Indiana’s largest casino will commence sports betting operations early next month, according to local media sources.
The Horseshoe Hammond is reportedly preparing to launch its new wagering service on September 4 – a day before the start of the 2019 NFL season.
State lawmakers voted in favour of sports betting back in May and the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) is expected to approve the proposed regulations by the end of August.
The new laws include provisions for mobile gambling, although it may be a while yet before Indiana casinos have their online betting services up and running.
“So, the legislature did say you could use your computer or mobile phone to place that wager,” said Matt Bell of the Casino Association of Indiana.
“The likelihood is that will trail betting on premise by a few weeks or months because it’s harder to set up that technology.”
Speaking in an interview on local radio, Bell went on to say Indiana sports betting operators would offer markets on a wide variety of professional and collegiate sporting events.
He added that the institution of a legal and regulated wagering industry should lead to a significant downturn in the underground gambling trade.
“When it comes to sports wagering there is a booming and robust illegal market,” said Bell.
“We think that a legal, authorized regulated market supplants the illegal market.”
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