Indiana State Gambling Laws

The online betting environment in Indiana is one of curious paradoxes. On one hand, Indiana state laws allow residents to participate in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting, and online horse racing betting. Bizarrely though, it is actually a crime to participate in unlawful gambling and sports betting over the internet in the Hoosier State.

It that landscape, the scene has been set for sports betting to roll into the Indiana State Gambling marketplace to shake things up following the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the effective prohibition on state’s rights in terms of sports betting. Indiana’s lawmakers will now look to determine their own sports betting locations (land-based or online) and debate how the new sports wagering industry will be implemented in the state.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Indiana legal gambling options include DFS, Racetrack ‘Racinos’ & Riverboat Casinos, online horse racing betting and State lottery options, and live poker all major parts of a healthy legal gambling industry in the Hoosier State.

Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
No
No
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
No
No
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
Yes
No
Lottery
Yes
Yes
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

 

Indiana Sports Betting Tax Rates

Indiana has a 3.4 % state tax on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins in Indiana over $600 may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney for complete details if you have a big win.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Indiana

As per the majority of the more liberal gambling states, Indiana has set the minimum gambling age for casinos at 21 with all other gaming set at 18 years-of-age including Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), the State Lottery, Charitable Gambling, casinos and Horse Racing.

Gambling Type
Age
DFS
18
Casinos
21
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Indiana Sports Betting Laws

In Indiana, legal betting on sports appears to be just-around-the-corner in the next legislative season.

In 2018, state lawmakers in Indiana introduced a bill (SB 405) seeking to legalize sports betting if the federal prohibition on sports betting was ever cleared on legal sports betting.

Of course, in May 2018, New Jersey won its challenge to the Federal ban. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law to end the federal prohibition of sports betting.

That legal outcome has given that the Indiana sports betting bill a major boost as the biggest legal hurdle to sports betting is now gone, and the Indiana Gaming Commission must authorize Indiana sports betting within 90 days (it now appears slated for discussion at the next session of the Indiana State Legislature).

Indiana’s licensed riverboat casinos, racinos and other gambling facilities in the state will be given the option to apply for a license to offer sports betting to state residents and visitors to Indiana of age 21 or over within the next few months. It seems there may be a 9.25% tax on sports betting winnings in Indiana and it may be possible to bet on both professional and college sports.

Final details will be known soon and we will advise you as details come to hand.

Indiana Online Sports Betting Laws

Online Sports Betting is currently prohibited in Indiana, and unfortunately, Indiana has made no move to expand the online betting options available to its visitors and residents. No online sports betting bill or bill debating online casinos in Indiana has ever made it to the Indiana State Legislature. Gambling experts around the nation consider Indiana to be unlikely to change its stance any time in the near future.

Meanwhile, for the many fans of online sports betting in Indiana, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and online horse & greyhound racing betting are completely legal in the state for its residents and visitors.

Online Fantasy Sports in Indiana

Fantasy Sports (DFS) are fully exempt from any Federal gambling bans, and in short, DFS is not considered gambling as it is a game of skill, not chance.

In March 2016, current U.S. Vice-President and then Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed into law state bill S 339 to legalize DFS in the state of Indiana.

Major DFS competition all are legal in the state to offer cash-based real money contests to Indiana residents or visitors.

eSports Online Betting Laws

Soon, when we expect sports betting to become legal at Indiana’s riverboat casinos, eSports betting will then assist players in Indiana to win in revolutionary new ways adding diverse betting opportunities for the state’s residents and visitors.

What are eSports?

Broken down to its absolute simplest, eSports is video-game-play at the very highest level. Now a professional sport, it’s played predominantly at a team level (not individual) and across different leagues and tournaments.

The electronic games themselves are like different sports types, in some ways. For example, in eSports, Overwatch and League of Legends are equivalent to possibly football and baseball.

Betting on worldwide eSports is growing rapidly each year, with an ever-increasing number of global sportsbooks offering betting markets across all the major eSports tournaments.

With those kinds of unprecedented and exponential growth rates, betting on eSports may well assist in determining the legislative process to sports betting legalization in Indiana and driving potential growth in the state’s tax revenues for its citizens through increased opportunities for legal gambling.

Horse Racing in Indiana

Horse Racing Betting is available for residents of the state of Indiana and its visitors, and horse racing in Indiana is legally-administered in the state by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.

In Indiana, betting on horse racing can occur at live races, at off-track betting facilities and online.

Tracksides

Indiana is home to two year-round racetracks and a number of fairgrounds that host a few races every year. All offer legal betting options each year. Greyhound racing has been banned in Indiana, although betting on greyhounds else is available through OTB’s-and-online.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Indiana

There is an extensive network of operating OTB locations in Indiana. Betting on races in Indiana, across the mainland United States and most major racing locations worldwide are all available.

Online Horse Racing in Indiana

Leading horse and dog racing betting websites operating in the United States are open to accept gamblers resident of, or visitors to the state of Indiana. Customers in the state of Indiana can place legal real money bets online on all horse racing including the big ‘out-of-state’ races like the Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby.

Check out our Indiana online gambling page for more information on the gambling laws for online casinos and poker rooms in Indiana

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