When you host one of the world’s most famous auto races, the marquee games in college basketball’s biggest tournament and the premier showcase of draft-eligible NFLers, you’re allowed to call yourself a sports state.
Indiana might be light on professional sports, but you’ll never mistake it for a Montana or a Delaware. Indianans know what’s up: the state is home to some of the most tourist-worthy sporting events on the planet, which makes it a perfect place for visitors to come to town, place some sports bets and generally have a good time.Read More. ↓
What’s the best part of being in a state with double-digit sports betting operators? That’s easy: having access to as many great sign-up bonuses, ongoing offers and odds shopping opportunities as you can handle.
You won’t find many states with such a star-studded lineup of known sports betting brands – so be sure to check out each one on this list to find which one is the best for you. And make sure to scoop up all of those bonuses!
Here’s a look at our top-rated online sportsbooks in Indiana.Read Less. ↑
Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.
Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app.
Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.
Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.
Just about everyone loves free stuff, and Indianans are certainly no different. Indiana-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in Indiana:
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player.
PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet.
Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.
Tier Statuses are as follows:
Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)
Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.
If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but Indiana residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for Indianans, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
At DraftKings Indiana, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
Bally Bet Indiana has a pretty poor sign-up bonus compared to the industry standard. They offer two different bonuses. New users get a free $100 bet for signing up plus a $550 risk-free first bet. The risk-free bet can be used to wager on any event that doesn’t exceed +300 in odds.
You only get a bonus with the risk-free bet if your first bet is graded a loser, giving you some insurance. However, Bally’s limits the odds available for you to take advantage of, and the monetary value of $550 is severely below industry leaders.
BetRivers Indiana offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.
The deposit match at BetRivers IN isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.
The silver lining of the WynnBET promo is that you only need to deposit $10 to get the maximum amount of the $200 bonus whether your qualifying bet wins, loses, or is a push. Most sportsbooks require a 100% deposit match to trigger a complete bonus, meaning you would have to deposit $1,000 to get $1,000 back, and in the case of a risk-free bet, you would only get a free bet or credit if your qualifying bet loses.
Unfortunately, WynnBET Indiana does complicate how you receive your free bets. The $200 is divided into four $50 bets. The first free bet will be released within 72 hours after the settlement of your first qualifying bet. The remaining three free bets will be released in a single installment every seven days until all free bets have been released.
(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)
|Launch Date||Sept. 1, 2019|
|# of Betting Sites||13|
|Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Online Casino||❌ No|
|Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|2022 Population (est.)||6.83 million|
|2021 Betting Handle||$3.8 billion|
|Tax Rate||9.5 percent|
PointsBet really wants you to give it a try. Why else would it offer a $500 risk-free fixed-odds bet AND a free shot of up to $1,500 on their proprietary “PointsBet” betting method? And that’s just the appetizer – PointsBet has great promos, plenty of free bets, and an unmatched list of available sports.
Check out our PointsBet sportsbook review.
BetMGM brings you the most ongoing promotions – and they’re accessible to all levels of players. The best of the bunch for new sign-ups: Make $50 in bets in any given week, and you’ll receive $10 in free bets the following Monday. That might not make you suddenly like Mondays, but BetMGM isn’t a miracle worker.
Check out our BetMGM sportsbook review.
The official sportsbook of the entire state of Indiana (kidding!), Caesars is absolutely everywhere in the Hoosier State. But its sportsbook is worthy of the attention, bringing players a truly iconic brand with a strong loyalty program and a trove of odds boosts. The welcome bonus is also one of the best in the industry.
Check out our Caesars sportsbook review.
If you’re just starting out, you’re probably going to like FanDuel. It does a terrific job of engaging new users and those who prefer low limits, offering plenty of odds boosts along with its trademark Same Game Parlay. It’s entirely possible that some players will outgrow this app, but overall FD is a strong operator.
Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.
Yep, you have an opinion about Barstool. But regardless of what side of the fence you’re on, this app does a lot of things well. It’s one of the leaders when it comes to deposit and withdrawal options, and its promos and contests are among the most creative out there. There’s a wide range of sports here, too.
Check out our Barstool sportsbook review.
