Online betting has found a home in Indiana, both in sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
That’s in addition to the state’s 14 brick-and-mortar casinos, which offer plenty of live casino gaming action, and the state’s racetracks and off-track betting facilities, which accept wagering on sports and pari-mutuel racing. Add it all up and Indiana has carved out a niche as one of the leading betting states in the Midwest, even as a growing number of neighboring states such as Illinois and Michigan join the sports betting marketplace.
Indiana law does not allow online casino gambling. Indiana bettors who want to play blackjack or slots online can do so for amusement or prizes at social casinos such as Chumba. Online gambling at offshore-based betting sites, which are not licensed and unregulated, is not recommended.
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Daily fantasy sports and online sports betting are both legal in Indiana.
Indiana became the second state to regulate fantasy sports in 2016, with then-Gov. Mike Pence signing the legislation. Sports betting was legalized in May 2019, with retail Indiana sportsbooks going live in September 2019, followed by online and mobile betting a month later.
Online casino gambling is not permitted in Indiana. One alternative is playing at social casinos, which offer slots and casino games through their websites or Facebook apps. The games are free and played with no actual money changing hands. The top-rated social casino sites are listed above.
Online sports betting launched in 2019. As of now, there is no timetable for online casino gambling or online poker legislation in Indiana.
Indiana has more than a dozen land-based casino and racinos in operation throughout the state, along with a tribal casino in South Bend. The complete list:
|Casino||City||Address||Hours of Operation|
|Ameristar East Chicago||East Chicago||777 Ameristar Blvd.||24 hours|
|Belterra Casino Resort and Spa||Florence||777 Belterra Drive||24 hours|
|Blue Chip Casino & Hotel||Michigan City||2 Easy Street||24 hours|
|Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino||Elizabeth||11999 Casino Center Drive SE||24 hours|
|Four Winds Casino South Bend||South Bend||3000 Prairie Avenue||24 hours|
|French Lick Resort||French Lick||8670 West State Road 56||24 hours|
|Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino||Anderson||4500 Dan Patch Circle||24 hours|
|Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg||Lawrenceburg||777 Hollywood Blvd.||24 hours|
|Horseshoe Casino Hammond||Hammond||777 Casino Center Drivetd>||24 hours|
|Indiana Grand Casino||Shelbyville||4300 N. Michigan Road||24 hours|
|Majestic Star Casinos & Hotel||Gary||1 Buffington Harbor Drive||24 hours|
|Rising Star Casino Resort||Rising Sun||777 Rising Star Drive||24 hours|
|Tropicana Evansville||Evansville||421 NW Riverside Drive||24 hours|
Address: 777 Ameristar Blvd., East Chicago
Amenities: More than 50,000 square feet of casino space with 1,700 slot machines, 70 tables games and expanded baccarat room.
Address: 777 Belterra Drive, Florence
Amenities: More than 1,100 slot machines with denominations from 1 cent to $100. Offers fusion blackjack and roulette that utilize video dealers, among other casino games.
Address: 2 Easy Street, Michigan City
Amenities: Slots and more than 40 tables games, including 3 Card Poker Progressive, Caribbean Stud and Mississippi Stud. Eight poker room tables.
Address: 11999 Casino Center Drive SE, Elizabeth
Amenities: More than 1,600 slot machines, craps, blackjack, roulette and mini-baccarat. A high-limit gaming area offers blackjack limits up to $50,000.
Address: 3000 Prairie Avenue, South Bend
Amenities: Tribal casino of Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians offers 1,400 electronic gaming machines and a poker room. Players can also sign up at their social gambling site and play online for free.
Address: 8670 West State Road 56, French Lick
Amenities: Slots, 37 gaming tables, several poker-themed games. Resort offers two 18-hole courses (one Pete Dye design, one Donald Ross) and a six-lane bowling alley and arcade.
Address: 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson
Amenities: Racino features 2,000 slots and 28 table games with plenty of blackjack. Track offers live harness racing and is home to the 2020 Breeders Crown.
Address: 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg
Amenities: More than 1,500 video, reel and progressive slots, electronic table games, crapless craps, poker room with 19 tables.
