Indiana online sports betting recently became a reality, ushering in a new era in legal sports betting in the Hoosier State.
Governor Eric Holcomb signed off on Indiana House Bill 1015, which put the legislation in place for Indiana to introduce legal retail and online sports betting.
With a long history of retail casino gaming, Indiana’s foray into legal sports betting represents an expansion of the state’s gambling industry.
Indiana’s first retail sportsbooks went live in September 2019. Online sports betting platforms soon followed in October. With the introduction of those products, Indiana joined the growing number of US states with legalized sports betting.
Indiana’s Legal Online Sportsbooks
DraftKings Sportsbook’s October 2019 launch in Indiana made the platform one of the first to go live in the state. The debut made Indiana the fifth state in which DraftKings Sportsbook operates in the US.
The platform operates as a license partner to Ameristar Casino Resort, and in collaboration with Penn National Gaming. DraftKings Sportsbook owns the distinction of top revenue-earning legal online sportsbook in the state.
FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook are the two top-earning brands in the US legal online sports betting market. That pattern holds in Indiana as well. The FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana platform is second only to DraftKings in revenues in the Hoosier State.
With the Indiana site launching in October 2019, FanDuel Sportsbook added a fourth state to its list of US operations. Blue Chip Casino acts as the retail license partner for FanDuel Sportsbook.
BetMGM became the fifth mobile sportsbook to launch in Indiana when it debuted in February 2020. The platform is licensed to Belterra Casino.
The BetMGM brand operates on Roar Digital software. This is a collaboration between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings. BetMGM expanded into a fourth US state when the Indiana platform launched.
New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia also host the BetMGM legal online sports betting platform.
Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers brand expanded into its third state with the October 2019 launch of its Indiana platform. BetRivers Sportsbook was the first legal mobile sports betting site to go live in the Hoosier State.
BetRivers Sportsbook is named after the Rivers Casino brand. The BetRivers Indiana platform, however, operates under the license of French Lick Resort Casino.
Going live in March 2020, PointBet became the sixth legal mobile sports wagering platform to open for business in Indiana. The Australian-owned company’s Indiana debut was one of several on the list of expected launches in the US for PointsBet in 2020.
Licensed to Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, the platform offers a wealth of traditional betting markets to Indiana bettors. It also offers the unique PointsBet wagering system to state residents.
Sneaking into the field of legal online sportsbooks just before the end of the year, BetAmerica Sportsbook launched in Indiana in December 2019.
Owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated, the BetAmerica online gaming brand continued its US expansion with the Indiana launch. Rising Star Casino is the retail casino licensing BetAmerica in Indiana.
Indiana Online Sports Betting Sites
Online Sportsbook Launch Date License Partner
DraftKings Sportsbook October 2019 Ameristar Casino Resort
FanDuel Sportsbook October 2019 Blue Chip Casino
BetRivers October 2019 French Lick Resort Casino
BetMGM February 2020 Belterra Casino
BetAmerica December 2019 Rising Star Casino
PointsBet March 2020 Hollywood Lawrenceburg
Online Sportsbooks Coming Soon To Indiana
BetIndiana will eventually join the list of legal online sportsbooks available in Indiana. USA Sports Gaming operates the BetIndiana brand. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) already awarded BetIndiana an online sports betting license.
BetIndiana will eventually operate as a license partner to the planned Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana.
Canadian sports media company Score Media continues to expand into the US legal sports betting market with its brand, titled theScoreBet.
The Indiana Gaming Commission approved theScoreBet for a temporary sports wagering vendor license. Full approval and the launch of theScoreBet in Indiana are still pending.
Indiana bettors can expect to see an online sportsbook launch under the Caesars Entertainment banner at some point soon. Caesars Southern Indiana opened a retail sportsbook inside the casino in December 2019. If other states are any indication, a Caesars Online Sportsbook is coming soon.
William Hill Sportsbook
Tropicana Casino Evansville teamed up with sports betting industry giant William Hill for its retail sportsbook. A William Hill online sportsbook should launch sometime in the upcoming months. It will be licensed under the Tropicana Evansville property.
SBK Online Sportsbook
SBK Online Sportsbook is coming to Indiana, possibly sometime in 2020. The SBK brand will launch in Indiana as a product of a partnership between Full House Resorts and UK-based sports betting brand Smarkets. The mobile sports betting app will operate under the Rising Star Casino license.
