T-minus one month until Indiana sports betting is legal!
But with the clock ticking, it’s unclear if any sportsbooks will be able to accept wagers when the law goes into effect on September 1 — four days before the start of the 2019 NFL season.
After meeting for a final time on Thursday to discuss the guidelines and requirements for the state-licensed sportsbooks, the Indiana Gaming Commission is expected to finalize the drafted set of rules on August 28 to avoid a potential “doomsday scenario.”
The IGC issued licenses to 13 casinos and off-track betting locations in July, which came two months after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the Indiana sports betting bill into law.
If a casino or OTB parlor wants to launch their on September 1, they must receive certification from the Indiana Testing Lab, have internal controls approved, pass data server inspection, and establish a voluntary exclusion program in an attempt to curb problem gambling.
Online sportsbooks and mobile betting apps will eventually be allowed in Indiana, but a launch likely won’t happen until October at the earliest. Currently, more oversight is needed on factors such as geolocation authentication to ensure that all bets are placed with the state’s jurisdiction.
Indiana-approved sportsbook locations
Operators will be allowed to open sportsbooks starting next month, provided they pass the final review checklist and are approved for launch by the state’s gaming commission. The following 13 brick-and-mortar locations eligible candidates to be the first to launch:
- Ameristar Casino ‒ East Chicago
- Belterra Casino Resort ‒ Florence
- Blue Chip Casino ‒ Michigan City
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino ‒ Elizabeth
- Blue Sky Casino ‒ French Lick
- Hollywood Casino ‒ Lawrenceburg
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park ‒ Anderson
- Horseshoe Casino ‒ Hammond
- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino ‒ Shelbyville
- Tropicana Evansville Casino ‒ Evansville
- Winner’s Circle ‒ Clarksville
- Winner’s Circle ‒ Indianapolis
- Winner’s Circle ‒ New Haven
Indiana will allow bets on these sports
Below you’ll find the complete list of the approved sports and events that are allowed to receive wagers once the Indiana sports betting law goes into effect in September, according to the official document released by the IGC. Any sport or event not listed must be pre-approved by the gaming commission ahead of time.
Auto Racing: NASCAR (including Monster Energy Series, Xfinity Series Truck Series), Formula One, IndyCar
Baseball: MLB, MLB Draft, NCAA Division I, Minor League Baseball Triple-A
Basketball: NBA, NBA Draft, WNBA, WNBA Draft, NCAA Division I, Euro League and Euro Cup, International Basketball Federation
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
Football: NFL, NCAA Division I, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League
Golf: PGA, PGA Tour Champions, LPGA, Champion’s Tour, European Tour, International Events
Hockey: NHL, NCAA Division I, International Ice Hockey Federation, World Championships
Lacrosse: NCAA Division I
Mixed Martial Arts: UFC, Bellator MMA, One Championship, Professional Fighters League, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
Olympics: Summer and Winter (including trials)
Rugby: Six Nations, World Cup, World Rugby, Four Nations
Sailing: Americas Cup, International Sailing Federation
Soccer: FIFA, MLS, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Mexican Liga Bancomer, Spanish La Liga, NCAA Division I
Softball: NCAA Division I
Tennis: United States Tennis Association, Association of Tennis Professionals, Women’s Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation Grand Slams/Majors, NCAA Division I
Track and Field: International Association of Athletics Federations, NCAA Division I