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With a population of over six million people, the state of Indiana has long been seen as prime territory for sports gambling. Add to the fact that Indiana has pro and big-time college sports while bordering the city of Chicago, Illinois, and you have the makings of a gold mine. Thus, when Indiana launched sports gambling in September of 2019 in time for football season, it was a smashing success. You can wager on sports in the state of Indiana either in person or with mobile betting. However, those mobile bets must be made within the state lines.
You can bet on all of the most popular sports in the state of Indiana, both pro and college. In addition to football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, you can get action on soccer and golf along with international events such as cricket and rugby. There is no betting on E-Sports in Indiana, nor can you bet on sports involving amateurs under the age of 18. There may be restrictions on live betting. You must be 21 or older to bet on sports in the state of Indiana. With the proximity to Illinois and their own host of pro and college teams, Indiana makes for a natural sports gambling mecca. With that in mind, there will be intensified gambling interest in the major league franchises from both Chicago and the state of Indiana and the big-time college programs from both states.
Let’s take a look, in alphabetical order, as to which in-person on-site casinos offer sportsbook gambling and who their mobile and online sports betting partners are in parentheses: Ameristar Casino Resort (DraftKings Sportsbook), Belterra Casino Resort (FanDuel Sportsbook), Blue Chip Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook), French Lick Resort Casino (Rush Street Interactive), Harrah’s Hoosier Park (Caesars Sports), Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg (Kambi), Horseshoe Hammond Casino (Caesars Sports), Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino (Caesars Sports), Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (Caesars Sports), Majestic Star Casino (USA Sports Gaming), Rising Star Casino Resort (BetAmerica), Tropicana Evansville Casino (William Hill), Winner’s Circle Clarksville (Caesars Sports), Winner’s Circle Indianapolis (Caesars Sports), Winner’s Circle New Haven (Caesars Sports).
More than anything else, the Hoosier State is known for being a hotbed of basketball, especially college basketball. And March Madness of 2021 put an exclamation point on that trait. In mid-April of 2021, figures showed a 15% climb in betting handle thanks to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Even better, the month of March sports betting revenue saw a 55% spike compared to February. Of course, it didn’t hurt that border state Illinois had two hot properties (Illinois Fighting Illini and Loyola of Chicago Ramblers) in the Big Dance.
The Indiana Hoosiers are the flagship college basketball program in the state. The hiring of Mike Woodson in March is already sparking the betting interest of locals for futures betting. Big Ten Conference sports are drawing considerable betting handle in the state of Indiana over the past several months. In March of 2021, it was reported that February had a brief dip in sports betting handle for the state of Indiana. Much of that can be attributed to a record betting handle set in January, thanks to the NFL Playoffs.
You can wager on sports in the state of Indiana either in person or with mobile betting. However, those mobile bets must be made within the state lines. For example, gamblers in nearby Chicago will have to first register for mobile betting and then drive across the state line to make their bets. Geo-fencing technology is used to enforce this law.
Because of the rapid growth and popularity of online betting, most Indiana sportsbook providers quickly offered apps to complement the efforts. Downloading the apps is easy. To begin with, you can access the apps from the sportsbook(s) of your choice. The links to the apps are easy to find. Although you can register for the app from anywhere, keep in mind you must be within the state of Indiana to actually place a bet when using the app.