In a lot of ways, the review for FanDuel fits here. DraftKings is a terrific sports betting option for anyone new to the industry, or for people who prefer to play low limits. Unfortunately for people not in these camps, there’s a tendency for DK (and FD) to quickly limit players who go on a heater. Not a good look.
Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.
It’s rough enough when your sportsbook of choice offers a new user promo well below the industry standard. But when it also metes that promo out as a weekly allowance rather than all at once, you can’t help but scratch your head. The Wynn brand is a big hit in Las Vegas, but it has work to do in the rest of the country.
Check out our WynnBET sportsbook review.
Not enough credit is given to BetRivers for its fantastic live betting experience, which is one of the best in the industry. Unfortunately, the reason that not enough credit is given is because the app isn’t that well-organized or pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint. Oh, and the deposit match is below average.
Check out our BetRivers sportsbook review.
You know the one person in your group of friends who doesn’t say much, doesn’t do much, and is just kind of … there? That’s Bally Bet. It’s just there. It has odds, and a welcome bonus, and lines, and some props. Nothing here will blow your hair back, but it’s fine. Here’s to you, mute, uncreative friend!
Check out our Bally Bet sportsbook review.
Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in Indiana. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Indiana. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Indianans come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
Having become just the second state in the nation to offer regulated daily fantasy sports in 2016, Indiana was expected to be at the forefront of the movement to legalize sports betting when PASPA was eventually repealed. And sure enough, it was.
Though there were challenges from professional sports leagues and others, the final version of the bill closely resembled iterations that have passed in other states. And once the mechanisms were in place, it didn’t take long for the state’s casinos to forge partnerships with established sportsbooks who also took to the online gaming space.
Here’s a look at Indiana’s sports betting history:
A handful of states were actually out in front of the May 2018 PASPA repeal – and Indiana was one of them, having introduced bills to both chambers of the state legislature four months prior to the SCOTUS decision.
Professional leagues immediately sought a cut of the potential action – first through an “integrity fee” paid to the leagues, and later via the purchase of their “official data” which would be used to settle bets. Neither proposal made it into later bills.
Things were looking good for legal sports betting, but one major hurdle remained: the inclusion of online sports betting. A bill that limited the legality to brick-and-mortar locales passed the House but not the Senate; eventually, the decision was made to include both retail and mobile betting, and the final bill was signed into law in May.
From there, the process of handing out licenses was a quick one, and on Sept. 1, three retail sportsbooks (Ameristar East Chicago, Hollywood Casino, Indiana Grand) made state history by taking the first legal sports wagers in Indiana. Just 32 days later, BetRivers became the state’s first legal online sportsbook operator.
2020 was largely uneventful in the Indiana sports betting scene – except, of course, for the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the shutdown of the state’s 13 casinos and two racetracks. That put a significant dent in the state’s betting handle, revenue and tax, since a larger-than-average share of Indiana’s betting was being done in person.
Undaunted, the state still added five new online operators during the calendar year, and things began to pick up significantly once the NFL and NCAA football seasons kicked off. Indiana established new single-month handle records in five consecutive months, capped by an incredible $313-million figure in December.
A sixth straight record for handle ($348 million) greeted Indianans in January 2021, leading to a record $2.8 million in tax generated for the state. And thanks in part to four additional sportsbook apps making their Indiana debuts during the year, the state saw three consecutive months of $460+ million in handle to close out the calendar.
After coming close to the $500-million mark in each of the final three months of 2021, Indiana finally broke the half-billion barrier in January to become just the seventh state to reach the plateau. And while handle softened in the months following, the state remains on track to surpass its $3.8 billion in handle from 2021.
Like most states, Indiana’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Indiana Gaming Commission manages the state’s self-exclusion program, which allows players to impose a self-ban on all gambling activity with a specific sportsbook. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing.
Visit the Indiana Gaming Commission site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Indiana bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are two major markets in which wagering in Indiana is prohibited:
Indiana might be short on major professional sports teams, but this is still one of the biggest sports hotbeds in the United States.
Between the Indianapolis 500, marquee March Madness games and the NFL Draft Combine, Indianans have access to plenty of big-time sporting events throughout the year. And make no mistake: the passion Indiana residents have for their clubs is as strong as any you’ll find across the country.
