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Indiana Online Gambling Laws

Federal law does not prohibit online gambling. The UIGEA law of 2006 does not prohibit USA players from participating in legally licensed and certified online gambling. This law simply places regulatory oversight concerning how online gambling transactions can be processed. Indiana gambling law does address the issue of online gambling. It is a felony crime to operate any form of online poker room, casino or sports book within the state of Indiana. Processing payments from such an activity is also a criminal offense. However the law does not specifically prohibit participating in online gambling. It only addresses the issue of online gambling from the operator perspective. It is silent on the issue of those who engage in online gambling as mere players. While online gambling operations cannot operate within state boundaries legally, there are multiple legally licensed Indiana online gambling sites which are regulated and located outside of the United States. These sites span a range of gambling venues, including Indiana online casinos, poker rooms and sports betting sites accepting Indiana players.

Definition of Gambling According To Indiana Gambling Laws

Under Indiana gambling law, gambling refers to any bet made on anything that involves an element of chance and includes the use of any gambling device. The definition of a gambling device under Indiana gambling law includes:

Knowingly or intentionally engaging in any form of gambling that isn't permitted by state law is referred to as unlawful gambling, a class B misdemeanor offense. The law provides stiffer penalties for those involved in the operation or running of an illegal gambling business. Under Indiana law, professional gambling does not refer to gambling for a living. Instead it is the term used to describe operation of illegal gambling. Professional gambling is a class D felony.

Indiana Poker Gambling Laws

Home poker games are illegal in the state of Indiana. While the law provides an exemption for games of skill, Indiana gambling law does not consider poker a game of skill. Hence all forms of social poker games including ones where the host does not rake the pot or charge a fee are illegal. Indiana players do have the option of playing poker at legal Indiana online poker sites which are located and regulated outside of United States borders.

History of Gambling For Indiana

Indiana has a long history with gambling. Way back in the late 1800s and the early 1900s there were laws that prohibited gambling. However gambling still existed but it was simple and rare. Pari mutuel wagering is legal in Indiana. It was legalized in 1988. Until then there was a constitutional ban on lotteries. The Indiana Supreme Court had held that lotteries encompassed racing. A referendum was held in 1988 and 62 percent of the voters voted in favor of legalizing lotteries. This cleared the way for setting up the state lottery known as the Hoosier Lottery. The first Hoosier Lottery tickets were sold in 1989. The referendum also cleared the way for setting up of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to oversee pari mutuel wagering on horse racing.

Indiana Charitable Gambling Laws

Charitable gambling is legal in Indiana. Qualified organizations can conduct charitable gambling events. Qualified organizations include bona fide non-profit educational, civic, religious, veterans or senior citizen organizations operating in the state, is exempt under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code and has been in continuous existence in the state for 5 years or more or is affiliated to a parent organization that has been in existence in the state for 5 years or more. Bona fide political organizations operating in the state as well as state educational institutions are considered as qualified organizations. However the events that can be conducted as part of charitable gambling are limited to:

Players interested in playing bingo outside of charitable gambling can consider learning more about Indiana online bingo for legal and secure options of playing bingo online.

Indiana Land Based Gambling Laws

Casinos were not allowed in Indiana until 1993. The Riverboat Gaming Act was passed in 1993 allowing 10 riverboat casinos to be set up in the state. The first river boat casino opened to the public in 1995. In 2004 the law was amended to increase the number of river boat casinos in the state. Eventually land based casinos were allowed. Today there are 13 casinos in the state. Two of them are racinos - combination of race tracks and casinos. These casinos offer a vide range of games including poker, video poker, table games, slot games and keno. In 2012 an Indian tribe wanted to set up an off reservation in the state but the Governor did not sign the compact that would have set a precedent for other tribes wishing to build off reservation casinos in the state.

Indiana Gambling Laws

Players and gamblers who are interested in reviewing the Indiana gambling laws and statutes in their original legislative context can reference this site: Indiana State Legislature. You'll find the laws in their original language precisely as they were passed.

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