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Best Indiana Sports Betting Apps 2021

Joey Shadeck

Want to bet on the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, or Notre Dame? If so, you will need an online sport betting account.

Using a sports betting app, also known as an online sportsbook, is required to place bets. Sports betting at brick-and-mortar casinos and online sports betting through a mobile app or computer became legal in Indiana in 2019.

This guide will break down the best sports betting sites by comparing the total number of sports and bets offered, odds, live betting features, mobile apps, educational resources, ease of use, as well as current bonuses and promotions.

Best Online Sports Betting Sites in Indiana

  • DraftKings Sportsbook – Best Overall
  • PointsBet – Best Bonuses and Promotions
  • FanDuel – Best Live Betting
  • BetMGM – Great Mobile App
  • William Hill – Great Odds
  • theScore Bet – Best Odds, Easy to Use
  • BetRivers – Good Bet Variety, Poor Mobile App
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Best Overall
5stars
DraftKings is the complete package for both new and experienced sports bettors and daily fantasy sports players. While the live betting, education, and mobile app are all great, I found the unique bets and pre-game statistics DraftKings offers to be the best in the state. Read full review

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Best Bonuses and Promotions
5stars
PointsBet is going to be a game-changer for U.S. sports betting. The sportsbook combines traditional sports betting with a unique and, honestly, thrilling way to wager — points betting. With points betting your potential earnings (and losses) are multiplied by how many points you won or lost your bet. PointsBet is currently the only sportsbook in the U.S. that offers this twist on betting. Read full review

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Best Live Betting
5stars
Rattle off any feature you want in a sports betting app and it’s likely FanDuel Sportsbook has got it… and then some. From top-of-the-line live betting and an impressive laundry list of bet types and sports to industry-leading promotions, competitive odds, and innovative live play-by-play contests, FanDuel is a sportsbook for all bettors. Read full review

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Great Mobile App
4stars
Make no mistake, despite being a casino-based brand, MGM is all-in on online sports betting. The BetMGM app provides users with a wide collection of sports and bets to wager on, in addition to a full suite of casino and poker games (if available in your state). Read full review

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Good Odds
4stars
William Hill combines excellent odds and new customer bonus offers with an above-average mobile app. While I wish the sportsbook offered more education and ongoing promotions, there is a lot to like about William Hill. Read full review

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Best Odds, Easy to Use
4stars
theScore Bet, the betting app from theScore sports news site, wins points for a stylish and intuitive mobile app that even beginners will have no trouble navigating. But the sportsbook falls short in terms of variety of bets, live bets and bonuses. The biggest whiff of all: a huge missed opportunity to really integrate the trove of sports information offered by its outstanding parent app. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("betrivers"); ?> BetRivers

Good Bet Variety, Poor Mobile App
4stars
BetRivers has the foundation of a great sports betting site. It’s one of the premier services for live betting, has a wide variety of sports (the most of any app), and offers great promotions. Mobile bettors, however, will find the slow and clunky app a frustrating user experience. Read full review

Other Indiana Sportsbooks

In addition to our top seven Indiana sports betting apps for 2021, we reviewed three others. Here's our high-level takeaways for each. To dive deeper, read our reviews.

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BetAmerica
3.5stars
While its history as a horse racing site is impressive, when it comes to sports betting BetAmerica has room for improvement. Although the BetAmerica mobile app is easy to use, I found the education, bonuses for new customers, and variety of bets to be underwhelming. Read full review

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Unibet
3.5stars
Although I like the overall selection of bets and live bets at Unibet, there aren’t enough differentiating factors to make the sportsbook a premiere selection. Geotechnology issues and poor navigation in the mobile app also withhold Unibet from being an above average sportsbook. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("Caesars"); ?> Caesars

Caesars
3.5stars
Unless you are already a Caesars Rewards member who visits Caesars brick-and-mortar casinos, the Caesars Sportsbook struggles to compete with competitors that offer a wider variety of bets, better mobile apps and education, and higher quality promotions. Read full review

