The sporting betting scene of Indiana is heating up as online sportsbooks start to see the light of day. First there was Rush Street Interactive (RSI) which the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved the release of its mobile app last week. And now the IGC has approved DraftKings for its own version, and it is also ready to go live.
Last Wednesday, the IGC approved the app, allowing DraftKings to introduce it’s online sports gambling site the following day. This places the company on the same basis as RSI, which was also allowed as of Oct. 3 to begin its operations. Before the NFL games this Sunday, both firms are eager to have the devices fully functional and to take bets.
Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ co-founderand chief operating officer, wrote a letter to Casino.org saying the company is discussing its mobile app’s “final details” and it has “every intention to be ready for the weekend. It will be the first bid to be made as a result of a huge 16-state contract between the company and Penn National Gaming that the two companies agreed earlier this year, and the device will be a skin page for Ameristar Casino in East Chicago’s casino operator.
Sports gambling takes hold across the United States, but mostly only by physical sportsbooks. Just about half of the states that have regulated sports gambling, including Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and now Indiana, have or allow online gambling.
To date, in three of those states, DraftKings has been able to launch digital sportsbooks— Indiana joins the portfolio of New Jersey and West Virginia. Nonetheless, it’s only a matter of time before its footprint leaves a bigger path, thanks to the agreement with Penn National.
The activities of DraftKings in New Jersey have proven lucrative, with a large part of the market being taken by the firm. West Virginia’s sports gambling room is still growing, but DraftKings should be pleased, relatively speaking, with the results so far seen. Operating from the Hollywood Casino, the sportsbook was responsible for nearly one-fifth, $473,284, of the venue’s receipts from the sports gambling release until September 21. The figures will certainly increase as the operation gains popularity.
More probably, Indiana will not have a ramp-up time as lengthy as West Virginia. This is due to its proximity to Chicago, Illinois and Ohio’s Cincinnati. Both of these cities have a strong professional presence in sports, but sports betting has not yet been introduced by either country. With the ability to jump across the border into Indiana to put wagers, sports fans from Illinois and Ohio will add a great deal to the coffers of the Hoosier State.