In the comfort of your own home or even on the go, you are now able to enjoy your favourite pastime that is, online gambling when you are within the confines of the Illinois State. This was made possible by the online gambling regulations passed by the State Legislature at the end of 2019. On this front, players are presented with a wide variety of online gambling sites to settle at. All of the gambling sites that players can find in Illinois are regulated and licensed and they operate according to the strict standards set by the Illinois Gaming Board.
Below, we highlight the online gambling sites that are already in operation in the State of Illinois.
The first online sportsbook to accept an online wager is BetRivers. The sportsbook officially opened its doors to the public on June 18, 2020. At the time, it was a prerequisite for all prospective players to register their online casino accounts in person – this is done at the Rivers Casino Des Plaines near Chicago. However, due to the novel corona virus pandemic which virtually made it impossible for people to travel freely, the regulation for in-person registration was relaxed throughout the whole month of July. That has since changed as the gaming authorities reverted back to the idea of in-person registration. This will be the case for the first 18 months of BetRivers’ existence. Players who decide to join BetRivers ought to know that they will receive a 100% match bonus of up to $250 when they make their first deposit which should be at least $25.
When the Illinois Gaming Board paved the way for the emergence of online gambling sites, one of the prerequisites for any prospective operators was that they had to be already operating a brick and mortar sports betting hall. Online only operators were restricted from applying for online gambling licenses. However, though this was the case, online-only operators who managed to strike partnerships with some brick and mortar operators could still use their partnerships to apply for a license. This is what DraftKings – an online-only operator did as it associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis to apply for an online gambling license. DraftKings now runs its online sportsbook in Illinois thanks to its partnership with Casino Queen. Punters who register their account at DraftKings ought to know that when they do, they will benefit from a $1000 deposit evenly split as a risk free bet and a deposit match bonus.
Just like DraftKings, FanDuel is an online-only operator. As such, to successfully apply for an online gambling license as per the stipulations of the Illinois Gaming Board, it had to associate itself with a brick and mortar operator. The brick and mortar operator that FanDuel decided to associate with is the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria. Punters who choose to join FanDuel ought to know that they will benefit from a $1000 risk free bet on the first deposit when they wager on traditional sports and a $500 match bonus when they decide to play fantasy sports.
PointsBet is the latest sportsbook to set up shop in Illinois having officially opened its doors in September, 2020. The sportsbook is based in Australia and it had to partner with Hawthorne Race Course, one of the three racetracks in Illinois in order to successfully apply for an online gambling license. Unlike the other sportsbooks in Illinois, PointsBet is unique owing to its signature product, the Points Bet. The Points Bet allows punters to bet on an established mark, like a point spread or total, but are rewarded or penalized according to the distance the actual score is from the estimate.
It’s no surprise that one of the leading sportsbook world over was quick to apply for an online gambling license in Illinois. William Hill has already received its license but it’s in the process of setting up shop. It looks like the official opening of the sportsbook is imminent as the sportsbook has already stated the bonus and promotional perks to be availed to punters as well as the sports to be covered. New punters at the soon to be opened sportsbook will receive a $300 risk free bet.