Indeed, sports betting is legal in Indiana. The Hoosier State in fact embraced sports wagering, opening its first sportsbooks just four months after lawmakers legalized the practice in 2019. There are currently 13 betting apps operating in the state, which means lots of options for bettors looking wager on pro sports, college basketball, the Indianapolis 500, or any of the other major events regularly held in the Crossroads of America.

Indiana Sportsbooks Features & Promos

Indiana’s sports betting law allows each retail casino or off-track betting parlor to have up to three sports betting “skins,” which raises the prospect of dozens of betting apps eventually operating in the Hoosier State. There’s also a huge appetite for sports betting in Indiana, given that the capital city of Indianapolis regularly major sporting events like the Final Four.

That’s a lot for an Indiana sports bettor to negotiate, but choosing the right sportsbook comes down to determining what you want most out of a betting app. A promo that helps you make the most of a small bankroll? Low bet minimums? Favorable odds? Regular boosts, live betting, live streaming, or all of the above?

Indiana Sports Betting Legal Path

The national ban on sports betting was struck down in May of 2018, and Indiana wasted little time in getting in on the action. Unlike other states that spent years wringing hands and parsing potential legislation, Indiana operated like the fastest car in the Indianapolis 500—signing sports betting into law in May of 2019, and launching four months later, in time for the NFL season. Sports betting has been a rousing success in Indiana, with each of the final two months of 2023 seeing over $500 million in handle.

Additional Indiana Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding Indiana's sports betting rules.

  1. How old do you have to be to bet in indiana?

    Players must be at least 21 years old to wager on sports in Indiana.

  2. how many sportsbooks operate in Indiana?

     Indiana currently has 13 active online sports betting sites.

  3. Can you bet on college sports in Indiana?

     It is legal to bet on in-state college teams in Indiana.

  4. Can you play Daily Fantasy in Indiana?

    Daily Fantasy Sports have been legalized in Indiana since 2016.

  5. Can you bet on politics in indiana?

    Political (i.e. election results) betting isn’t allowed in Indiana. 

  6. Can you bet on esports in Indiana?

    Esports betting is not legal in Indiana.

  7. Do you have to go to a retail location in Indiana to register a sports betting account?

    You can register for your sportsbook account remotely in Indiana.

Home Field Advantage 

For a state with 6.8 million residents, Indiana packs a serious punch when it comes to sports. The two pro sports teams in Indianapolis have passionate followings, the Hoosier State is absolutely crazy for college basketball, and it’s a hub for major events—Indianapolis gets the Final Four every five years as the home of the NCAA, the Super Bowl came to town in 2012, and the Indy 500 is the most prestigious motorsports race in America.

Let’s take a look at each of the major sports teams in Indiana, and the role they play in Hoosier State sports betting:

NFL: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts were something of a laughingstock when they moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984, making the playoffs in just one of their first 11 seasons. But thanks to great quarterbacks like Jim Harbaugh, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, the Colts made the playoffs 16 times in 19 seasons between 1995 and 2014, winning one Super Bowl in the process. Even in leaner times, the expectations are high. Meanwhile no league attracts sports betting action like the NFL, making the Colts a wagering staple in Indiana.

NBA: Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are among the NBA’s more underrated franchises, making the playoffs with regularity since joining the league in 1976, and reaching at least the Eastern Conference Finals eight times. No, they don’t have an NBA title. Yes, the glory years with Reggie Miller were long ago. Granted, they haven’t gotten out of the first round in a decade. But the Pacers are always competitive, they always have a passionate fan base, and they always play a key role in providing markets for sports bettors.

College Sports: Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue Boilermakers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Did we mention that Indiana loves it college basketball? That’s especially true when it comes to the Hoosiers, even though it’s been a while since IU contended for the national crown. That fervor also extends to Purdue, which is currently enjoying one of its best stretches since the Gene Keady days. Notre Dame is better known as a football school, but its women’s basketball team has two National Titles (2001 & 2018) under its belt and has played in 6 National Championship games since 2011. It should come as no surprise that Indiana has no restrictions on college sports betting, unlike some other states.

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