A bill legalizing sports betting passed through Indiana’s House of Representatives and was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on May 8, 2019.
Indiana became the second state in the nation to pass a sports gambling law in 2019, following Montana by only a few days. And it is also expected to become the third state to launch online sports betting in 2019, following Pennsylvania and Iowa.
What still needs to happen?
The new law allows Indiana to have both online and retail sportsbooks in the state. The next step is awarding licenses to vendors and operators and testing the technology and betting protocols for retail and mobile operators. Once approved by regulators, sportsbooks will begin accepting bets from residents inside the state. The earliest this can happen is Sept. 1, 2019.
Projected Indiana sports betting launch date
The infrastructure is in place for 13 retail sportsbooks at 13 casinos to be live in Indiana before the start of the NFL season on Sept. 5. The state will likely look to expedite online sports betting process so that mobile apps are available as early as possible during football season.