Hoosiers hoping to pick up some silver while American athletes go for the gold at the Tokyo Summer Olympics that begin Friday now have more ways to win.
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) on Wednesday authorized sports wagering operators to offer bets on Olympic badminton, boxing, diving, modern pentathlon, triathlon and weightlifting.
Wagering previously was authorized by the IGC on Olympic baseball, basketball, BMX racing, fencing, field hockey, golf, handball, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field events, volleyball and beach volleyball and water polo.
Sports wagering operators are not required to offer wagering on all available Olympic sports.
At the same time, some may choose to offer multiple betting opportunities on some sports or individual events, including in-game wagers.
Adults age 21 and up can visit just about any of Indiana's 12 state-regulated casinos — except the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary whose sports book has yet to open — to see the different types of Olympic wagering opportunities and place an in-person bet.
Alternatively, Hoosiers can bet on the Olympics, or any IGC authorized sports, from anywhere in the state using one of more than a dozen mobile sports wagering operators affiliated with Indiana casinos, including industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel.
Prospective gamblers will have to plan ahead, however, since most Olympic events will take place well before they're seen in the United States on the nightly NBC-TV broadcast.
Tokyo time is 14 hours ahead of Northwest Indiana, so when it's noon in the Region it is 2 a.m. the next day in Japan.
As a result, most live Olympic events will be played when it's late at night, or overnight, in the United States.
This is the first Summer Olympics since legal sports wagering began in Indiana in September 2019.
The IGC said it also plans to authorize wagering on Winter Olympics events prior to the Feb. 4, 2022 scheduled start of the games in Beijing, China.
Records show a total of $2.9 billion was wagered in Indiana on all sporting events between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.