Best Betting Odds in Indiana

To determine which sportsbooks offer the best odds, I recorded and analyzed data from hundreds of games for spread, moneyline, and total bets. The sportsbooks that provide the best odds for each sport are listed below.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet BetMGM William Hill theScore Bet BetRivers Sportsbook
NFL Moneyline Best Average Below Average Average Good Best Best
NFL Spread Below Average Below Average Good Below Average Average Average Below Average
NFL Total Below Average Below Average Average Below Average Average Good Below Average
NBA Moneyline Average Average Average Average Best Good Average
NBA Spread Below Average Good Best Average Average Good Below Average
NBA Total Below Average Average Average Average Average Average Below Average
NHL Moneyline Best Average Below Average Average Good Best Best
NHL Spread Average Good Average Worst Best Good N/A
NHL Total Below Average Average Good Below Average Average Average N/A
Soccer Moneyline Average Average Below Average Good Average Good N/A
NCAAF Moneyline Below Average Below Average Average Average Good Best Below Average
NCAAB Moneyline Average Good Average Good Best Best Good
Odds 3 3.5 4 2.5 5 5 3.5

Deposit Options

Here is a comparison of deposit options amongst top Indiana sportsbooks.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet BetMGM William Hill theScore Bet BetRivers Sportsbook
Minimum Deposit $5 $10 $5 $10 $5 $10 $10
Total Deposit Methods 8 8 4 8 5 4 8
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card $5/$2,000 $10/Varies $5/Varies $0/Varies $20/$1,000 $10/Varies $10/Varies
Deposit Min/Max - PayPal $5/$2,000 $10/Varies $5/Varies $10/Varies $5 N/A N/A
PayPal Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Deposit - Debit/Credit Card Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deposit - Online Bank Transfer (ACH) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Withdrawal Options

Here is a comparison of withdrawal options amongst top Indiana sportsbooks.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet BetMGM William Hill theScore Bet BetRivers Sportsbook
Minimum Withdrawal $1 - $15 None Listed None Listed $10 $20 $10 - $20 $10
Total Withdrawal Methods 4 4 2 6 6 3 4
Withdrawal Min/Max - PayPal $5/Varies None listed $5/Varies $10/Varies $20 N/A N/A
Withdrawal - Online Bank Transfer (ACH) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal - PayPal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Withdrawal - Prepaid Gift Card No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Indiana Sports Betting Timeline

Here is a short timeline of how Indiana sports betting became a reality:

  • 2018 - Indiana introduced a bill House Bill 1015 in January to legalize sports betting in the Hoosier State. In May, the Supreme Court voted to overturn the federal ban on sports betting, otherwise known as PAPSA.
  • 2019 - Indiana legislature passed House Bill 1015 in April. On May 8th, Governor Eric Holcomb endorsed House Bill 1015 on his final day to act on the bill. The bill approved sports wagering at licensed facilities, including casinos, racetracks, riverboats, and online sportsbooks. Governor Holcomb placed the first legal bet in Indiana on September 1st.
  • 2020 - There are now 10 online sports betting sites available in Indiana, making it a great state to bet on sports online.

Best Indiana Sportsbooks Summary

Below is a summary of the best online sportsbooks currently available in Indiana.

SportsbookMinimum DepositSports & Bets OfferedOddsMobile BettingBonuses & PromotionsLive BettingOverallVisit Site
DraftKings Sportsbook$5 5 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars N/A
PointsBet$5 5 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars N/A
FanDuel Sportsbook $10 4.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars N/A
BetMGM$10 4.5 Stars 2.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars N/A
William Hill$5 4 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars N/A
theScore Bet$10 3.5 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars N/A
BetRivers Sportsbook$10 4.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 2.5 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars N/A
BetAmerica $1 3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars N/A
Unibet$10 4 Stars 2 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 3.5 Stars N/A
Caesars$10 3.5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars N/A


