Illinois Sports Betting Apps

Illinois

With seven legal sportsbooks available for download in the state along with retail locations, bettors in the Prairie State have no shortage of sports betting options.

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Bonus: 100$

ESPN Bet
BONUS:ย 
$100
PROMO CODE:ย 
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Betrivers
BONUS:ย 
500$
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SPORTS
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Fanduel
BONUS:ย 
200$
PROMO CODE:ย 
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
DraftKings
BONUS:ย 
150$
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Caesars Sportsbook
BONUS:ย 
-
PROMO CODE:ย 
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
BetMGM
BONUS:ย 
$1500
PROMO CODE:ย 
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly

All legal ways to bet on in Illinois

Is online sports betting legal in Illinois?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

Illinois is one of the most prominent states in the U.S. when it comes to sports, and since 2020, residents have been able to wager on sports in both a retail and mobile setting. There are no restrictions on betting on professional sports in Illinois, but betting on collegiate sports can get confusing. If a customer wants to wager on a local in-state college, they must do so at a retail location. As long as the bet they are trying to make doesnโ€™t involve one of those schools, they can wager on it online.

Daily fantasy sports apps and horse racing betting are also available in Illinois, meaning that greyhound racing and esports betting are the only two things residents are not allowed to wager on.

Online sports betting in The Prairie State

It was not long after PASPA was overturned before Illinois legalized sports betting. In June 2019, the state decided to join the growing list of states that had joined the movement. The bill that changed everything in Illinois was SB 690, which allowed all casinos, race tracks, and sports venues to become retail betting facilities.

This would also bring about three online-only licenses, so both retail and mobile betting would be able to launch around the same time frame. By March 2020, BetRivers became the first sportsbook to launch officially. Other significant operators have slowly followed suit of BetRivers, as FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, and Caesars were all operating in IL by the end of 2022. Most recently, ESPN Bet and Circa Sportsbook debuted in the state.

Some states do not have the luxury that Illinois does regarding mobile sportsbook variety. Since Illinois already has existing casinos and race tracks, the transition into sports betting was one of the smoother ones weโ€™ve seen, and as a result, more licenses were handed out.

If a sportsbook gains popularity over time or bursts onto the scene, there is always a good chance it will end up in Illinois. We have already seen a lot of movement when it comes to who is staying and leaving the market.

All legal sports betting apps in IL at the moment:

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Fanatics Sportsbook

April 5, 2024

Circa

September 29, 2023

ESPN BET

November 14, 2023

Caesars

March 9, 2022

BetMGM

March 7, 2022

Fanduel

March 15, 2021

DraftKings

August 5, 2020

BetRivers

March 9, 2020

Sports betting & gambling legislation in IL

To place a proper legal wager in Illinois, a bettor must be at least 21 years old. This applies to both online and retail wagers. The positive is that all bettors in the state who are at least 21 years old can create as many betting accounts as they please across the different products offered in the state. This rule, along with all other rules and restrictions, is enforced by the Illinois Gaming Board.

Since the state decided to change its rule about remote registration in 2022, users can also create accounts in the comfort of their own homes through remote registration. Prior to March 2022, residents needed to be inside the online operators' partner retail location to register for that mobile sportsbook. Whether a bettor places a bet in person or online, they are subject to a flat tax rate of 4.95%.

The only thing that remains illegal in Illinois is online casinos, which could change over time. However, with the current betting structure and how much the state has consistently made on a monthly basis, this topic likely isnโ€™t a high priority. While online casinos are not offered to residents, bettors in the state do have the option to play online poker and partake in the state lottery.

Are online casinos legal in Illinois?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?Yes
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Illinois?January 8, 2022
How many legal sports betting apps are there in IL?8
How many legal retail betting sites are there in IL?11
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Illinois?21+
Illinois' tax rate for betting/gambling winnings4.95% (For winnings over $1,000)
Who regulates sports betting in Illinois?The Illinois Gaming Board

Most recent updates from the IL sports betting scene

  • June 6, 2024: The Illinois Gaming Board has renewed seven retail betting licenses, including the Argosy Casino in Alton, Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, and more.

  • May 29, 2024: The Illinois Fighting Illini baseball team has made the 2024 College World Series regional. They are (+12000) to win the title and (+550) to win the Lexington regional.

  • May 27, 2024: The Illinois Senate has passed HB 4951, which means the state will be changing how they tax operators and their revenue if the House also agrees to pass the bill. Operators would be taxed as separate entities, making them the first state to have a progressive tax rate for sports betting.

  • May 8, 2024: The Chicago Blackhawks have received the second overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft through the draft lottery. This comes one year after winning the first overall pick.

  • May 6, 2024: Recently, Dave & Busters, the infamous restaurant and arcade franchise, announced the ability to wager on skill games at their locations. Illinois lawmakers are not keen on the idea, though, as they have developed HB 5832, which would ban wagering at family amusement centers.

  • May 1, 2024: The Chicago White Sox finished April with a 6-24 record, which is the worst record in the MLB. They are now (+100) to have the fewest wins this season.

