Indiana Sports Betting
IN Online Sports Betting Legalization Updates 2022
Indiana Sportsbook Offers
|Is online sports betting legal in Indiana?||Yes|
|When did online sports betting become legal in Indiana?||October 2019|
|What online sportsbooks are available in Indiana?||DraftKings, BetMGM, PointsBet, FanDuel, theScore Bet, BetRivers, Caesars and Unibet.|
|What sports can you bet on in Indiana?||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 Sets New State Record for Monthly Sports Betting Total
Indiana sportsbooks took $207.5 million in legal sports wagering for the month of September, a new one-month record total for the state. Indiana also brought in a state-record $14.3 million in sports wagering tax revenue. The state recently passed $1 billion in cumulative sports wagering in July, less than a year after being legalized.
FanDuel Cancels Wrongly Priced Soccer Bets in Indiana
A July MLS match was briefly priced with the significantly incorrect odds, leading one bettor at Blue Chip Casino in Indiana to include the match in multiple parlays that would have paid out nearly $60,000. FanDuel withheld and then canceled payout since Indiana Gaming Commission regulations allow sportsbooks to cancel wagers "in the event of obvious error."
Unibet Launches New Sportsbook in Indiana
Indiana Sports Betting Timeline
Unibet launched in Indiana in late July, joining DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, BetRivers, PointsBet and BetAmerica. Its deal runs through the Horseshoe Hammond Casino, which is run by Caesars.
Online sports betting in Indiana goes live with DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers launching their books.
Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the bill into law.
HB1015 passes through the Indiana House and Senate in two separate votes.
The Supreme Court overturns PASPA, giving states the option to legalize sports betting on their own terms.
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.
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:
DraftKings Sportsbook Indiana
BetMGM Sportsbook Indiana
PointsBet Sportsbook Indiana
FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana
theScore Bet Sportsbook Indiana
BetRivers Sportsbook Indiana
How to Place a Sports Bet in Indiana
It's easy to get started with sports betting in Indiana. Here's how:
Step 1: Choose a Sportsbook
You’ll want multiple sportsbook accounts to get the best price on every game, and Indiana will have plenty of options to shop for the best lines.
But let’s start with FanDuel. You can get a $500 risk-free bet if you sign up here.
Step 2: Sign up & Verify
Follow the prompts and create an account with FanDuel.
They may ask for your social security number or driver’s license to verify your identity and age.
Step 3: Deposit with Sportsbook
FanDuel will take you right to the deposit screen once you’ve put in your information. Select your payment method, then click deposit. Our preferred method is direct deposit via a bank account — that way when you cash out, the money will go right to your checking account instead of being credited back to a card.
Step 4: Place a Legal Bet
FanDuel has a strong mobile experience and user-friendly betting slip.
Here’s how to place your first bet.
- Navigate to sport
- Click the line you want to bet
- Head to your bet slip
- Enter your bet amount
Congrats! You’ve just placed your first legal sports bet in Indiana.
How Indiana Sports Betting Compares
We graded Indiana on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.
Indiana Sports Betting Grading Card:
Indiana followed the New Jersey model and got just about everything right when it comes to online sports betting. The 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
Indiana has full online betting. You need to be within 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.
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.
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.
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? It sounds like a small thing, but the power of live betting 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 lives betting rules. No college player props are 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.
- 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
Indiana Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Indiana Beginners
New to sports betting? Check out our 11 sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started with wagering in Indiana.
Sports Betting Glossary
Sports betting terms make no sense to most of the world. Get up to speed here with our glossary.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
You might want to unload bets on your favorite teams like the Indianapolis Colts or Indiana Hoosiers, but you need to be careful if you’re going to make it in the sports betting world.
Here are some mistakes to avoid.
Indiana Teams to Bet on
Although states don't need their own professional team to have a strong sport-specific market, it can certainly help momentum and engagement! Because of legal mobile betting, Indiana bettors can attend pro games and bet and monitor in real-time when watching their favorite teams.
Indiana has three pro teams housed in the immediate downtown Indianapolis area that attracts sports bettor attention.
