Last updated: June 1, 2020
Status:Legal - Sports betting is legal in Indiana as of September 2019 with the online sports market going live in October 2019.
The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates sports betting in Indiana.
The history of gambling in Indiana is somewhat short and, in many ways, fraught. To shed some more light on the Hoosier State’s links with gambling, here’s an overview of where we’ve come from and where we are today:
1851– Ever since the day Indiana’s Constitution was signed, gambling was outlawed. Although the original document only included language that prohibited lotteries, it was taken to mean a complete ban on all forms of gambling.
1988– It wasn’t until 1988 that Indiana voters approved a constitutional amendment that would lift the ban.
1989– With the ban lifted, Gary Indiana Mayor Thomas Barnes submitted a casino bill that would allow gaming venues to be built within his jurisdiction. The bill was rejected but a subsequent referendum was supported by 60% of voters.
1993– Following three years of different casino bills and lobbying efforts, new casino laws were finally enacted in 1993. With a framework in place, Indiana quickly became the home of land-based and riverboat casinos.
1994– The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians state their intention to pursue casino gaming within the state.
2007– After protracted efforts, the Potawatomi finally open the Four Winds New Buffalo Casino.
2019– With 14 land-based, riverboat and tribal casinos offering slots, table games and lotteries, Indiana finally opened discussions about sports betting in 2019. Indiana Sports betting launched a matter of days before the 2019 National Football League season in September 2019, with online sports betting going live in October 2019.
Sports betting is legal in Indiana as of September 2019 with the online sports market going live in October 2019.
The IGC (Indiana Gaming Commission) controls sports betting in Indiana.
To place a legal sports bet in Indiana, you have to be 21.
Indiana live betting venues include:
There are a number of licensees operating in Indiana including DraftKings, Caesars Sports, Kambi, BetAmerica and William Hill.
There are a number of licensees offering online sports betting in Indiana including DraftKings, BetRivers, Fanduel, BetAmerica, BetMGM and Pointsbet.
Sports betting is still in its infancy in Indiana, however, many experts predict the industry could generate around $10 million in tax revenue in 2020.
The tax rate is 9.5% of gross gaming revenue.
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