Popular local casino brand BetRivers was the first online sportsbook to launch its sports betting app in Illinois late last month. And they remain the only option to bet on an actually somewhat full sports slate this weekend. Consider this your heads up on a topic of increasing importance in the sports world in Illinois.
Thanks to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order, an emergency declaration that temporarily lifted the in-person registration requirement that was supposed to last 18 months, everyone in the state … over 21 … can both sign up and bet online in Illinois for the time.
BetRivers quietly launched its sports betting app late last month, but with little sports action on which to bet, you won’t be blamed for not knowing they were live yet. They are.
How To Sign Up with BetRivers in Illinois
The folks at BetRivers make things easy. After all, they were also among the first to launch their online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and Colorado thanks to parent company Rush Street’s large reach across the country.
1. Click this link
2. Click the “sign up” button
3. Fill out the short registration fields
4. Enter promo code “250MATCH” to get your first deposit matched up to $250
5. Start betting
That’s it. You may be required to fill out some information to verify that you’re over 21, are currently in the state, and so on, but it’s relatively straightforward.
BetRivers does have an iOS and Android app as well. But you’ll want to sign up online first to claim the deposit bonus.
The $250 deposit match is not the largest amount of bonus money among legal sportsbooks – DraftKings and FanDuel routinely offer $500 or in some cases more in other markets – but it has the fewest restrictions. Your $250 bonus money only needs to be wagered once to be eligible for withdrawal.
Events To Bet on This Weekend at BetRivers
While the NBA and MLB are still a couple weeks away from returning, there are still some marquee sporting events to wager on this weekend with BetRivers.
UFC 251 Fight Island
Dana White has taken his show on the road, to Abu Dhabi, for Fight Island.
The UFC 251 main card will feature:
• Petr Yan (-250) vs. Jose Aldo (+200)
• Alex Volkanovski (-230) vs. Max Holloway (+185)
• Kamaru Usman (-235) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+190)
PGA Tour Workday Charity Open
Thanks to live betting, BetRivers sportsbook is offering in-tournament wagering for the Workday Charity Open. Currently, Collin Morikawa (+500) and Justin Thomas (+600) have the best odds to win.
There are two MLS matches on Saturday – Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls and FC vs. Colorado Crew.
There’s also Korean League Baseball, NASCAR, and futures bets on the Cubs, Bears, and more.
That’s about it. Head on over to BetRivers Illinois and get a $250 deposit match when you click here and enter promo code 250MATCH.
All the fine print! Not valid for any participant of the Illinois Gaming Board Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. Must be 21 years of age or older. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).