Sports betting on in Indiana, governor bets on home teams

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, talks with Ron Baumann, center, general manager of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Debaun in the sports betting area at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Holcomb placed the first sports bets after sports betting became legal in Indiana. Holcomb bet for the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl, the Indiana Pacers to win the NBA championship and the Indiana Fever to win their game tonight. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Sports betting is underway in Indiana, with Gov. Eric Holcomb placing a bet at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.

Holcomb on Sunday placed a $10 bet for the Colts to win the Super Bowl, a $10 bet for the Pacers to win the NBA Championship and a $10 bet for the Indiana Fever to win Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Lynx.

Sports betting also opened at Ameristar Casino in East Chicago and the Hollywood casino in Lawrenceburg.

Most of Indiana’s 13 state-regulated casinos and all three off-track betting parlors plan on offering sports betting by the end of September. They expect to attract gamblers from neighboring states where sports wagers aren’t allowed.

The Indiana Gaming Commission has approved the Horseshoe Hammond casino to start taking wagers on Wednesday. The French Lick Resort has approval for opening its sportsbook on Friday.

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(This story was originally published on September 2, 2019)

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