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
Yes, sports betting is legal in Indianapolis. The Indiana Governor signed the sports betting law into law in May of 2019 and regulated sports betting began in Indiana later that year with the first retail sportsbook opening in September 2019 and online sportsbooks launching in Indiana at the end of 2019.
The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees the sports betting regulations in the state and issues licenses to sportsbook operators. There are currently 13 licensed online sportsbook operators in Indiana, and several retail sportsbooks at casinos and racetracks in the state.
As an Indiana resident you also have the option to bet through offshore betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the state of Indiana. Offshore betting sites, like the two I recommend below, continue to accept Indianapolis residents. The offshore sportsbooks are relying on their reputation and experience serving US bettors to provide an alternative to the state licensed sportsbooks.
Best Sportsbooks for Indianapolis Residents
- Built for American bettors
- Wide variety of competitive betting lines
- Easy to navigate betting platform
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
Winner’s Circle Sports Pub
The Winner’s Circle Sports Pub is a sportsbook in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The Caesars Sportsbook is built into a pub environment at Winner’s Circle Indianapolis. There is a video wall and several HD televisions allowing you to watch the game while placing bets, eating food and lounging with friends.
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 in 2008.
Hoosier Park features live harness racing from March to December, 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 allows you to continue to gamble away from the track.
Hoosier Park also added a Caesars Sportsbook in 2020.
***I should also note that you can wager on every live race at Hoosier Park at BetOnline.ag.
Indy Major Pro Sports Teams
- Indiana Pacers (Basketball – NBA)
- Indianapolis Colts (Football – NFL)