Indiana online sports betting and gambling options are growing, even if still somewhat restricted in comparison to its neighbor, Michigan.
Indiana’s gambling laws allow for online sportsbooks. However, online poker and online casinos are currently illegal in the state. Further, there seems to be no legislation in the works to legalize online gambling beyond sports betting.
Currently, adults over 21 who are physically located in the state have eight online sportsbook options. In the near future, there will be ten choices in total.
To legally play casino games or poker, you can visit one of 16 casinos across the state, or play at sweepstakes sites.
Online Sportsbooks In Indiana
Each of the 16 existing casinos in the state could officially open a legal sportsbook on September 1, 2019. By the end of that month, 13 of those 16 were taking sports bets. And as of November 2019, 15 casinos across the state opened sportsbooks. The only exception is Four Winds South Bend, which offers neither sports betting nor table games.
But before the 15th physical sportsbook opened, bettors across the state could register at sports betting websites and apps from home. No need to visit the casino to enter in person, with French Lick Casino’s partner Rush Street Gaming accepting adults located in Indiana on October 3, 2019.
Sports betting in Indiana has been off to a good start, even with a decrease in the number of available sports to bet on during 2020. Indiana reported $169 million in betting handle in August 2020, which resulted in just under $10 million in adjusted gross revenue.
Best Online Sports Betting Sites In Indiana
Claim Bonus: BetRivers 100% up to $250 Bonus
Indiana’s French Lick Casino provides sports betting via its partnership with Rush Street Interactive. Rush Street develops BetRivers, which is the online platform available to Indiana sports bettors.
BetRivers offers a 100% first deposit match up to $250 as a welcome bonus. It may not be as high as the $500 offered by competing sports betting sites, but the 100% match makes it lucrative for players who don’t wish to make a hefty initial deposit.
BetRivers’ primary shortcoming is the lack of a full-fledged iOS app. It’s listed in the App Store and you can download it, but for now the app simply redirects you to the mobile browsing site. The launch screen says the app is “almost here,” but there’s no official launch date yet.
Claim Bonus: DraftKings $500 Risk Free + 20% up to $500 Bonus
The DraftKings Sportsbook is the highest quality online sports betting platform in Indiana. You can play on their site and via iOS or Android apps. And they have a massive selection of sports as well as exceptional promotions.
The current Welcome Bonus is 20% of your first deposit up to $500. But the selection of bonuses from there is always numerous and corresponds with the sports seasons.
DraftKings is a partner of the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. You can visit the physical location for a sportsbook lounge that includes food, drinks, and TVs on top of the sports betting.
Claim Bonus: BetMGM $500 Risk Free Bonus
BetMGM provides a great sportsbook experience to Indiana bettors. It’s accessible via mobile devices (Android, iOS, and mobile browsing) and desktop. Like other Indiana sportsbooks, BetMGM features a wide variety of sports and betting types.
Currently, BetMGM offers a welcome bonus in the form of a risk-free bet. You can place an initial bet of up to $500, and the sportsbook will refund the bet if you lose.
The FanDuel Sportsbook is the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) rival to DraftKings, but they have more differences in DFS than they do as sportsbooks.
It may even be a good idea to join both brands to take advantage of the bonuses and compare the odds between Indiana’s two best sports betting apps (both available via desktop, iOS, and Android).
The current welcome bonus at the FanDuel Sportsbook is a $500 risk-free bet. That means you can bet on any event up to $500, and you’ll have your money refunded if you lose.
As a partner of Belterra Casino Resort and Blue Chip Casino, the physical FanDuel sportsbook can be enjoyed at either location. This includes massive TVs, food and drinks, and an exciting sports betting atmosphere.
Unibet is part of the Kindred Group, a leading gambling provider in Europe and now a major player in the US market. Kindred inked a deal with Caesars Entertainment to use the company’s sports betting licenses in Indiana and Iowa.
