Indiana Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Indiana

Indiana still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be something definitive within a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 4.31-36; 35.45.4.5
Definitions Gambling: Risking money or other property for gain, contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, or the operation of a gambling device.

Gambling device: A mechanism by the operation of which a right to money or other property may be credited, in return for consideration, as the result of the operation of an element of chance.

Games of chance not to be considered a bona fide contest of skill: A card game or an electronic version of a card game.

Professional gambler: A person who knowingly or intentionally conducts any banking or percentage games played with cards, dice, or counters, or accepts any fixed share of the stakes therein or accepts, or offers to accept, for profit, money, or other property risked in gambling.

Online Poker/Gambling Indiana statutes pertaining to gambling make it clear that internet card games are included in the illegal games section. The Indiana Gambling Control Division of the state government also addresses card games not classified as games of chance and concludes, “Thus, games like poker and euchre are considered gambling if played for money.” There have been no efforts to change the law or legalize online poker or casino games.
Live Poker Poker is allowed in all of the state’s casinos, whether run by Native American tribes or on riverboats.
Casinos There are numerous casinos, some on Native American reservations and others in the form of riverboats.
Sports Betting There are bills pending in both houses of the Indiana legislature awaiting votes to legalize sports betting.
DFS Daily fantasy sports became legal via the Indiana legislature in 2016.
Other Forms of Gambling Pari-mutuel wagering on horse races, state lottery, gambling games at racetracks, charitable gambling.