Chicago Bears fans, a new season full of possibilities is so very close. As these final days wane down until the Bears start the 2021 season in Los Angeles, Illinois sportsbooks are standing by to help you get some skin in the game. PointsBet Sportsbook is an official sports betting partner of the Bears, so there’s no better way to maximize your plays than by getting in on some PointsBet Illinois NFL Week 1 promos.
All the details of PointsBet’s deals are here along with some vital information for how to make sure you’re eligible to use them. If you’re curious about your actual chances of getting some real value out of the promos as well, there’s no reason to look any further.
What Are the PointsBet Illinois NFL Week 1 Promos?
PointsBet is currently offering several NFL promos. There may be additional promos for other games yet. Bookmark this page, as we will update this article as more Week 1 promos are announced. PointsBet also has an offer for new customer sign-ups as of Thursday, Sept. 9.
- New Users: First-time depositors get up to two risk-free bets worth up to $2,000 CLAIM NOW
- All Users: “Tom Brady On The House” booster: Cowboys at Buccaneers, Thursday, Sept. 9
- All Users: “Same-Game Parlay $20 Risk-Free Tampa Bay”: Dallas at Tampa Bay, Thursday
- All Users: “NFL Boost Dallas vs. Tampa Bay”
- All Users: “SNF $20 Risk-Free”: Bears at Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12
PointsBet Sportsbook Risk-Free Bets Up To $2,000
New users interested in this offer and wagering on PointsBet Illinois NFL Week 1 promos can sign up for an account by clicking on the banner above or by clicking here and entering the bonus code during registration.
The first step is to register your account. You can opt to go for just one of the free bets but you can try for both as well if you like. The two components to this promo are:
- A free bet worth up to $500 for your first fixed-odds wager
- A free bet worth up to $1,500 for your first points betting wager
If you’re unclear as to the difference between fixed-odds bets and points betting, check out this guide to points betting. You have to use real money to place these wagers, so getting the maximum value will necessitate a first deposit of $2,000. There are no minimum requirements for either wager, however, so you can customize these promos to your budget.
After making your deposit, place your bet(s). If you lose your first fixed-odds bet, PointsBet will give you a free bet equal to the value of your wager or $500, whichever is lesser. The same goes for your first points bet. If you lose, you’ll get a free bet equal to the value of your wager or $1,500, whichever is lesser. Of course, if you win both/either bet, you’ll get your payout as normal and that part of this promo will expire.
The PointsBet Sportsbook app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Illinois Sportsbook In-Person Registration Requirement
For the foreseeable future, Illinois law says you have to complete your account registration for online sports betting in person. That means if you’ve never bet with FanDuel online in IL, you’ll have to travel to one of three places in the state. Your choices are:
- Hawthorne Racecourse in Cicero
- Club Hawthorne in Crestwood
- Club Hawthorne in Prospect Heights
If you’re an existing PointsBet customer, starting your use of the app in a place like neighboring Indiana or Iowa, you aren’t exempt from that requirement. You still have to verify your account for use in IL at one of those three locations. You can use the same credentials you already sign in with on the app, though. That will make the process a little quicker.
For Illinoisans who need to create a new account from scratch, it’s free and you can do almost the whole thing in the app. You’ll just need to provide PointsBet with all of the following so the sportsbook can verify your identity:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Last four digits of your Social Security Number
- Legal name
- Mailing address
Brady and other Week 1 Thursday Night boosters
These promos are for all customers. So, if you’re new to PointsBet, you can enjoy both the free bets and these boosters. After signing into the app, navigate to the Booster Hub. Then opt-in and use some of your deposited funds to place a bet on this market of no more than $10 on the Brady boost.
The odds for this promo are +100, meaning you’ll double your money. This bet is essentially a totals market for Brady passing yards in the respective games. That line is set at zero. You’re taking the over on this one, as PointsBet gives you no other option.
So, as long as Brady records at least one yard passing in the game, PointsBet will grade this bet a win. If you bet the maximum amount, you’d turn $10 into $20. Your winnings for placing this wager will be actual cash you can withdraw if you want as well, not a free bet or site credit. The implied probability of winning the Brady booster: >99%
Brady is also part of the NFL booster for Thursday night’s game. PointsBet has boosted the odds on him throwing for at least 300 yards against the Cowboys to +160. The odds on both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to each record at least 50 receiving yards have also gotten a boost up to +165.
The final promo for Cowboys at Bucs is a risk-free same-game parlay. The first same-game parlay you place on the game of comes with a guarantee against a lost bet. If the sportsbook grades your bet a loss, it will give you a free bet worth either the value of your wager or $20, whichever is lesser.
Bears at Rams Sunday Night promo
This promo works very similarly to the same-game parlay promo except you don’t have to place a same-game parlay bet to utilize this deal. Place a bet on the Sunday Night contest with odds of -200 or greater. If Pointsbet grades your bet a loss, you’ll get a free bet worth the lesser of your wager amount or $20.
PointsBet offers a lot of other no-juice props like +100 odds on Josh Allen to throw for either over or under 281.5 yards this week. These specials can change quickly so make sure to check in your app frequently.
What are my chances of cashing sportsbook offers?
Most bets won’t be anywhere near that easy to win, so it’s a good idea to check out our guide to betting on the NFL. Beyond a lot of helpful information about terminology and best practices, there are tips for how to maximize the value of free bets.
Free bets can be fun to play with because you aren’t risking any of your money. This frees you to take some risks you normally wouldn’t, setting yourself up to get a big profit at the same time should the unlikely actually happen. That’s just one way to use a free bet, though.
Another strategy is called hedging your bets. This is a way to set yourself up to come out even should a wager you make with funds you deposited fail to cash. Again, using the sportsbook’s money instead of your own makes it so that you can’t really lose.
Other Illinois Sportsbook Risk-Free Bet Offers
Risk-Free Bets are another way to try and build your sportsbook bankroll if you’re new to sports betting. Check out the risk-free bet sportsbook offers at our other partners in your state and get ready for the NFL season.