Spring of 2019 saw Indiana join a few other states where online betting is legalized in the United States. When the online betting regulations were passed, the Indiana Gaming Commission was tasked with inviting applications from prospective operators, reviewing the applications, licensing those deemed successful and regulating the operations of the successful operators. Applications were invited for mobile sports betting, online horse racing betting as well as daily fantasy sports.
A number of operators were quick to send in their applications and several of those who managed to meet all the criteria and conditions set were approved. Some have already launched their sites while others are still in the process of perfecting some things before they go live. In this article, we are going to first highlight the operators that are already live and at the end, we will briefly highlight those operators who have already received their licenses but are yet to go live.
The very first sportsbook to go live in Indiana on October 3, 2019 was DraftKings. DraftKings is already popular in many parts of the US where online betting is legal hence it came as no surprise when it quickly jumped on board to set up another sportsbook app in Indiana. As per the regulations set out by the Indiana Gaming Commission, all prospective operators were supposed to have or be associated with a brick and mortar gambling resort. As an online-only operator, DraftKings was quick to partner with Ameristar Casino Resort and it is this partnership which led to the DraftKings online betting license being approved. Those who decide to join DraftKings will benefit from a $25 no deposit bonus as soon as they finish the account registration process. Upon making the first deposit, they will receive a $500 risk free bet.
On the very same day that DraftKings sportsbook went live in Indiana, BetRivers also officially opened its doors to all players. This effectively made these two the pioneers in Indiana’s online betting industry. At the same time, it did give them an edge as they managed to attract all punters based in Indiana who had always had a knack for online betting. It is because of this that BetRivers is now regarded as one of the biggest and most popular sportsbooks in Indiana. All new players at BetRivers will receive a 100 per cent match bonus of up to $250.
FanDuel, a fierce rival to DraftKings did not waste time in setting up shop as it did so on October 26, 2019. FanDuel applied both for the mobile sports betting license and the daily fantasy sports license and both were approved. What this therefore means is that punters at FanDuel can place their bets on traditional sports as well as engage in fantasy sports betting. As an online-only operator, FanDuel had to associate itself with a brick and mortar casino in order for its license to be approved and the casino it chose to partner with is Belterra Casino Resort. At FanDuel, new players get to benefit from the $1000 risk free bet. This simply entails that the player’s first bet is refunded if his wager loses.
Launching on 30 December, 2019, BetAmerica became the fourth online sportsbook to go live in the Hoosier State. BetAmerica’s brick and mortar partner which allowed its application to be successful is the Rising Star Casino Resort. The sportsbook does allow punters to engage both in mobile sports betting as well as online horse racing betting as it was awarded two licenses for these respective betting markets. Those who join BetAmerica will receive a free $50 when they place a first bet of at least $50.
On February 25, 2020, BetMGM launched its Indiana sportsbook. From the word go, BetMGM really did show that it was ready to make a good impression as it offered a wide variety of betting markets on virtually every sport. Props essentially player props which were rather elusive at some of Indiana’ sportsbooks were found in abundance at BetMGM. Players who join BetMGM do benefit from a 100 per cent match bonus of up to $500.
The Australian operator PointsBet went live in Indiana on March 6, 2020. In addition to offering conventional mobile sports betting, it also allowed punters to try out is signature product, the Points Bet. The Points Bet allows punters to bet on an established mark, like a point spread or total, but are rewarded or penalized according to the distance the actual score is from the estimate.
On May 19, Caesars Sportsbook went live. The sportsbook got the rights to offer virtually all of the betting activities allowed in Indiana. This relating to mobile sports betting, online horse racing betting as well as daily fantasy bets. New players who settle at Caesars sportsbook get to benefit from a $500 risk free bet.
Unibet Sportsbook is the latest sportsbook to go live having launched on July 30, 2020. Just like Caesars sportsbook, Unibet sportsbook offers all of the permitted betting activities that is, mobile sports betting, daily fantasy bets and online horse racing betting. Players who register their accounts at Unibet will receive a $30 no deposit bonus as soon as they finish the account registration process. Upon making the first deposit, players will receive a $600 risk free bet.
Other sportsbooks that have been approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission but are still to go live include theScore Bet, Fox Bet and William Hill.