IN Sports Betting Generated Over $360 Million Of Bets During April

Indiana gamblers racked up over $360 million worth of sports betting wagers in April. That was a small step back from March’s $476 million haul.

Despite that, April’s handle was still a huge improvement over the same stretch of last year. Hoosiers wagered $236 million on sports in April 2021, so the latest batch of numbers was a 52% increase.

Indiana sports betting is heading into its slow season. The same goes for the rest of the gambling markets around the country.

Things might take a dip until the NFL returns, but basketball betting should be able to hold the line for Indiana in the meantime.

Indiana April 2022 sports betting handle.

April was a solid month for Indiana’s sports betting operators. Gambling companies made over $28 million worth of adjusted gross revenue off of the state’s handle.

That led to about $2.7 million worth of taxes heading directly to Indiana.

Licensee Online Brand(s) Handle Revenue Hold Taxes
Blue Chip FanDuel $112,437,291 $12,677,237 11.3% $1,204,337
Ameristar East Chicago DraftKings | theScore Bet $101,579,801 $6,719,330 6.6% $672,005
Belterra BetMGM | Betway $46,708,743 $2,999,979 6.4% $317,863
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Caesars $37,065,642 $1,314,765 3.5% $124,903
Hollywood Lawrenceburg PointsBet | Barstool $28,246,846 $2,070,327 7.3% $199,228
French Lick BetRivers $11,715,772 $532,561 4.5% $51,738
Horseshoe Hammond Unibet $9,233,457 $547,516 5.9% $45,383
Rising Star WynnBet | TwinSpires | SBK $4,135,295 -$37,564 -0.9% $6,661
Winners Circle Clarksville $2,740,048 $228,269 8.3% $22,039
Caesars Southern Indiana $1,908,743 $180,429 9.5% $20,106
Winners Circle Indianapolis $1,410,357 $257,817 18.3% $24,493
Winners Circle New Haven $1,274,865 $86,934 6.8% $34,304
Bally’s Evansville Bally Bet $1,135,341 $62,841 5.5% $0
Horseshoe Indianapolis $431,055 -$6,348 -1.5% -$603
Total $360,023,255 $27,634,092 7.7% $2,722,456

Indiana holds off slow season

The Hoosier State has done a fine job of holding off the slow stretch of the sports betting calendar.

The wagering numbers might not hold up throughout the summer, but at least for now, basketball is still around to do the heavy lifting.

According to the latest report, hoops were once again the most popular sports betting option during April. That’s no surprise since the Final Four and the start of the NBA Playoffs took place last month.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the state’s $360 million April handle:

  • Football: $3.8 million
  • Basketball: $129.2 million
  • Baseball: $56.7 million
  • Parlay: $91.3 million
  • Other: $76.5 million

Pro ball’s postseason may have started last month, but the playoffs are still running throughout the NBA Finals in June.

In other words, Indiana still has a little bit more time to enjoy basketball’s boost to its handle.

First real summer for Indiana sports betting

2022 will be Indiana’s first normal summer of legal sports betting.

Hoosiers have been able to bet on sports since fall 2019, but special circumstances have altered the state’s gambling numbers during the summer stretches.

For example, the pandemic made for a strange sports summer in 2020. The world grinding to a halt left gamblers in Indiana with very few options to bet on.

2021 was the complete opposite. The Tokyo Olympics provided a litany of sports to bet on. That gave Hoosiers far more gambling options than they would find in a regular year’s summer.

That overflow of options led to higher handles last year, but that’s a luxury that Indiana’s market just won’t have in 2022.

Despite that, Indiana sports betting is bigger now than ever before. New sportsbooks entering the picture will help keep things fresh over the next few months.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for Play Indiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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