New Indiana law makes operating an online gambling site a felony

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The measure, which was signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels on April 25, became effective last Friday.

Senator Rose Antich-Carr co-authored the bill and said that although the intent was to stop online gambling on sports and poker, the horse industry lobby did not object to the bill as it moved through the Legislature.

Los Angeles-based Television Games Network stopped taking online wagers on horse races from Indiana customers, closed their accounts and refunded balances. 

“While we have no reason to believe that the intent of the Legislature was to curb legal forms of wagering such as pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, we’ve decided that the prudent course of action is to suspend wagering transactions with Indiana residents,” said TVG Vice President John Hindman.

The AmericaTab family of account wagering providers, which includes BrisBet and WinTicket, will not take action until after its attorneys complete a review of the new law.

Youbet and XpressBet, which also do business in Indiana, did not immediately comment on Friday.