Sports wagering launch date could be delayed past Sept. 1

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Sports wagering may not launch in Indiana until after September 1.

Since opening up licensing applications to Indiana operators, the Indiana Gaming Commission has seen an influx of applicants. The verification and acceptance process for those applicants is thorough, meaning there could be a delay past September 1 as the IGC works through those applications.

“Let’s say an operator, a casino, comes in and hires someone like Draft Kings to operate the sports book, because of Indiana and the way we license everybody, they go through a thorough background check, and I think that process is maybe taking a little longer than they thought originally,” said Senator Jon Ford.

Ford says he’s been in contact with IGC representatives, and they’re still pushing for the September 1 launch date. He added that a two-tier launch will likely happen, with retail sports betting becoming legal months before mobile betting.

“Retail sports wagering would be first, just because it’s a little easier, you don’t have all the platform you’ve gotta set up and security features that you would online,” said Ford.

Once mobile betting does launch, those security features are set up to keep Hoosier betting clean.

“The operators that are going to operate here in the state would create their own app, would have in the rules, a list of certain security features they have, be able to verify someone’s age, verify that they are who they say they are, and where the money’s coming from,” said Ford.

One of the biggest pushes for the September 1 launch date is the upcoming NFL season, which will likely draw a large number of bettors.

“I think their goal is start of NFL season for brick and mortar, and then January, February for online,” said Ford.

The IGC currently has a draft of regulations on their website and are asking for public comment. The Commission is scheduled to approve those regulations at their next meeting on August 28.

Legalized sports betting excludes E-sports and amateur sports with athletes younger than 18.

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