Sports Betting in Indianapolis, IN

This is our quick Indianapolis (IN) online sports betting guide. Soon you will be able to place bets on sports online via BetIndiana app. Check the gambling sites, legal sportsbooks (Fanduel at Belterra Casino), mobile apps. Learn about best Indianapolis sports betting destinations like Indiana Grand Racing and Casino By Caesars (live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing betting for rewards and promotions) and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 2019/2020.

Indianapolis Sports Betting Guide

Indianapolis residents can indulge in gambling on riverboat casinos and also at race-track ‘racinos’, although the state is very strict on gamblers who choose to indulge outside of the licensed venues. Social gambling is not acceptable, however, and legislation makes no provision for this. It might seem crazy, but players of illegal games have in the past charged alongside the organisers of said games.

The city has appeared to keep gambling firmly under control right from the start, with a crackdown on the then prevalent lotteries part of their initial constitution. Of course, this didn’t stop the gambling, and the golden age of gangster-organized speakeasies and murky, unregulated riverboat casinos would begin soon after.

When it comes to sports betting in Indianapolis, only pari-mutuel betting at licensed horse racing tracks is available to gamblers. Electronic gaming machines are also available at these venues.

Indiana sports betting legislation states that there is no distinction between games of chance and skill, and importantly it is the betting (i.e. risking money / property) which is prohibited, as in this excerpt from IC 35-45-5-1:

““Gambling” means risking money or other property for gain, contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, or the operation of a gambling device”. Section 35-45-5-1

The internet is also specifically mentioned, with a list of slot machine and your more traditional gambling games listed, followed by a ‘catch all’ clause at the end of the section. This also includes bookmaking:

“(b) An operator who knowingly or intentionally uses the Internet to: …conduct any banking or percentage games played with the computer equivalent of cards, dice, or counters, or accept any fixed share of the stakes in those games”. Section 35-45-5-3

However, in 2019, the State Legislature brought into being three bills: H 1363/S 439/S 552, which authorize sports gambling at riverboats, racinos, and also at satellite facilities.

Things are also looking up for Indianapolis residents when it comes to sports betting on mobile devices via apps, with legislation coming into place to allow this.

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