Is It Legal To Bet In Illinois?

    Is It Legal To Bet In Illinois?

    YES! Illinois legalized betting in 2019 and launched in-person betting in March 2020. That was followed up with online sports betting in June 2020.

    What Illinois Betting Rules Do I Need To Know?

    You must be 21 years old or older in order to bet on Sports in Illinois.

    You do not have to be a resident of Illinois to place a legal sports bet, but you must be within State lines to create a betting account and place a bet with an operator licensed in Illinois.

    There are no restrictions in place that prevent betting on professional sports, but you cannot bet on NCCA games/events that involve Illinois colleges. Betting on High School sports is also prohibited.

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    Where Can I Bet On Sports In Illinois?

    Several casinos have gained licenses to also operate as sportsbooks at this time, although that list is expected to grow with racetracks and other arenas/stadiums having an opportunity to set up sportsbooks either inside the stadium or within a few blocks. At present the following facilities do have licenses:

    • Rivers
    • Argosy Casino Alton
    • DraftKings at Casino Queen
    • Grand Victoria Casino
    • Hollywood Aurora
    • Hollywood Joliet
    • River Casino Des Plaines

    Can I Bet On Sports Online In Illinois?

    Yes. Illinois legalized online sports betting and the service was first launched in June 2020.

    Which Online Sportsbooks Can I Bet With In Illinois?

    When betting was first launched in Illinois, sportsbook BetRivers had a monopoly on sports betting. However, the number of sportsbooks that can now operate in the State of Illinoi has increased. Here are the sportsbooks you can place an online bet with at this time:

    • BetRivers
    • DraftKings
    • FanDuel
    • PointsBet
    • William Hill

    Which Sports Betting Apps Are Available In Illinois?

    To place online sports bets you will require an app for the Sportsbook. Original regulations forced bettors to register in person at a casino in order to place online bets. However, that restriction has been temporarily lifted due to the closure of venues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bettors can now sign up online, but this decision is regularly assessed. The following apps are currently available to those wanting to place online bets in Illinois: 

    • BetRivers
    • DraftKings
    • FanDuel
    • PointsBet
    • William Hill

    What Are The Best Online Casinos In Illinois?

    While retail casinos and online sports betting are now legal in Illinois, the State is yet to legalize online casino gaming.

    Illinois Betting FAQs

    Can I bet legally in Illinois?

    Yes. Check out this page for full details.

    How old do I have to be to bet in Illinois?

    You must be 21 or older.

    Is online sports betting available in Illinois?

    Yes. Check out this page for full details.

    What can I do if I feel I have a betting addiction?

    Illinois residents can contact the Problem Gambling Registry on 1-877-968-7848 or the Department of Human Services Problem Gambling Services on 1-800-GAMBLER. You can also text ILGAMB to 53342 or visit

    Can I bet legally in other States?

    Check out our State-by-State guide to betting in the United States of America by clicking on the link.

    Where can I learn more about Illinois betting laws?

    Visit the official website for the Illinois Gaming Board for more information on Illinois betting laws.