The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) is the body tasked with licensing and regulating gambling operations in the state of Indiana. The organisation ensures that all casinos comply with the set out rules, statutes and regulations. Indiana has a large gambling industry; the state’s largest city, Indianapolis is home to the most famous auto racing event – the Indianapolis 500. The state generated about $2.6 billion in gambling related earnings in 2009; this figures places Indiana fourth after Nevada, New Jersey, Louisiana and Mississippi in terms of gambling earnings. The casino operations in Indiana typically take place in Riverboats, hotels and standalone casinos. Some of the most popular casino table games in the state include; Roulette’s, Blackjack, Poker and Crabs. Most of the major casinos in the state operate from 11:00 am to 12:00 am daily.
Members of the Indiana Gaming Commission, police as well as members from the Department of Natural Resources occasionally carry out riverboat inspections to monitor and check if Indiana gambling regulations are adhered to by the casinos in the state. IGC laws are set to allow no more than 10 riverboat gambling licenses along the counties bordering La Michigan and Ohio River. The acceptable legal age for gambling in the state is 21 years; the state forbids betters under the age of 21 from being close to riverboat gambling areas unless they are over 18-years. According to the Indiana Code 4-33-9, only the people present on riverboats can place bets; in addition, people on boats cannot make any bets on behalf of the people on land. Indiana Code 4-33-9 also states that one cannot gamble using monies other than the negotiated currency. When gambling on the riverboats, gambling can be done using tokens, chips as well as electronic cards.
When it comes to Ohio River Cruises, Indiana Code 4-33-9 specifically allows cruises on the river only after the approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Gambling laws in Indiana are generally not favorable to online gambling. Anyone involved in illegal online gambling in Indiana risks committing a Class D felony. In the year 2008, the Indiana state legislative assembly passed a bill that allows the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to authorize the sale of tip boards, punch-boards and pull tabs in authorized gaming establishments. The Indiana Gaming Commission has approved nonprofit civic organizations, senior citizens, educational, religious and business organisation to conduct various charity gaming nights. However, for an organisation to qualify, they must purchase a license from the gaming commission. The fees for the licenses are charged based on the total revenues of the charity event.