Introduction to Indiana Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Indiana slot machine casino gambling consists of fourteen commercial casinos, two of which are proposed casinos, as well as one tribal casino.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Indiana
The minimum legal gambling age in Indiana depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 21
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Indiana’s 1851 constitution banned lotteries, historically interpreted by courts to mean all gambling. In 1988, Indiana approved a constitutional amendment removing this ban. Within months, cities with economic difficulties had casino proposals including ten riverboat casinos.
In 2007, Indiana allowed horse tracks to have as many as 2,000 electronic gaming machines. Further, the state legislature approved land-based casinos in 2015 and allowed riverboat casinos to move into a land-based casino facility if located on their current property.
The state of Indiana has a federally recognized American Indian tribe. In 2015, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians successfully negotiated a tribal-state compact subsequently approved by the U.S. Department of Interior.
By the compact’s terms, the tribal casino could only have Class II bingo-style gaming machines. In 2018, the tribe opened a casino in South Bend.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Indiana
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in Indiana if it is 40 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in Indiana
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) regulates gaming in Indiana.
The IGC has its Gaming Control Division as a law enforcement arm with a primary role to investigate illegal gambling. Enforcement of illegal gambling at bars and taverns is by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.
Casinos in Indiana
Indiana has fourteen commercial casinos including two proposed casinos and one American Indian tribal casino.
The largest casino in Indiana is Horseshoe Hammond with 3,002 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg with 2,534 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Indiana
Indiana’s fourteen commercial casinos, including two proposed casinos in Terra Haute and Gary, are:
- Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, 11 miles northwest of Gary.
- Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, 116 miles southeast of Indianapolis on the Kentucky border.
- Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa in Michigan City, 26 miles northeast of Gary.
- Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, 123 miles south of Indianapolis across the river from Louisville, Kentucky.
- French Lick Resort, 100 miles south of Indianapolis.
- Hard Rock Northern Indiana in Gary – proposed casino with Spring 2021 planned opening.
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, 43 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, 98 miles southeast of Indianapolis on the Ohio border.
- Horseshoe Hammond, 20 miles northwest of Gary.
- Indiana Grand Racing Casino in Shelbyville, 27 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
- Majestic Star Casinos I & II in Gary.
- Rising Star Casino Resort, 105 miles southeast of Indianapolis on the Kentucky border.
- Rocksino at Terre Haute – proposed casino with 2022 planned opening.
- Tropicana Evansville, 169 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Tribal Casinos in Indiana
Indiana’s tribal casino is Four Winds Casino South Bend, 150 miles north of Indianapolis directly east of Chicago on the border to Michigan. It offers 1,800 Class II competition-style gaming machines alongside live poker tables.
Unique to Indiana, the table game of poker is a skill-based game and, therefore, just another Class II game as players bet against each other and aren’t betting “against the house” or casino.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Indiana slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Indiana is:
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Indiana.
Our Indiana Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Indiana? If so, join our Indiana slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Indiana. Join us!
Payouts and Returns in Indiana
Indiana has no theoretical payout limits. However, monthly and annual return statistics are publicly available for commercial casinos.
Neither theoretical payout nor return statistics are available for Indiana’s tribal casino.
The IGC offers comprehensive annual reports on all aspects of legal gaming in Indiana.
The casino hold percent for each commercial casino is WIN divided by COIN IN. Subtraction from 100% gives the player win percent. Calculate annual win% from p. 43 of the FY 2020 Annual Report. Beginning in 2020, this annual report no longer offers annual win% by slot machine denomination.
Monthly win% is from p. 6 of the pdf, or worksheet Sheet6 of the MS Excel spreadsheet, from Monthly Revenue Reports.
The monthly player win percent for Indiana’s casinos in December 2020 are:
- Ameristar East Chicago: 90.6%
- Belterra: 90.4%
- Blue Chip: 90.6%
- Caesars Southern Indiana: 89.6%
- French Lick: 90.9%
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park: 90.2%
- Hollywood Lawrenceburg: 91.4%
- Horseshoe Hammond: 90.3%
- Indiana Grand Racing: 89.6%
- Majestic Star I: 90.2%
- Majestic Star II: 89.9%
- Rising Star: 89.4%
- Tropicana Evansville: 90.0%
The casino with the highest return in December 2020 went to Hollywood Lawrenceburg followed by French Lick. The casino with the lowest return was Rising Star followed by a tie
Summary of Indiana Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2021
Indiana slot machine casino gambling consists of fourteen commercial casinos, including two proposed commercial casinos, and a tribal casino with Class II bingo-style gaming machines.
Annual Progress in Indiana Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In December 2019, Caesars Southern Indiana moved into its new facility in Harrison county. Further, the cities of Gary and Terra Haute each have a proposed casino.
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