DraftKings Sportsbook 5stars

DraftKings

DraftKings delivers the ultimate package for sports bettors, including unique contests and bet types, industry-leading pre-game statistics, excellent education for beginners, Daily Fantasy contests, and private pools with friends. This outstanding all-round experience makes DraftKings our top overall sportsbook in 2021. Read full review

Minimum deposit: $5

Who choose DraftKings Sportsbook:


  • Great for beginners. DraftKings’ noteworthy educational materials include guidance on how to bet and different bet types, as well as sport-specific guides that cover common strategies for betting success.
  • Unique bets and contests. The variety of sports and bets offered —one of the largest selections of unique bet types and contests we’ve seen — and an excellent live betting experience makes DraftKings one heck of a sportsbook.
  • Bonuses: Promotions change throughout the year, but typical ones include risk-free bets up to $1,000 for new bettors, and deposit matches, among others. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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PointsBet5stars

PointsBet

PointsBet is going to be a game-changer for U.S. sports betting. The sportsbook combines traditional sports betting with a unique and, honestly, thrilling way to wager — points betting. With points betting your potential earnings (and losses) are multiplied by how many points you won or lost your bet. PointsBet is currently the only sportsbook in the U.S. that offers this twist on betting.Read full review

Minimum Deposit: $5

Why Choose PointsBet:


  • You’re interested in PointsBetting. PointsBetting takes a spread, total, or prop bet and makes it a variable bet until the end of the game. The idea is, the more correct a bettor is, the more they win, and vice versa.
    For example, let's say you bet $10 on the Dallas Cowboys (-3) against the Jacksonville Jaguars (+3). If Dallas wins 24-20, you covered the spread and won by one point. For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by one, for a total win of $10. If Dallas wins 26-20, you covered the spread and won by three points. For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by three, for a total win of $30. If Dallas loses 17-20, you lost the spread by six points (the three Jacksonville won by plus the three Dallas was favored). For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by six, for a total loss of $60.
  • Bonuses: Typically, PointsBet offers two risk-free bets up to $2,000 in combined value, as well as various seasonal promotions. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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FanDuel 5stars

FanDuel

Rattle off any feature you want in a sports betting app and it’s likely FanDuel Sportsbook has got it… and then some. From top-of-the-line live betting and an impressive laundry list of bet types and sports to industry-leading promotions, competitive odds, and innovative live play-by-play contests, FanDuel is a sportsbook for all bettors. Read full review

Minimum deposit: $10

Why choose FanDuel Sportsbook:


  • Excellent mobile app. With its focus on usability, we found the FanDuel Sportsbook app to be one the best-designed apps overall.
  • Great for bettors. High-quality live betting, variety of bets offered, and noteworthy odds are all features new and experienced bettors will appreciate.
  • Bonuses: Promotions change throughout the year, but typically FanDuel offers a risk-free bet up to $1,000, and several other smaller seasonal offerings. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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How do I bet on sports in Indiana?

  1. 1. Create an account. Every online sportsbook has an online website as well as a mobile app. To create an account on the app or website, you will need your name, address, phone number, and email address. Some sportsbooks might ask for more information such as social security number; this is normal.
  2. 2. Fund the account. Deposit money into your newly created account. In Indiana, standard banking methods include credit/debit cards, PayPal, ACH (e-check), Bank Transfers, Play+ Cards, and PayNearMe.
  3. 3. Add your bet(s) to the betslip. To do this, click on the bet that you want to place.
  4. 4. Select the wager amount. Enter the amount of money you want to wager. The bet slip will display your total wager and potential payout. Keep in mind, the potential payout includes the money that you are wagering. In the screenshot below, you are betting $10 to win $8.80. Potential payout of $18.80 = Total wager $10 + Potential winnings $8.80.
  5. 5. Finalize the bet. Now there’s nothing left to do but hit place bet and root for your team to win!
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    What casinos in Indiana have sports betting?

