Indianapolis is a popular sports town with the Colts (NFL) and Pacers (NBA) both being successful teams in the two most bet on sports leagues in the United States.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also the most well known automobile racetrack in the USA, hosting the Indy 500 each year.

Sports betting has continued to increase in popularity among Indianapolis residents over the past decade.  On this page I will try to dispel some of the myths surrounding the legality of sports betting in the state and give a couple suggestions of where to bet on sports from Indianapolis.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Indianapolis

This is a question that is easiest to answer in two parts.

For the operator: It is not legal to run a sportsbook business in the state of Indiana.

For the consumer: It is legal for a consumer, such as yourself, to bet on sports through an online betting site that accepts Americans.

The online sportsbooks that accept Americans are typically offshore betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the state of Indiana.

Best Sportsbooks for Indianapolis Residents

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These are our top rated sportsbooks for Indy residents.  Both of these sites are popular across the entire country and offer a safe, secure and trusted platform to place your sports wagers.  Check out the reviews of either site for a more detailed overview of their bonus, promotions, banking options and customer service.

Offline Sports Betting in Indianapolis

Unfortunately, offline sports betting is not currently allowed in the state of Indiana.  This may change in the future with other states beginning to offer sports betting at land based casinos.

That said, Indiana does allow you to bet on the horses at racetracks in the state.

Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is a popular horse racing track in Indiana, located about a half hour north east of Indianapolis.  The track and casino is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment and it’s a very new facility in horse racing terms, having opened just over 10 years ago in 2008.

Hoosier Park features live harness racing from April to October, while also offering simulcast racing on all top tracks from across the USA all year-round.  In addition to the racebook, Hoosier Park is also home a popular casino that features plenty of slots and e-table games to allow you to continue to gamble away from the track.

***I should also note that you can wager on every live race at Hoosier Park at

Indy Major Pro Sports Teams

  • Indiana Pacers (NBA)
  • Indianapolis Colts (NFL)