Indiana, aka the Hoosier State, is said to sit at the Crossroads Of America and the Midwest locale is now heading fully down the path to a bright sports betting future.
With a population of 6.76million (2020 estimated data) and a strong base of elite sports teams, the state is ripe to reap healthy revenues from gambling on games.
The Indianapolis Colts are the state’s pro football franchise from the NFL, while the Indiana Pacers play in the NBA.
College sports are especially strong in Indiana, with the Hoosiers having claimed five national titles – the last three under legendary head coach Bob Knight.
Notre Dame University is also in South Bend, Indiana, and the Fighting Irish are a traditional NCAA football powerhouse, with a staggering 11 national championships in total.
As you can see, it’s a state steeped in sports history. And ripe for a sports betting explosion.
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
It took a little over a year for Indiana to get its ducks in a row after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May 2018. This meant all states could introduce sports betting – if they wanted.
Indiana took the plunge in late 2019, with retail land-based sportsbooks opening up in September 2019. A month later in October, online and mobile betting arrived.
The strategy is working, as the handle for December 2020 showed. Indiana racked up more than $300million in a month for the first time – totaling $313.1million.
A big percentage (86%) of that, some $269.2million to be precise, came from mobile betting.
Where can I bet in Indiana?
As already stated, you have plenty of options for betting on sports in Indiana.
- BetAmerica: Respected brand but not known for huge sign-up bonuses.
- BetMGM: Massive brand with a massive name behind it. Legit.
- BetRivers: Another credible player you should look at.
- Caesars: Vegas roots and a long history in gambing. Trusted.
- DraftKings: Along with FanDuel, unquestioned market leaders in the space.
- FanDuel: The biggest brand in town. Huge reach and revenues.
- theScore: Sportsbook of the popular mobile sports app. Newcomer.
- Unibet: Born in Europe but now alive and kicking in the U.S. Growing.
- William Hill: Another huge European player looking to make it big here.
NB: Before you sign up with any sportsbooks in Indiana, check out our sign-up offers page. We’ll give you the intel on all the best deals so you can take advantage of them. And remember, you can sign up with multiple sportsbooks. That way you can shop for the best odds and the best sign-up offers.
In-person at a land-based site
Again, there are plenty of local options. The best are as follows:
- Ameristar Casino East Chicago, East Chicago, IN 46312
- Belterra Casino Resort, Florence, IN 47020
- Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa, Michigan City, IN 46360
- French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN 47432
- Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Anderson, IN 46013
- Horseshoe Casino Hammond, Hammond, IN 46320
- Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN 47117
- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville, IN 46176
- Rising Star Casino Resort, Rising Sun, IN 47040
- Tropicana Evansville Hotel, Evansville, IN 47708
Do you need to be resident in Indiana to bet there?
You do not need to be a full-time Indiana resident to bet there, You just need to be inside state lines for mobile betting, or on site at a retail land-based site. And of legal age of course.
What is the legal sports betting age in Indiana?
You must be 21 years or older to bet legally on sports in Indiana.
How do I place a sports bet online in Indiana?
The process is simple and can be done in minutes:
- Be in the state of Indiana and of legal age
- Visit a sportsbook website or download its app to your smartphone
- Register for a sportsbook account on the website or app
- Deposit funds into your new sportsbook account
- Search the website or app for the sports and events you want to bet on
- Choose the event you want to bet on, and how much you want to bet
- You can now place your first bet
What type of sports bets can I place in Indiana?
- Moneyline: Yes
- Point Spread: Yes
- Parlay: Yes
- Teasers: Yes
- Futures: Yes
- Over/Under: Yes
- Round Robin: Yes
What sports can I bet on in Indiana?
You can bet on all major sports in Indiana, including:
- NFL Football
- NBA Basketball
- MLB Baseball
- College Football
- College Basketball
- NHL Hockey
NB: Betting on collegiate sports in Indiana is limited to NCAA Division 1 action. Offering in-play player props on college sports is prohibited.
Legal sports betting near Indiana
Michigan: Expected to be a major player after opening up for online and mobile betting in January 2021. Also has a stack of retail land-based sites. The legal age to bet is 21.
Illinois: Another state with terrific sports betting potential. Once again has the full suite of options: online, mobile and in-person. Again you’ll need to be 21 or older.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Indiana?
We don’t mind answering this question 50 times, once for every state. No, offshore sportsbooks are not legal in the state of Indiana. They are not licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction.
The reason we don’t mind answering it over and over? Because we care about you. If you sign up with offshore firms, you have zero consumer protection. Nada. Zip. We don’t like that.
Our firm advice is to only look at legal ways to bet on sports. That means licensed sportsbooks. We’ll give you all the information we can to make sure you know about the best options.