New-player promotions at Unibet make it easy to get started with sports betting in Indiana. Players can receive up to $30 for free bets and an additional $250 in risk-free bets (in five increments of $50). Unibet also offers a $25 refer-a-friend promotion to Indiana players as it aims to build an audience in the Hoosier State.
There’s no Unibet iOS app for Indiana just yet, but you can access the sportsbook via Android app, desktop, or mobile browsers.
PointsBet isn’t the most nationally known brand yet, but they’re on their way, having popped up in a handful of other states and counting.
PointsBet also takes the FanDuel Welcome Bonus up a notch by offering two risk-free bets up to $1,000 for new members.
This is true for all of the top three online sportsbooks, but PointsBet has some unique opportunities to win that you can’t find anywhere else. One example is the chance to win $10 for every home run hit during a month of baseball.
Unlike the other two sportsbooks, PointsBet does not have a casino partnership, meaning there is no physical PointsBet sportsbook location.
Online Sportsbooks In Indiana
The following sportsbook apps launched and are available for bettors:
- BetRivers Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- PointsBet Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
Online Sportsbooks Launching Soon
In addition to the above, Indiana could see the following online betting sites launching soon:
- FOX Bet
- William Hill
Betting On Sports In Indiana
Indiana has some of the most straightforward laws regarding sports betting.
You need to be 21 and up and physically located in the state to place bets. You do not need to register in person, nor do you need to be an Indiana resident.
You can wager on all college and professional level sporting events, including in-state contests.
You cannot wager on amateur or high school sports.
Other Online Gambling In Indiana
|Type Of Gambling||Is It Legal||What's On Offer|
|Online Sports Betting||Yes||Eight options in the state. Remote registration is allowed. Betting on in-state college sports is allowed.|
|Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)||Yes||Major DFS providers are available in Indiana. However, the high licensing fee means the smaller operators are not in the state.|
|Online Horse Racing||Yes||Pari-mutuel betting is legal. You can bet on in-state horse races as well as national and international races.|
|Sweepstakes Casinos||Yes||Play casino games with Sweeps Coins to redeem for cash prizes or gift cards.|
|Sweepstakes Poker||Yes||Global Poker, the top social poker site, offers one of the largest player pools in the world.|
|Online Casinos||No||Real-money online casinos are not legal in Indiana.|
|Online Poker||No||Real-money online poker is illegal in the state.|
|Online Lottery||No||The Indiana Lottery does not allow for online ticket purchases. However, you can collect loyalty points, receive giveaways, and participate in second-chance drawing by creating an account.|
Online casinos are not legal in Indiana. Further, there doesn’t seem to be much political will to change that.
After scouring reliable news sources for any hints of legislative movement, we’ve come up completely empty. It seems that, for now, the only major law changes related to online gambling are limited to the sports betting front.
However, Indiana sportsbooks—both online and in-person—were legalized as recently as 2019. That means politicians will likely want to wait and see what kind of job creation, tax revenue, and overall political capital are gained from legalized sports betting.
Further, the COVID-19 pandemic made collecting signatures to introduce bills extremely difficult.
While the closure of some casinos may have inspired some bettors to consider online casinos as a viable option, it seems like a longshot to believe any substantial legislation will be rolled out in Indiana before 2022.
For those in Indiana hoping for legalized online casinos to come sooner rather than later, we recommend keeping an eye on tax revenue from online sports betting. If lawmakers see the introduction of online casinos as a political win, a bill could be introduced to state officials.
If it’s any consolation, the only states with legalized online casinos are New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and, soon, Michigan.
Online Horse Race Betting
Online horse race betting has been legal in Indiana since practically the dawn of the internet. At the very least, it hasn’t been considered outright illegal.
Indiana is a state with several racetracks, and many have become racinos. There are also a few off-track betting facilities, two of which double as a sportsbook.
Online horse race betting sites are set up similarly to a sportsbook. You can make your picks directly on the site, live stream the events, and withdraw winnings. You do not need to register in person, and you can place bets at both in-state, national, and international races.
