Indiana lawmakers submitted Bill 417 which will allow state’s casinos to run their own online gambling platforms (casino sites & apps) in Indiana.
2021 could be the year when you may be allowed to play online casino games for real money on your mobile device in Indiana. Legally.
Online casino apps expected to operate in Indiana:
- Betrivers Indiana
- BetMGM Casino
- Caesars App
- William Hill
Are there any legal online casino sites in Indiana now?
Online casinos are currently illegal in Indiana. However, with the Hoosier State beginning to regulate online sports betting, it’s only a matter of time before Indiana passes similar laws to West Virginia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Expected online casinos in Indiana in 2021/2022 include BetMGM, Caesars, Fanduel, Draftkings and other casino gambling sites for real money players in the state of Indiana.
Top Casinos in Indiana
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg (Penn National Gaming)
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (Caesars Entertainment)
Hoosier Park Racino (Caesars Entertainment)
Ameristar Casino & Hotel (Pinnacle)
Indiana has a long tradition of brick and mortar and tribal casinos. Currently there are around 16 casinos offering traditional slot machines and table games.
Online sportsbooks in Indiana have deals in place with existing retail operators. Some casinos, like Hollywood Casino, have a presence in other regulated US states. It’s likely that they will lead the way when online casino gaming arrives in Indiana.
Major online sites to already launch include PointsBet INDIANA, partnered with Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, and DraftKings Sportsbook who run the retail sportsbook at Ameristar Casino Resort. BetRivers operates a sportsbook online through a partnership with French Lick Casino.
Legal Online Casino in Indiana*
*It’s likely that when Indiana finally regulates online casinos, these sites will be involved (see above). Indiana has 10 legal sportsbooks operating online, including FanDuel, PointsBet, and BetRivers. Every sportsbook present in Indiana currently offers legal casino games in other states.
Current Gambling Laws in Indiana
Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, passed HB 1015 in 2019, authorizing sports betting at racinos, casinos, and riverboats across the state. It’s also legal to bet on sports online.
Timeline of Legislation:
2019: H 1015 is signed off by Gov. Eric Holcomb, paving the way for legalized sports betting in Indiana
2019: The first legal retail sportsbooks start to open in October 2019. There are still no laws in Indiana on online casinos.
2020: BetMGM joins the pack in Indiana, launching its own online sportsbook
2021: State Senator Jon Ford, a Terre Haute Republican, introduces Bill to Allow Online Casino Gambling.
Casino Games to Play in Indiana Online
The first Indiana online casinos should offer a wide range of table games and slots. Expect to find major providers like IGT, NetEnt, and WMS entering the market.
- Progressive slots
- Video Poker
Indiana Online Casino FAQs:
Can I play online casino games in Indiana?
Under current gaming law in Indiana, you can only play casino games and slots in land-based casinos. Online casinos are still prohibited but you can make legal sports bets through licensed online sportsbooks.
However, that fact of life is in the process of changing within the Hoosier State. State Senator Jon Ford, a Terre Haute Republican, has introduced legislation intended to legalize online casino betting.
Senate Bill 417 would permit the 14 casinos and racinos located across the state to offer internet casino games and online poker. This includes the planned Rocksino by Hard Rock in Terre Haute, Ford’s hometown. That casino is slated for a 2022 opening. The casinos would need to apply for an additional license in order to offer an online casino and online poker.
Ford is hopeful that he will get a hearing on the bill sometime early in 2021.
At the same time within the Indiana Statehouse, State Senator Susan Glick, an Indianapolis Republican, introduced a Bill separate from Ford’s Bill. Senate Bill 267 would authorize wagering on video gaming terminals.
Is online casino legal in Indiana at all?
No. As of 2021, online casino betting is not legal in the state of Indiana. If Ford’s Bill moves forward, that landscape could change rather quickly, however. Still, it would likely take a minimum of a year for the Bill to be passed into law. There are procedural steps that all Bills must be put through before they can be considered for approval into law.
After that process is completed, the state’s government would need to establish a regulatory process and develop rules to govern online casino wagering across Indiana.
The fact that online and mobile sports betting are already legal within the state of Indiana should make it feasible for the steps to legalize online casino and online poker to move ahead more seamlessly, since there’s already groundwork laid from the development of the sports betting process and a regulatory body is in place to govern over these new forms of gambling.
The desire among some Indiana government officials to fast track online casino and poker is easily understandable. The Indiana Gaming Commission revealed that in December 2020, sports betting took in $313 million in handle last month.
Those numbers shattered the previous record handle of $251 million that was generated in November. The state government collected $2.3 million in tax revenue for December. Over the course of the year, Indiana’s retail and online sportsbooks produced $13.2 million for the state coffers.
You can place legal sports bets in Indiana through your mobile phone or tablet. However, it’s not possible in 2020 to play real money slots or table games on your mobile device.
You must be aged 21 or over to gamble on slots and table games in an Indiana casino. It’s likely that you’ll have to be 21 to play online and provide proof of ID and age before you start gambling.