- Caesars Entertainment and Scientific Games began their partnership in July of 2018.
- Indiana sports betting can be offered at any casino or gaming facility in the state.
- Online and mobile sports betting in Indiana is legal, but no license holders have begun to offer the feature quite yet.
ELIZABETH, Ind. – Two more Indiana sportsbooks will launch on Thursday. Both of them are located within Caesars Entertainment properties and are powered by Scientific Games. Those gaming facilities are Winners Circle in Clarksville and Horseshoe Southern Casino in Elizabeth.
The launch signifies Caesars’ and Scientific Games growing presence in Indiana. The companies took in the first-ever sports bet in the Hoosier State when Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb placed a wager at Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville on September 1.
Since then, the two companies have launched three other land-based Indiana sportsbooks.
Caesars and Scientific Games currently operate Indiana sportsbooks at Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville, Winner’s Circle in Downtown Indianapolis, Winners Circle in Clarksville, and Horseshoe Southern Casino in Elizabeth.
The next Caesars locations to open sportsbooks in Indiana are Horseshoe Hammond, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on September 19, and Winner’s Circle New Haven on September 19.
Sports Betting in Indiana is reserved for casinos and off-track betting facilties to operate. These rules come from the bill IN HB 1015 which was signed into law by Governor Holcomb in May.
While these provisions may have given the two companies the upper-hand in dominating the Indiana sports betting market, their partnership comes long before the bill was even introduced. Caesars Entertainment and Scientific Games signed a sports betting deal back in July of 2018.
The deal originally gave Scientific Games the ability to provide it’s OpenBet sportsbook platform in states with legal sports betting at that time. Those states were New Jersey and Mississippi. But, the company’s OpenSports product suite is now being used in those states as well as Indiana and Pennsylvania.
“We’ve had incredibly successful sportsbook launches, and Indiana is continuing that trend. We look forward to seeing OpenSports further engage our players with sleek user experience and high transaction volume we’ve come to expect from OpenSports,” said Christian Stuart, executive vice president of gaming and interactive entertainment at Caesars in a press release earlier this week.
The press release also noted that the two companies are looking to expand their open sports betting operations in other states which have recently legalized the activity. Those states are Illinois and North Carolina.
“With Scientific Games’ powerful retail solution and mobile sports product, we’ll continue to take bold steps when it comes to the player experience,” said Jordan Levin, Group Chief Executive of Scientific Games Digital.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.