It’s Official: Sports Betting is Live in Indiana

Sports betting has officially begun in Indiana. A first round of sportsbooks opened their doors over the weekend to kick off the state’s legal sports betting industry just in time for the NFL season.

Indiana Grand held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday while Ameristar East Chicago and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg held soft openings ahead of their own official ribbon cutting ceremonies later this week.

Governor Eric Holcomb was on hand for the festivities at Indiana Grand and had the opportunity to place the first ever legal wager in Indiana. With that wager, we can officially report sports betting is live in Indiana.

Three Retail Sportsbooks Now Open

Fourteen casinos in total have applied to offer sports betting and three of those are now live. The remainders are scheduled to open later this month.

Sportsbooks that are open now:

Launch dates for the remaining Indiana sportsbooks:

Sportsbook Launch Date
The Book at Horseshoe Hammond 4 September
FanDuel Sportsbook at Blue Chip Casino 5 September
French Lick Resort Sportsbook 6 September
FanDuel Sportsbook at Belterra Casino 9 September
The Book at Horseshoe Southern Indiana 12 September
The Book at Harrah’s Hoosier Park 19 September
William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Evansville September, but no firm date given
Winner’s Circle Clarksville September, but no firm date given
Winner’s Circle Indianapolis September, but no firm date given
Winner’s Circle New Haven September but no firm date given
Rising Star Casino Sportsbook Not date announced

 

Up Next: Mobile Sportsbooks in Indiana

Casino managers and Indiana Gaming Commission officials have said recently the focus is on launching retail sportsbooks but will be able to shift to mobile betting shortly after the land-based industry gets up and running.

Last month, the Indiana Gaming Commission completed two critical tasks needed to get us closer to the launch of the first mobile sportsbooks.

First, the Commission issued temporary vendor licenses to six mobile providers that seek to offer sports betting with local casinos. This means casinos and their mobile betting providers are moving quickly to get everything in place.

The first vendor licenses have been issued to:

Mobile Betting Provider Casino Partner
William Hill Tropicana Evansville
FanDuel Blue Chip Casino and Belterra Casino
Caesars Interactive Horseshoe Hammond
DraftKings Ameristar East Chicago
Penn Sports Interactive Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
Rush Street Interactive French Lick Resort

Second, the Commission formally approved the emergency rules needed to regulate in-person and online sports betting. With those rules in place, casinos and their mobile providers know everything they need to do in order to satisfy regulators and receive approval to go live.

We expect additional mobile providers to also find their way into Indiana. The sports betting law approved in Indiana fosters competition with low taxes and licensing fees, sensible regulations and each land-based casino able to operate as many as three unique online/mobile sportsbooks.

Some of the bigger online providers that have either already stated their intention to enter Indiana or that we believe will do so soon include: