1851 – Indiana’s first state constitution bans lotteries.
1859 – Indiana’s iconic Riverboat casino culture begins until it closed down in the 20th century.
1988: Indiana State lottery begins, and becomes the most popular gambling format in the State along with nationwide interstate lotteries.
1993: Indiana Riverboat Act passed permitting riverboat casinos in Indiana to be located on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River. The riverboats were required to be navigable. This law was repealed in 1999. The ships were no longer required to include a crew and motor. All ships are anchored today.
1994: Legal Horse Racing introduced to Indiana.
2005: Indiana gambling laws that pertain directly to the operation of an internet website for the purpose of gambling passed, effectively banning online casinos.
2007: Slots machines permitted at Indiana’s racecourses, transforming them into ‘racinos’.
2015: Indiana House Bill 1540 passed to expand casinos to ‘land-based’ as well as riverboat casinos, however, no land-based casino have yet opened in Indiana.
2016: In March 2016, current U.S. Vice-President and then Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed into law state bill S 339 to legalize DFS in the state of Indiana.
2019: Sports betting introduced to Indiana
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