Indiana is not a state that still hosts greyhound racing. Their tracks are primarily limited to thoroughbred and quarter horse races.
One of the biggest races is the Indiana Derby, which boasts a $300,000 purse. It takes place at the Indiana Grand Racino, which is owned by Caesars.
Beyond the local tracks, you can get from Indianapolis to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, in under two hours. But through the online horse betting sites, you can bet on events occurring anywhere. And there’s almost always a horse race occurring somewhere in the world at any given moment.
Daily Fantasy Sports
People in Indiana could safely play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) on practically any platform prior to 2016. But legislation was signed into law by then-governor Mike Pence that created regulatory standards and clarified the legality of DFS in the state.
The good part of that was the clarification. It was no longer a question of whether DFS was “technically” legal or illegal in the state. It also made the age requirement 18 and up, which is good by most people’s standards, as DFS deals with risking real-money.
The bad part is that it significantly increased licensing fees to operate as a DFS site in the state of Indiana. So you still have access to the two biggest brands, FanDuel and DraftKings. But the smaller brands are not as present as they used to be.
The reason you might want to play at the smaller DFS sites is the level of competition. Because DFS is all about competing against other players to win the cash prize, less avid players find the smaller brands more approachable.
Still, DraftKings and FanDuel are the top dogs in the market, which means they have the best prize pools and other features. You can also seamlessly switch between their DFS platform and the sportsbook using the same account and funds.
A sweepstakes casino is legal in most US states because you can’t bet with real money. However, you can win cash prizes and gift cards.
At a sweepstakes casino, such as Chumba and LuckyLand, you can play with two types of currencies: Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins. Gold Coins can’t be redeemed for money, which is why you can buy millions of them for $20. But that same purchase of Gold Coins can include Sweeps Coins, which you can play with to win cash prizes or gift cards.
You can also receive Sweeps Coins simply by logging in every day, mailing in a request, or participating in social media contests. But the most common method is buying Gold Coins and receiving Sweeps Coins as a bonus.
To redeem Sweeps Coins, you just need to play the casino games using them at least once. Then whatever is left over is redeemable.
At Chumba, the minimum to redeem a gift card is 10 Sweeps Coins, while the minimum for a cash prize is 100 Sweeps Coins.
Players at both Chumba and LuckyLand have won tens of thousands of dollars playing slots. Chumba also has a few table games, including blackjack and roulette.
Sweepstakes Poker Sites
The only sweepstakes poker site worth your time in Indiana is Global Poker. This site has one of the largest player pools in the world because all US states and Canadian provinces (except for the state of Washington and province of Quebec) have access.
Global Poker has the same currency setup as Chumba and LuckyLand. In fact, they’re owned by the same company as Chumba.
To play at Global Poker for the chance at a cash prize, you need to play against others using Sweeps Coins rather than Gold Coins. Once you’ve won enough Sweeps Coins, you can redeem them for cash prizes.
Aside from the currency, Global Poker works the same way as a regular online poker site. You can play ring games, sit ‘n’ go, and tournaments. They also have a specialty “jackpot sit ‘n’ go” with set buy-ins and randomized jackpots.
Ring game buy-ins range from 0.01 Sweeps Coins to 20 Sweeps Coins. Tournaments can pay out over a million in Sweeps Coins too.
Interestingly, Global Poker also offers a few casino games, including slots and blackjack. Their online blackjack is actually better than Chumba Casino in terms of both odds and wager flexibility too.
The Hoosier Lottery online site does not allow you to purchase tickets on their site like in Michigan. Instead, creating an account comes with benefits that relate to purchasing physical tickets at in-person retailers.
Still, if you enjoy playing the lottery, you should register on the Hoosier Lottery website or app.
The biggest reason to join: you can participate in their exclusive promotions, including the second-chance drawings. This is where you can scan some losing tickets for another chance at a win. Sometimes, this can be a chance at a huge prize or a getaway. Other times, a second chance drawing can be another opportunity to win on that same ticket.