The Stars Group and Fox Sports are the partners behind the Fox Bet brand. Fox Bet is already live with online sportsbooks and casinos in various US states, and an Indiana platform is likely to go live soon. Fox Bet Indiana could operate a license partner of Penn National Gaming.
Bonuses At Indiana Online Sports Betting Sites
Deposit Match Bonuses
Widely offered by online gambling platforms, deposit match bonuses award bonus money that matches a certain percentage of a deposit. Deposit match bonuses are available at various legal online sportsbooks in Indiana.
BetRivers Sportsbook offers a 100% match bonus on first deposits, up to $250. This means that upon an initial deposit of up to $250 on the platform, BetRivers matches with up to $250 in bonus funds.
Deposit match bonuses usually require a certain amount of playthrough, or dollars wagered, to unlock the bonus. At many online gaming sites, the playthrough requirement is 25x or more. For example, a $250 match bonus with a 25x playthrough would require a total of $6,250 wagered ($250*25) to unlock the full bonus.
The BetRivers deposit match bonus is as player-friendly as it gets. It only requires 1x playthrough.
Risk-Free Bet Bonuses
Some sportsbooks offer a risk-free bet upon first deposit. This bonus refunds the first bet a player makes on a site if it results in a loss.
Indiana legal online sportsbooks offering risk-free bet bonuses include BetMGM. The BetMGM offer includes a risk-free bet of up to $500.
For example, if a player signs up at BetMGM, deposits, and makes a $500 bet, BetMGM will refund that $500 if the bet is a loss. The $500 is the max amount for a refund, and the refund matches the amount made on the first bet.
Free No-Deposit Bonuses
The easiest way to get money into an account on a legal online sportsbook in Indiana is via free sign-up bonuses.
DraftKings Sportsbook offers a $25 no-deposit bonus for new players, just for registering an account. No-deposit bonuses can sometimes depend on conditions like playthrough within a certain time limit.
The DraftKings Sportsbook bonuses, however, come with no such requirements. New players can claim the bonus and immediately have $25 in free bets at their disposal.
Sports To Bet On In Indiana
Betting On US Professional Sports In Indiana
Just about every professional sports league in the US is represented in the betting markets at Indiana’s legal online sportsbooks.
Major League Baseball, as well as the NFL, NBA, and NHL, are all on the menu for Indiana bettors. Moneyline and point spread betting is available on virtually the entire schedule in all four major US sports. This includes the regular season, and well as postseason contests.
Indiana Pacers And Indianapolis Colts
Indiana is home to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Bettors in the state can wager on both of these teams without restrictions.
Other ways to bet on the four major US leagues include parlays, futures betting, and prop bets. Prop bets on the 2020 NFL Draft reached an all-time high in US markets, with bettors placing wagers on draft order and numerous other aspects of the draft.
Indy 500 And Other Sports
Indiana hosts the annual Indianapolis 500, the biggest IndyCar Series event in the US. The IndyCar Series and NASCAR are both available to Indiana bettors.
Major League Soccer, golf, and tennis are also available for betting at Indiana legal online sportsbooks. Betting markets for UFC, other MMA promotions, and boxing are on the menu as well.
Betting On College Sports In Indiana
Indiana’s state-regulated online sportsbooks offer a variety of college sports betting markets. Some US states restrict betting on in-state college athletics teams and contests. New Jersey, for example, limits betting on in-state collegiate sports. No such restrictions apply in Indiana.
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) permits betting on numerous college sports. The IGC only restricts certain kinds of live in-game betting on college contests.
Point spread, moneyline, and parlay betting are available to Indiana players for nearly every major contest in college football and college basketball. This includes the College Football Playoff and college football bowl season.
Notre Dame, Purdue, And Indiana University
The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness, is one of the most popular sports betting events on the calendar. Indiana bettors can wager on all games from the March Madness bracket, including those involving Indiana college programs.
Indiana’s rich tradition of college athletics goes back more than a century. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football program is arguably the most recognizable in the US.
Located in South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame college football is just one of many high-profile college athletics programs in the state.
College basketball teams like the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers perennially contend for postseason play and conference championships. Indiana’s passionate college sports fan base has access to betting markets involving all of the state’s big-name programs.
College hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field are all permitted for wagering by the IGC.
