The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) authorized a gaming company that has partnered with French Lick Casino to start taking mobile sports bets starting October 3rd. This move ends months of uncertainty about when Indiana gamblers would be able to make bets online.
Rush Street and French Lick Casino Partner Up
A company called Rush Street based out of Chicago will provide the platform to take mobile wagers, having demonstrated to Indiana gaming officials that their mobile sports app meets the state’s requirements. Right now Indiana has 13 locations in the state authorized to take legal sports bets. A credit card or debit card can be used to make a deposit. You must be 21 in Indiana in order to place a wager therefore personal identifying information must be provided when creating an account.
Indiana decided to wait on allowing mobile betting until after in person betting at sports books had already launched. Once in person betting had been established, they always planned on bringing in mobile betting right behind it. French Lick Casino has been taking in person bets since September 6th and appear ready for this next phase of their sportsbook with this new partnership.
Few States Have Mobile Betting Options
Once Indiana begins taking mobile bets on October 3rd, they will become one of only seven states that offer it in the country. Although Rush Street is the first to offer it in Indiana, they already have experience in the world of mobile betting. Their betting applications are currently in use in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In fact, they started New Jersey's first online casino three years ago. That experience will be invaluable in getting things off the ground in Indiana.
Rush Street won't be alone in Indiana for very long. A company by the name of Smarkets from England is set to partner up with Full House Resorts. That would allow their SBK online sportsbook to do business in the state. There's also DraftKings which will run an online betting app for Ameristar Casino East Chicago.
Indiana Got the Ball Rolling Fast
The Indiana General Assembly approved legislation on April 24th that allowed gamblers in Indiana to make wagers on professional and college sports starting Sept. 1st. Betting on esports and high school sports is prohibited. The bill implemented a 9.5% tax rate on those wagers.
Indiana chose not to include the provision that official league data be used. However, there is a possibility that they might require it in the future for in game wagering. That has been left to the discretion of Gaming Commission. Sportsbooks pay a licensing fee of $100K and $50K renewal fee.
In terms of their Midwest neighbors, Ohio has not yet legalized sports betting and it doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon. Michigan does not have sports betting either but it does look like it may be on the way. Illinois has legal sports betting in place but it has not been launched as yet. Online betting is sure to bring in a lot of extra money to the state of Indiana. Not only from local residents but also from their neighboring states until they can get their act together.
If you're from Chicago and looking to make a bet on sports, you can drive 45 minutes to Hammond's Horseshoe Casino and make a wager at their sportsbook. You don't even have to drive a car as Hammond's has a free shuttle that leaves from Chicago. The rest of the Midwest's loss is Indiana's gain as of October 3rd.