Through the membership settings, you can have the Hoosier Lottery notify you when the jackpot hits a certain amount, what the winning numbers are, and if any new games are released. You can also find the nearest retailer quickly and easily.
Another interesting feature is the retailer-specific promotions. These aren’t about receiving additional chances to win. Instead, you can get free or discounted items in exchange for buying a ticket. For example, a fountain drink for a penny when you buy a Mega Millions ticket.
Casinos In Indiana
The year 1989 saw the launch of the Indiana Lottery. Shortly thereafter, in June of 1993, Indiana lawmakers approved riverboat casinos.
Since then, 16 casinos and betting outlets have opened up across the state. The largest and most popular is Horseshoe Hammond Casino due to its close proximity to Chicago, Illinois.
Here is a complete list of all Indiana casinos and their online sports betting partners.
|Online Sportsbook Partner||Casino||Type||Location|
|DraftKings||Ameristar Casino Resort||Riverboat||East Chicago|
|FanDuel||Belterra Casino Resort||Riverboat||Florence|
|FanDuel||Blue Chip Casino||Riverboat||Michigan City|
|Caesars Sports||Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino||Commercial Land-Based||Elizabeth|
|N/A||Four Winds South Bend||Tribal Land-Based||South Bend|
|Rush Street Interactive/Kambi/BetRivers||French Lick Resort Casino||Commercial Land-Based||French Lick|
|Caesars Sports||Harrah’s Hoosier Park||Racino||Anderson|
|Rush Street Interactive/Kambi/BetRivers||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Riverboat||Lawrenceburg|
|Caesars Sports||Horseshoe Hammond Casino||Riverboat/Land-Based||Hammond|
|Caesars Sports||Indiana Grand Racing & Casino||Racino||Shelbyville|
|USA Sports Gaming/BetIndiana||Majestic Star Casino||Riverboat||Gary|
|BetAmerica||Rising Star Casino Resort||Riverboat||Rising Son|
|William Hill||Tropicana Evansville Casino||Commercial Land-Based||Evansville|
|Caesars Sports||Winner’s Circle Clarksville||OTB Facility & Sportsbook||Clarksville|
|Caesars Sports||Winner’s Circle Indianapolis||OTB Facility & Sportsbook||Indianapolis|
|Caesars Sports||Winner’s Circle New Haven||OTB Facility & Sportsbook||New Haven|
Indiana Gambling Versus Neighboring States
Indiana used to be Chicago’s go-to jurisdiction for playing at the casino. And that’s still largely true for casino games depending on where you live in the city. But if you’re just into sports betting, you can play online in Illinois.
The biggest hurdle there is the requirement to register in-person. But once you visit a physical sportsbook to sign up, you can bet on sports from anywhere within state lines.
If you live in Illinois, it’s pretty unfathomable to imagine driving back and forth to Indiana for sports betting when you could just travel to an Illinois casino once and never leave your house to win money on sports betting again.
While Michigan doesn’t currently have online casinos, they legalized all forms of online gambling as of 2019, including online casinos and poker.
The state currently offers online sports betting as well, but many of their brands are the same as what’s available in Indiana.
On top of the three casinos in Detroit, Michigan also has 21 tribal casinos located all across the Lower and Upper Peninsulas.
In terms of traveling to Michigan from Indiana to gamble, the only reason we can imagine is for avid online poker players. If you want to qualify for the World Series of Poker via an online tournament, you’ll likely be able to do so sometime in 2021 in Michigan.
Ohio didn’t have any casinos until the 2010s, then four of their major cities each got one. This concentrated all the casinos into one part of the state until race tracks were allowed to offer video lottery terminals, which are similar to slot machines.
While Ohio currently does not offer legal sports betting, it looks like legislation is on the way to make it happen in the near future. If things pass as expected, people in Ohio will have access to both in-person and online sports betting.
