Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana opened its new sportsbook this Wednesday at 10 AM, allowing guests to place their first wagers on sporting events at the Gary property.
At the facility’s new sportsbook, live sports and betting odds are displayed on monitors near the betting counter and electronic wagering kiosks, where patrons can view games from tables in the cafe while enjoying a drink, meal, or live music, as well as from other nearby seating and gaming areas.
Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, spoke about the opening and said: “I’m very excited to finally announce the opening of Sportsbook as a great addition to our other gaming amenities. And I’d especially like to thank all the employees who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition”.
Since sports betting was legalized in 2019, Hard Rock has been the only Northwest Indiana casino without a retail sportsbook. Several business and regulatory issues have delayed the launch of this new wagering space after the casino opened its doors.
Hard Rock has yet to launch a mobile sports betting app in Indiana to complement the opening of its in-person sportsbook. But the likelihood of it happening soon increases as the company is already taking online sports bets in Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey and Virginia.
According to the latest report by the Indiana Gaming Commission, Hard Rock was in March the state’s highest-earning casino for the sixth consecutive month, once again surpassing the former earnings leader, Horseshoe Casino in Hammond in terms of revenue. Hard Rock's win from slot machines and table games totaled $38.5 million for the month, a 22% increase compared to its February win, and 12% more than Horseshoe's March win of $34.4 million, according to the IGC.