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Indiana sportsbooks accepted $35.2M in bets during first month of legal sports gambling, data shows
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Sportsbooks at casinos and off-track betting locations in Indiana took in more than $35.2 million in sports wagers during the first month of legal sports betting in the state, new data released by the Indiana Gaming Commission shows.
Horseshoe Hammond casino accepted $8.98 million in sports wagers, the most in the state. Ameristar East Chicago casino took in the second-most at $5.4 million, while Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg accepted $5.2 million in sports bets.
Winner's Circle in Downtown Indianapolis, which is an off-track betting location, took in $3.1 million in sports wagers, the data shows. Off-track betting locations accept bets on horse races despite not being at a track.
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Bettors wagered far more money on football than any other sport in September. Of the $35.2 million in sports bets placed statewide, $20.7 million was bet on football. Parlay bets, which are bets on multiple sporting events, commanded $9.7 million, while $3.4 million was wagered on baseball, according to the data.
All of September's sports bets produced $8.6 million in adjusted gross revenue for the sportsbooks. Indiana's share of September sports betting proceeds was just over $813,000.
Not all of the state's casinos and off-track betting sites began accepting sports wagers on Sept. 1 -- the date sports gambling became legal in the state -- so the amounts wagered at retail sportsbooks will likely grow in the coming months.
Mobile sports betting in Indiana also began Oct. 3, when Rush Street Interactive and DraftKings launched online sportsbooks. Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said data about online sports betting will be released in November.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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