    Residents of Indiana can bet on sports in-person at the following locations. You can bet at any of these casinos, riverboats, and racetracks regardless of what mobile app(s) you use and vice versa.


    What forms of gambling are legal in Indiana?

    While Indiana does offer legal sports betting, horse betting, and daily fantasy sports, other online gambling such as iGaming and poker are still illegal. Here's a full list of all legal gambling available in Indiana:

    • Online Sports Betting - Legal
    • Online Horse Betting - Legal
    • Daily Fantasy Sports - Legal
    • iGaming (online slots) - Not Legal
    • Online Lottery Games - Not offered
    • Online Poker - Not Legal
    • Offshore Sportsbooks - Not Legal

    Popular Indiana Sports Teams

    While Indiana only has three professional teams, the Hoosier State is home to some of the country's most-established college sports programs. Residents of Indiana can bet on all professional and collegiate teams, which include all of the following teams:

    What sports leagues can I bet on in Indiana?

    Almost any domestic and international league you can think of will be available to bet on at various Indiana sportsbooks:

    • Football - NFL, NCAA, CFL
    • Basketball - NBA, NCAA, WNBA, International Leagues
    • Soccer - English Premier League, MLS, International Leagues
    • Baseball - MLB + International Leagues
    • Hockey - NHL + International Leagues
    • Golf - PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, International Leagues
    • Tennis - All Major U.S. Tournaments + International Matches
    • Other Sports - UFC/MMA, Motor Sports, Boxing, Cricket, etc.

    How to Read Odds

    Odds represent the likelihood of an outcome occurring. In sports betting, each team is assigned odds that represent the likelihood of them winning the game. American odds are what you will see displayed on every U.S. sportsbook and sports betting app.

    The first thing you will notice when reading odds will be that:

    • Odds have either a plus or minus in front of them.
    • Odds are in terms of 100.

    Betting Odds are written in terms of 100 as an industry standard. The easiest way to think of the plus and minus signs is as follows: If it is a plus, you will receive more than a $100 payout on a $100 bet. If it is a minus, you will have to bet more than $100 to win a $100 payout.

    Thankfully, you can view your potential winnings on each bet before placing it at an online sportsbook. That said, it is beneficial to understand the betting odds.

    Keep in mind for both spreads and totals, if the game ends in a draw for the bet, you get your stake back but do not win or lose any additional money.


    What is a Moneyline bet?

    A moneyline bet is a wager on which team will win the game outright. Both the favorite and the underdog are given odds to win the game. View sample bet slip.

    Moneyline Odds How to Read it What it Means
    Lions +130 Lions plus 130 By betting $100 you will win $130 if the Lions win
    Packers -150 Packers minus 150 To win $100, you must wager $150 on the Packers to win

    What is a Spread bet?

    A spread bet is a wager on which team will cover the spread or point spread. Underdogs will be given additional points with the spread, while the favorite will have to win by a certain amount of points to cover the spread. View sample bet slip.

    Spread Odds How to Read it What it Means
    Lakers + 5 (-110) Lakers plus 5 points at minus 110 odds The Lakers must win the game, or lose by less than 5 for you to win your bet
    Rockets -5 (-110) Rockets minus 5 points at minus 110 odds The Rockets must win the game by more than 5 points for you to win your bet. A tie is a push, meaning you don't win or lose.

    What is an Over/Under (Total) bet?

    An over/under bet focuses on how many points are scored, regardless of who wins the game. After a total point score has been set, bettors can wager whether the game's actual score will be over or under the preset point score. View sample bet slip.

    Total Odds How to Read it
    Over 7 (-115) In order to win $100, you must bet $115 on the overall combined run score to be higher than 7
    Under 7 (-110) In order to win $100, you must wager $110 on the total combined run score to be less than 7

    More of a visual person? Here's a YouTube video covering moneyline, spread, and total bets.

    What is a Parlay bet?

    A parlay bet is a group of bets, typically spread, moneyline, or total bets, combined into one bet to increase the payout odds. Every separate bet must win to win a parlay bet. View example bet slip.