International Sports Betting In Indiana
While betting on domestic sports offers plenty of opportunities for Indiana players, legal online sportsbooks in the state also offer access to many international sports betting markets.
From major international sports leagues to some of the more obscure sporting events, Indiana bettors can find almost endless ways to wager on contests around the globe.
International Soccer Leagues
The world’s most popular sport, soccer, powers some of the most-watched sports leagues in the world. Top-tier leagues like the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, and Spanish La Liga produce games that are some of the most popular events for wagering in the world.
Indiana bettors have access to all of these leagues at state-regulated online sportsbooks. Extensive options for betting on smaller leagues are available as well.
Other International Sports
Soccer is just one of many ways Indiana bettors can get in on overseas sports action. Major leagues in rugby, cricket, basketball, and baseball all present plenty of contests for wagering.
The world’s biggest cycling event, the Tour de France, is on the menu for Indiana bettors as well. Tennis majors like the French Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon, as well as international golf events, find a place on the board at Indiana’s online sports betting sites.
Niche sports, like darts, table tennis, and a host of others, round out the international betting options available in Indiana.
Is Esports Betting Legal In Indiana?
Video games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Starcraft 2 have become “sports leagues” of their own over the past decade. The esports industry is powered by the popularity of these games.
Betting markets surrounding these esports staples have occasionally appeared on the boards of legal sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey. In Indiana, however, esports betting is illegal.
While the stance on esports betting is undefined in some US states, Indiana law explicitly dictates that esports betting is outlawed.
What Else Can I Bet On In Indiana?
The IGC permits betting on many forms of sports in Indiana. The list of sports betting markets allowed at the state’s legal sportsbooks can be found here. The list includes various sports from Aussie Rules Football to table tennis.
Are Indiana’s Online Sportsbooks Available As Mobile Apps?
Most of Indiana’s legal online sports betting platforms are available as mobile apps for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Many of the state’s mobile sportsbooks can also be accessed from a desktop, with no download.
Indiana could host as many as 15 or more online sports betting brands when the industry reaches full maturity. Just about all of Indiana’s legal online sportsbooks will likely be accessible in both mobile app and desktop form.
Indiana Mobile Sports Betting Apps For iOS Devices
DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM, and PointsBet are among the platforms offered as downloadable apps for iOS devices.
These apps can be found in the App Store on iOS devices and downloaded for free. While most of these apps can be downloaded from anywhere in the US, bettors must be located within Indiana borders to place bets.
Indiana’s legal sports betting apps use geolocation technology that prevents bettors from playing outside of the state.
Indiana Mobile Sports Betting Apps For Android Devices
All of the aforementioned legal sports betting platforms, as well as BetRivers Sportsbook, are available as mobile apps for Android devices as well.
Android users must download the apps directly from an online sportsbook’s website. The Google Play Store does not allow for the download of real-money gambling apps.
Using A Desktop To Bet At Indiana’s Online Sportsbooks
Virtually all of Indiana’s state-regulated mobile sportsbooks can be accessed on a desktop computer, with no app download required. Bettors can register for an account, deposit, and place bets directly from the websites of Indiana’s online sportsbooks.
Playing on a desktop doesn’t offer the same portability as a mobile app, but is the quickest and easiest way to get started at one of the state’s regulated sports betting platforms.
What Is Indiana’s Biggest Online Sportsbook?
DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook sit atop the list of top revenue-earning brands in the legal US sports betting industry. Not surprisingly, these brands emerged as the leaders in the Indiana mobile sports betting market soon after the October 2019 launch.
Both platforms offer a wide array of domestic and international sports betting markets for Indiana players. The name recognition of the brands set up both FanDuel and DraftKings as potential market leaders in the emerging US sports betting industry for years to come.
DraftKings Sportsbook In Indiana
DraftKings Sportsbook tops the list as Indiana’s highest-earning mobile sportsbook. Licensed to Ameristar Casino, DraftKings Sportsbook offers an intuitive, modern interface. It is simple to navigate on both mobile devices and on a desktop.
New players can earn up to $1,025 in bonuses after signing up at DraftKings Sportsbook. This total includes a free $25 no-deposit bonus, a $500 risk-free bet, and a 20% deposit match bonus that can yield up to $500 in bonus money.
FanDuel Sportsbook In Indiana
FanDuel Sportsbook operates under the license of Blue Chip Casino. Launching just a couple of weeks after DraftKings Sportsbook, the platform brings in a significant portion of Indiana’s overall online sports betting revenue.