Address: 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond
Amenities: The state’s largest casino with more than 3,000 gaming machines (including over 250 for video poker), more than 100 table games, and huge poker room with 34 tables. Located less than 17 miles from downtown Chicago.
Address: 4300 N. Michigan Road, Shelbyville
Amenities: More than 2,200 slots and variety of table games including Three Card Poker and Face Up Pai Gow. Annual live thoroughbred racing meet from April through mid-November.
Address: 1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary
Amenities: Two boats docked on Lake Michigan will become Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, a $300 million facility with target opening of Dec. 31, 2020 or early 2021. For now, slots, tables games with several versions of baccarat and a poker room.
Address: 777 Rising Star Drive, Rising Sun
Amenities: Approximately 1,000 slot machines, several progressive table games and varieties of blackjack, along with traditional and crapless craps.
Address: 421 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville
Amenities: Slots, more than 30 table games with blackjack, craps, roulette and mini-baccarat, eight-table poker room featuring Texas Hold’em and Omaha games.
Many of Indiana’s casinos are owned by some of the top national players in the regulated gambling industry and would quickly be able to offer online and mobile online gambling services, if legalized. They include:
Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino, Horseshoe Casino Hammond: Are both owned by Caesars Entertainment, which also owns the state’s two racinos, Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand. Caesars already has successful online casino and online poker operations in other states.
Ameristar East Chicago, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg: Both are owned by Penn National Gaming, one of the top online casino gaming operators in Pennsylvania. Ameristar is partnered in Indiana with sports betting site DraftKings, which has also launched online casinos.
French Lick Resort Casino: Is partnered with Rush Street Interactive, which focuses on developing online products and has online casino and sportsbook operations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
There’s some good news to end on if you're a fan of ldaily fantasy sports betting. This is now legal in Indiana as of 2016. Despite the fact that many other states are making or have made this legal (some don't consider it a form of gambling), it’s somewhat surprising that Indiana, given its generally hard-line approach to gambling, has followed suit. This could be taken cautiously as a sign that change is on the horizon. Either way, you can currently play daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings in Indiana.
It’s hard to beat the convenience of mobile casino apps, which allow players to make wagers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere inside their respective state. Mobile apps are already an integral part of Indiana’s legal sports betting business and would play a similar role if the state were to add online casino gambling.
In states that offer mobile casino gambling, the apps are generally available for both iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free on the operator’s website or through the App Store.
If online casino gambling becomes legal in Indiana, players can expect to see the same popular games that can be found in the state’s casinos. Among them:
Slots: Just as traditional casinos offer an extensive selection, so do online casinos, with no waiting for a machine. Games are adjusted to your screen and 3D imaging and special effects add to the fun, without lower payout ratios. You will also be able to play free online slots, too.
Blackjack: The most popular casino table game is equally popular online. With no casino space restrictions, more variations of blackjack can be offered with a wider variety of stakes and lower minimums.
Poker: Many of Indiana’s casinos already offer live poker with a varied selection of Texas Hold’em and Omaha cash games and daily tournament schedules.
Lottery: The Hoosier Lottery uses the state’s nickname as its official name. The state also participates in multi-state games such as Mega Millions and Powerball. At this time, tickets must be purchased in person at retail locations, though new legislation could change that.
Roulette: Simple rules make roulette a popular game both at casinos and online. In the online version, an electronic random number generator replaces the physical wheel.
Live Dealer: Adds a social element to online table games, with a live person dealing the cards from a studio. The games are streamed to your computer or online device and you can chat online with the dealer and other players. It’s not clear if online casinos would offer this option as its availability has varied state-by-state in jurisdictions with legal online casinos.
Most of the same payment methods used to deposit and withdraw funds from your Indiana online sports betting account would likely be available for online casino gambling accounts. Among the most popular:
Play+: A prepaid card usually branded with your casino operator that allows you to make both deposits and withdrawals. Funds are deposited instantly with little or no fees. You add funds to the card with a credit card or bank account.
PayPal/Neteller: The most popular e-wallet options, which store your information and transfer funds to your online account at your request. Low fees and works for deposits and withdrawals.
