• Sports betting in Indiana can begin as early as September 1 – right in time for the NFL season.
  • Almost every gaming establishment in Indiana has put forth the necessary paperwork for licensing approval.
  • The sports betting regulations must first undergo a public comment period, which concludes at the end of the month.

INDIANAPOLIS – Legal Indiana sports betting is still roughly two months away from launching, but that isn’t stopping the gambling establishments of the state from getting ready.

According to the Indiana Gaming Commission, the majority of the casinos in Indiana have applied for a sports betting license. Other facilities such as the state’s three off-track betting parlors and two racinos have also joined in on the mix.

There have even been applicants not from gaming establishments but from sportsbook operators as well.

Providers like FanDuel, Rush Street Gaming, Penn Interactive Ventures, and Caesars Interactive Entertainment have also applied in hopes to pair with one (or several) of the future licensed sportsbooks.

Before any action can be taken in the state though, the regulations for Indiana sports betting must be approved, after undergoing a public comment period.

The discussion on the regulations began this week, and those looking to make comments have until the end of the month to do so. It will then take a few weeks before the Indiana Gaming Commission holds their meeting to approve the regulations, which is currently scheduled for August 28.

After the assumed approval of regulations and sports betting licenses, sports bettors in Indiana will have nothing standing in their way come September 1.

As of now, the current casinos that have submitted the paperwork for approval are Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, Belterra Casino Resort, Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa, Caesars Southern Indiana, French Lick Casino, Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg, and Horseshoe Hammond. The racinos include Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino while the OTB locations are associated with Caesars Winner’s Circle in Indianapolis, New Haven, and Clarksville.

Bettors must be 21 years old to participate in Indiana sports betting, which includes both in-person betting and mobile betting. While some states allow for bettors to sign up from home, Indiana regulations will require that those looking to join a licensed facility’s online platform must sign up at the facility.

Sports betting was legalized in Indiana on May 8 when Governor Eric Holcomb signed IN HB 1015 into law.

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