How Do I Create An Account At An Indiana Online Sportsbook?
Getting started on Indiana’s legal online sports wagering platforms is easy. The registration process takes just a few steps. For example, signing up for a BetRivers Sportsbook account requires the following steps:
- Go to the BetRivers Indiana homepage. From there, Android users can download the BetRivers Sportsbook app. All players can also register and bet on a desktop right from the website.
- Click “Join Now,” and fill out fields for screen name, password, and valid email address.
- Upon verification of email, the new account is ready for action. Navigate to the cashier to make a deposit.
- Additional identification and age verification are needed to make a deposit.
- Using geolocation technology, BetRivers Sportsbook will only allow bets to be made from inside Indiana borders.
Legal Online Sportsbooks Versus Illegal Online Sportsbooks
The number of legal mobile sportsbooks operating in Indiana could reach 15 or more when the industry reaches full maturity in the Hoosier State.
Indiana bettors can enjoy multiple betting platforms. With the ease of betting from anywhere in the state, research and line shopping can be accomplished with ease.
Indiana Sports Book Regulators
The state’s land-based casinos own all of the Indiana online sports betting platforms. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), a government agency, regulates the casino industry in the state and the online sportsbooks. The IGC ensures fairness of games, player safety, and legal operations from the state’s casinos.
Players can place bets at Indiana’s legal online sportsbooks with the safeguards of IGC regulation in place. Betting on a mobile sports wagering site is just as safe as placing a bet at the sportsbook of a land-based casino.
Offshore Gambling Sites And The Consequences
Offshore gambling sites operating in the US are illegal. All legal online sportsbooks in Indiana display the Indiana Gaming Commission seal. Any online gambling site in Indiana not bearing the IGC seal is illegally operating in Indiana.
The legal consequences of playing on an illegal gambling site in Indiana are particularly foreboding. Indiana law explicitly outlaws illegal online gambling, subjecting players on offshore sites to possible criminal prosecution.
Indiana Online Sports Betting FAQ
How old do you have to be to bet on Indiana’s legal online sportsbooks?
The legal minimum age for casino gambling in Indiana is 21. This age applies to any form of gambling inside a land-based casino, as well as betting on a legal online sportsbook.
To deposit and withdraw from a legal mobile sports betting site, players must provide identification showing that they’re at least 21.
Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in Indiana?
Yes. DraftKings Sportsbook launched in Indiana in October 2019. This made Indiana the fifth state in which DraftKings Sportsbook went live. The platform is licensed to Ameristar Casino.
The DraftKings Sportsbook homepage displays a map of all states in which the platform legally operates. The site can be accessed by Indiana player via iOS app, Android app, or directly through a desktop computer.
Is FanDuel Sportsbook legal in Indiana?
Yes. FanDuel Sportsbook is licensed under the Blue Chip Casino internet gaming license. The platform went live in October 2019 in Indiana.
FanDuel Sportsbook operates legally in several US states. To bet on the Indiana version of the platform, players must be located within Indiana borders. FanDuel Sportsbook is available as a mobile app, as well as on a desktop.
Do Indiana Sportsbooks Offer Credit?
No. Indiana’s casinos generally don’t offer credit for play on the state’s legal online sportsbooks. Apart from free, no-deposit bonuses, the only way to bet is by depositing funds at a mobile sports betting site.
Some sites offer free sign-up bonuses, such as DraftKings $25 no-deposit bonus for new players. Other ways to earn bonus money include deposit match bonuses and risk-free bet promotions.
Is betting on college sports permitted in Indiana?
Yes. Betting on college sports is legal in Indiana. Unlike a few other US states, Indiana allows college sports betting with no restrictions on in-state teams and contests.
As such, Indiana bettors have full access to betting markets that include games involving Notre Dame, Indiana University, and Purdue. In-state contests between non-Indiana teams are also open for wagering.
Do I have to visit a casino to open an online sportsbook account in Indiana?
No. New players can register for an account on a legal online sportsbook from anywhere within Indiana’s borders. Players must be able to provide proof of identity and age to deposit and withdraw from their accounts.
It is possible to open an online sportsbook account by visiting the casino cage of the retail property that operates a given online sportsbook.
For more information on the status of online gaming in Indiana, see our full Guide To Online Gambling In Indiana.