As the state of Michigan continues to debate the legalization of sports wagering and other gaming expansion options, Indiana and Illinois have passed laws permitting wagering on sports.  In Ohio there are two bills pending (HR 194 and SB 111) although passage does not appear to be on the horizon as lawmakers debate what the appropriate agency would be to oversee sports wagering, as well as other details related to its rollout.

Indiana is set to be the first neighboring state to authorize sports wagering.  All indications are it will likely occur around the start of the 2019 NFL season.  Under state law the first wager cannot be pleased until September 1, 2019. In an article in the Journal Gazette, Jenny Reske, Deputy Director at the Commission stated: “September 1 is the first day the activity can be offered but there are a lot of regulatory steps that need to be accomplished prior to launch.”  Noah Hirsh, Assistant General Manager for the Horseshoe Casino located in Hammond, Indiana told The Times that “construction is progressing on Horseshoe’s 5,300 square foot sportsbook.”  He noted that work should be completed by Labor Day. The casino’s website states that the sportsbook will open in September, but no formal opening date has been announced.

By an adopted Resolution, the Indiana Gaming Commission has given its Executive Director broad powers with regard to the implementation of sports betting.  The Indiana Commission is set to review rules relating to sports wagering and to consider adoption at its August 28thpublic meeting set for 1 p.m. 

Ms. Reske told the Journal Gazette that “there could be a two-tier rollout – retail betting at the casinos and OTBs followed by the online/mobile component.”  The following casinos have been issued temporary certificates of authority to provide sports wagering to their customers:

  • Ameristar, Belterra,
  • Blue Chip Casino,
  • Caesars Southern Indiana,
  • French Lick Resort,
  • Hollywood Casino,
  • Hoosier Park,
  • Horseshoe Hammond,
  • Indiana Grand,
  • Winner's Circle Clarksville,
  • Winner's Circle Indianapolis, and
  • Winner's Circle New Haven.

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