Several states have yet to take the plunge on legalized sports betting, but there are some notable states that have gotten the ball rolling. Illinois has just recently enacted its first law, and the state’s sportsbook is taking the first bets in August of 2020. It’s not long now until the state’s first mobile sportsbook will hit the scene. While many states require you to make a trip to a nearby casino to place a wager, Illinois sports betting can be done from the comfort of your own home.
While the Illinois sportsbook might be a distant second to Vegas or Vegas’ sister property in Las Vegas, the state has plenty of options for wagering on your favorite NFL and MLB teams. The state has a variety of sportsbooks to choose from, ranging from the aforementioned DraftKings at Casino Queen to the more upscale Par-A-Dice Casino. The state also has a few brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, including the Hawthorne Race Course, Caesars Sportsbook at Grand Victoria, and PointsBet Sportsbook.
The PGA TOUR has a nice suite of integrity programs in place, and is aligned with the American Gaming Association (AGA). In addition to the PGA TOUR, Illinois sports betting has its own governing body, the State Racing Commission (SRC). Its state-sponsored, public informational seminar about sports betting is the aforementioned PGA TOUR’s largest publicity stunt yet. There’s also the aforementioned PGA TOUR x Genius Sports marketing partnership, and the aforementioned PGA TOUR X IMG ARENA live scoring data licensing deal.
The official IL sportsbook is a slick and stylish website that’s easy to navigate, and sports betting is a popular pastime in the Chicago area. It’s even a given that fans of the Chicago Bears can bet on the team’s off-season deals. The best part is that sports betting is legal for adults who are at least 21 years old.
The official IL sportsbook’s website has a full complement of sports to choose from, including the MLB, NFL, and NCAA, with many of the bigger names slated to start staking their claims as the new state’s top sportsbook by the end of 2019. Fans of the Chicago Bears might be interested in knowing that the team has a deal with PointsBet, which offers a variety of sports betting options. The team also has a partnership with a high-end sportsbook, so the state has a sports betting sexiest man alive. It’s also worth noting that Illinois sports betting is a great way to re-live the glory days of the NFL, and to watch some of the best games on television.