Indiana online sports betting laws
Indiana sports betting has been legal since 2019 when betting online, and in person at licensed casinos, racinos, and off-track betting parlors, was given the green light. Business since has been incredibly brisk, with more than $1 billion wagered on sports betting in the Hoosier State in the first 12 months.
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Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes, it is. Indiana sports betting has been legal since the state legislature passed HB 1015 in 2019.
Is online sports betting legal in Indiana?
Absolutely. Indiana betting sites have been licensed and registered to provide online sports betting since 2019.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Indiana?
You may place a sports bet in Indiana only if you are age 21 or over.
Go in-person to one of the licensed sportsbooks or choose one of the many Indiana online betting sites to register online.
Go through registration, entering details such as your name, address and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Set up a username and password to allow you to enter the site securely.
Make sure you take advantage of any welcome bonus offers.
You’re ready to start betting.
Indiana was one of the first states to take advantage when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was declared unconstitutional in 2018. PASPA had prohibited the legalization of sports wagering in all states except Nevada (and limited sports wagering products in a handful of other states) where it was already legal at the time of PASPA’s passage.
In April 2019, within a year of PASPA’s repeal, Indiana’s state legislature passed Act HB 1015. This bill, which was signed into law by the governor in May 2019, legalized sports betting, in-person and online, in addition to the casino gambling that was already allowed in the state. The legislation also placed the regulation of sports betting under the auspices of the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC).
The new law allowed for licensed operators to start offering live sports wagers on September 1, 2019 – and almost immediately, some of the biggest names in the world of sports betting moved into the state to offer both in-person and online sports wagering for the first time in Indiana. As of May, 2021, there are now 12 live online operators and sports bets can now be taken at more than a dozen physical locations across the state.
In the first 12 months after the law was relaxed, more than $1 billion was wagered on sports in Indiana.
You can sign up for Indiana sports betting wherever you are in the state.
In addition to in-person sports wagering at authorized locations, you can also sign up remotely through a sportsbook’s website or dedicated app. You’ll need to be aged 21 or over and to be located within the borders of Indiana.
Most sportsbooks and mobile devices have geolocation technology that will authorize you when you sign up.
Many of the biggest names in the online sports betting world took immediate advantage of the change of law in Indiana in 2019.
The first retail sportsbooks, including the Indiana Grand, Ameristar East Chicago, and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, opened for business on September 1, 2019. Indiana online sports betting was not far behind, with Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers and DraftKings launching the first online sports wagering platforms on October 3, 2019. Other online providers, including BetMGM, PointsBet, and TwinSpires (formerly BetAmerica), as well as the sportsbook arm of FanDuel, were approved to launch soon after.
By mid-2021, there were a total of 12 licensed and active online sportsbooks in Indiana. The latest additions licensees include Barstool Sports, Wynn Sports Interactive, and Betway.
Yes, they are. Anything you win from any form of gambling in Indiana counts as taxable income, including sports wagers. Even if you don’t report your winnings to the IRS, the sportsbook in question will.
The IRS requires that you record all your sports betting winnings each year on form 1040. It’s advisable to keep detailed notes of any winning bets you have.
If you want to enjoy Indiana online betting on sport, you will need to be aged 21 or over. People aged 18 and upwards can play the lotto and take part in games such as bingo and raffles, but not sports betting.
If you’re in a casino or other location where sports betting is allowed, this applies automatically.
But you also need to be within Indiana’s borders if you want to access Indiana betting sites. The licensed apps and websites have geolocation technology that will automatically register that you are in the state.
The requirement to be in the state meant that, before sports betting was legalized in neighboring Illinois, people from Chicago could bet on sports only if they travelled to Indiana to place their wagers.
No one associated with a professional or collegiate sports team or league is allowed to engage in sports betting in Indiana.
It’s OK to bet on college sports (imagine not being able to wager on Notre Dame or Purdue) but any wagering on high school sports or amateur athletic events is specifically forbidden in Indiana.
Although esports have grown enormously in popularity in recent years, pursuant to IC article 4-38, Indiana sports wagering operators may not accept wagers on esports events.