  • April 25, 2024: With the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected quarterback Caleb Williams. He is the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year at (+210).

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Casinos and race tracks existed in Illinois long before sports betting was an issue that states could address individually. When SB 690 was passed in June 2019, all of these locations became legally allowed to be retail sports betting locations, which resulted in plenty of partnerships with well-known operators.

As we head into 2024, there are currently eight licensed retail betting locations in Illinois, so residents have plenty of options for in-person betting.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

Rivers Casino

3000 S River Rd, Des Plaines

Casino Queen

200 Front St, East St Louis

Par-a-dice Casino

21 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria

FanDuel Sportbook & Horse Racing

9301 Collinsville Rd, Collinsville

Prospect Heights Off Track Betting

1250 River Rd, Prospect Heights

Crestwood Off Track Betting

13148 Rivercrest Dr, Crestwood

Club Hawthorne

1250 River Rd, Prospect Heights

Grand Victoria Casino

250 S Grove Ave, Elgin

Harrah's Joliet

151 N Joliet St, Joliet

Harrah's Metropolis

100 E Front St, Metropolis

Other gambling-related news & stories from Illinois

  • December 20, 2023: The Illinois Gaming Board approves an expansion of Bally's Chicago's operating hours, allowing it to become a 24/7 operation starting December 27. Previously, the property was limited to operating for 20 hours a day. This expansion aims to meet the growing demand for gambling services in the USA.

  • October 27, 2023: Betway Sportsbook officially withdrew its application for an online-only license to operate in the state. No real details on the reasoning for their withdrawal have been announced.

  • September 29, 2023: Circa Sportsbook is now live in both retail and mobile in the state of Illinois.

  • March 31, 2023: The bill under the name SB 1508 has passed through the Senate floor, and the purpose of the bill is to help make a change to the sports betting problem identified by the state.

  • September 27, 2022: The Hard Rock Sportsbook is applying for a sports betting license in the state as they prepare for the building of the Rockford Casino.

Sports betting in neighboring states

Illinois is surrounded by states that follow similar sports betting legislation. The only surrounding state that does not have sports betting is Missouri, as Indiana, Kentucky, and Iowa all offer some form of betting, whether retail, online, or both.

Each state has a varying number of sportsbooks and casinos operating within it. To find more information on each of those locations, select the desired state below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
IndianaLegalLegalLegalLegal
KentuckyLegalIllegalLegalLegal
IowaLegalLegalLegalLegal
MissouriIllegalIllegalLegalIllegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Illinois' economy

Between the population and the large number of operators in the state, itโ€™s not surprising that Illinois consistently posts big monthly numbers when it comes to handle, revenue, and tax income. It has not become uncommon to see IL reach over $1 billion in a sports betting handle and over $60 million in monthly revenue.

The sheer volume of bets the state sees undoubtedly helps when it comes to their tax revenue numbers. Gross gaming revenue has a tax rate of 15% for both retail and online, which is relatively average compared to other states with legalized sports betting. Still, since Illinois has a large population and number of operators, they typically do better than average.

By offering the amount of licenses Illinois does, the state has also made money through sports betting through this avenue. Every stateโ€™s licensing rules vary, and Illinois is no different. Online-only licenses have a $20 million fee, and each of them is valid for four years but can be renewed for a fee of $1 million. Retail license fees are based on 5% of the past year's or current yearโ€™s handle for that operator. However, the maximum an operator may be asked to pay in fees is $10 million.

Top sportsbooks in the state in May 2024:

  1. DraftKings (Handle: $400.3m, Revenue: $27.9m)

  2. FanDuel (Handle: $386.9m, Revenue: $43.8m)

  3. BetRivers (Handle: $71.5m, Revenue: $5.4m)

Illinois sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: November 2023 ($1,375,398,292)

  • Revenue: January 2024 ($129,511,642)

  • Tax income: January 2024 ($21,642,278)

IL sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Apr. 2024

$1,103,531,944

$169,312,233

$14,729,668

Mar. 2024

$1,264,532,904

$103,814,124

$16,006,617

Feb. 2024

$1,070,625,058

$77,162,218

$13,452,317

Jan. 2024

$1,286,243,926

$129,511,642

$21,642,278

2024 Total YTD

$4,724,933,832

$479,800,217

$65,830,880

Illinois - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What are the legal sports betting options in Illinois?

Bettors have a ton of options when it comes to placing a legal sports wager, as they can do at one of the many retail facilities in the state or on a mobile betting app. Racebooks and DFS apps can also be legally downloaded and used throughout the state.

How profitable has sports betting been for IL?

Illinois is one of the most profitable states in the country when it comes to sports betting revenue, as they are one of just five states to make over $2 billion in revenue since sports betting was legalized.

How many professional sports franchises are located in Illinois?

There are nine professional sports teams in Illinois. These teams include the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks, but there are also some lesser-known teams, like the Chicago Hounds of the Major Rugby League.

Has anyone been arrested for illegal sports betting in IL?

One of the biggest cases of illegal gambling in Illinois came in 2020 when Vincent DelGiudice was arrested for running an illegal gambling operation that included four individuals with government jobs in the state.