The Hoosier State is preparing to welcome its third mobile wagering app.
Over the weekend, the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved FanDuel Sportsbook to launch its online offering in the state effective yesterday – Oct. 22.
The operator entered the legal Indiana sports betting market in early September, thanks to a partnership with Boyd Gaming.
The agreement between the two companies allows FanDuel to run physical and online sportsbooks at two Boyd Gaming properties; Belterra Casino Resort in Florence and Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Retail wagering began on Sep. 5 at Blue Chip and Sep. 9 at Belterra.
The clearance from the IGC authorizes the operator to expand their offerings in Indiana through the addition of an online wagering app.
The launch will mark the state’s third online sportsbook after BetRivers.com and DraftKings Online Sportsbook. The two apps went live on Oct. 3.
IGT to Power FanDuel Sportsbook Indiana
In June last year, FanDuel announced that it would work with IGT for its legal US sports betting operations. The first IGT-powered FanDuel sportsbook went live at the Meadows Racetrack, New Jersey, on July 14, 2018.
The partnership was extended to Mississippi when FanDuel began retail operations at Boyd Gaming’s IP Casino Resort in Biloxi and Sam’s Town in Tunica on Sep. 12. Two days later, the two companies entered the West Virginia market under a Greenbrier Resort and Casino license.
Since September last year, the Flutter Entertainment-owned company and IGT have extended their footprint to four more states across the country.
- Pennsylvania: Physical and online sportsbooks at Valley Forge Casino Resort
- New York: Retail wagering venue at Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols
- Iowa: Retail sports betting at Diamond Jo Worth and Diamond Jo Dubuque
- Indiana: On-site wagering at Blue Chip and Belterra Casino
Like in the other states, the FanDuel online sportsbook Indiana will run on app IGT’s PlayDigital software.
State of Indiana Sports Betting
Indiana is one of the 14 US states that allow bettors to place wagers on sports events.
The jurisdiction legalized both on-site and online wagering through the passage of HB 1015 in May this year. The law authorizes the Indiana Gaming Commission to regulate all sports betting operations in the precinct.
Retail operations began on Sep. 1. The market was off to a strong start with 13 physical sportsbooks opening within the first month. The operators posted a collective handle of $35.2 million and $8.6 million in revenue during the month.
Mobile betting kicked off on Oct. 3 with the launch of a Kambi-powered BetRivers online Sportsbook by French Lick Casino and Rush Street Interactive. The other mobile betting app, DraftKings Sportsbook, went live later the same day. The DraftKings app is licensed through Ameristar Casino. The app is also powered by Kambi’s technology.
The launch of the FanDuel app is expected to bring more life and action to the sports betting scene in Indiana.
Once the sportsbook goes online, Hoosiers will have one more option when it comes to mobile wagering.
Also, the operator’s presence in the online market is expected to fuel more competition in the sector, which translates to better odds prices and, potentially, more promotions for bettors in the long-run. The state is also set to benefit from additional sports gambling revenue following the expansion of online betting.