You are allowed to bet on sports, play the lottery, and bet on DFS online in Illinois. You are not allowed to play at online casino websites or poker platforms yet.
Illinois online gambling currently extends to playing the lottery and sports betting, with the state continually evolving its laws to establish more online and land-based gambling. Known for its iconic riverboat casinos, the Illinois gambling scene looks to become one of the most extensive in America.
The legal age of gambling in Illinois is 21-years-old for casino play, poker, and sports betting, but 18-years-old for bingo, the lottery, and horse racing.
Online Casinos in Illinois
Online casino gaming isn’t legal in Illinois yet. The legislation that permitted other forms of Illinois online gambling didn’t include the regulation of online casino gaming. As such, online casinos are currently illegal in the Prairie State. However, the foundations are in place due to the state’s existing casinos, plans to expand, and recent entry into online gambling.
For decades, you have been able to visit the Illinois riverboat casinos to play games like poker, craps, slots, and roulette. While there aren’t any Native American casinos yet, four new land-based casinos are to be licensed by the Illinois Gaming Board.
Sports Betting in Illinois
Sports betting is legal in Illinois. You can go to any land-based or licensed online bookmaker to place a sports bet in Illinois. After registering for an online account with the brand’s land-based venue, you can bet on a vast range of sports and teams, including favorites like the Chicago Blackhawks, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, and Bears.
The only limitations to betting markets in Illinois are to wagering on state college and minor teams: you cannot bet on Illinois-based college teams or minor leagues. Towards the end of 2021, online-only sportsbooks will be able to join the Illinois gambling scene.
Online Poker in Illinois
Online poker isn’t legal in Illinois yet. As is the case with online casino gaming, the legislation for which often includes poker and its variants, online poker isn’t currently permitted in Illinois. Having recently established online sports betting as well as being set to grant land-based casino licenses, the Illinois online gambling scene may expand to include online poker in the future.
You can play live poker across Illinois, though, with all of the Prairie State’s riverboat casinos being permitted to host poker tournaments and offer cash games. Social poker sits in more of a gray area, with other forms of social gambling.
Daily Fantasy in Illinois
Daily fantasy sports aren’t technically legal in Illinois. You can bet on fantasy lineups through daily fantasy sports platforms in Illinois. DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo Fantasy, and Fantasy Draft have all made their DFS markets of NFL, NHL, MLS, NBA, and more available. However, as is the case in many states, DFS platforms fall into a legal gray area when it comes to Illinois online gambling. The platforms are technically outlawed because they’re not directly made exempt from illegal gambling laws. The brands are continually disputing this.
Esports in Illinois
Esports betting isn’t legal in Illinois. In the creation of the sports betting bill, esports were discussed. However, neither a ban nor legalization of esports betting in Illinois came from the legislation. While this leaves the door open for legal esports betting eventually, it’s currently not authorized in Illinois.
Lottery in Illinois
The lottery is legal in Illinois. The Illinois Lottery is somewhat unique in America as it is one of the few operations which allows you to play the lottery online. The website enables you to buy state-run and national lottery tickets, including Lotto Extra Shot, Mega Millions, and Pick 4.
Horse Racing Betting in Illinois
The state of Illinois has legalized horse racing betting with Arlington Park in the suburbs of Chicago its main racetrack. This is where the Grade 1 Arlington Million and other high-profile races are run. The Prairie State also has online and off-track horse racing wagering options with TVG among the operators active here.
Might online sportsbook giant Bet365 be eyeing the newly-opened Illinois online sports betting app market? Certainly, there’s an opportunistic connection already in place that could enable such a desire to come to fruition for Bet365.