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The Latest Highlights: Indiana Sports Betting in 2021
Indiana Sets New State Record for Monthly Sports Betting TotalOct. 9, 2020
Indiana sportsbooks took $207.5 million in legal sports wagering for the month of September, a new one-month record total for the state. Indiana also brought in a state-record $14.3 million in sports wagering tax revenue. The state recently passed $1 billion in cumulative sports wagering in July, less than a year after being legalized.
FanDuel Cancels Wrongly Priced Soccer Bets in IndianaAug. 4, 2020
A July MLS match was briefly priced with the significantly incorrect odds, leading one bettor at Blue Chip Casino in Indiana to include the match in multiple parlays that would have paid out nearly $60,000. FanDuel withheld and then canceled payout since Indiana Gaming Commission regulations allow sportsbooks to cancel wagers "in the event of obvious error."
Unibet Launches New Sportsbook in IndianaJuly 30, 2020
Indiana Sports Betting Sites & Apps
How Indiana Sports Betting Compares
We graded Indiana on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.
Mobile Betting Options: A
Indiana has full online betting. You need to be within the state’s borders to wager. Operators in the Hoosier State took almost $1 billion in bets in their first eight months, and it generated nearly $7 million in revenue for the state. To generate meaningful revenue, states need fully online betting. Indiana got that right.
Indiana bettors can sign up and deposit online. That’s a huge advantage since it removes most of the friction if you want multiple sportsbook accounts.
Fair Pricing: B+
Getting the best pricing requires lots of sportsbooks in a state. And Indiana did pretty much everything it could to attract the big operators. While books do need to partner with a land-based operator to offer online sports betting, there are 14 total casinos, so there shouldn’t be a shortage of relationships. And the fees to enter are just $100,000 with a $50,000 per year renewal, plus a reasonable 9.5% tax rate. We should see more and more books in Indiana over the next year, which will lead to great pricing for bettors.
Just about every bet type is available in Indiana. The state’s gaming commission published a list of all event types, and it’s about what you’d expect. You can bet on college teams based in the state, which you can’t in New Jersey. What can’t you gamble on in Indiana? It sounds like a small thing, but the power of live betting really opens up when you can get action down at any time and don’t have to wait until breaks. The Indiana Gaming Commission controls the data sources available and lives betting rules. No college player props are unfortunate for anyone trying to start out making their own projections and beat an exploitable market. Indiana’s failure to legalize online casinos and poker is also a miss. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have seen massive handles and revenue from poker and online gaming, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic without sports.
- Live betting is limited to “natural” breaks, like commercials or the end of a quarter or inning
- No college player proposition betting
- No casino or online poker
We’ve covered a lot of what Indiana got right — full online betting, online sign ups and deposits, ability for just about every major sports book to set up shop in the state if it wants to. But Indiana getting those things right helps it in one other major way — it borders so many major cities in states that are either moving slowly with online sports betting, botched their bills or won’t have legalized wagering anytime soon. Indiana moved first in the midwest, and that could pay off. Its bordering states — Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky — have a combined population of more than 37 million. Chicago is 17 miles from Indiana. Louisville is on the border. Cincinnati is a half hour away. The list goes on. For those folks to bet, they just need to pop over the border, sign up for an account online, bet and head back. They can even cash out in their own state. Indiana has a chance to become the midwest’s sports betting destination, like New Jersey has for the tri-state area (mostly New York, but that’s a huge deal). While Illinois and Michigan do have plans to get online gambling soon, there’s no guarantee they’ll be favorable bills for consumers. Illinois is already planning a $20 million fee for operators, eliminating many small players from the market.
Indiana didn’t get much wrong relative to other states. College player props has been a popular ban for new states like Indiana and Colorado. Its only failings are no online poker and casinos, and limits to live betting. Perhaps the state wants to protect its land-based casinos and keep gamblers there. But COVID-19 has exposed an underlying issue — people want to gamble in the comfort of their own homes more often than they can go to casinos. And limited live betting — which is only available during natural breaks like commercials, or the end of a quarter or inning — is disappointing. Some estimates say more than 70% of all bets placed in Europe are live. Without the ability to get down action at any time, Indiana won’t get close to that.
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Indiana Sports Betting Timeline
Indiana Teams to Bet on
Pro Sports Teams
Although states don't need their own professional team to have a strong sport-specific market, it can certainly help momentum and engagement! Because of legal mobile betting, Indiana bettors can attend pro games and bet and monitor in real-time when watching their favorite teams.
