Indiana is the latest US state to legalize sports betting. The Indiana Legislature passed sports betting bill H 1015 on April 25th, and Governor Eric Holcomb signed it into law on May 9th. The governor said that the new bill would create hundreds of new jobs, bring in revenue to the state, and spur general economic growth.
That’s great news for Indiana residents because soon you will be able to bet on your favorite sports live and online. On this page you will learn about online sports betting in Indiana and when you can expect Indiana sports betting to launch.
The Indiana Colts is the only NFL team in the state, and soon you will be able to bet on all their game. You can expect the NFL to be the centerpiece of Indiana sports betting as the league brings in billions of dollars worth of bets every year.
In addition to betting on all Colts games, you’ll be able to be on regular and postseason action for all NFL teams. You’ll also be able to place prop bets and futures bets on your favorite players and teams.
The Indiana Pacers are the state’s lone NBA franchise, and you’ll find plenty of action on NBA games after the launch of online sports betting in Indiana. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the Golden State Warriors or the Boston Celtics, you’ll be able to bet on games.
The heaviest action will be on the NBA Playoffs, but you will be able to bet on all games of the regular season as well as futures and even the NBA Draft.
While Indiana doesn’t have an NHL franchise, there are plenty of hockey fans in the state. Once Indiana sports betting launches, you’ll have the option to bet on regular season and postseason games for all teams.
Like the NBA, most fans don’t start wagering on the game until the NHL Playoffs, and you’ll find plenty of action for the playoffs at Indiana online sportsbooks. You’ll also find a selection of prop bets and futures bets.
While Indiana doesn’t have any MLB franchises, there are plenty in nearby states. If you’re a fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, or the Cleveland Indians, you’ll be able to bet on all of their games.
MLB action will be available on all regular season games and all the games of the MLB playoffs, including the World Series. You’ll also likely find a limited selection of prop bets, typically involving who will win the World Series next year.
Notable Restrictions on Sports Betting
Sports betting in Indiana may look slightly different than in other states. For starters, you will be unable to make any wagers on esports or amateur athletes under the age of 18. Outside of esports, this should not have a significant impact on other forms of betting.
One difference between Indiana and other states may be in-play betting. The legislation does allow the Indiana Gaming Commission to place restrictions on in-play betting, so it remains to be seen whether online sports betting in Indiana will allow in-play betting.
When to Expect Sports Betting to Launch
The big question remaining is the launch date for online sports betting in Indiana. While a date has yet to be announced, we predict that it will not happen before 2020. Live Indiana sports betting will probably launch by this fall to take advantage of the upcoming NFL season. However, online sports betting in Indiana will take a bit longer.
We predict that online sports betting in Indiana will launch sometime in 2020. The estimate is based on other states and how long it has taken to license and launch online sports betting apps. Regardless, online sports betting is coming to Indiana, and soon sports fans will be able to place bets on their favorite teams at Indiana online sportsbooks.