Indiana finally has a start date for mobile sports betting: Thursday, October 3rd. The Indiana Gaming Commission issued a Mobile Go Live Authorization on Wednesday to Rush Street Interactive, operator of BetRivers.com.
This the first notice of its kind and finally gives Indiana an official date to watch for the launch of online sports betting. Rush Street Interactive will likely be joined by additional operators in the near future in receiving go-live authorizations.
The full Go Live Authorization from the IGC follows:
French Lick Launches Mobile Sports Betting via BetRivers Partnership
In Indiana, French Lick Resort Casino and Rush Street Interactive will operate under the BetRivers brand as well. The retail sportsbook at French Lick Casino is also powered by Rush Street and accepted its first wagers on September 6th.
Indiana sports betting laws will allow BetRivers to accept a wide range of bets and to accept wagers on most sports. This will include wagers on college sports, the major sports leagues, mixed martial arts, the Olympics and more.
Types of wagers to be accepted include standard pre-game wagers, in-play betting and props. The one restriction under Indiana law is in-play wagers on individual college athletes. Other than that, Hoosiers will have a large menu to choose from at BetRivers and other mobile sportsbooks as they go live.
Key Things to Know About Mobile Betting in Indiana
The launch of BetRivers Indiana will begin a new era for wagering across the state. Some of the key things to know regarding online betting in Indiana include:
- Minimum age to bet online: 21
- Residency requirements: Customers do not need to be residents of Indiana; they only need to be located within state lines at the time the wager is placed
- No in-person registration requirement: Some states (Iowa and Illinois) have passed laws requiring customers to visit a land-based casino in person to register for online betting. That will not be the case in Indiana. Customers may download the app and sign up for an account from anywhere within state lines
- Sports allowed: Mobile sportsbooks are permitted to offer wagers on pro and college sports that are approved by the IGC
- In-Play betting allowed: In-play betting is allowed under state law with one exception. Sportsbooks may not offer in-play wagers involving individual college athletes.
More Mobile Betting Operators to Launch in Indiana
The Indiana Gaming Commission has issued temporary sports wagering licenses to seven mobile operators to date.
Rush Street Interactive may have been the first to meet the Commission’s requirements for mobile betting, but the other licensed operators are all highly experienced and should receive their own go-live authorizations soon.
Additionally, the Indiana Gaming Commission has already established a track record for moving quickly on sports betting. The IN sports betting law was passed in May, the first retail sportsbook licenses were issued in July and the first legal wagers were booked on September 1st.
Licensed Mobile Betting Operators in Indiana
|Online Betting Operator||Land-Based Partner||Mobile Go Live Date|
|BetRivers||French Lick Resort||3 October 2019|
|William Hill||Tropicana Evansville||TBD|
|FanDuel||Blue Chip Casino & Belterra Casino Resort||TBD|
|Caesars Interactive Entertainment||Horseshoe Hammond||TBD|
|Churchill Downs (BetAmerica)||Rising Star Casino||TBD|
|DraftKings||Ameristar East Chicago||3 October 2019|
|Penn Sports Interactive (Hollywood Casino)||Hollywood Casino||TBD|