Indiana has three pro teams housed in the immediate downtown Indianapolis area that attracts sports bettor attention.
NFL Betting in Indiana
The Indianapolis Colts were a founding member of the NFL, beginning play in Baltimore in 1953. The team relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts won three NFL championships in 1958, 1959 and 1968 before the league merged with the AFL. They are two-time Super Bowl champions with wins in 1970 and 2006, the latter under legendary Hall of Fame quarterback and franchise icon, Peyton Manning.
The Colts play in the AFC South and look primed for another playoff run in 2021 after adding quarterback Carson Wentz in free agency, following the retirements of Andrew Luck and then Philip Rivers. The Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium, a modern stadium equipped with about 70,000 seats and a retractable roof. If you want to bet on the Colts, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smart.
Indianapolis Colts Rivalry: vs. New England Patriots. These teams were formerly division rivalries in the old AFC East but were never really rivals as both were terrible for long stretches. The rivalry heated up when Peyton Manning and Tom Brady took things to the next level, with these teams combining for eight Super Bowl wins and 10 appearances since 2001. The Patriots have dominated the rivalry since Manning's departure, winning all seven games. The teams do not play every season.
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NBA Betting in Indiana
The Indiana Pacers were one of the great ABA teams, winning three ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976. The Pacers have not won an NBA championship, though Hall of Famer Reggie Miller did lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2000. With a motto of "We Grow Basketball Here," Indiana pays tribute to the historical roots of basketball in the state, and the Pacers are named after the Indianapolis 500 pace cars.
The Pacers are one of the NBA's great small-market teams. Housed in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers have made the playoffs in 25 of the last 31 seasons. The Pacers were bounced in the first round of the playoffs in 2020, which resulted in the firing of head coach Nate McMillan. Despite the first-round exit, the legend of T.J. Warren was born in the Orlando bubble.
Indiana Pacers Rivalry: vs. Detroit Pistons. These division rivals play at least four times every season, but the rivalry intensified in the 2000s. The Pistons defeated the Pacers in six memorable Eastern Conference Finals games and went on to win the title in 2004. Later that fall, the rivalry exploded with the unfortunate "Malice at the Palace" brawl that spilled into the stands and saw a number of players suspended for as long as a full season.
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WNBA Betting in Indiana
The Fever share Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the Pacers. The Fever made the playoffs 12 straight seasons from 2005 through 2016 and won a WNBA title in 2012. Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings spent 15 years with the Fever and now serves as the team's general manager. Indiana made a coaching change in 2020, bringing in Marianne Stanley to take the leading role.
MLB Betting in Indiana
There is no pro baseball team in Indiana, but there's still going to be a baseball betting market available. Many Hoosiers root for the Chicago Cubs or White Sox. In the meantime, you can check out our baseball betting 'how-tos.'
NHL Betting in Indiana
There is no pro hockey team in Indiana, but there's still going to be a baseball betting market available. In the meantime, you can check out our baseball betting 'how-tos.'
College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Indiana
Notre Dame's solid gold helmets have a history of rivalries, some more notorious than others. We expect big college football bets to be placed on these Notre Dame games in the future.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football
From the iconic golden-dome helmets to the larger-than-life Touchdown Jesus mural overlooking Notre Dame Stadium, the university is steeped in rich tradition and football history. Players slap the Play Like a Champion Today sign as they exit the locker room and head out onto the field where Rudy made his name in the eponymous movie.
Notre Dame football competes as an independent, free of conference loyalty, though it normally plays five games a year against ACC opponents. The university claims 11 national championships but is recognized by the NCAA and other selectors with as many as 22, tied for most all-time. Notre Dame players have won the Heisman Trophy seven times, tied for most of any university. Notre Dame has produced over 100 consensus All-Americans and nearly 500 players selected in the NFL Draft.
