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Indiana issues six temporary sports betting vendor permits


The Indiana Gaming Commission has continued to make progress towards opening the state’s regulated sports betting market, with six operators issued with temporary vendor licenses, allowing them to power online wagering for land-based partners. 

Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel has secured permits to power online wagering for the Boyd Gaming’s Belterra and Blue Chip Casino Resorts, while Caesars Interactive has been granted a license for the Horseshoe Casino Hammond. 

Penn National Gaming’s Penn Sports Interactive subsidiary has been handed a vendor license for the Lawrenceburg-based Hollywood Casino, and Rush Street Interactive for Blue Sky Casino’s French Lick Resort. 

Approval was given to the quintet on 8 August, with a sixth temporary licence then granted to William Hill, covering the Tropicana Casino in Evansville, on 13 August.

These temporary certifications allow each operator and casino to launch legal wagering while their full license applications are processed. In July, Temporary Certificates of Authority were issued to 12 land-based venues in the state. 

July also saw the Indiana Gaming Commission issue a list of approved events for sports betting, setting out 19 sports and a range of competitions on which licensees can offer odds. 

Attention now turns to a Gaming Commission meeting, scheduled for 28 August, at which the regulator’s board is expected to ratify the state’s sports betting regulations. The regulations were developed based on HB1015, the bill signed into law by state Governor Eric Holcomb in May, and were subject to a consultation period that ended 1 August. 

The Commission will now examine recommendations and submissions put forward during the consultation, ahead of the 28 August meeting. This falls just days before 1 September, the date from which sports betting is legal, per HB1015.