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Hoosier State Bets is an independent news and information website covering the legal, regulated sports betting industry in Indiana. All content, reviews and informational pages are entirely original, and were written solely for publication on HoosierStateBets.com.

Hoosier State Bets is run by a group of long time gaming industry professionals with a deep understanding of the US market. The news and opinion articles posted here serve the purpose of informing the public about an industry that most know little about.

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The goal at Hoosier State Bets is to be the number one source of information about Indiana sports betting.

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Brett Smiley
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Brett Smiley is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sports Handle, which joined forces with the US Bets team in November 2018. He focuses on the sports betting industry and legislation. He's an avid sports bettor himself, mainly on NFL and college basketball contests. In a past life, Smiley practiced commercial litigation in New York City and previously wrote for FOX Sports and SI.com. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Michele, son Nolan, and their two English bulldogs, Chief and Boomer.

Martin Harris

Martin Harris is a writer, editor, and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. An English Ph.D. and former full-time college professor, he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. His book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game was published by D&B Books in 2019. He and his wife take care of their horses and cats on a small farm in North Carolina.

Robert DellaFave

Robert is a veteran writer and analyst for the gambling industry, with a particular focus on the emergent US online gambling market. An avid poker and gambling enthusiast, Robert offers unique perspectives from both the vantage point of the player and industry professional, and is fit to cover a broad spectrum of topics.

Nick Chappell

Nick began working in the iGaming industry back in 2009 and has been an active member of the community ever since. He is a regular contributor for a number of publications including the USBets Network, RotoGrinders, and ScoresAndOdds.


Charlie is an experienced writer and editor with a background in print journalism. He currently leads social media operations for the USBets network, RotoGrinders and ScoresAndOdds.


Ted Dahlstrom works in the Seattle area as a Content Strategist for Better Collective. He is from Washington state but spent many years working as a political adviser in Washington, DC. Ted’s background is in government and communication, but his passion is writing about sports and sports betting, which led him to BC in an unexpected alignment. He avidly follows all the Seattle sports teams and Gonzaga basketball.


Scott Krones has been Managing Editor of RotoGrinders, the leading daily fantasy sports community, since 2014. He has previously worked with DraftKings, RotoWire and Sportsbook Review and has an extensive background in both DFS and sports betting.

Chris Altman

Chris Altman has years of experience in online content production and editing. A digital and physical nomad, Chris has spent time writing and working in Europe, South America, and New York City, but now calls Pacific Northwest his home base.