By mid 2019, the Indiana state legislature enacted sports betting legislation that opened the door for legal sports betting. The law included both retail and more significantly online wagering. The first official mobile sports bet was accepted in October of 2019.
Now, Indiana is home to over 12 of the top American online sportsbooks. Of this group, four of them have become arguably the best and most popular betting apps in the state. The list of four includes BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and PointsBet. What is it that separates these sportsbooks from the pack?
The MGM brand is one of the most prolific in the US gambling and entertainment industry. The highly popular MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has been a stalwart on the Las Vegas Strip since 1993. Through a partnership that includes Entain Holdings and MGM Resorts International, the BetMGM sports betting brand was brought to life shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the nation’s ban on sports betting in 2018.
Almost inevitably, BetMGM has established itself as one of Indiana’s top mobile sportsbooks. They offer a full menu of both sports betting markets and options to sports bettors in over 15 states and counting. Their app is consistently rated a fan favorite and frequent promotions keep their customers active.
BetMGM’s current welcome offer features one of two options. New customers can choose between a 100% risk-free first bet of up to $1,000, or make a qualifying wager of exactly $10 to earn $200 in free bets.
Caesars Sportsbook Indiana
Like BetMGM, Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s roots go back 50+ years in Las Vegas. The company made a major statement of intent in April of 2021 when it purchased leading European bookmaker William Hill. Since then, the mobile sportsbook has been aggressively making its mark through marketing arrangements with top pro sports leagues and teams.
Currently, Caesars is operating retail sportsbooks in 16 states while also offering mobile betting in 11 states, including Indiana. The betting app offers a complete menu of US professional and international sports betting markets. They also give users access to all of the most popular betting options.
New Indiana customers to Caesars are rewarded on the double. First, they qualify for a first-bet insurance that covers the customer’s first bet of up to $1,100 if it loses. They also get access to a $250 Uber Eats Gift Card after placing a qualifying wager of at least $50.
DraftKings originally made its name in Daily Fantasy Sports where it is still a dominant force. This market position allowed it to add legal sports betting to its portfolio as the legal status of gambling has changed across the country. Since 2018, it has been one of the top three online sportsbooks in every new state that has opened up to legal sports betting.
Much of the sportsbook’s popularity is based on the fact they offer both DFS and a complete menu of sports betting markets from all around the world. Along with a nice selection of other bonus offers, DraftKings is currently offering a welcome offer that features a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $1,000. New customers will have their first deposit matched up to that amount.
For a little international flavor, PointsBet comes to the US betting scene by way of Australia. Prior to making the jump, PointsBet was one of the fastest growing sportsbooks in Australia. As an up-and-comer, PointsBet is already offering mobile wagering services in 10 states with more to come in the very near future.
PointsBet has done a good job of using its international experience to cater to the American sports fan. Their mobile app features betting markets from all parts of the world. Indiana sports bettors have also found no shortage of bet types on the PointsBet platform. This includes their own unique product “Pointsbetting”, which is effectively a form of spread betting.
Pointsbet’s current welcome offer features two risk-free bets. The first is up to $500 on the new customer’s first traditional fixed odds wager. The second is a $1,500 risk-free bet on the first Pointsbetting wager.
For a more information on any of the apps or other Indiana-related questions, you can visit our main Indiana sports betting page.