In the meantime, Ohioans will need to travel to the neighboring states of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, or West Virginia to place a legal sports bet.
Despite being home to the Kentucky Derby, which brings in more bets than practically any other single event on earth, the state has completely outlawed casinos. A bill also failed to try and legalize sports betting in the state.
So, short of pari-mutuel horse betting, Daily Fantasy Sports, and sweepstakes sites, Kentucky gamblers are out of luck.
Unless, of course, they travel to the many neighboring states with legal sports betting, including Indiana.
Is Online Gambling Safe In Indiana?
Yes, online gambling is safe in Indiana as long as you’re playing at a legal site. If it’s an illegal site, that’s when you enter unsafe waters.
If you’re located in the state of Indiana, real-money online casinos and poker sites are unsafe.
This is because it’s against state law for offshore gambling sites to offer you their services, and the lack of regulation or accountability is concerning for players.
There’s no guarantee that your personal or financial information is secure. There’s also a good chance that the games aren’t as advertised and that winnings could easily be withheld.
The only truly safe form of online gambling in Indiana is at licensed online sportsbooks, racebooks, and DFS apps.
Legal Versus Illegal Online Gambling In Indiana
It can be tempting to play at illegal online casinos and poker sites when you’re in a state that offers neither. And because only four states have legalized online casinos, that means most American online gamblers are playing at illegal sites.
We do not recommend anyone play at an offshore online casino or poker site.
In terms of the sportsbook, there’s no reason to go with an offshore site when you have so many legal options in Indiana. Some of the best brands are currently available or soon will be, including DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Unibet, 888, Bet365, FOX Bet, and William Hill.
If you’re strictly a sports bettor located in Indiana, why risk it? You can legally register at the highest-quality online sportsbook apps in Indiana and the world.
Indiana Gambling FAQ
21. The gambling age in Indiana is 21 and older for casinos and sports betting. This includes online and physical sportsbooks.
However, people 18 and up can buy lottery tickets, bet on horses, and play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Although DFS is not technically considered gambling under Indiana law.
Yes. Online sports betting is legal in Indiana. As long as you’re at least 21 years old and physically located in Indiana, you can play. You do not need to be a resident of the state or register in-person to create an account. You can also register from outside of the state, but you have to be within state lines to place a bet.
Indiana legalized online sports betting in 2019. State lawmakers also legalized Daily Fantasy Sports sites in 2016. You can also bet on horses online in the state.
However, online casinos and poker sites are currently illegal in the state and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Yes. While the Hoosier Lottery offers Mega Millions, Powerball, and other multi-state games, they also offer a large number of scratch-offs and instant wins exclusive to the state. The different games rotate on a quarterly and yearly basis. Indiana’s lottery always has a few choices related to the season or a holiday.
No. While you can register at the Hoosier Lottery website, the benefits do not include the ability to buy tickets online. But you can participate in second-chance drawings, receive loyalty points for scanning tickets, and get notified about jackpots and number draws. Visit the Hoosier Lottery website to learn more.
Indiana charges an income tax rate of 3.23%. If you win more than you lose while gambling in Indiana, you must pay that income tax rate accordingly. For example, if your net winnings for the year total $1,000, you pay the state $32.30.
Further, gambling winnings are subject to Federal taxes of 24%. If you win enough at the casino or lottery, they’ll automatically withhold the winnings. Otherwise, the tax filer must report whatever their net winnings are for the year.
Yes. If you plan on visiting more than once, a casino loyalty program can be highly beneficial. Even if you earn enough points for a free meal, it was worth the minimal effort of signing up.
But if you’re an avid visitor to the casino, becoming a loyalty rewards member is practically essential. You can earn points for hotel stays, betting, and food and drink purchases, resulting in a wide range of benefits.
Gambling in Indiana is regulated by a few different organizations. The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates sports betting. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission regulates betting on horse racing. And the Indiana Lottery Commission regulates the Hoosier Lottery.