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Illinois Sportsbetting Guide

Illinois Sports Betting

Sportsbetting, is live and legal in Illionis. SB 690 was proposed and passed June 28th 2019. The bill allows for casinos, race tracks, and sports venues to offer sports betting in-person and online. There was a unique caveat to the bill requiring “in-person registration” for mobile sports betting during the first 18 months. Only land-based casinos or “master license” holders are able to offer mobile sports betting for the first 18 months as well.  After the 18 month lockout, three online only licenses would be made available at a fee of $20MM per license.

Due to the initial in-person registation requirements, high fee’s, high taxes, and restrictive licenseing for legal online operators, the state has experienced a very limited number of operators entering the scene. 

Some additional but common restrictions in Illinois include:

  • Only Sports betting markets will be approved. No non-sports or entertainment betting markets will be allowed
  • Personnel involved in sports leagues cannot bet on the sport they are associated with
  • No wagers are allowed on in-state collegiate programs

Rivers Casino Des Plaines took the first legal sports wager in Illinois on March 9th 2020 and on June 18th 2020 BetRivers was the first online sportsbook operator to go live in IL. Befittinglly so as Rush Street Gaming and Rush Street interactive, the parent companies of both properties, is Headquartered in Chicago, IL. With the onset of Covid-19 pandemic, IL governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order that allowed for mobile registrations which was ultimately rescinded in April of 2021

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Is Online Gambling Legal In Illinois?

YES

Online Sports Betting

NO

Online Casino

YES

Daily Fantasy Sports

NO

Online Poker

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What Online Sportsbooks Are Legal In Colorado?

BetRivers Sportsbook

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) owned brand. First to launch in Illinois. In person registration required at Rivers Casino Des Plaines near Chicago

DraftKings Sportsbook

Launched Illinois online sportsbook August 5th 2020. In person registration required at Casino Queen in East St. Louis

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Group/Flutter Entertainment. Launched in Illinois on August 28th, 2020. In person registration required at Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria.

Pointsbet Sportsbook

Pointsbet Illinois Sportsbook launched Saturday September 12th 2020. In person registration is required at Hawthorne Race Course.

William Hill Sportsbook

William Hill Illinois Online Sportsbook launched Tuesday September 15th 2020 via a partnership with Caesars Entertainment. In person registration is required at Grand Victoria Casino. The mobile betting operation is expected to be rebranded in 2021 to Caesars Sports due to recent acquisition of William Hill by Caesars Entertainment.

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Illinois Sports Betting FAQs

 

Are Offshore Sportsbooks Legal In IL?

No. Only online and land-based sportsbooks that are licensed and approved by the Illinois Gaming Board are legal for online sports betting in Illinois. You can check the IGB website for a full list of legal operators. Only the sportsbooks listed and approved by Illinois IGB are legal and safe for betting in the Prairie State.

 Is Sports betting Legal in Illinois?

Illinois regulators legalized Sports betting in IL June 28th 2019. Sports betting in IL is legalized inside casinos, racetracks, professional sports venues, as well as internet and on mobile devices.

Who Can Bet On Sports In Illinois?

You must be 21 years old and located in the State of Illinois when placing a bet. Restrictions apply to any person associated with a professional or collegiate sports team or league. A customer can register for an account through their preferring online betting operator however, to complete the registration, a customer must visit the operators associated land based casino to finalize registration.

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