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Legal Sports Betting Comes to Indiana

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As legal sports betting is rolled out in Indiana, residents of the Hoosier State have questions about when and where they can bet, and what they are allowed to bet on. Point Spread Radio clears the confusion and addresses the who, what, when and where of betting on sports in Indiana.

Sports fans in Indiana are set to experience a football season like none they have experienced before. For the first time in history, anyone inside the Hoosier State can bet on sporting events legally, adding a new dynamic to the fan experience that did not previously exist in Indiana.

The Indianapolis Star ran a story that highlighted some of the common questions they have received from the public about the new sports betting option in the state. We would like to take a moment to recap our takeaways from this localized piece.

When can I start betting on sports?

Anyone physically located within the state of Indiana, age 21 or older, can legally place bets on sports as of today, September 1. The only caveat is that betting opportunities will be limited to three locations on the first day, with other locations coming online throughout the week.

What sports can I bet on in Indiana?

Just about any sport you would have an interest in betting on is covered under Indiana law. You can bet on MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL, or on any college level equivalent of these. State law does prohibit betting on high school sporting events, but anything on the college or professional level is ok. You will also be able to bet on auto racing, golf, tennis or any number of other sports options.

Where can I bet on sports in Indiana?

There are eight locations currently licensed for sports betting and with an approved release date for when these services will be available. Three of these locations began taking sports bets today, and the other five will be offering sports wagering over the next few days. Locations currently licensed are:

  • Indiana Grand Casino – Shelbyville, IN (Sep 1)

  • Ameristar Casino – East Chicago, IN (Sep 1)

  • Hollywood Casino – Lawrenceburg, IN (Sep 1)

  • Winners Circle – Indianapolis, IN (Sep 3)

  • Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN (Sep 4)

  • Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City, IN (Sep 5)

  • French Lick Casino – French Lick, IN (Sep 6)

  • Belterra Casino – Florence, IN (Sep 9)

Another six locations have received permits for sports betting in Indiana, and are just waiting to receive a date when they can officially begin taking bets on sports. These locations are:

  • Horseshoe Southern – Elizabeth, IN

  • Harrahs Hoosier Park – Anderson, IN

  • Rising Star Casino – Rising Star, IN

  • Tropicana Casino – Evansville, IN

  • Winners Circle – New Haven, IN

  • Winners Circle – Clarksville, IN

Can I make mobile or online bets in Indiana?

Mobile betting is not yet available in the Hoosier State. The Indiana Gaming Commission has opted for a two tier approach when it comes to implementing Indiana sports betting. Retail betting operations will come first, with mobile betting options expected to be available in the future, most likely from the same places that offer retail sports betting. So the final word on mobile is that it will be available at some point, but we don't know when other than to say not right now.

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