June 28, 2019
MARKET LAUNCH DATE
Retail: March 9, 2020
Mobile: June 18, 2020
Commercial casino, racetrack, sports arena & online operators
RESTRICTED BET TYPES
Bets on in-state collegiate teams must be placed in person, not online, and can only be made on game outcomes, not individual performances
Must be 21+
BETTING ACCOUNT REGISTRATION
Customers of online sportsbooks are not required to register or fund their accounts in person
Land-based: 15-17% on sports betting revenue
Online: 15% on sports betting revenue
TAX REVENUE ALLOCATION
Sports betting tax revenue will go towards infrastructure projects, including schools and recreational facilities
Land-based: $10 million initial license fee
Online: $20 million initial license fee
$1 million every 4 years renewal fee
OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
Data mandate for in-play and prop betting
Yes, but only online sweepstakes casinos. There are several ways you can gamble in Illinois; however, two exceptions are online casino games and online poker. There is pending legislation that could see online casinos legalized in 2023.
Yes, casinos, horse racing, lottery gambling and charitable gambling have been legal in Illinois for many years.
Bill SB 690 adds online and retail sports betting to this list. Gov. JB Pritzker signed this bill in June 2019. The licensing process is under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Gaming Board. The first batch of sportsbooks went live starting in May 2020.
This bill allows for six more retail casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago. The number of gambling machines in the state will also increase.
It’s a possibility. On Feb. 19, 2021, State Rep. Bob Rita introduce the Internet Gaming Act, which would bring online slot and table games to the state. Visit PlayIllinois.com for the latest news on this bill.
However, there isn’t legal online casino gaming in Illinois at the moment. Bill SB 690 didn’t include a provision for online casino games.
The only options for online casino games are the nationwide sites that operate legally in the state under sweepstakes gambling laws. Brands include Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots.
No, depositing at offshore sportsbooks is a major risk. With legal and regulated online sports betting now available in Illinois, there isn’t any need to risk your money this way.
These books are based in small nations in the Caribbean or Central America, with little oversight. You won’t have anyone to turn to if you have nonpayment or other dispute.
With legal Illinois sports betting, you’ll have a lot of advantages.
These include regular deposit options (following in-person registration) like credit cards or bank transfers, the best odds and range of bets, plus the security of the Illinois Gaming Board to turn to should you need them.
Compare this will need to deposit using bitcoin or expensive prepaid vouchers offshore, and you’ll quickly realize that legal sports betting is the safest option.
You must be 21 years or older to place a bet legally in Illinois.
Most forms of gambling are available in the Prairie State, though not all of them are available online. These include:
There are also bingo and draws allowed under charitable gambling regulations.
No. As of March 5, 2022, the in-person registration requirement expired in Illinois. You can now register online with one of the seven legal Illinois sportsbook operators.