- Indiana launched sports betting on September 1 and now offers mobile sports betting as well.
- Ameristar Casino East Chicago and French Lick Resort Casino are the first two casinos with mobile betting in Indiana.
- Bettors do not need to sign up in-person but must submit their wagers from inside Indiana state lines.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana sports betting has expanded and now offers mobile sports betting. The addition comes just a month after the state went live with land-based sports betting, making Indiana one of the handful of states that offers both retail and online sports betting.
The first two licensed establishments that are launching on Thursday are the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago and French Lick Resort Casino. Paired with Rush Street Interactive and DraftKings respectively, these two companies received their authorization from the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) earlier this week.
Per state regulations, bettors are not required to sign up for an account in-person, as seen in nearby Iowa. Instead, signing up only requires gamblers to verify their age (21 or older) before being able to place wagers. All of the same betting abilities that can be found at two casinos will also be found on their mobile betting platform.
This includes the option for betting on professional and collegiate sports as a straight bet, parlay, futures bet, or more. High school events and esports will still be off the board.
Sports betting will be restricted to in-state operations only, as this falls in line with the Interstate Wire Act, which prevents sportsbooks from accepting action outside of their licensed jurisdiction.
Those from outside of the state are eligible to sign up and use the mobile betting apps, but when submitting a wager, the bettors must be physically located within state lines. The apps will geolocate every user’s position, so there is no way around this roadblock.
“The vast majority of the marketing will be targeted to people within the state who are going to have access to begin playing with us as soon as they’re interested,” said Richard Schwartz, the president of Rush Street Interactive.
Though these two operators are the first to bring Indiana into the online sports betting world, other casinos and off-track betting locations are figuring out their details before submitting approval to the IGC.
“These are the two we’ve been spending our time on,” said Sara Gonso Tait, the IGC’s executive director. “There will probably be one more likely to launch in October, but I think that’s still a few weeks off.”
The timeline comes down to each sportsbook itself, as the commission must review each operator’s online betting request before they can legally accept wagers.
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Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.