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In June 2020 online sports betting finally arrived in Illinois.

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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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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.

The decision to allow full online sports betting must have been influenced by the fact that the state is surrounded by states such as Indiana and Iowa where online sports betting is legal.

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?

Not yet. We expect that DraftKings will launch in the state of Illinois in 2020.

Is FanDuel legal in Illinois?

Not yet. We expect that FanDuel will launch in the state of Illinois in 2020.

Online sports Betting in Illinois

Illinois coming online is a huge event in the sports betting world. Since 2018, when the senate legalized sports betting at a federal level, a number of states have chosen to permit online sports betting within in its borders.

But the moment everyone has been waiting for is for one of US' major cities to offer online sports betting. Now Chicago, the countries third most populous city will host a number of online sportsbooks.

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.

We expect that DraftKings and FanDuel will follow suit. The two sportsbooks are already set up across the border in Indiana. As they are also online fantasy sports operators, they already have strong brand awareness in the state. It will be interesting to see if William Hill and PointsBet will try and enter the market as they have done in neighbouring Iowa.

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.