Online sports betting in Indiana kicked off one week ago today. But many questions remain as to where, when, and how you can bet on sports in the Hoosier State, so we decided to put together this helpful FAQ to walk you through which sports betting apps are available in the state and how you can get in on the action.
Which legal sports betting apps are available in Indiana?
Currently, two sportsbooks have launched in Indiana: DraftKings Sportsbook IN and BetRivers IN. We recommend DraftKings for everybody. First off, it is the only one of the two to be available as both an iOS and Android app (direct-download on Android)– on iPhones and iPads, BetRivers is only available through a clunky mobile web workaround first pioneered by its sister site SugarHouse that requires you to download a third-party tool to track your location and confirm you are in the state.
Do I have to live in Indiana to bet online?
Nope! You must be physically present in the state when you place your bet, but you may access your account and even deposit money from other states… such as Illinois.
If I live in Chicago, can I drive into Indiana to place my bets?
You’re damn right you can. In fact, this practice is one of the reasons industry analysts are so bullish on Indiana as a betting market. Just like in New Jersey, where upwards of 25% of bets come from New Yorkers crossing the river into North Jersey to place action, Indiana is close to major cities such as Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, and parts of Southern Michigan. So yes, if you’re in Chicago, you can head to one of the many PointsBet locations near the city, or just drive over the bridge and sign up for an Indiana betting app.
Do Indiana sportsbooks offer any signup bonuses or promotions?
Yes. Both sports betting apps currently live in Indiana offer promotions for both new players and existing ones.
DraftKings Sportsbook matches a new user’s first bet up to $200, meaning whatever your first bet amount is, DraftKings will offer you a free bet up to $200 if you sign up here . They also offer an up to $500 deposit match, but it is only good for 25% of your deposit and requires a 25x play-through. So we don’t find this as a differentiating factor. You’re better off just focusing on the frequent odds boosts and the extreme amount of action DK offers.
BetRivers is a bit more straightforward– they’ll match a user’s first deposit up to $250. And it only has a 1x play-through, meaning you only need to bet the bonus money once before it is eligible to be withdrawn. They are less promotional in other areas than DraftKings though, and so we still recommend DK.
Can I bet on local college teams?
Unlike some other markets (cough, cough, New Jersey), the Indiana Gaming Control board allows you to bet on in-state college teams… like Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and more.
Is it legal to bet on sports in Indiana?
Yes. While offshore sportsbooks and bookies have existed for years, Indiana officially legalized sports betting in 2019, meaning you can place a bet at one of the state’s many casinos or through licensed online operators.
Which betting apps are coming soon to Indiana?
Indiana is a very favorable market to online sportsbooks thanks to their relatively low $100,000 licensing fee (it’s $10 million in Pennsylvania) and 9.5% tax rate. Therefore, many sportsbooks are eager to launch their online apps in the state. FanDuel Sportsbook is expected to launch in late October, with other operators such as FOX Bet and PointsBet planning to enter the market at some point. Local casino brands will also launch their own betting apps.