Illinois Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Illinois

The history of sports betting efforts in Illinois is a brief but relatively extensive one. The current year saw a flurry of activity on the sports betting front in the legislature, which culminated in legislation being passed on the last day of current session on Monday, June 3. Notably, earlier in the 2019 session, there were up to five sports betting proposals being considered.

Ultimately, state lawmakers approved a vertical funding bill that included considerable gaming expansion within the state, with sports betting as a central component. As outlined in the bill, there will be six categories of licensure for Illinois sports betting (master sports wagering, occupational, supplier management services provider, Tier 2 official league data provider and central system provider).

Casinos, racetracks and sports venues within the state such as Solider Field and the United Center can serve as retail sports betting locations. Additionally, a state lottery implementation of sports betting that would consist of approximately 2,500 retail locations is also part of the legislation. Online wagering is also authorized, with master sports wagering licensees the only ones permitted to offer it for the first 18 months.

Additional particulars of the bill, including licensing fees and tax rates, can be found here.

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What still needs to happen?

Governor J.B. Pritzker will need to sign the just-passed legislation to officially render it law. There will then be multiple steps to the actual rollout of sports betting within the state, beginning with the licensure process for the six different levels of sports betting providers authorized by the legislation.

Projected sports betting launch date

Upon Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of the legislation, the countdown to the rollout of legalized sports betting will begin. At the moment, it’s difficult to predict when the first operator will be ready to open for business within the state, but the start of the 2019 NFL season would likely be a principal target date for the first operators to be up and running.

Where can I bet on sports in Illinois?

Illinois’ riverboat casinos would likely get the first shot at sports betting licenses. Here are the 10 casinos in the state:

  • Argosy
  • Casino Queen
  • Grand Victoria
  • Harrah’s Joliet
  • Harrah’s Metropolis
  • Hollywood Aurora
  • Hollywood Joliet
  • Jumers
  • Pair-a-Dice
  • Rivers Casino

Illinois Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Illinois?

Sports betting will be officially legal in Illinois upon the signing of current legislation by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Can I bet online on my phone in Illinois?

Not at present, although mobile sports betting is authorized as part of the passed legislation in Illinois.

When will sports betting be legal in Illinois?

Sports betting will be officially legal upon Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature of legislation passed by  Illinois lawmakers on Monday, June 3.

Is any gambling legal in Illinois?

Yes, there is legalized gambling in the form of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. The Illinois State Lottery has also been in existence since July 1974 and offers a full array of games. There are also riverboat casinos allowed in any navigable stream except Lake Michigan. Up to five video game terminals (VGTs) are allowed in licensed retail establishments, truck stops and veteran and fraternal establishments.  Charitable games, bingo and raffles are also permissible.

What is the legal gambling age in Illinois?

The legal age to gamble in Illinois is currently 21.

Is Bovada legal in Illinois?

Bovada is an unregulated, offshore sportsbook. As such, it is not legal in Illinois or anywhere in the continental United States.

Can I bet with my friends legally in Illinois?

Yes, there is legalized gambling in the form of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. The Illinois State Lottery has also been in existence since July 1974 and offers a full array of games. There are also riverboat casinos allowed in any navigable stream except Lake Michigan. Up to five video game terminals (VGTs) are allowed in licensed retail establishments, truck stops and veteran and fraternal establishments. Charitable games, bingo and raffles are also permissible.

Illinois Sports Betting News

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June 21, 2019

House sponsor explains how Maine sports betting legalization came to pass in final day of legislative session with language favorable to industry.

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Illinois Lawmakers Vote To Approve Sports Betting On Last Day Of Session

June 2, 2019

An 18-month effort to legalize sports betting in Illinois finally came togther during overtime, with both chambers voting to approve expanded gambling.

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The Problem For The Illinois Sports Betting And Casino Bill: The Casinos Hate It

May 30, 2019

If Illinois passes a comprehensive gambling expansion bill this week, it likely will be against opposition from its existing casino industry.

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