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Indiana sports betting: Here's everything you need to know
31st August, 17:30Get ready, sports fans. Sports gambling becomes legal in Indiana on Sept. 1.
You may have questions about it, such as: What am I allowed to bet on? Where can I place a bet? Can I bet from my phone?
We have the answers you seek. Here's everything you need to know about legal sports gambling in Indiana.
Sports betting in Indiana becomes legal starting Sunday. Anyone 21 years or older will be able to place bets at three casinos that day, but other locations authorized to conduct sports betting won't begin taking bets until later.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has authorized as of Aug. 30 eight locations to begin taking bets at their retail sportsbooks. Here are those locations and when they'll begin taking bets:
An additional six locations have been permitted to conduct sports betting, but regulators have not granted those locations opening dates as of Aug. 30. Those six locations are:
In addition to major leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, the Indiana Gaming Commission has approved bets on events like professional boxing, golf, soccer, tennis and auto racing. Bettors can also bet on less popular events like darts, cricket, lacrosse and sailing.
Indiana law prohibits wagering on high school and amateur youth sporting events. Betting on NCAA Division I sports, however, is allowed.
A complete list of leagues and events you can bet on can be found on the Indiana Gaming Commission's website.
You'll be able to bet on the outcomes of games and make proposition bets, which are bets regarding an occurrence within a game. An example of a proposition bet is betting that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett throws four touchdown passes against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the NFL season.
It's anybody's guess. Mobile sports betting, while it becomes legal Sept. 1, is nowhere in sight.
Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said Aug. 28 that no location permitted to conduct sports betting has submitted an application to conduct mobile sports betting. Officials said most operators, if not all of them, will roll out mobile betting after opening retail betting locations.
The commission had previously not ruled out a two-tiered approach to rolling out sports gambling in the state, focusing first on retail betting, and then shifting to mobile betting.
Hoosiers who want to bet online will need to create an account on an operator's online platform. To create an account, you'll need to provide some personal identifying information, which may include:
Online platforms are also required to use geofencing technology, which will be used to make sure bettors are in Indiana when conducting a bet.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill in May that legalized sports betting in the state beginning Sept. 1. The move came on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that declared unconstitutional a 1992 law that banned state-sponsored sports gambling.