There’s some good news to end on if you're a fan of daily fantasy sports. 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.
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Indiana is one of the few States to have actually prosecuted players in illegal games of poker as well as the organizers, which should give you a fair idea of how seriously the State takes breaking any legislated gambling laws. And, like many other locations in the U.S., online gaming still has a way to go.
There are a few gambling activities that are legal in the state, however. Riverboat casinos and casino-style facilities at race tracks are state regulated and perfectly ok for gamblers. When it comes to online slots and casinos however, there are severe limitations. While many other states have a gray area concerning internet gambling, online gambling in Indiana is specifically described in the state statutes, which leaves little room for movement.
Below is a timeline that highlights some of the key moments in Indiana's gambling legislation. This can be useful to get more of a context for today's laws, and how likely they might be to change in the future. It's also worth bearing in mind that at the time of writing there is a lot of change happening across the country when it comes to gambling laws, so checking news sources for the latest information is also recommended.
Given the severe resistance to gambling legalization that goes back to the very founding days of Indiana, it's unlikely we'll see too much change in the near future. Even though the “dry land” bill was passed for example, the state is still yet to see any real benefits from it in terms of actual casinos, although proposals have now been made to move things forward. Even so, that's still years after the bill was passed.
As far as online gambling goes in Indiana, the fact that it has been specifically singled out and added as an amendment to the statute makes it very difficult to see a future where it’s legal.
There is no legal online gaming in Indiana at all due to the aforementioned amended statute. Simply joining and playing games at an offshore site is still considered a felony in Indiana because the law has been specifically changed to include any use of the internet for gambling.
The same is true for online poker in Indiana— it's a no go. Live poker can be played at any of the casinos, but organizing social games for money is still illegal and can lead to a misdemeanor even if you're just a participant.
Again, sports betting in Indiana is only legal on horses at licensed race tracks, or “racinos” as they are known in the state. Due to the statute including online gambling specifically, there are no online bookmakers allowed at all in Indiana.