PointsBet.com has reached agreement with the Hawthorne Race Course to supply online sports betting within Illinois. The deal is for 20 years and includes a brick and mortar sportsbook inside the racetrack’s property, as well as mobile betting. PointsBet Illinois sportsbook will also have a presence in all of Hawthorne’s off-track betting locations. Bonus offers and promo code – t be announced by August/September in 2020.
BREAKING: We're proud to announce that PointsBet will be expanding into the state of Illinois!— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) July 1, 2019
Not only will we provide a first-class Sportsbook near Chicago @ClubHawthorne, we'll also be incorporating our digital offerings statewide! #StaySharphttps://t.co/gxxVgFHHCW
There remains uncertainty as to when legal sports betting will launch in the state. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker spoke hopefully of temporary sportsbooks being operational in time for March Madness.
Thus far, the Illinois Gaming Commission has granted just three licenses, all to casinos – Argosy Casino in Alton, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines and Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.
The state government is counting on a 15 percent tax on sports betting to help fund their plans for infrastructure improvements.
Australian-owned PointsBet.com expects to go live at Hawthorne and online sometime in September. Here’s what Illinois bettors can expect from PointsBet.
Bonus And Promotional Offers
PointsBet Illinois delivers a variety of bonus options to new sportsbook account holders. Players can opt for a $50 no-deposit bonus plus two risk-free bets worth up to $1000. As well, players who refer new customers to PointsBet IL app are eligible for a $50 bonus for every referral customer that deposits at least $50 into their newly-opened account.
On top of their sign up and referral bonuses, PointsBet also provides a wide array of promotional offers that sometimes change daily.
The PointsBetting Experience
Bettors will find all of the expected betting markets and bet types at PointsBet.com. There’s a vast amount of in-play wagering options available, including early cash out options and insurance policies on certain wagers.
What makes the PointsBet experience unique is the chance to access PointsBetting. Their own original betting format, PointsBetting enables players to turn an ordinary spread wager into a potentially lucrative jackpot.
Suppose you wager on an NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. Let’s say the Raptors are five-point favorites and you bet $20 on them to cover. If they win and cover, for every point that Toronto goes over the five-point spread, you cash in on each point.
That means an 11-point Raps victory would be worth $120 – six times the $20 for each point they went over the five-point spread. However, it also works in the opposite direction. If Boston were to win the game by three, you’d owe the bookmaker $160 – $20 times the eight points that Boston went under the spread.
PointsBet An American Success Story
Already entrenched in New Jersey and Indiana, PointsBet is proving to be a hit with the state’s sports bettors. They like the idea of utilizing PointsBetting to seek out a big score. Expect PointsBet IL sports to make a similar impact in the Illinois market once they are up and operational within the state.