Indiana Casino Regulators Add More Sports To Approved Betting List

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More potential betting markets are coming to the Hoosier State, home to a nascent retail and online/mobile sports wagering industry.

Late last week, the Indiana Gaming Commission updated its Approved Events for Sports Wagering list. It was the second time the IGC updated the list after first making it public in July.

The IGC updated the list a day after the first two online/mobile sportsbooks (BetRivers and DraftKings) launched their platforms. Other online/mobile books are awaiting the green light.

Aussie Rules Football (the AFL) is a new addition to the list, though its 2019 season concluded in late September. The 2020 season kicks off in early 2020.

Additionally, cycling races under the banner of the Union Cycliste Internationale are also now on the list of approved events. The prominent Tour de France race concluded in late July, but there’s still some cycling left in 2019 (outside of the U.S.) that Indiana books could take action on.

The game of darts was given a boost under the revised IGC list. The original list included the PDC World Darts Championship, which is sponsored by the sportsbook company William Hill. William Hill is the sports betting partner of the Tropicana Casino in Evansville. The 2019 PDC World Darts Championship kicks off in London in mid-December. The updated list includes the separate British Darts Organisation (BDO). The BDO World Darts Championship kicks off in January in the UK.

What is said to be the second largest professional hockey organization in the world, trailing only the U.S.-based NHL, was also added to the list. The 2019 season for the Kontinental Hockey League, which is popular in Europe and Asia (especially Russia), is currently underway.

In addition to the AFL, Australia’s National Rugby League is another new addition. The NRL had its Grand Final on Sunday, so Indiana books were allowed to take bets on the match.

The IGC had already approved the Olympics, but a new addition is official U.S. Ski & Snowboard events. Just a few days before the IGC updated its list, the Utah-based organization announced its schedule for the 2019-20 Race to the Cup Series. The organization also has five events slated for December.

The complete list

The IGC is only approving sports that the industry has an interest in, but it doesn’t mean books will take action on all of the sports/events. Some markets might not draw enough interest, and books may elect to take a pass on some. Some events could be on the board only to be pulled if there’s not enough interest. For example, FOX Bet in New Jersey was taking some action on the IAAF World Championships (track and field), only to take the event off the board before its completion due to an apparent lack of betting interest.

Below is the full list of sports/events that Indiana books are allowed to offer to their customers:

1. Aussie Rules Football — AFL

2. Auto Racing

  • Constructors’ Championships
  • Formula One
  • IndyCar
  • NASCAR (including Monster Energy Series, Xfinity Series Truck Series)

3. Baseball

  • Minor League Baseball — Triple A
  • MLB and MLB Draft
  • NCAA — Division 1

4. Basketball

  • Euro League and Euro Cup
  • International Basketball Federation (country v. country qualifiers/games/tournaments)
  • NBA and NBA Draft
  • NCAA — Division I
  • WNBA and WNBA Draft

5. Bowling

  • Pro Bowling Tour

6. Boxing

  • Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports
  • International Boxing Federation
  • World Boxing Association
  • World Boxing Council
  • World Boxing Organization

7. Cricket

  • International Cricket Council
  • Men’s and Women’s World Cup

8. Cycling

  • Union Cycliste Internationale — World Tour and Grand Tour

9. Darts

  • British Darts Organisation
  • PDC

10. Football

  • Arena Football League
  • Canadian Football League
  • NCAA — Division I
  • NFL and NFL Draft

11. Golf

  • Champion’s Tour
  • European Tour
  • International Events (i.e. Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup)
  • Korn Ferry Tour
  • LPGA
  • PGA
  • PGA Tour Champions
  • Senior European Tour
  • World Golf Championships

12. Hockey

  • International Ice Hockey Federation
  • Kontinental Hockey League
  • National Hockey League and National Hockey League Draft
  • NCAA — Division 1
  • World Championships

13. Lacrosse

  • NCAA — Division 1

14. Mixed Martial Arts

  • Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Bellator MMA
  • One Championship
  • Professional Fighters League
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Sports

15. Olympics

  • Summer and Winter (including trials)

16. Rowing

  • The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA)

17. Rugby

  • Four Nations
  • National Rugby League
  • Six Nations
  • World Cup
  • World Rugby (International country v. country qualifiers/games/tournaments)

18. Sailing

  • Americas Cup
  • International Sailing Federation

19. Skiing and Snowboarding

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard

20. Soccer

  • Argentine Superliga
  • Brazil Serie B
  • Copa Libertadores
  • Copa Sudamericana
  • Denmark Superliga
  • English Premier League
  • FIFA Sanctioned Events
  • French Ligue 1
  • German Bundesliga
  • Italian Serie A
  • Major League Soccer
  • Mexican Liga Bancomer
  • NCAA — Division 1
  • Netherlands Eredivisie
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Sweden Allsvenskan
  • UEFA — Champions League, EUROPA, Nations League and Super Cup
  • Ukrainian Premier League

21. Softball

  • NCAA — Division 1

22. Tennis

  • Association of Tennis Professionals — ATP Tour and Challenger Tour
  • International Tennis Federation
  • NCAA — Division 1
  • United States Tennis Association
  • Women’s Tennis Association

23. Track and Field

  • International Association of Athletics Federations
  • NCAA — Division 1
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Brian Pempus

Brian served as a senior reporter and online content manager for Card Player Magazine for nearly a decade before joining USBets in October 2018. He is currently focused on legal and regulated sports betting and online gaming. He's an avid jiu-jitsu practitioner in his free time.

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