Indiana is looking to become the 13th state to start sports betting operations.

  • Scheduled at 1:00 pm, the Indiana Gaming Commission must approve sports betting regulations before they can launch.
  • If all goes as planned, the state of Indiana will launch their first sportsbook on September 1, making them the 13th state to do so.
  • With major American cities within driving distance, Indiana’s sports betting handle should be extremely high as the NFL season gets going.

INDIANAPOLIS – The next state to launch sports betting is going to be Indiana, with sportsbooks scheduled to open right before the start of the NFL season.

This is assuming all goes as planned at the Indiana Gaming Commission meeting on Wednesday when the group meets at 1:00 pm to approve the state’s sports wagering rules as well as a handful of other gaming-related topics.The state legalized sports betting earlier this year, but the law has a September 1 effective date.

With the rules being approved and the state launching, Indiana would become the 13th state to launch a sportsbook, after Oregon’s Chinook Winds Casino beat them to the punch, launching on Tuesday. 

A total of 11 of the 13 casinos in the state have already received their temporary sports betting license as well as the three off-track betting locations within the state.

Indiana sports betting is planning on being a major hit, as the four bordering states – Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois – have yet to approve sports betting (or launch in Illinois’ case). The state is set to approve legal wagering on both professional and collegiate sports leagues, making this a heaven for midwestern sports betting in immediate future.

Having casinos about an hour or two outside of major American cities such as Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Detroit, and obviously Indianapolis should make this one of the highest handle launches. Add in the fact that college towns like South Bend are also getting a sportsbook, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Indiana sports betting.

Also to take place in the meeting, suppliers and casinos will receive licensing renewals but not based around the sports betting efforts soon to take place. The Commission will also discuss the transfer of ownership of Caesars and Icahn Enterprises as well as reviewing requests for casino relocation plans.

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