The Irish have one of the largest and most widespread fan bases in football. NBC has televised all Notre Dame home games since 1991, and the university has a number of longtime rivalries.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry #1: vs. USC Trojans. This annual rivalry game is widely regarded as the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. It has been played every year from 1926 to the present, except for 1943-45 during World War II, and this fall due to the pandemic. Few rivalries can match the aesthetic and history of this on-field matchup.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry #2: vs. Michigan Wolverines. This is one of college football's great rivalries between two of its great programs. Michigan ranks No. 1 all-time in both win percentage and wins, but Notre Dame is close behind and always chasing the Wolverines. Unfortunately, the rivalry is currently on hiatus, but the teams are scheduled to meet again in 2033.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry #3: vs. Navy Midshipmen. Though they will not play this fall due to the pandemic, these teams had played annually every year since 1927, one of the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalries in college football. The Irish dominated the series with 77 wins to just 13 for Navy and had won 43 in a row until losing in triple overtime in 2007.
Indiana Hoosiers Football
The Hoosiers play in the Big Ten, where they've won the conference championship twice, in 1945 and 1967. Indiana has played in 11 bowl games, including the 1968 Rose Bowl. The Hoosiers play their games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Tom Allen coaches them.
Indiana Hoosiers Rivalry #1: vs. Purdue Boilermakers. These same-state rivals have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket, named after an old Samuel Woodworth poem. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers have played on the gridiron since the 1800s, with Purdue leading the all-time series.
Indiana Hoosiers Rivalry #2: vs. Michigan State Spartans. These Big Ten East rivals play annually for the Old Brass Spittoon. A tradition started in 1950. Michigan State has dominated the rivalry both historically and recently, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings. However, Indiana blanked the Spartans, 24-0, in their 2020 meeting.
Purdue Boilermakers Football
The Boilermakers compete in the Big Ten and rank in the top 50 for most wins by an NCAA FBS program. Purdue has competed at the FBS level since reclassifying in 1978. The Boilermakers have 12 conference championships, eight of them in the Big Ten. Purdue plays at Ross-Ade Stadium on campus in West Lafayette. Jeff Brohm coaches them.
Purdue Boilermakers Rivalry #1: vs. Indiana Hoosiers. These same-state rivals have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket, named after an old Samuel Woodworth poem. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers have played on the gridiron since the late 1800s, and Purdue leads the all-time series.
Purdue Boilermakers Rivalry #2: vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish. These Indiana rivals play for the Shillelagh Trophy. Despite not being in the same conference, they had played annually through 2014 thanks to Notre Dame's independent status. The rivalry has been on hiatus since but is set to resume in 2021. Notre Dame has dominated the rivalry, with Purdue's last win coming in 2007.
Ball State Cardinals Football
Ball State plays its home games at Scheumann Stadium on campus in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals competed in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and joined what is now called the FBS level of football in 1981. Ball State has played in seven bowl games without a win. Mike Neu coaches them.
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College Basketball Betting in Indiana
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Basketball
The Irish play their home games in the Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in basketball and has appeared in the NCAA Tournament times, top 10 all-time and most for any team without appearing in a championship game, with a lone Final Four bid in 1978. The Fighting Irish have been led by coach Mike Brey every year this century.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry #1: vs. UCLA Bruins. This intersectional rivalry is more of a historic battle, peaking when Notre Dame ended UCLA's record 88-game win streak in January 1974. The rivalry came to prominence under Irish coach Digger Phelps and UCLA coach John Wooden, though the teams have played only twice in the last decade.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry #2: vs. Louisville Cardinals. The Irish have played Louisville every season since 1995, first together in the Big East and now in the ACC. This is a newer rivalry by Notre Dame standards and may have peaked in a crazy five-overtime win for the Irish in 2013, the last year for both schools in the Big East.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women's Basketball
Notre Dame's women's basketball team has recently risen to national prominence at the highest level. The Irish have made nine Final Fours, including seven over the past decade, and won national championships in 2001 and 2018. Notre Dame has become a fixture on Championship Monday, playing in six national championship games over the past decade under legendary head coach Muffet McGraw. The Irish will now begin a new era with McGraw retiring in spring 2020, leaving the reins to Niele Ivy.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rivalry: vs. Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies are the gold standard in women's college basketball with any team's most national championships, but the Irish have been a real thorn in their side. Notre Dame and Connecticut play each season in the ACC, but they've also become frequent NCAA Tournament foes, meeting seven times over the past decade, each time in the Final Four or championship game. Notre Dame has won three of those meetings and was responsible for eight of UConn's 15 losses from the 2011-12 season through the 2018-19 season.
