- The Indiana sports betting handle in 2020 reached $1,236,467,298 in total.
- Football had the biggest handle of any sport in Indiana with $350 million.
- Parlays accounted for the second-highest sports betting handle in Indiana with $316,214,098 brought in.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana broke through the $1 billion dollar handle threshold in the last month of 2020 cementing the state’s status among the top sports betting markets in the US.
The over $1 billion dollar sports handle in Indiana puts the Hoosier State behind major sports betting markets in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Football Reigns Supreme in Indiana Sport Betting
Football was the sport responsible for the biggest handle in the state bringing in $101.7 million in bets in the month of December. That handle was over $12 million more than the next sport basketball, which brought in $89.7 million.
December Sports Betting Handle By Sport
- Football $101,789,884
- Basketball $89,717,706
- Parlay $79,181,625
- Other $41,531,011
- Baseball $19,923
The yearly numbers show the impact football wagering has had in Indiana as the sport brought in the biggest handle with $350,297,943. Below are the YTD Handles for every sport by most money brought in.
Total YTD Sports Betting Handle
- Football $350,297,943
- Parlay $316,214,098
- Other $253,468,569
- Basketball $213,447,014
- Baseball $103,039,674
Football bringing in the most bets should come as no surprise as the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Hoosiers football team enjoyed successful seasons. Going into 2021 it is widely expected that the football betting handle for the state of Indiana will increase. This was the first full year of legal sports betting in Indiana and the state has certainly seen the type of money that gambling can bring in.
The Ameristar Casino Indiana’s Biggest Bet Taker In December
The Ameristar Casino in East Chicago had the highest sports betting handle of any casino and it wasn’t close. The casino had a $125 million dollar handle for sports betting just for the month of December. The Blue Chip Casino’s $80 million dollar handle came in a distant second place behind Ameristar.
One of the driving factors behind the Ameristar Casinos sports betting success is that it has mobile ties to DraftKings, theScore, and PointsBet.
The overall sports betting outlook for the state of Indiana is bright after a full year of betting. The Hoosier State will likely continue to build upon the solid foundation that has been set by legal sports betting.