DraftKings & BetRivers Both Ready To Go
The long wait for mobile betting in Indiana is over and bettors will have the choice of apps, with both DraftKings and BetRivers set to go live in the Hoosier State on Thursday.
News of the BetRivers app launch broke last week and the company behind it, Rush Street Gaming, which is partnered with the French Lick Casino, was one of several operators to open retail sportsbooks last month.
The first bets were placed on September 1st and 13 Indiana casinos are now operating retail sportsbooks, having partnered with existing operators or skins, as they are known in the industry. Under state law, authorized casinos can partner with up to three skins.
DraftKings has been running a retail sportsbook under the license of Ameristar East Chicago, having partnered with Penn National Gaming, and news of their app launch comes as no surprise as the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) had said they were expecting more operators to receive authorization in October.
Unlike in some other states that have legalized sports betting, in-person registration is not required to create and fund a mobile wagering account in Indiana.
Neither DraftKings or Rush Street are strangers to the sports betting space and here’s a quick summary of each
DraftKings and sports betting
The daily fantasy sports giant was the first to offer an online sportsbook outside Nevada, when setting up shop in New Jersey in the fall of 2018. It now dominates the online market in the Garden State along with FanDuel.
In August of this year, it debuted its sportsbook app in West Virginia and it now runs retail operations at Del Lago Resort in New York, which has yet to legalize mobile wagering.
It also operates a retail sportsbook at the Scarlet Pearl Casino in Mississippi and plans to enter the online market in Pennsylvania next month, running the mobile sportsbook for Meadows Casino, having recently received authorization.
Rush Street and sports betting
The company, in partnership with leading software provider Kambi, launched its first online casino site, PlaySugarHouse.com, in New Jersey in September 2016.
Two years later, it became the first company to offer a fully integrated online sportsbook and casino in the state, and in May of this year, PlaySugarHouse became the first online sportsbook in Pennsylvania.
In July, it launched the first retail sportsbook in New York at Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, under the BetRivers brand it is using for its app in Indiana.
Both companies are clearly looking to expand their footprint into several emerging markets in the US as states, one by one, pass regulations legalizing online sports wagering.
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