Cash at casino cage: Any Indiana online casino would likely be required to partner with an existing physical casino in the state. A bettor can simply head to the cashier cage at the casino affiliated with that online partner and present valid ID.
ACH/bank transfer: An electronic connection is established between your bank account and online gambling account. Fees are generally low, but transactions can take several days to process.
PayNearMe: Deposit option using cash at any Indiana 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy or Family Dollar.
Credit/debit cards: The most convenient funding option since most people already have one, with deposits processed almost instantly. Some banks treat deposits as a cash advance so fees vary. Generally not allowed for withdrawals. Though legal, some banks may reject gambling transactions.
Legal online casino gambling sites generally compete in a competitive marketplace. That means a variety of bonus offers from online operators seeking to sign up new players. Some popular bonus offers:
No deposit bonus: Sign up for an account and receive an immediate bonus, usually in the $20-$30 range. You may be required to wager that money at least once before redeeming.
Deposit match: Make an initial deposit and your casino operator will match that amount up to 100% or more. These bonuses require more play before the bonus money can be redeemed.
Free spins: Sometimes offered to new customers interested in slot play.
Reload bonuses: May be offered to help boost a depleted account or to players whose accounts have been inactive for a period of time.
Rewards programs: Online operators reward existing players by awarding them points, which can be converted to cash or prizes. The number of points awarded is determined by the player’s wagering level and frequency of play.
Indiana gambling was fairly limited historically. That has steadily changed over the past three decades.
Starting with riverboat casinos in the early 1990s, Indiana has steadily expanded and improved its array of land-based casinos, giving most state residents (as well as those in adjacent states) a short drive to a licensed gaming operator.
Indiana has responded to the changing dynamics in Midwestern gambling and pushed other states to follow suit. Since Iowa began commercial casino gaming with its first riverboats in 1991, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio have all tried to one-up each other with the latest gaming offerings. That has sparked dozens of new casinos and other gaming options.
Daily fantasy sports, and more significantly sports betting, have been the latest steps in this gaming expansion race. By quickly launching mobile and in-person sports gambling markets, Indiana has taken a huge leap and should continue its role as a regional gambling leader.
BetMGM and PointsBet become the fifth and sixth online sportsbooks in the state, joining DraftKings, FanDuel, BetAmerica and BetRivers, which launched the previous year.
Gov. Eric Holcomb signs House Bill 1015 into law, which legalizes and regulates sports betting both online and at the state’s licensed casinos and racinos. In-person sports betting begins in September, online and mobile wagering a month later.
The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which restricted sports betting outside of Nevada. The decision allows each state to determine if it wants online and/or land-based sports wagering.
Indiana becomes second state (after Virginia) to pass daily fantasy sports regulation.
Indiana lawmakers approve land-based casinos, meaning casinos no longer must be riverboats docked on lakes or rivers.
Casino gambling is expanded to allow slots and video poker machines at the state’s two racetracks, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs (later renamed Indiana Grand).
After several local referendums and licensing delays, Indiana’s first two riverboats open in Gary on June 11: Trump Casino and the Majestic Star, followed weeks later by the Empress Casino in Hammond.
Five years after pari-mutuel wagering is approved, Hoosier Park in Anderson becomes the state’s first regulated live harness/thoroughbred racing track on September 1.
Lawmakers pass the Indiana Riverboat Act on July 1, allowing for 10 riverboat casinos to be located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Ohio River and Patoka Lake near French Lick.
Horse racing was the first sport Indiana residents could legally wager on, with Hoosier Park in Anderson opening in 1994. Indiana off-track betting parlors opened the following year, and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville in 2002.
Indiana became the second state to regulate daily fantasy sports in 2016. DFS operators in the state can offer contests on pro sports, but not amateur events, including college sports.
Sports betting legislation was approved and signed into law in May 2019. At one point, the provision authorizing online and mobile sports wagering was stripped from the bill, but later reinserted. In-person sports betting began on September 1, and DraftKings and BetRivers launched online sportsbooks about a month later on Oct. 3.
