Seminole Hard Rock Digital Receives Temporary Sportsbook Operator License in Indiana

It looks like the Seminole Tribe casino sportsbook, Hard Rock, is coming to Hoosier State in 2022.

The Indiana Gaming Commission granted Seminole Hard Rock Digital a temporary sports betting provider license on January 12. This is the first step in a process that would allow Hard Rock Digital to offer retail and mobile sports betting through Gary’s Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

If Hard Rock is the next Indiana sportsbook to launch, it will become the 14th mobile carrier in the state. Hard Rock would join Caesars Sportsbook Indiana, PointsBet Indiana, BetRivers Indiana, Unibet Indiana, TwinSpires Indiana and WynnBET Indiana, among others, which have already received approval to offer mobile betting in the state.

The addition of Hard Rock gives Indiana’s sports betting landscape more fuel after generating an estimated $3.8 billion in 2021, including a record $463.7 million in November.

Hard Rock International has operated Gary Casino since it opened in May 2021, but in August took a majority stake.

How the Indiana Market Can Grow in 2022

It has been 18 months since the Indiana sports betting market launched, with betting permitted at any of the state’s casinos or “racinos”, casinos located on racetrack property.

It looks like 2022 could be another big year for state bettors, with a pair of bills passing through the Indiana House that would legalize online casino gambling.

Of the two bills (HB 1337 and 1356), the latter appears to have the most industry support. A recent study by the iDevelopment and Economic Association said HB 1356 has the potential to generate more than $500 million in new tax revenue over the next five years.

House Bill 1356 would pave the way for the launch of iGaming – starting in July for licensed riverside casino owners, as well as agents operating a riverside casino in a historic hotel district and cardholders. permitted at state racetracks.

John Pappas, who is iDEA’s director of state advocacy, is on board with HB 1356, saying in a press release from the association that the bill has the best potential for the state.

“Indiana already has the experience and infrastructure in place through online sports betting to support iGaming,” Pappas said. “Without realizing it, consumers in Indiana are using illegal online gambling sites that offer no consumer protections and no state tax revenues. State legislators can meet consumer demand by establishing a legal, competitive marketplace that benefits the state economy and protects online players with regulatory safeguards.

Commission adds Winter Olympics to betting list

Another sports betting development in Indiana this month concerned the sports the Hoosiers can bet on in the new year.

The IGC has added alpine skiing, bobsledding, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey, short track speed skating and speed skating – all of which will be on display at the Winter Olympics in 2022, which will start on February 3 in Beijing.

The commission previously approved 25 Summer Olympics events on its betting list, ranging from badminton to wrestling.