Illinois Sports Betting
Illinois Sports Betting
Legal betting rules
Read all the latest news about developments in sportsbooks and online sports betting in Illinois.

Illinois Sports Betting

All across the Prairie State you’ll soon be able to bet on sports at physical bookmakers and even online ones with apps on mobile devices

Where can you bet on sports in IL?

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Is sports betting legal in IL?

Unlike many other states, the Illinois government is not in a rush to push through sports betting regulations. The IL government doesn’t even have sports betting information on their official website. Some states, like New Jersey and Delaware, have jumped on the chance of added tax revenue but Illinois is playing more of a wait-and-see game. They would prefer to craft laws about sports betting after the first moving states have stress-tested it.

This is why sports betting legislation is expected to occur later down the road, in late 2019 or even early 2020. The authorities want to get into all the tiny details right and make sure that there is no party that is going to make any illicit profits from the legislation.

By then, residents of Illinois will be pining to have more sports entertainment options in their hands, therefore, we hope that the bill is going to be created and implemented sooner rather than later. Until then, people passing through the Land of Lincoln only have access to a few online sports betting websites.

Online sports betting in Illinois

Though sports betting remains officially unregulated in Illinois, there are a few exceptions. Namely, Fantasy Sports and Horse Racing. Those activities have special places in American culture. Once the lawmakers move their pencils and regulate some sports betting bills, these are your options. However after the legislation is drafted, IL residents and passersby will be able to sports bet on the NFL, MLB, NBA as the biggest leagues. Of course, other favorites are going to be included; the NHL, MLS, Tennis, PGA, and MMA are likely going to be featured with odds at sports books as well.

Illinois Fantasy Sports Betting

Fantasy sports betting is, in fact, permitted in Illinois. It occupies an unusual spot in sports betting as it’s often not officially labeled as gambling. So, if you’re in IL, you’re allowed to open fantasy sports accounts. Try our favorite Fantasy Team Managers in

  • DraftKings
  • Fanduel

Illinois Horse Racing

Horse Racing is another strange activity in the land of sports betting. You’d expect it to be illegal and unregulated like the rest of sports betting, but it is not. Try online horse race betting at

  • BetAmerica
  • Twinspires
  • XpressBet