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As Indiana faces major gaming changes that could lead to legalized online sports betting, new casino locations and more casino profits, ethical questions still hound the industry. Here’s why.
Dwight Adams, dwight.adams@indystar.com

After months of uncertainty about when mobile sports betting would launch in Indiana, state gaming officials made a big announcement Wednesday.

The Indiana Gaming Commission authorized a Chicago-based gaming company that has partnered with French Lick Casino to conduct mobile sports betting beginning Oct. 3. Rush Street Gaming has “substantially demonstrated” that its mobile sports wagering operation meets Indiana’s requirements, gaming officials said Wednesday.

French Lick Casino said in August that all types of sports betting available at its retail sportsbook will be available on its online sportsbook. French Lick Casino was authorized Sept. 6 to take bets at its in-person sportsbook.

Indiana sports betting: Here’s everything you need to know

While gaming officials hoped to launch mobile sports betting Sept. 1, a two-tiered approach to rolling out sports gambling in the state — focusing first on retail betting, and then shifting to mobile betting — was never ruled out. Thirteen locations in the state are authorized to conduct retail sports betting.

Online sports betting platforms will use geofencing technology to make sure bettors are in Indiana when placing bets. Bettors will also need to provide personal identifying information to create an account on a mobile sports betting platform, which may include part of your social security number, your birth date, your email address and a credit or debit card number.

You must be 21 years or older to place a sports bet in Indiana.

Call IndyStar reporter Andrew Clark at 317-444-6484 or email him at andrew.clark@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @Clarky_Tweets.

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