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FAQ: How to Sign Up for an Online Sportsbook in Illinois

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After months of no major professional sports, the Cubs and White Sox return to play this weekend. And for the first time ever, you can bet on them legally in the state. Illinois online sports betting is unexpectedly live and available RIGHT NOW.

Though your option is limited to… one… sportsbook, we’re lucky to be here.

BetRivers is the only online sportsbook available in Illinois.


States: IL, NY, NJ, PA, CT, AZ, CO, IN, IA, MI, VA


When the first official sports bet in the state was accepted at Rivers Casino Des Plaines in March, the law stated it would be 18-months before anyone could sign up and bet online in Illinois. Until then, bettors would have been required to physically walk in to a casino that offered an online betting app and sign up in person. Not ideal.

The pandemic changed all that. Due to the less than wise act of actually walking in to a casino at this point, Governor Pritzker has temporarily lifted that restriction, meaning you can both sign up and bet from the comfort of your own home in Illinois.


One Option, For Now…

The only online sportsbook in Illinois, right now, as of writing this, is BetRivers Illinois.

If you sign up for their app here and enter code 250MATCH, your first deposit will be matched up to $250. 

How to sign up:

  1. Click here

  2. Click the “Sign Up” button

  3. You’ll be asked to fill out a user name and password

  4. BetRivers may require additional information, such as Drivers License number or Social Security Number to confirm your identity and verify your age (must be 21+)

  5. Make a deposit using code 250MATCH and you’ll instantly get double the amount of in your account

Other big-name sportsbooks are expected to enter the market any day now.

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook recently received their temporary operating permit in Illinois, meaning their launches are imminent. But it appears not in time for opening weekend for MLB. We’re told they will likely be live next week.

William Hill, which just entered into a partnership with Caesars, plans to enter the Illinois betting market on August 3, according to sources.

And then there’s PointsBet.

For those of you in Indiana, we recommend PointsBet they’re running an awesome Cubs boost. They also plan to launch an Illinois betting app in the coming weeks.


Is BetRivers available on iOS and Android?

The BetRivers Sportsbook is available on both iOS and Android in Illinois, but since there are different versions of the app for other states, we recommend signing up here and then following the download links.


What apps are available right now?

Only BetRivers is live in Illinois as of July 24. But we expect this situation to change rapidly by the end of the month, with perhaps 3-4 more operators live soon. DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill and PointsBet are all eyeing a launch.


Can you sign up for multiple betting apps in Illinois?

Yes, there is no limit on how many online sportsbooks you can play in the state.


How Long Can You Sign Up Online in Illinois?

This is the $1,000 question. Or perhaps $1 million question. The current emergency declaration allowing you to sign up for an online sportsbook in Illinois is only temporary.

Now, it doesn’t seem like it will be lifted any time soon. Coronavirus is surging out of control, and adding back a step into the process which requires more people to physically enter casinos seems completely foolish (it did originally too). And with the state likely needing more tax revenue following cascading shutdowns, allowing a simpler path for online betting seems very wise.

Still, though more popular brands like DraftKings and FanDuel will soon come to the state, we recommend signing up for a sportsbook now… just in case things change unexpectedly.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as other sportsbooks launch in Illinois.

Author: BN Staff

From the collective mind of the Bleacher Nation staff.