Online Gambling on Horse Racing in Indiana Gets Green Light

Published March 13, 2015 by Vlad G

Online Gambling on Horse Racing in Indiana Gets Green Light

Indiana is looking to legalize bets on online horse racing but doesn't seem to go further than that.

Online gambling in Indiana is now one step closer after the House Bill 1270 was passed in the Public Policy Committee by a unanimous decision. This bill would allow horse racing fans to place their bets online within the state. There is however quite some road ahead until the bill becomes law and punters will actually be able to enjoy internet gambling.

Work in Progress

Senator Luke Kenley described the bill as still being a “work in progress” and requested it to be recommitted in order to better polish some of the aspects regarding online gambling on horse racing.

According to the author of the bill, Rep. Robert Cherry, the legislation was designed to bring new life in the horse racing betting industry in Indiana. Players will be able to fund their account and then use the money to place bets on horses through an internet website.

He also added that similar wagering with advanced deposits is already available in some parts of Indiana since account gambling was initially made legal a while ago but that the 2005 bill against internet gambling made it more difficult for operators to continue to take such bets.

Potential to Expand

The stance taken by the governor in Indiana is quite clear and it looks like online gambling on casino games or poker will not be coming to the state in the near future. HB 1270 is said not to conflict with this stance and supporters claim that it will only remove some of the limitations imposed to horse racing in 2005, thus bringing it closer to the industry prior to the change in regulations a decade ago.

Last month, the bill surprisingly passed the house by 81 to 15 votes and there is still some discussion taking place as to the future of the bill and the gaming expansion it can lead to.

See also

Will Hill Upgrades Online Horse Racing Service

Online Horse Betting at its Best

Horse Race Name Change Sparks Controversy

Horse Racing: Day at the Races at Westlands Worcester

Where to Bet on Irish Horse Racing's Gold Cup


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