"Assuming we don't have any breaks in the sports schedule like we did in 2020, a new high in 2021 is almost assured," said Dustin Gouker, analyst at PlayIndiana.com. "The biggest question is how much higher? That depends in large part on how well the market is responding to increasing competition from its neighbors."
Two casinos in northwest Indiana – Ameristar in east Chicago and Blue Chip in Michigan City – led all others in the state in overall sports betting, counting bets placed in sportsbooks at the casino as well as on associated mobile sportsbook applications.
Ameristar brought in 38.6% of Indiana's sports betting and Blue Chip brought in 26%, according to the Gaming Commission. Its closest competitor, Belterra Casino in Florence, booked 16.4% of Indiana’s sports betting.
Ameristar also outperformed its competitors in northwest Indiana, winning $ 21.2 million in January after paying slot and table game winners, compared to $ 17.9 million in January 2020.
It was the only casino in the region to improve year-over-year, despite COVID-19 government restrictions restricting the number of seats for slot machines and table games, restaurants and other entertainment options in the casino.
State data shows that profits at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond were flat year-over-year, Majestic Star Casinos in Gary were down 11.1% and those at Blue Chip were down 33%.