Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order on June 4th legalizing online sports betting in the state. Within two weeks, BetRivers accepted it’s first online bets and now we are off to the races. Below you will find everything you need to know about legal sports betting in Illinois.
Illinois Sports Betting Details
|Start Date||June 4, 2020|
|Legal Age to Bet||21|
|Online/In App Betting||Yes|
|Maximum Bet||No Limit|
|Corresponding Bill||Executive Order 2020-41|
|Eligible Sportsbooks||Any partnered with Illinois casinos granted Master Sports Wagering licenses.|
Top Rated Illinois Sportsbooks
Below is our current rating for each of the sportsbooks expected to be live prior to the restarting of the NBA, MLB, and NHL seasons (currently set for July 30). We will continue to update and expand this list as more books enter the Illinois sports betting market.
|Sportsbook||Our Grade||Promo Offer||Get Started|
|9.8Out of 10||Up to:$500||Get Offer|
|9.5Out of 10||Up to:$1,025||Get Offer|
|9.2Out of 10||Up to:$1,000||Get Offer|
|9.1Out of 10||Up to:$1,000||Get Offer|
|8.7Out of 10||Up to:$500||Get Offer|
|7.8Out of 10||Up to:$250||Get Offer|
|8.5Out of 10||Up to:$1,000||Get Offer|
Illinois Brick-and-Mortar SportsBooks
In addition to the online casinos listed above, the brick-and-mortar sportsbook locations offer an opportunity for Illinois residents to enjoy sports betting as it was once reserved for Vegas-visitors only. Please note that as of July 1st, all Illinois sportsbooks remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Arogsy||Penn National Gaming||1 Piasa St, Alton, IL 62002|
|Arlington Park||Churchill Downs||2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005|
|Casino Queen||DraftKings||200 S Front St, East St Louis, IL 62201|
|Fairmount Park||NA||9301 Collinsville Rd, Collinsville, IL 62234|
|Grand Victoria||William Hill||250 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120|
|Harrah’s Joliet||Harrah’s||151 N Joliet St, Joliet, IL 60432|
|Harrah’s Metropolis||Harrah’s||100 E Front St, Metropolis, IL 62960|
|Hawthorne||PointsBet||3501 S Laramie Ave, Cicero, IL 60804|
|Hollywood Aurora||Penn National||1 W New York St, Aurora, IL 60506|
|Hollywood Joliet||Penn National||777 Hollywood Blvd, Joliet, IL 60436|
|Jumers||Delaware North||777 Jumer Dr, Rock Island, IL 61201|
|Par-A-Dice||Boyd Gaming||21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria, IL 61611|
|Rivers||Rush Street Gaming||3000 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018|
Illinois Sports Betting FAQ’s
Of all the states to legalize sports betting over the past two years, none did it as fast as Illinois recently did. Credit goes to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker who recognized that the state was missing out on a great opportunity for revenue and entertainment by waiting to legalize online sports betting.
In part as a response to COVID, Pritzker made the move in early June to legalize online sports betting in Illinois by way of an Executive order. It took less than two weeks for the first book to get un and running in the state and now we have nearly all of the top sportsbook apps in the US up and running in IL.
Given this all happened so fast, there are a ton of questions we have received regarding sports betting in Illinois over the past few weeks. Below are answers to the ones we received most often.
Is sports betting legal in Illinois?
Yes, sports betting was legalized in the state of Illinois one June 4th, 2020.
Is mobile sports betting legal in Illinois?
Yes, mobile sports betting is legal with any approved sportsbook that has partnered with a casino that has obtained one of the state’s sports betting licenses.
What sports can you bet on in Illiois?
You can currently bet on any sport in the state of Illinois but are not allowed to bet on non-sporting events like award shows and politics. Furthermore, wagers are not allowed on in-state college teams.
What types of bets are legal in Illinois?
Illinois sports bettors can place a wide variety of bets that include spreads, moneylines, parlays, teasers, and prop bets. Additionally, live betting is available with most of the mobile sportsbooks in the market including DraftKings, PointsBet, Penn (Barstool), and William Hill.
Is DFS legal in Illinois?
Yes, DFS remains legal in the state of Illinois. You will want to check with the state to see what DFS websites are currently registered and operating legally in the state, but certainly, FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo are all great options.
What is the legal sports betting age in Illinois?
The legal sports betting age (and legal gambling age) for the state of Illinois is currently 21 years old.
What sportsbooks are available in Chicago?
If you are looking for a physical sportsbook in the Chicago area, Rivers is likely your best option. They remain closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of early July. That being said, as we mentioned earlier, online sports betting is legal in Illinois and you can use any of the licensed sportsbooks that currently operate in the state.