NFL Betting in Indiana
The Indianapolis Colts were a founding member of the NFL, beginning play in Baltimore in 1953. The team relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts won three NFL championships in 1958, 1959 and 1968 before the league merged with the AFL. They are two-time Super Bowl champions with wins in 1970 and 2006, the latter under legendary Hall of Fame quarterback and franchise icon, Peyton Manning.
The Colts play in the AFC South and look primed for another playoff run in 2021 after adding quarterback Carson Wentz in free agency, following the retirements of Andrew Luck and then Philip Rivers. The Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium, a modern stadium equipped with about 70,000 seats and a retractable roof. If you want to bet on the Colts, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smart.
Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on football in Indiana:
NBA Betting in Indiana
The Indiana Pacers were one of the great ABA teams, winning three ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976. The Pacers have not won an NBA championship, though Hall of Famer Reggie Miller did lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2000. With a motto of "We Grow Basketball Here," Indiana pays tribute to the historical roots of basketball in the state, and the Pacers are named after the Indianapolis 500 pace cars.
The Pacers are one of the NBA's great small-market teams. Housed in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers have made the playoffs in 25 of the last 31 seasons. The Pacers were bounced in the first round of the playoffs in 2020, which resulted in the firing of head coach Nate McMillan. Despite the first-round exit, the legend of T.J. Warren was born in the Orlando bubble.
Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on basketball in Indiana:
- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Keep an eye on betting activity and bet/money distribution with our NFL Public Betting data
WNBA Betting in Indiana
The Fever share Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the Pacers. The Fever made the playoffs 12 straight seasons from 2005 through 2016 and won a WNBA title in 2012. Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings spent 15 years with the Fever and now serves as the team's general manager. Indiana made a coaching change in 2020, bringing in Marianne Stanley to take the leading role.
MLB Betting in Indiana
There is no pro baseball team in Indiana, but there's still going to be a baseball betting market available. Many Hoosiers root for the Chicago Cubs or White Sox. In the meantime, you can check out our baseball betting 'how-tos.'
NHL Betting in Indiana
There is no pro hockey team in Indiana, but there's still going to be a baseball betting market available. In the meantime, you can check out our baseball betting "how-tos."
College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Indiana
NCAA Division I Football & Basketball
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|Ball State Cardinals|
NCAA Division I Basketball Only
|Indiana State Sycamores|
|Evansville Purple Aces|
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football
From the iconic golden-dome helmets to the larger-than-life Touchdown Jesus mural overlooking Notre Dame Stadium, the university is steeped in rich tradition and football history. Players slap the Play Like a Champion Today sign as they exit the locker room and head out onto the field where "Rudy" made his name in the eponymous movie.
Notre Dame football competes as an independent, free of conference loyalty, though it normally plays five games a year against ACC opponents. The university claims 11 national championships but is recognized by the NCAA and other selectors with as many as 22, tied for most all-time. Notre Dame players have won the Heisman Trophy seven times, tied for most of any university. Notre Dame has produced over 100 consensus All-Americans and nearly 500 players selected in the NFL Draft.
The Irish have one of the largest and most widespread fan bases in football. NBC has televised all Notre Dame home games since 1991, and the university has a number of longtime rivalries.
Indiana Hoosiers Football
The Hoosiers play in the Big Ten, where they've won the conference championship twice, in 1945 and 1967. Indiana has played in 11 bowl games, including the 1968 Rose Bowl. The Hoosiers play their games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Tom Allen coaches them.
Purdue Boilermakers Football
The Boilermakers compete in the Big Ten and rank in the top 50 for most wins by an NCAA FBS program. Purdue has competed at the FBS level since reclassifying in 1978. The Boilermakers have 12 conference championships, eight of them in the Big Ten. Purdue plays at Ross-Ade Stadium on campus in West Lafayette. Jeff Brohm coaches them.
Ball State Cardinals Football
Ball State plays its home games at Scheumann Stadium on campus in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals competed in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and joined what is now called the FBS level of football in 1981. Ball State has played in seven bowl games without a win. Mike Neu coaches them.
Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on college football in Indiana:
College Basketball Betting in Indiana
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Basketball
The Irish play their home games in the Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in basketball and has appeared in the NCAA Tournament times, top 10 all-time and most for any team without appearing in a championship game, with a lone Final Four bid in 1978. The Fighting Irish have been led by coach Mike Brey every year this century.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women's Basketball
Notre Dame's women's basketball team has recently risen to national prominence at the highest level. The Irish have made nine Final Fours, including seven over the past decade, and won national championships in 2001 and 2018. Notre Dame has become a fixture on Championship Monday, playing in six national championship games over the past decade under legendary head coach Muffet McGraw. The Irish will now begin a new era with McGraw retiring in spring 2020, leaving the reins to Niele Ivy.
Indiana Hoosiers Men's Basketball
The Hoosiers are one of the nation's elite college basketball programs with five national championships. They won the first two in 1940 and 1953 under Branch McCracken and the other three in 1976, 1981, and 1987 with Bob Knight. That legendary 1976 team never lost a game and remained the most recent unbeaten Division I men's basketball champion.
The Hoosiers play in the Big Ten, where they've won 22 conference championships. They have appeared in eight Final Fours and rank top seven in NCAA tournament appearances and victories. Indiana plays its home games at Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, where IU annually boasts one of college basketball's best attendance records.
Indiana last made the national championship game in 2002 but has not been back to the Elite Eight since. Archie Miller coaches the Hoosiers.
Purdue Boilermakers Men's Basketball
The Boilermakers play in the Big Ten and have the most conference championships of any Big Ten team with 24. Purdue has appeared in 31 NCAA Tournaments, making two Finals Fours in 1969 and 1980. Purdue plays its home games at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.
Matt Painter has coached the Boilermakers for the better part of two decades. Purdue is the home of two former No. 1 NBA Draft picks, Glenn Robinson and Joe Barry Carroll.
Butler Bulldogs Men's Basketball
Butler basketball is a program on the rise over the past 25 years. Butler has competed in the NCAA tournament in all but three seasons since 1997, despite playing in a mid-major conference for most of them. The Bulldogs made a memorable Cinderella run to the national championship in 2010, then returned the following year but lost both times. Butler is the smallest school to play for the NCAA national championship in the modern tournament era.
Butler plays in the Big East Conference. They are the only Indiana team in a basketball-crazed state to ever play in back-to-back national championship games. The Bulldogs play their home games in the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. LaVall Jordan coaches them.
Ball State Cardinals Men's Basketball
The Cardinals play in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and have won their conference seven times. Ball State has appeared in seven NCAA tournaments, most recently in 2000. The Cardinals have three March Madness wins, including a memorable run to the Sweet Sixteen in 1990 as a 12-seed before losing to eventual champion UNLV by two points. They also memorably upset No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 UCLA on consecutive days in the 2001 Maui Invitational Tournament. James Whitford coaches ball State.
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Indiana’s Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, so it plays host to many major sporting events. Lucas Oil hosted the 2021 Men's Final Four and will host the College Football Playoff national championship game in 2022. Other major sporting events Indiana hosts includes:
- Indianapolis 500
- Big Ten Championship Game
More Reading on Indiana
Official Sports Betting Documentation
- Indiana has responded well to sports betting in the past. For more information in addition to Action's coverage, read Dana Hunsinger Benbow's IndyStar story about Hoosiers wagering more than $400 million in four months
- To dive deeper into Indiana's sports betting laws directly, take a look at the state's Sports Wagering Statute (IC 4-38).
- Take a look at the state's emergency rules regarding sports wagering.
- If you have questions regarding which sports you can place bets on, look no further than this document from the Indiana Gaming Commission.
- Indiana also publishes its monthly revenue reports, which can be a great indicator as to how sports betting is performing in the state at particular points throughout the year.
- TripAdvisor ranked the Hoosier State's top casinos, where bettors can hang out at sportsbooks and get in on the action either in person or online.
For details on all sporting locations and teams throughout the state of Pennsylvania, see this guide on offerings from 2019.
For more on U.S. Sports Betting
You can check out the legal status of other states and learn more about legal sports betting here.
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