Online Sportsbooks in
Illinois

In June 2020 online sports betting finally arrived in Illinois. You currently have five major online sportsbooks to chose from.

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Online sports betting legal in Illinois

PointsBet

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  • Only sportsbook to offer pointsbetting
  • Best odds for Chicago Bears (sponosrs)
  • Large selection of bets
  • Wide selection of payment options
  • Best sign-up bonus in Illinois
  • Still to open the four planned physical sportsbooks
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2x risk free bets worth $1,500
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Website: pointsbet.comFounded: 2017
Owner: PointsbetHeadquarters: New Jersey
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Summary

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Pointsbet is an Australian company, that launched in the US in 2019.

The sportsbook places a heavy emphasis on point spread betting, a unique form of betting where you are rewarded, or docked points, according to how wrong or write a bet was.

PointsBet is operational in:

  • New Jersey
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
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DraftKings

  • Polished and efficient app
  • Dozens of betting markets
  • Seamless customer journey
  • Lots of payment options including PayPal
  • 25x play through requirement for bonus
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Deposit Bonus of up to $1,000
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Website: Founded: 2012
Owner: Jason RobinsHeadquarters: Boston
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Summary

Author: Nils Edmondson Nils Edmondson

DraftKings is the largest fantasy sports operator in the US. Since 2018, they have established themselves as one of the country's most successful online sportsbooks. According to BettingScanner's 2020 survey, DraftKings can boast the country's highest brand awareness at 44%.

Draftkings sportsbook is operational in the following states:

  • New Jersey
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa
  • West Virginia
  • Illinois
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FanDuel

  • Tried and tested
  • Great Juice
  • Easy to use and logical app
  • Lots of deposit options
  • Less withdrawl options than deposit options (but they do offer PayPal)
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up to $500 risk-free bet
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Website: Founded: 2009
Owner: Flutter Entertainment (previously Paddy Power Betfair)Headquarters: New York City
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Author: Nils Edmondson Nils Edmondson

The New York-based company began life as a daily fantasy sports provider but now can claim to be the country's most popular sportsbook. According to BettingScanner, it enjoys the second highest brand awareness rate in the US (41%).

Fanduel Sportsbook is operational in the following states:

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Indiana
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BetRivers

  • Trusted sportsbook
  • Excellent Welcome Bonus
  • Great selection of payment options
  • First sportsbook to launch in Illinois
  • No Pay-Pal option
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Matched First Deposit up to $250
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Website: Founded: 2009
Owner: Rush Street InteractiveHeadquarters: Pittsburgh, PA
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Author: Nils Edmondson Nils Edmondson

BetRivers was a brick and mortar casino than transitioned to online gambling after the PASPA ruling in 2018.

The sportsbook is now operational online in the following states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
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William Hill

  • A huge international brand
  • Excellent mobile app
  • Generous betting promos
  • Live streaming
  • No cashout function
Welcome Offer
Matched first deposit up to $150 + $10 no deposit free bet
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Website: Founded: 1934
Owner: William HillHeadquarters: London, England, UK
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Author: Nils Edmondson Nils Edmondson

William Hill is one of the oldest sports betting companies in the world. It is based in London, UK and it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. William Hill launched its first retail outlet in the US in 2013.

It is now open for business in a number of states. However, it is online in the following:

  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Iowa
  • West Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
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Online Sports Betting Illinois

The state of Illinois has now become the eleventh state in the US to offer online sports betting after the Senate and House decided to do away with in-person registration.

The original plan was to insist that customers sign-up to sportsbooks in-person before they could sign-up online. This restrictive policy has hampered states such as Nevada from reaping the full benefits of online sports betting.

There are currently five sportsbooks offering online wagering and it looks like Illinois is fast establishing itself as one of the leading states when it comes to online betting.

Betting in IL - what you can and can't do

Bet on sports in-person ✅

Bet on sports online ✅

Register with a sportsbook online ✅

Deposit & withdraw funds with a sportsbook online ✅

Bet on collegiate teams or collegiate games ✅

Bet on high/school sports ❌

FAQs online sports betting Illinois

Here are your most commonly asked questions about online sports betting in Illinois.

Is sports betting in Illinois legal?

Yes. Online sports betting is now legal in Illinois. BetRivers became the first legal sportsbook to set up in the state in June 2020.

Are there sportsbooks in Illinois?

Yes. There is currently one sportsbook in the state of Illinois, BetRivers. However, we expect that there will be a number of sportsbooks setting up shop in the state in late 2020.

Is DraftKings legal in Illinois?

Yes. DraftKings is now up and running online in the state of Illinois.

Is FanDuel legal in Illinois?

Yes. FanDuel launched their Illinois online sportsbook in 2020.

Online sports Betting in Illinois

Illinois coming online was a huge event in the sports betting world, since it opened up the city of Chicago to the wonders of mobile wagering.

Chicago is a sporting powerhouse with sports teams in every major professional league, including two MLB teams. This means that Illinois will be hotly contested market.

In June 2020, after an amendment to the sports betting bill, which did away with in-person registration, BetRivers launched in the state.

FanDuel, DraftKings, Pointsbet and William Hill then followed suit, only to be told that in-person registration was back. After a couple of months, the in-person requirement was reversed again, and its been clear sailing every since.

Sports betting licensing Illinois

Sportsbooks will have to partner with existing casinos in order to get an online sport betting license in the state.

There are currently ten casinos in the state, but only three existing casinos have applied for a license for sports betting. This means that we can expect three sportsbooks to apply in 2020. That is assuming that a casino is only allowed to partner with one casino.

The issue of in-person registration which has proven to be a big turn-off for punters in other states was removed from the sports betting bill.

Sports teams in Illinois

Chicago Cubs sportsbooks

The Chicago Cubs are a popular MLB team in the state of Illinois

Illinois has a number of professional sports teams to choose from, including:

  • Cubs (MLB)
  • White Sox (MLB)
  • Bears (NFL)
  • Bulls (NBA)
  • Blackhawks (NHL)

Some of these sports teams have already considered opening up sportsbooks in their stadium or entering into partnership deals with sportsbooks.

Chicago Cubs, for example, have considered operating a sportsbook in their Wrigley Field home.

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