Americans are specifically forbidden from betting on the results of elections, foreign or domestic, so no authorized and licensed sportsbook will offer odds on political events.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) became legal in Indiana in 2016, when Governor Mike Pence signed SB 339 into law. The following year, major operators DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fantasy Draft were all awarded licenses to operate DFS in the state. They have since been joined by Yahoo Sports, SportsHub, and Underdog Sports.
Unlike sports betting, DFS can be enjoyed by anybody over the age of 18. However, the new law specifically outlawed DFS on amateur sports. DFS games available in Indiana include NFL, NBA, MBL, and NASCAR.
The Indianapolis Colts are a fan-favorite in the state. With two Super Bowl victories under their belt, the Colts have a large and loyal following. This translates into serious betting action, given the nationwide popularity of betting on the best NFL action.
As a state that has embraced sports betting with such enthusiasm, there are also a commendable number of resources available for people who may develop a problem with gambling.
The major operators of sports betting in the state are respected organizations with well-established responsible gambling provisions:
They offer help with self-exclusion, bet limits, deposit limits and questionnaires on their websites.
Self-exclusion programs are in place and widely available through the Indiana Gaming Commission.
The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling also has extensive links to organizations such as Gam-Anon and Gamblers Anonymous, bodies with lengthy experience in helping people impacted by problem gambling.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is also a comprehensive resource available to those who may want more information on tackling problem gambling.
Additionally, under the terms of the legislation that legalized sports betting, 3.33% of tax revenue from sports wagering is allocated to the state’s addiction services fund.
Indiana legalizes casino gambling, initially limiting operators to riverboats.
Racetracks are added to the list of locations authorized for gaming.
Existing casino law amended to allow gaming on land.
Indiana lawmakers begin discussions over relaxing the rules governing sports betting.
2019 - April
HB 1015 passes the state legislature.
2019 - May
The new law is signed by Governor Holcomb.
2019 - September
Sports betting begins in Indiana – the first Midwest state to legalize the activity.
A full up-to-date list can be found here.
|Ameristar||Barstool||777 Aldis Avenue, East Chicago|
|Blue Chip Casino||FanDuel||777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City|
|French Lick Resort Casino||BetRivers (Rush Street International)||8670 IN-56, French Lick|
|Belterra Casino||FanDuel||777 Belterra Drive, Florence|
|Indiana Grand Casino||Caesars Sports||4300 N Michigan Road, Shelbyville|
|Hollywood Casino||Barstool||777 Hollywood Boulevard, Lawrenceburg|
|Winner’s Circle Clarksville||Caesars Sports||650 Eastern Boulevard, Clarksville|
|Horseshoe Hammond||Caesars Sports||777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond|
|Caesars South Indiana||Caesars Sports||11999 Casino Center Drive SE, Elizabeth|
|Tropicana Evansville||William Hill||421 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville|
|Hoosier Park||Caesars Sports||4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson|
|Winner’s Circle New Haven||Caesars Sports||1304 Minnich Road, New Haven|
|Rising Star Casino Resort||TwinSpires (formerly Bet America)||777 Rising Star Drive, Rising Sun|
|Majestic Star I & II Casinos||BetIndiana||1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary|
You can enjoy Indiana online betting through your desktop, laptop or mobile, as long as you are aged over 21, are playing with a licensed sportsbook – such as the ones mentioned on this page and are physically located within the state of Indiana. You can also place an in-person sports bet in a variety of locations, such as casinos and racetracks, across the state.
Yes, you can. Online sports betting has been legal in Indiana since 2019. That means you can place a sports bet through the website or dedicated app of any sportsbook that is licensed to trade in the state – provided you are located within Indiana at the time.
Several respected and trusted sportsbooks are now able to offer Indiana sports betting facilities to the people of the state. Check here for the latest list of the operators who are licensed to take bets in the state on the best of the local, national and international sporting action.
Bet365 is renowned as one of the world’s top online sportsbooks, however, it has not yet gained a license to offer sports wagers in Indiana.