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Legal Sports Betting Set To Launch In Indiana
With more states and news coming in every day, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of the legality of sports betting in your state.
Indiana may be next to start, after a recent report. In May, the Indiana governor signed sports betting into law, allowing it to begin on or after September 1st. Of course, the state would love to bring in revenue by the time the NFL starts five days into the month of September.
The Indiana Gaming Commision (IGC) has stated that if Indiana Casino’s (sportsbook operators) provide the proper information, within the require the time period, a launch of legal sportsbooks could happen just in time for the 2019 football season.
It’s all in the hands of the casinos now, so for those in Indiana, get ready!
When Will Indiana Online & Mobile Sportsbooks Be Ready?
Unfortunately, mobile does not seem to be close in Indiana. It’s all expected to be retail, inside casinos and sportsbooks in physical locations. This is similar to a few states already, but rumors are that Indiana would like to have mobile betting, but in due time.
Per the Indy Star: We want to do this as quickly as we can, but we want to do it responsibly,” said Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission.
“Much of the timeline for when legal sports betting could kick off in Indiana is in the hands of the facilities seeking licenses. Along with completing applications to conduct sports betting in Indiana, the facilities will need to enter into contracts with vendors, hire and train new staff and more, all to the approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission.”
What Can You Bet On In Indiana?
Indiana residents will be able to bet on, per the IGC:
- Racing: NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar
- Pro and College Baseball: MLB, NCAA Div. I, AAA
- Pro and College Basketball: NBA, WNBA, NCAA Div. I, Euro League and Euro Cup, International Basketball Federation
- Bowling: PBA
- Boxing: International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
- Cricket: Men’s and Women’s World Cup, International Cricket Council
- Darts: PDC Championship
- Pro and College Football: NFL, NCAA Div. I, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League
- Golf: PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour, European Tour, and of course International events
In addition, residents in Indiana can bet with the following rules:
- College Sports must be D1 Only
- Live betting in college is prohibited
- Season-End Awards are allowed (MVP, Heisman, etc)
- Draft Betting is allowed (NFL Draft props, etc)
What is Next?
There is one more meeting at the end of August (28th), crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s, per se. Rules could change, but the aforementioned is what we know so far.
Hopefully, Indiana will be able to enjoy sports betting before NFL launches, but as we have learned…it’s in the hands of the casinos.
In the next month, expect operators in Indiana to get approval, certified, inspected and more before launch.