The Hoosier State is a few days away from launching its first mobile sports betting app.
On Wednesday, the Indiana Gaming Commission announced that it had given Rush Street Interactive the green light to start operating an online sportsbook from October 3. The official statement went on to explain that Rush Street has satisfied all the requirements and regulations set by the Indiana Code and regulating authorities.
Rush Street joined the Indiana market on September 6 through a partnership with French Lick Resort. The facility is located in the French Lick Township in Orange County.
The Indiana launch will mark the third online sportsbook for Rush Street. The operator already runs online sports betting platforms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through the PlaySugarHouse and Bet Rivers brands.
Also, the company is expected to launch its Bet Rivers online sportsbook product in Iowa before the end of the year, thanks to a partnership with Wild Rose.
Indiana mobile betting: what to expect
The launch of the Bet Rivers online sportsbook in Indiana will usher in a new era for residents in the state.
Indiana sports betting kicked off on September 1, but bettors have not been able to place online wagers until now.
The Bet Rivers app will be available to all Hoosiers, and registration of online accounts will be done using the platform. The process will involve providing the operator with personal details like your legal name, residential address, date of birth, contact details, credit or debit card number, and social security number.
Upon successful registration, customers will be free to place a range of bets on both professional and NCAA Division 1 sports. The available sports include football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, cricket, darts, and auto racing. With regards to betting types, the app will feature a range of wagers such as money lines, point spreads, in-play bets, parlays, and propositions.
However, one has to be within the borders of Indiana to place a bet. The operator will use geolocation technology to confirm that the bettor is within the precinct before allowing them to place a wager.
The current state of Indiana sports betting
The Hoosier State legalized both online and retail wagering at commercial casinos, racetracks, and off-track betting parlors in May. The Indiana Gaming Commission regulates all sports betting operations in the precinct.
On September 1, Indiana became the 13th state to operate a legal sportsbook, and the second in the Midwestern region. Before the launch, as many as 13 locations had been issued with sports betting permits, but only three opened on the first day. The three venues were Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, and Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago.
Since then, ten other locations have joined the market with retail sportsbooks. These venues are:
- Blue Chip Casino
- Belterra Casino
- French Lick Casino
- Horseshoe Hammond
- Horseshoe Southern Casino
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park
- Tropicana Evansville
- Three Winner’s Circle properties in New Haven, Downtown Indianapolis, and Clarksville.
Two other licenses have been issued to the Majestic Star Casino in Gary and Rising Star Casino, but the venues are yet to confirm when they will start operating.
Until now, none of the licensees has managed to go online, and the Rush Street app is expected to be the state’s first mobile sportsbook. However, more operators might join the market soon because the Indiana Gaming Commission is in the process of testing two more apps for compliance.