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Indiana to offer legal betting on Academy Awards

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 19:28:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time next month, people in Indiana will be able to legally bet on the Oscars.

The Indiana Gaming Commission will allow sportsbooks in Indiana to join New Jersey as the only states in the country offering legal betting on the 92nd Academy Awards, according to a release from PlayUSA.

The release said the Indiana operations of FanDuel and DraftKings are expected to the first sportsbooks in Indiana to offer Oscars odds with more likely to follow.

In 2019, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to allow betting on the Oscars, while sports betting became legal in Indiana last September.

PlayUSA said that in 2019, most books limited betting action to the six major Oscars categories, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

The Academy Awards will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 on RTV6.

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