Indiana is ranked 16th as far as a population with six million within the state in total. For land, the state is ranked all the way at 38th with just 36,000 square miles of space. Indiana was the 19th state to join the union of fifty!
Indianapolis 500, cornfields and basketball are, most likely, what people associate the most with Indiana. Even if sometimes overshadowed by Illinois or Ohio, bigger neighbors, Indiana has always been a Midwest cornerstone, being Chicago one of the most active cities in the whole region.
Traditionally a Republican state, voting always pended for the Republican candidate since 1980, except in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected, in which can be seen as a change of political view.
Casino History and Scenario
In 1993 the Indiana state authorized the construction of 10 riverboats, which are mostly present on the Ohio River, but also some at Lake Michigan. These boats are similar to riverboats from other US states, they were not conceived to navigate, just to exist over water as required by law.
In 2004 further legislation was approved, this time allowing casino number 11 to come to life, to be built in French Lick. Overall, Indiana has 13 casinos, being the other two operations racinos.
These racinos evolved thanks to the Racino Law, legislation from 2007, from horse racing tracks to racinos where it was possible to have up to 2.000 slots, making them somewhat limited casinos.
Funny enough, the 13 casinos are operated by different companies. Among these operators, we find Caesars, one of the bigger companies in the gambling industry, which operates the Horseshoe casinos, but also some regional operators or companies created exclusively for that specific casino.
The Casino Locations
The casinos in Indiana are mostly located in the northwest, having Chicago at a reasonable driving distance, making it convenient for the Chicago citizens. The other casinos are mostly located at the south of the state because of the casino boats, placed at the Ohio River.
Being located in the border with Kentucky, the casino boats at the Ohio river are really close to Louisville and their half a million residents, providing the necessary clients to keep the 5 local casinos active.
It’s ironic that the largest city and capital of the state, Indianapolis, is at a two-hour drive of any casino in the state, even if there is hope that Rising Star opens a venue in Terre Haute, shorting the distances to half, one hour away even so.
The legislation and location around the casino industry in Indiana is not made to collect money from their residents, but more from those crossing the borders from neighboring states.
Other Types of Gambling Found in Indiana
In the 1800’s pari-mutuel betting was introduced to the United States. Since it is the oldest form of gaming around, it is one of the most popular. Players love the sport because they can go out for a full day, get some excitement mixed with some thrill and live action.
Players can place bets at the racetracks once they are 18 or over. Some of the racetracks within the state were opened in 2004, which means they are fairly new.
Indiana has gaming for money roots as far as 1988, so this is a relatively new state when it comes to gaming. Players within this state can play games for money at either 18 or 21 depending on which gaming type they are interested in.
In-state and multi-state lottery drawings are available, as well as charitable gambling, in the format of bingo and raffles.
The riverboats are a form of gaming where players will board a ship, and board they may have special dinner or lunch features. The riverboat casinos require players to be at least 21 before hopping aboard.
In what concerns online gambling, Indiana is one of the three states in the country who has banned it, so no operators might do business within the state, which includes horse-race wagering and online sweepstakes.
The state residents can still play online on sites operating offshore, being America’s Cardroom, Merge and Ignition the major US networks that accept Indiana players. Playing on those sites might be illegal under the Indiana law, it’s unclear, so it’s something not recommended.
Attempts to legalize sports betting and daily fantasy sports have failed in 2015, but sports betting is being presently considered once again, so the state of Indiana might have some news soon on this particular.