The first sports gambling site to go live in Illinois, BetRivers online sportsbook launched in late June. Casino Rivers Des Plaines teamed with Rush Street Interactive brought the Bet Rivers bet app to Illinois. You can now sign up and place bets from home (without registration at the casino sports bar). Illinois sportsbook offers new players a $100% matching first deposit bonus worth up to $250 in free bets prommotion. Bonus code is 250MATCH.

Accessing this sportsbook bonus designed for Illinois bettors is a three-step process. First, create a new account at Betrivers IL. Secondly, make your first deposit. Finally, enter the code 250MATCH to activate the bonus offer. The minimum deposit to qualify for the bonus is $25. There’s a minimal 1X play through requirement attached to this offer.

Below, you will find other signup bonuses and free bets promotions expected at Illinois online sportsbooks (and via IL apps) in 2020/21. 

Illinois Free Bets

Best Illinois Sportsbooks & Free Bets 

Betrivers – LIVE $250 Free Bets Bonus. Code 250MATCH. Get Bonus!
William Hill $150 deposit bonus + $10 free bets.
Pointsbet IL $250 free bets on first deposit of min $25
betMGM Sportsbook $500 matched bonus expected
Barstool App to be confirmed

Online sportsbooks expected in Illinois and details of their signup bonuses

William Hill 

In the sports betting game since 1934, William Hill is the perfect combination of old-school class and new-age cool. In Illinois, William Hill is partnered with the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, Illinois. William Hill Illinois is expected to offer all new customers a 100% first deposit matching bonus worth up to $150. New players also can get $10 in free cash when they sign up with William Hill and enter the appropriate corresponding promotional code. 

DraftKings

On July 1, DraftKings announced it had reached a multi-year deal with Casino Queen in East Saint Louis to run a retail sportsbook and mobile app in Illinois. The partnership enabled sportsbook DraftKings to gain a workaround on an Illinois law that prohibits standalone mobile apps from entering the state sports betting market for 18 months. 

In states where they’re already active with online sportsbooks, DraftKings offers a signup bonus package worth a maximum of $1000. This offer consists of a deposit bonus and a first bet match each worth a maximum of $500. The offer begins with a 20% matching first deposit worth up to $500 in the form of site credits. Players would need to deposit $2500 to max out this bonus offer. The minimum deposit to access the bonus is $5. There is a 5X play-through requirement attached and bets must be made at odds of -300 or longer. The play-through requirement must be met 90 days from the date of first deposit to receive maximum bonus.

The second half of the DraftKings signup bonus is a 100% first bet match worth up to $500. The free bet must be used within 30 days of signing up. 

PointsBet

At PointsBet Illinois sportsbook app, new customers can grab up to $1,000 in risk-free bets to set out on their wagering experience. This bonus is broken down into four separate $250 free bets. If these bets lose, you’ll be refunded the amount wagered each time in free plays up to a maximum of $250. To access this bonus offer, enter the code 1000POINTS.

The minimum deposit to access this bonus is $25. The minimum stake necessary with each bet to activate the bonus is $50. This bonus offer comes with a minimal 1X play-through requirement attached to the bonus amount. However, bonus winnings come with no rollover requirements whatsoever.

Barstool Sports Betting Site

Partnered with the Argosy Casino Alton and Penn National, Barstool’s entry into the world of online sports betting is still shrouded in secrecy. In Pennsylvania, where Barstool is set to partner with the Hollywood Casino, they are providing a Barstool Sports store voucher to all new players who sign up at Hollywood Casino and make a first deposit of a minimum of $10 into their account. Initial deposits of between $10-$249 will garner new customers a $10 voucher for the Barstool Sports store. Deposit $250 or more into a new account and that will be rewarded with a $50 Barstool Sports store voucher.

As well, the Hollywood Casino currently offers customers a 100% first deposit match bonus worth up to a maximum of $500. Enter the code “WELCOME” to qualify for this bonus. There’s also a refer a friend bonus available to Hollywood Casino customers. When a friend referred by an active player deposits and plays through $50, both the player and the friend will get an extra $25 in free play.

BetMGM

Another major player expected to take advantage of the Illinois opportunity is gaming giant BetMGM IL sportsbook. The big-time gambling presence entered into a partnership agreement in 2018 with Boyd Gaming. This could enable BetMGM to operate out of Boyd Gaming’s Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. Presently, new customers to each of BetMGM’s existing U.S.-based sportsbooks can access a risk-free first bet valued to as much as $500. If a player’s first wager turns out to be a losing proposition, BetMGM will refund the value of that wager back into the player’s account, up to a maximum amount of $500. Use BetMGM bonus offers with a code AMERICANGAMBLER.