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:
- Indiana Grand in Shelbyville
- Ameristar East Chicago in East Chicago
- Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg
Launch dates for the remaining Indiana sportsbooks:
|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: