Online poker regulation has been slowly advancing throughout the United States, but 2019 is proving to be a banner year for iPoker. Pennsylvania is expected to launch online poker in July 2019, and West Virginia became the fifth US state to legalize online poker earlier this year.
Indiana has been in the news lately after becoming the latest state to legalize sports betting, including online sports betting. Doing so automatically puts Indiana on the list of “next states to regulate online poker,” and we would not be surprised to see Indiana online poker to become a reality soon.
Learn more about what you can expect from online poker in Indiana, and when we expect it to launch.
What Online Poker Sites Will Operate in Indiana
Online poker is not yet regulated in Indiana, and current laws explicitly outlaw poker games as illegal gambling. This means that there are no sites presently offering legal online poker in the state. However, with the passage of sports betting in May 2019, we expect that attitudes towards online poker will change as well.
Once online poker is finally regulated, we expect multiple online poker sites to operate in Indiana with the following being the top operators:
WSOP.com – Since Indiana has two Caesars properties, you can expect WSOP.com to operate in the state. WSOP.com operates in Nevada and New Jersey and will also operate in Pennsylvania.
888 Poker – 888 poker operates in New Jersey and 888 powers online poker in Delaware. They also power the interstate online poker network, and you can expect Indiana to join this network as well.
PokerStars – PokerStars operates in New Jersey and will soon launch in Pennsylvania. We also expect PokerStars to offer services in Indiana, provided they don’t include a “bad actor clause” to exclude PokerStars.
Partypoker – By the time online poker in Indiana launches, partypoker will be operating in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Indiana would be a solid market for them to expand to as well.
What Forms of Poker Will Be Offered
Indiana poker online will likely look very similar to that offered in other states. Below is what forms of games you can expect to be offered in the state:
Texas Hold’em – The Cadillac of Poker will the #1 offering at Indiana online poker rooms. You can expect Texas Hold’em to be offered in cash game and tournament formats at stakes ranging from micro stakes to mid-stakes. You’ll also find an offering of Sit and Go tournaments and even Jackpot poker games such as Spin and Go poker.
Omaha – Omaha poker is also very popular online, and you’ll find a wide variety of Pot-Limit Omaha games and Omaha Hi-Lo games at online poker sites in Indiana. Games will primarily focus on lower stakes with a few small stakes tournaments mixed in.
When Will Online Poker Be Legal in Indiana?
Blackjack is easily the most popular table game at online casinos, and you’ll find plenty of blackjack at online casinos in Indiana. Expect the games to be similar to other regulated online casinos with fairly generic games using up to eight decks per shoe. Also, decks are shuffled each hand, so the casino has an increased edge.
Like other forms of online casino games, you’ll find stakes ranging from micro stakes to high stakes with max bets of between $5,000 to $10,000 per hand. The majority of the action will be at lower stakes. Blackjack variants such as Blackjack Pro, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Multi-Hand Blackjack, and Atlantic City Blackjack will be available.
Since Indiana is likely to use many of the same providers already serving Atlantic City, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, you can learn more about what games will be available by checking out the online casino in those states.
Live Dealer Games
Most online casinos now offer some form of Live Dealer games with games like Blackjack and Roulette being the most popular. Live Dealer games are popular because you interact with a real person rather than a pre-programmed computer. This gives a social interaction that some miss from playing at live casinos.
Blackjack, Roulette, Casino Hold’em, and Baccarat are popular Live Dealer variants in New Jersey, and you can expect those to be offered at Indiana online casinos. Golden Nugget and 888 casino drive the majority of the Live Dealer action in New Jersey, and we are confident that those companies will operate in Indiana.
When Will Online Casinos Be Legal In Indiana?
Indiana has recently regulated sports betting, and with the legislative session already concluded for the year, online poker legislation can’t happen until at least 2020. We believe that the popularity of sports betting will entice lawmakers to pursue online poker.
We do expect lawmakers to discuss the matter in 2020, but the success of a comprehensive iGaming bill will depend greatly on the success of sports betting. Presently, we are predicting 2021 as the year that online poker is legalized in Indiana.