Indiana to launch mobile betting next week

Indiana is set to launch mobile sports betting operations next week.

On Wednesday, the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) gave Rush Street Interactive clearance to launch a mobile sports betting app on 3 October.

Once Rush Street’s mobile app goes live, it will be the first mobile option for sports betting in Indiana.

Rush Street Interactive currently operates the land-based sportsbook at French Lick Casino located in Indiana’s French Lick area. The French Lick Casino was among the first five casinos to open a land-based sportsbook in the Hoosier State in early September.

Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the IGC revealed that the commission has received several proposals that aim to launch mobile betting in October.

Tait said: “We set very high standards and we are pleased that several companies have been able to quickly work toward their proposed launch dates. We will continue to update the IGC website when operators substantially meet the regulatory requirements necessary for launch authorization.”

Rush Street expands its reach

The Chicago based gambling giant is establishing itself as a serious player in the online sports betting space.

Upon completing next week’s mobile launch, Indiana will become the third state to feature a Rush Street Interactive sports betting app.

The company currently operates sports betting apps in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sports betting in Indiana

Indiana became the tenth state to legalize sports betting after the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed HB 1015 into law in May, legalizing land-based and state-wide mobile sports betting.

On 1 September, Indiana’s sports betting market went live with the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, the Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino launching land-based sportsbooks.

Currently, 13 land-based sportsbooks offer sports betting in the Hoosier State. On 12 September, William Hill received approval to open a land-based sportsbook at Tropicana Evansville.

Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Winner’s Circle Bew, Pub and Off Track Betting were also cleared to launch sports betting operations on 19 September.

With the first mobile sportsbook set to arrive in Indiana next week, we are likely to see more sports betting apps roll out in the coming months.

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