    What is a Future bet?

    A futures bet is a bet on an event that takes place in days, weeks, or months. The most common future bets are placed on what team will win the finals before the season starts. View example bet slip.

    What are Bonus Rollover Requirements?

    Rollover requirements are requirements bettors MUST fulfill before they can withdraw the bonus money. Each type of bonus has different terms and conditions, which you should examine before accepting.

    Rollover requirements for sports betting often range between 1X-10X, with some extreme requirements going all the way up to 15X. For example, let’s say you deposit $100 and receive a $50 bonus with a 5X rollover. Before you can withdraw the $50 in bonus funds, you have to wager $750 (($100 + $50)x5). Clearly, the $50 bonus is a lot harder to obtain if you don’t bet frequently.

    This table gives you an idea of how much you will have to wager before withdrawing your bonus at multiple rollover rates. We will assume each deposit made is $100.

    Bonus Percentage ($100 Deposit) Bonus Amount Bonus Withdrawal with 1X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 3X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 5X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 10X Rollover
    25% Deposit Match $25 (100+25)x1 = $125 (100+25)x3 = $375 (100+25)x5 = $625 (100+25)x10 = $1,250
    50% Deposit Match $50 (100+50)x1 = $150 (100+50)x3 = $450 (100+50)x5 = $750 (100+50)x10 = $1,500
    100% Deposit Match $100 (100+100)x1 = $200 (100+100)x3 = $600 (100+100)x5 = $1,000 (100+100)x10 = $2,000


    Is Sports Betting Legal in Indiana?

    Sports betting is legal in Indiana at brick-and-mortar casinos and online. The first legal sports bet in Indiana took place on September 1st, 2019.

    Governor Eric Holcomb endorsed House Bill 1015 on his final day to act on the bill. The bill approves sports wagering at licensed facilities, including casinos, racetracks, riverboats, and online sportsbooks and mobile apps. With online sports betting being legal, residents can register and bet from their phones or laptops with multiple sportsbooks.

    How old do you have to be to bet on sports in Indiana?

    Anybody who is 21 years or older can bet on sports in Indiana. As long as you are 21 and within state lines, you do not have to be a resident of Indiana to bet on sports.

    If you live in Indiana and travel to a state that does not have legal betting, you will not be able to bet. Your phone or laptop uses geo-technology to make sure you are within state lines. The only people prohibited from betting on sports include athletes, coaches, refs, and other related personnel.

    Do you have to pay taxes on sports betting in Indiana?

    According to the IRS, “Gambling winnings are fully taxable, and you must report the income on your tax return.” Form W-2G is used to report gambling winnings and gambling losses, which may be deduced if adequately itemized.

    For online gambling winnings, residents must send in Form W-2G when certain winning thresholds are reached. For example, if a player wins more than $600 or at least 300 times the wager amount, the form must be filled out.

    Is it legal to bet on horse racing in Indiana?

    It is legal to bet on horse racing in Indiana. Residents can bet at racetracks, or with legal online providers such as TVG, BetAmerica, and TwinSpires. You can not bet on horses from Indiana sportsbooks, except for BetAmerica, which offers different websites for its sports betting and horse racing products.

    Does Indiana offer an online lottery?

    No, Indiana does not currently offer an online lottery.

    Is DraftKings sportsbook legal in Indiana?

    DraftKings is a safe and legal sports betting option for residents of Indiana. DraftKings obtained its license from Ameristar Casino Resort.

    Is FanDuel sportsbook legal in Indiana?

    FanDuel is a safe and legal sports betting option for residents of Indiana. FanDuel obtained its license from Blue Chip Casino.

    Is Bovada legal in Indiana?

    Bovada, BetOnline, and MyBookie are considered offshore sportsbooks and are illegal. These sportsbooks are not approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission, which regulates all legal Indiana sportsbooks.

    Methodology

    For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.

    Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.

    About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.

    As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.



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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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