want to gamble in the comfort of their own homes more often than they can go to casinos.

And limited live betting -- which is only available during natural breaks like commercials, or the end of a quarter or inning -- is disappointing.

Some estimates say more than 70% of all bets placed in Europe are live. Without the ability to get down action at any time, Indiana won’t get close to that.

Is online sports betting legal in Indiana?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in Indiana. You just need to be inside state borders to bet.

Can I Use Draftkings Sportsbook in Indiana?

Bettors can use Draftkings Sportsbook in Indiana. DK went live right away when the state legalized sports betting in October 2019.

Is Bovada Legal In Indiana?

Bovada is not legal in Indiana, and isn’t necessary with so many legal sportsbooks now operating in the Hoosier State.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Bet?

You must be 21 years old to bet on sports in Indiana.

Can I Bet If I’m in Indiana, But Don’t Live There?

Yes, you can bet in Indiana even if you don’t live there. You can sign up for an account, deposit, and withdraw money in your own state — you just need to be inside the state border to place bets.

Where Can I Bet on Sports in Indiana?

Anywhere, as long as you’re inside the state border and have an Internet connection. If you live in Indiana but are not inside the state, you can’t bet.

Who Can Apply for a Indiana Sports Betting License?

Sportsbooks need to partner with a land-based operator and pay a $100,000 licensing fee — both reasonable asks.

Are Any Sports Off Limits?

No sports are off-limits (relative to other legal U.S. markets). The only bet type that’s not allowed is college player props.

Indiana Sports Betting Tips
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Indiana Sports Betting Timeline

January 2018

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Indiana actually introduced HB1015, its eventual sports betting bill, before the Supreme Court overturned PASPA. The state anticipated the Supreme Court would rule in New Jersey’s favor.

May 2018

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The Supreme Court overturns PASPA, giving states the option to legalize sports betting on their own terms.

April 2019

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HB1015 passes through the Indiana House and Senate in two separate votes.

May 2019

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the bill into law.
Indiana Sports Betting Locations
Indiana has more than a dozen casinos in the state — some riverboat, some land-based. Here are the casinos and associated sportsbooks.
CasinoSportsbookCity
Ameristar EastDraftKingsEast Chicago
BelterraFanDuelFlorence
Blue ChipFanDuelMichigan City
Four Winds South BendNoneSouth Bend
French Lick Resort CasinoRush Street (SugarHouse)French Lick
Hollywood Casino LawrenceburgKambiLawrenceburg
Hoosier ParkCaesarsAnderson
Caesars Southern IndianaCaesarsElizabeth
Horseshoe CasinoCaesarsHammond
Indiana Grand CasinoCaesarsShelbyville
Majestic StarUSA Sports Gaming (BetIndiana)Gary
Rising Star Casino ResortBetAmerica Rising Sun
Tropicana EvansvilleWilliam HillEvansville
Indiana has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

Division I Football & Basketball

Indiana Hoosiers
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Purdue Boilermakers
Ball State Cardinals

Division I Basketball Only

Butler Bulldogs
Indiana State Sycamores
Valparaiso Crusaders
Evansville Purple Aces
IUPUI Jaguars
IPFW Mastadons

Pro Sports Teams

Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Both the Pacers and Fever play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, so the state’s major sports (that you can bet on, anyway) are contained to the state capital. For more information on each team, you can check out:

Other Events

  • Indianapolis 500
  • Big Ten Championship Game
  • Final Four, CFP Championship Game Indiana’s Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, so it plays host to many major sporting events.

    The 2021 Final Four is there, for example.

    The following year, Lucas Oil will play host to the College Football Playoff national championship game.

    More Reading on Indiana

    For local Indiana sports coverage to supplement Action, there are several options, including: The Indianapolis Star, The Times of Northwest Indiana, and the Herald Times.

    Official Sportsbetting Documentation:

    Detail on all sporting locations and teams throughout the state of Pennsylvania, see this Guide on PA Sporting offerings from 2019

    For more on U.S. Sportsbetting

    Sports betting is legal in other states like Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois–and coming soon in states like Tennessee. You can check out the legal status of other states and learn more about legal sports betting here.

    Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.