July 24th, 2019, saw the Indiana Gaming Commission release a list of sports that would be available to the state bettors at the state’s licensed gambling venues. While the Hoosiers will be able to place their bets on popular sports like football, baseball, and basketball, they can expect to bet on other less popular games including professional darts, bowling among others.
10 casinos and 3 OTBs
The release came in the wake of the regulator issuing temporary licenses to ten of the state’s twelve casinos. The licenses were also offered to three OTB (off-track betting) locations and the licenses would see the provision of retail betting in the aforementioned venues.
Indiana comes out as one of the states in the US that legalized sports betting in 2019. In May, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that would see the legalization of sports betting. This was after surviving all legislative hurdles that the bill faced.
The state has since pushed for the start of betting on September 1st at the licensed venues. The target set seems to have the NFL season in mind and is set in a way to take bets as the season begins. However, the date projected has seen some legislators’ skeptic stating that the timeline is ‘very aggressive’ and casting doubt on if the casinos will meet the timelines.
Indiana Gaming Commission released the full list on their platform and some of the authorized sports that the state residents will be able to access in the betting facilities will include NBA, NFL, MLB, Soccer, UFC and more.
Rules not adopted yet
However, the regulator has not yet adopted the rules set to govern the betting industry in the state. The August 28th meeting is projected to be the day the activity is to happen. The draft version has, however, been published.
The draft version states that the gamblers will place in-person bets using the electronic kiosks at the authorized venues floors or at betting windows at the authorized sportsbook. The draft also requires that the betting facilities show the events authorized by the regulator and that the corresponding odds should also be on display.
Mobile betting to come later
The draft also allows the mobile betting which was legalized under the legislation signed by the governor. However, the start of the operations is expected to be done later.
The ten casinos issued with temporary licenses have had their permanent licenses under review and a decision is to come at later dates. The two casinos that did not apply for the licenses are Majestic Star Casino in Gary and Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun.
The anticipated sports betting operations have since seen Caesars Entertainment Corporation say that it would have its four casinos and three OTB facilities in the state upgraded to offer betting operations. Caesar has been making big moves in the industry and recently, the company announced a deal with Eldorado Entertainment that would see the merged company form the largest casino operator.
Last year saw Caesars carry out an $85 million expansion of its Horseshoe Southern Indiana property and on May this year, the company announced the casino rebrand which would be named Caesars Southern Indiana and would have a sportsbook added.