Illinois Sports Betting 2020

Last Updated: Jul 01st, 2020
The state legalized betting within its borders, making Illinois one of the latest states to do so. According to its new law, sports betting is legal at licensed sportsbooks in the state plus any bets made with their online platforms.

Guide To Online Sportsbooks Illinois

A law passed by Illinois in June 2019 will allow any eligible bettor 21 and over to bet on sports, though online sports betting isn't legal quite yet. It's expected to be in early 2020.

When that comes to fruition, the Illinois Lottery's 2,500 video terminals, as well as horse tracks, will be able to take bets, giving the state more in-person betting options than most other states. Seven major stadiums, including Soldier Field and Wrigley Field, will be able to open sportsbooks on their properties as well.

More importantly, the 2019 bill allows multiple online sportsbooks as well.

The locations eligible to apply for a sports betting license include numerous riverboat casinos and racetracks that already operate legally in the state. Three additional online licenses, or skins, will be available for third-party vendors such as DraftKings and FanDuel, but these licenses won’t be able to accept bets until 18 months after the first legal wager is placed in Illinois.

There are currently 10 casinos eligible to apply for a sports betting license, and another casino could break ground in the Chicago metro area, possibly as early as 2020.

Although it’s too early to tell which casinos will be granted sports betting licenses, it’s safe to assume that the casinos run by brands that offer sports betting in other states will most likely be linking with their existing partners when offering sports betting in Illinois.

Is Sports Betting Legal In Illinois?

Yes, sports betting is legal in Illinois. It just hasn’t begun yet. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an ambitious gaming expansion bill into law in June 2019. There will be legal sports betting available to any eligible bettor 21 years or older in Illinois sometime during early 2020 depending on how fast the governor and state regulators move.

Early to mid-2020 seems more likely for the launch of sports betting after a contentious public comment period. For the first 18 months, mobile sports bettors will have to register online from inside casinos and racetracks for apps or websites partnered with the casinos.

The gambling expansion bill also expanded gambling options in Illinois to include slots at O’Hare and Midway airports near Chicago and horse racing tracks. The law also makes provisions for six new casinos, including one in Chicago.

In addition to casinos in Illinois, you will be able to bet at stadiums and arenas. Many of the Chicago-area sports venues, including Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Soldier Field, the United Center, SeatGeek Stadium, Joliet Speedway, will have the ability to take bets, according to the new law.

Illinois Online Sportsbooks and Their Partners

LocationLicensePartner brand
Argosy Casino AltonAwaitingTBD
Casino QueenAwaitingTBD
Grand Victoria Casino ElginAwaitingTBD
Harrah’s MetropolisAwaitingCaesars
Harrah’s JolietAwaitingCaesars
Hollywood Casino JolietAwaitingPenn National
Hollywood Casino AuroraAwaitingPenn National
Rivers CasinoAwaitingRivers Sportsbook
Par-A-Dice CasinoAwaitingB-Connected
Jumer’s CasinoAwaitingTBD

What Events And Markets Will Be Offered At Illinois Betting Sites?

Illinois sportsbooks are expected to offer a comprehensive selection of sports, games and events to bet on. They will likely cover the top professional leagues, especially since the state has pro football, baseball (two), basketball (men’s and women’s), soccer (ment’s and women’s) and hockey teams.

So bettors in Illinois will be able to wager on the NFL, NHL, NBA and other sports, including college football and basketball as well. Tennis, golf and soccer events are expected to be popular with Illinois bettors.

You should expect a full range of betting options on all sports at Illinois sportsbooks, including moneylines, totals and spreads to prop bets and teasers. The sports available to bet on will include national college football and college basketball, but there are two notable exceptions in the law. Games involving an Illinois college team will not be offered. The other is youth competitions. That part of the law covers events such as the Little League World Series and state high school championships. You can’t place bets on them.

Gambling in Illinois

2019

The state passes the Illinois Gambling Expansion Act in June, which makes a considerable amount of changes to the states gaming laws. The act makes betting on sports legal in Illinois. Bets can be made legally in-person at physical sportsbooks and with licensed betting platforms online.

2018

Illinois amends its Horse Racing Act of 1975 to introduce video gaming terminals that let customers bet on historical races. These machines work by letting customers bet without letting them know which horse or race they arebetting on.

2009

The Video Gaming Act becomes law in Illinois, expanding gaming in the state to allow video gaming terminals at licensed bars, truck stops, fraternal and veterans clubs in the state.

1991

The first riverboat casino in the state begins operation in Alton, Illinois.

1990

The Riverboat Gambling Act becomes law, which makes Illinois the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat casino gaming.

1974

The Illinois legislature establishes the state lottery, making it one of first states to do so.

1927

Illinois legalizes pari-mutuel betting on horse races and gaming explodes in the state. In addition to betting, races were seen as events where the social elite could dress up and network.

1800s

There was gaming in what would become Illinois long before it was a state. Riverboat casino gaming was hugely popular for a long time before there was any formal legislation made regarding it.