Indiana Hoosiers Men's Basketball
The Hoosiers are one of the nation's elite college basketball programs with five national championships. They won the first two in 1940 and 1953 under Branch McCracken and the other three in 1976, 1981, and 1987 with Bob Knight. That legendary 1976 team never lost a game and remained the most recent unbeaten Division I men's basketball champion.
The Hoosiers play in the Big Ten, where they've won 22 conference championships. They have appeared in eight Final Fours and rank top seven in NCAA tournament appearances and victories. Indiana plays its home games at Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, where IU annually boasts one of college basketball's best attendance records.
Indiana last made the national championship game in 2002 but has not been back to the Elite Eight since. Archie Miller coaches the Hoosiers.
Indiana Hoosiers Rivalry #1: vs. Purdue Boilermakers. This century-old Big Ten rivalry pits Indiana's premier men's basketball schools in a basketball-crazed state. Just a two-hour drive apart, the Hoosiers and Boilers are heated and intense rivals and have played more than 200 times, with Purdue leading the all-time series and dominating over the last decade.
Indiana Hoosiers Irish Rivalry #2: vs. Kentucky Wildcats. These two college bluebloods are so much more than geographic rivals, fighting annually over recruits program elitism with 13 national championships between them. Despite not being in the same conference, IU and UK play nearly every season, with 11 of 56 meetings featuring one of the two teams at No. 1 in the polls. The rivalry has only been pushed even further by gregarious coaches like Bob Knight, Adolph Rupp and John Calipari. Kentucky leads the all-time series.
Purdue Boilermakers Men's Basketball
The Boilermakers play in the Big Ten and have the most conference championships of any Big Ten team with 24. Purdue has appeared in 31 NCAA Tournaments, making two Finals Fours in 1969 and 1980. Purdue plays its home games at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.
Matt Painter has coached the Boilermakers for the better part of two decades. Purdue is the home of two former No. 1 NBA Draft picks, Glenn Robinson and Joe Barry Carroll.
Purdue Boilermakers Rivalry: vs. Indiana Hoosiers. This century-old Big Ten rivalry pits Indiana's premier men's basketball schools in a basketball-crazed state. Just a two-hour drive apart, the Hoosiers and Boilers are heated and intense rivals and have played more than 200 times, with Purdue leading the all-time series and dominating over the last decade.
Butler Bulldogs Men's Basketball
Butler basketball is a program on the rise over the past 25 years. Butler has competed in the NCAA tournament in all but three seasons since 1997, despite playing in a mid-major conference for most of them. The Bulldogs made a memorable Cinderella run to the national championship in 2010, then returned the following year but lost both times. Butler is the smallest school to play for the NCAA national championship in the modern tournament era.
Butler plays in the Big East Conference. They are the only Indiana team in a basketball-crazed state to ever play in back-to-back national championship games. The Bulldogs play their home games in the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. LaVall Jordan coaches them.
Ball State Cardinals Men's Basketball
The Cardinals play in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and have won their conference seven times. Ball State has appeared in seven NCAA tournaments, most recently in 2000. The Cardinals have three March Madness wins, including a memorable run to the Sweet Sixteen in 1990 as a 12-seed before losing to eventual champion UNLV by two points. They also memorably upset No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 UCLA on consecutive days in the 2001 Maui Invitational Tournament. James Whitford coaches ball State.
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Pro Sports Teams
Indiana’s Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, so it plays host to many major sporting events. Lucas Oil hosted the 2021 Men's Final Four and will host the College Football Playoff national championship game in 2022. Other major sporting events Indiana hosts includes:
- Indianapolis 500
- Big Ten Championship Game
More Reading on Indiana
Official Sportsbetting Documentation:
- Indiana has responded well to sports betting in the past. For more information in addition to Action's coverage, read Dana Hunsinger Benbow's IndyStar story about Hoosiers wagering more than $400 million in a four-month span.
- To dive deeper into Indiana's sports betting laws directly, take a look at the state's Sports Wagering Statute (IC 4-38).
- Take a look at the state's emergency rules regarding sports wagering.
- If you have questions regarding which sports you can place bets on, look no further than this document from the Indiana Gaming Commission.
- Indiana also publishes its monthly revenue reports, which can be a great indicator as to how sports betting is performing in the state at particular points throughout the year.
- TripAdvisor ranked the Hoosier State's top casinos, where bettors can hang out at sportsbooks and get in on the action either in person or online.
Detail on all sporting locations and teams throughout the state of Pennsylvania, see this Guide on PA Sporting offerings from 2019.