Playing at online casinos in Indiana is illegal and there are no regulated sites in the state. However, a few steps were taken towards legalizing the industry in 2020 by Sen. Jon Ford, whose SB 417 would allow Indiana’s casinos and racinos to offer internet casinos if the bill is passed. Ford is hopeful of getting a hearing for the bill in 2021. However, there is still a long way to go before the industry becomes legal.
For now, anyone wishing to play casino games in Indiana has two options: travel to a land-based casino to play, or to play at offshore sites. Offshore sites are by far your worst option. For one, they’re illegal to play from Indiana, even though the site appears to be happy to accept IN residents. Secondly, they’re not regulated by the state whatsoever and so many scam sites exist. It can be extremely difficult to identify legitimate sites from fake and untrustworthy internet casinos, which could mean putting your sensitive information and your money at risk.
Stick to gambling at land-based facilities until the industry is legalized, but don’t hold your breath for this – it could be a long road ahead. If you’re desperate to try online gambling, your best bet is to head across the border to Michigan. The Wolverine industry legalized all online gaming in 2019, and their first online casinos launched in January 2021.
Although there are no state-regulated online casinos in Indiana just yet, we can predict what the industry could look like based on other states with legal online gaming.
In terms of games offered, you can expect to see an extensive selection of online slot machines, inclusive of classic reels to modern titles from some of the best software developers. Electronic table games will also be seen, with Blackjack being the most popular. Many states also offer live dealer games where the games are streamed live to your device and you can talk to the dealer and other players. However, the availability of live dealer games varies from state to state, so we will have to wait until IN online casinos launch to know whether this will be an option for sure.
We can also expect to see some leading operators take to Indiana’s legal market. Caesars Entertainment owns Caesars Southern Indiana Casino and Horseshoe Hammond Casino, alongside running the two racetracks in the state. The company runs its online casino operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan, and it will likely go live in Indiana too if the market is regulated.
With DraftKings Sportsbook and DFS live in Indiana, DraftKings Casino is another likely contender, along with Penn National Gaming and Rush Street Interactive who are partnered with the Ameristar East Chicago and the French Lick Casino, respectively.
For now, if you want to play casino games for real money in Indiana, you’ll need to get yourself to one of the fourteen casinos in the state. Here are all of your options:
|Ameristar Casino East Chicago||East Chicago||Riverboat||1,793 slot machines, 609 table game positions, and 19 sports wagering kiosks|
|Belterra Casino||Florence||Riverboat||1,169 slot machines, 285 table game positions, and 7 sports wagering kiosks|
|Blue Chip Casino||Michigan City||Riverboat||1,655 slot machines, 436 table game positions, and 15 sports wagering kiosks|
|Caesars Southern Indiana Casino||Elizabeth||Land-based||1,203 slot machines, 738 table game positions, and 7 sports wagering kiosks|
|Four Winds South Bend||South Bend||Native American||1,400 slot machines|
|French Lick Casino Resort||French Lick||Land-based||826 slot machines, 242 table game positions, and 13 sports wagering kiosks|
|Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Lawrenceburg||Riverboat||1,521 slot machines, 563 table game positions, and 25 sports wagering kiosks|
|Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino||Anderson||Racetrack & Casino||1,517 slot machines and 30 sports wagering kiosks|
|Horseshoe Casino Hammond||Hammond||Riverboat||2,135 slot machines, 1,105 table game positions, and 16 sports wagering kiosks|
|Indiana Grand Racing & Casino||Shelbyville||Racetrack & Casino||2,001 slot machines and 18 sports wagering kiosks|
|Majestic Star||Gary||Riverboat||814 slot machines and 358 table game positions|
|Majestic Star II||Gary||Riverboat||832 slot machines and 136 table game positions|
|Rising Star Casino Resort||Rising Star||Riverboat||825 slot machines, 142 table game positions, and 16 sports betting kiosks|
|Tropicana Evansville||Evansville||Land-based||1,128 slot machines, 316 table game positions, and 4 sports wagering kiosks|
There is also a new casino project underway in Gary, Northern Indiana – the Hard Rock Casino. It was scheduled to open on 31st December 2020, but the global pandemic has pushed this date back. The casino hopes to be open in spring 2021.
Are online casinos legal in Indiana?
No, online casinos are not legal in Indiana and the state does not regulate the industry. Some real money online casino websites do accept players from the Hoosier State, but these are run by offshore operators and are not legal nor safe. To play casino games in Indiana for real money, you’ll have to head to one of the state’s land-based casinos or travel across the border to Michigan.
Will Indiana see full-fledged online casinos in the future?
Yes, probably. There were a few attempts to legalize online casinos in 2020 and while there was no major progress, it does set up a better chance of online casinos being legalized in the future. The drafter of the most recent online gaming bill, Sen. Jon Ford, hopes to secure a hearing this year and look to legalize the industry in 2021.
I see online casinos accepting IN players – are these safe?
No – as Indiana does not have a regulated online casino industry, any real money online casino accepting IN players operates from overseas. These are called offshore gambling sites and you have no guarantee that these sites are trustworthy. Although prosecution is rare, it is also illegal for anyone to play at offshore internet casinos from Indiana.
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