Here’s a look at the sports betting partnership situations with the two major pro teams that play their home games in Indiana:
Caesars has left an enormous imprint on the state of Indiana – and its deal with the Colts is the icing on a very big cake. As part of the deal with the franchise, Caesars came up with a creative promo in which users who opened an account and made a $50 bet would receive a $500 rebate toward season tickets for the following season.
Not to be outdone in the creativity department, DraftKings signed a multi-year deal with the Pacers in February 2020 that included the opportunity for DK customers to attend practices and games, along with meeting former players. Indiana doubled down on sportsbook partnerships by joining forces with PointsBet in August 2020.
We’re adding this partnership because it’s so unique. And yes, Caesars is front and center yet again, sponsoring the world’s most famous open-wheel race in 2022. The Caesars Sportsbook Lounge provided VIP experiences for loyalty program users while giving new account-holders $106 in free bets in honor of the 106th running of the race.
There are two ways to enjoy retail sports betting in Indiana: via Caesars, or via anyone else.
The gaming giant named after a Roman emperor operates a whopping seven of the state’s 14 brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, while no competitor has more than two skins. Yet, regardless of whether or not you’re a Caesars stan, you have plenty of opportunities to place an in-person sports wager in the Hoosier State.
Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in Indiana:
Ameristar Casino East Chicago (Barstool Sportsbook, 777 Aldis Ave, East Chicago, IN, 46312)
Bally's Evansville (William Hill, 421 NW Riverside Dr, Evansville, IN, 47708)
Belterra Casino Resort (FanDuel Sportsbook, 777 Belterra Dr, Florence, IN, 47020)
Blue Chip Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City, IN, 46360)
Caesars Southern Indiana (Caesars Sportsbook, 11999 Casino Center Dr. SE, Elizabeth, IN, 47117)
French Lick Resort (The Sportsbook, 8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN, 47432)
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (Hard Rock Casino, 5400 W 29th Ave, Gary, IN, 46406)
Harrah's Hoosier Park (Caesars Sportsbook, 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson, IN, 46013)
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg (Barstool Sportsbook, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Lawrenceburg, IN, 47025)
Horseshoe Hammond Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond, IN, 46320)
Horseshoe Indianapolis (Caesars Sportsbook, 4300 N Michigan Rd, Shelbyville, IN, 46176)
Winner's Circle Clarksville (Caesars Sportsbook, 650 Eastern Blvd, Clarksville, IN, 47129)
Winner’s Circle New Haven (Caesars Sportsbook, 1304 Minnich Road, New Haven, IN, 46774)
Winner's Circle Indianapolis (Caesars Sportsbook, 20 N. Pennsylvania St. Suite 2, Indianapolis, IN, 46204)
Indiana’s first retail sportsbooks opened just in time for the start of the 2019 NFL and NCAA football seasons, though online options weren’t available until early October. Regardless, the Hoosier State had a solid showing to close out 2019 and has seen significant year-over-year gains every month of the season entering 2022.
Here’s a look at Indiana’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2019:
Due to the slow rollout of mobile sports betting licenses (just five prior to April 2020) compared with a flood of retail sportsbook locations (14 in that same span), Indiana’s handle took a major hit when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of casinos and horse racing venues.
Indiana has one of the more reasonable tax rates among the regulated states, with operators paying 9.5 percent of gross gaming revenue.
Yes! Retail sports wagering officially began in Indiana with three locations going live on Sept. 1, 2019. The first online sportsbook began operations just over a month later.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in Indiana, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever Indiana-based sports venue you’re in at that time.
Check out our list of the top-rated Indiana sportsbooks above!
You can wager on any Indiana-based pro sports team, as long as sportsbooks are offering odds. However, you cannot wager on any Indiana-based collegiate team, or on any collegiate sporting event taking place within the state borders.
Esports was left out of the 2019 sports betting bill, making it illegal in Indiana.
Indiana is an above-average sports betting market in terms of size, ranking as the 17th-most populous state in America at 6.8 million people (2022 estimate).
The Indiana Gaming Commission has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including directions for self-exclusion, an anonymous self-assessment test and access to problem gambling resources.
More operators are indeed on the way, with MaximBet, Tipico and FOX Bet all expected to make their Indiana debuts in the coming months.