In its first six months of legal sports betting from September 2019-February 2020, Indiana retail and online sportsbooks handled $794,234, the fourth highest total in the nation. Only Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania handled more. In February 2020, 78% of all Indiana sports wagers were placed online or on mobile devices.
|Online Sportsbook||Land-Based Partner||Date Launched|
|DraftKings||Ameristar East Chicago||October 3, 2019|
|BetRivers||French Lick Resort||October 3, 2019|
|FanDuel||Belterra Casino Resort||October 22, 2019|
|BetAmerica||Rising Star Casino Resort||December 30, 2019|
|BetMGM||Belterra, Blue Chip Casino||February 25, 2020|
|PointsBet||Hollywood Casino||Lawrenceburg March 6, 2020|
|Casino or Racetrack||Location||Date Launched|
|Ameristar East Chicago||East Chicago||September 1, 2019|
|Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Lawrenceburg||September 1, 2019|
|Indiana Grand Casino||Shelbyville||September 1, 2019|
|Horseshoe Casino Hammond||Hammond||September 4, 2019|
|Blue Chip Casino||Michigan City||September 5, 2019|
|French Lick Resort Casino||French Lick||September 6, 2019|
|Belterra Casino Resort||Florence||September 9, 2019|
|Caesars Southern Indiana||Elizabeth||September 12, 2019|
|Tropicana Evansville||Evansville||September 12, 2019|
|Harrah’s Hoosier Park||Anderson||September 19, 2019|
|Rising Star Casino Resort||Rising Sun||Nov. 11, 2019|
|Winner’s Circle Sports Pub||Indianapolis||September 3, 2019|
|Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub||Clarksville||September 12, 2019|
|Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub||New Haven||September 19, 2019|
Indiana sports betting law allows wagering on all of the major pro and college sports games, including those involving Indiana teams, and a variety of International sports.
That means betting on all the major sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL; pro sports including soccer, golf, tennis, motorsports, boxing and mixed martial arts; major college sports such as football and basketball; and international sports such as cricket and rugby. Betting is allowed on league drafts for the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, and even on the Academy Awards.
Purdue University has implemented a sports wagering policy banning all faculty, staff and non-student athletes from wagering on any sporting event that involves a Purdue sports team. Enforcement of that policy may eventually face a legal challenge.
INDIANA SPORTS BETTING REVENUE & HANDLE, SEPTEMBER vs AUGUST
|Revenue||Mobile Handle||Total Handle|
|Change||Up 45.2%||Up 24.3%||Up 22.7%|
Updated Oct. 9
Online sports betting was legalized in 2019, and state lawmakers approved daily fantasy sports wagering three years before that. Online casino gambling is not legal in Indiana.
The legal gambling age is 21 years old.
Only the state’s existing casinos and racetracks are eligible to offer gambling. Each can partner with up to three separate online ‘’skins’’ (brands) to offer online/mobile sports betting.
Casino gambling is allowed at any of the state’s 14 casino or racinos, several of which also offer poker. Indiana allows both in-person and online sports wagering; betting on daily fantasy sports; pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing; and operates the Hoosier Lottery. Online social casinos are also legal.
There is no residency requirement. But you must be physically located in the state of Indiana when placing a legal wager. Geolocation software is used to verify this.
Gambling with offshore-based casinos is risky and never recommended. Offshore sites operate with no regulation or oversight, and U.S. banks cannot knowingly engage in transactions with them. In addition, if you have an account with an offshore site that unexpectedly shuts down, you are likely to lose access to your funds with no recourse. Regulated gambling sites are always the way to go.
At any of the state’s 14 casinos or racinos; at any of the state’s sportsbooks or off-track betting facilities; and at six different online sportsbooks, all of which have mobile apps.
The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates casino gambling and sports betting in the state. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission regulates horse race betting.
If legalized and regulated, online casino gambling will be safe in Indiana, provided you play at a site licensed by the Indiana Gaming Commission, which is responsible for ensuring that all games are fair.
Yes. Six online sportsbooks are currently operating in Indiana: BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel and BetAmerica launched in 2019; BetMGM and PointsBet in 2020.
All gambling winnings are taxable, according to the IRS. If your winnings reach a certain threshold, such as $1,200 in slots, or at least 300 times your wager and/or the payoff is $600 or above, the gambling facility will automatically report your winnings to the IRS.
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