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The status of legalized online gambling in Illinois is complex. The state has embraced a longstanding opposition to online gambling, but this attitude has started to relax with the passage of Senate Bill 690. The bill expanded the number of live casino venues that are permitted in the state, but it also makes allowances for sports betting.

Many feel that the passage of SB 690 is a positive step in the right direction for online gambling in Illinois. Illinois has shown progressive approaches in the past by becoming the first state to allow online lottery sales.

The passage of legislation in late 2019 does pave the way for online sports betting apps, but it appears that this will take some time to be implemented. Illinois is likely to award online sportsbook licenses to land-based casinos in the state that have already established themselves.

Fantasy sports are also permitted by SB 690, and these platforms should be available to Illinois residents very soon. The state stands to gain much-needed revenue by making online gambling in all forms legal for Illinois residents of legal age.

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BetRivers Illinois NCAA Offer: Get $3 for every 3 your team makes!

April 3, 2021 – Its Final Four Saturday with the 2020-2021 NCAA College Basketball season finally winding to a close. That means college basketball bettors only have three more men's college basketball games to wag...

It is Time for March Mayhem From BetRivers Illinois

March 8, 2021 – After taking into account the Super Bowl, the men's and women's college basketball annual tournaments are the most anticipated betting market for U.S. sports bettors. Here we are in the early part o...

Illinois Takes Step Towards Legalizing Online Casino Gambling

February 24, 2021 – Given the rousing success of online sports betting in the state of Illinois, it was only a matter of time before state legislators were going to attempt to also legalize online casino gambling. That...

BetRivers Illinois Offers Tuesday NHL Profit Boost

February 15, 2021 – The NHL's Chicago Blackhawks are one of the longest standing hockey clubs in the league. For decades, the team has had the undying support of many a hardcore Illinois sports fan. Now, BetRivers Spor...

BetRivers Illinois Offers Build Your UFC 257 Promo

January 13, 2021 – In increasing numbers, Illinois sports bettors are putting more of their betting focus on MMA and boxing betting opportunities. In an effort to continue driving interest in betting on these exciting...

BetRivers Illinois Offers 10% NCAA FB Bowl Game Boost

December 24, 2020 – With the 2020 NCAA Football bowl game season officially underway, sports bettors are hungry for action. They are also looking for opportunities to gain extra value from their wagering dollars. None ...

BetRivers Illinois Online Sportsbook Offers $250 Free Cash

November 30, 2020 – Do you live in Illinois and want to bet sports online? You can do that legally with the BetRivers online sportsbook. BetRivers is now offering a $250 matching deposit bonus to all new players. Onlin...

Midwest Sports Bettor Embrace Chance to Wager on NFL Games

October 19, 2020 – After a slow start to the sports betting year due to Coronavirus lockdowns, it looks like sports bettors in the midwest are thrilled with the opportunity to bet on NFL games. Three states (Illino...

BetRivers Sportsbook Illinois Offers Weekly NFL Profit Boost

October 11, 2020 – With MLB and the NBA winding down in the coming weeks, the full focus of sports betting in America will fall on NCAA and NFL football. In an effort to give Illinois sports bettors extra value on the...

William Hill Launches Sports Betting Mobile App in Illinois

September 22, 2020 – For more than 85 years, William Hill has been one of the most prominent gambling conglomerates in Europe. When the U.S. market finally opened up for legalized sports betting, William Hill was one of...

BetRivers Sportsbook Illinois Offer 50% Profit Boost Promo

September 15, 2020 – With the NFL season officially underway, BetRivers Sportsbook Illinois is ready to make Sunday football a thing to remember. NFL bettors are going to be betting NFL games. When they do, BetRivers is...

Illinois Sports Betting in Race to Hit March Madness

February 18, 2020 – After missing the opportunity to wager legally on the 2020 Super Bowl, sports bettors in Illinois are growing a little anxious. With college Basketball's March Madness sitting three weeks away, the ...

Legal Sports Betting - Are You Watching Illinois?

October 14, 2019 – In recent articles, the state of Illinois was challenged to move forward and open access to retail and online sports betting for its residents. The challenges came as neighboring Indiana joined 14 o...

Illinois Sports Betting Still Under Debate

August 14, 2019 – Illinois seemed primed to become the latest US state to approve online sports betting in 2019. The approval of online gambling platforms is only a small part of a massive gambling initiative in Illi...

Illinois Senate Passes Sports Betting Legislation - On to Governor

June 6, 2019 – After months of hard work and a number of amendments, the Illinois Senate finally came to agreement with the House and passed SB 600 by a vote of 46-10. SB 600 legalizes sports gambling in the state...

Illinois Governor Supports Legalized Sports Gambling

February 26, 2019 – It's no secret that the state of Illinois is dealing with substantial financial deficits. More and more, the nation is seeing state legislators look towards legalized gambling as a possible source o...

Illinois Is Probably Getting Online Poker In 2019

October 22, 2018 – The state of Illinois is the most likely to be the next to join the four others that have legalized online poker. However, citizens of that state will very likely have to wait until at least 2019 be...

Illinois May Still Move Towards Poker Legalization In 2018

August 6, 2018 – There is not a lot of time left in 2018 for various states to make their moves towards poker legalization, but some are more likely to do so than others. Illinois is one state where we could indeed ...

Illinois Wavers On Online Poker, Says No For Now

November 18, 2017 – Illinois has been a state that has been a little under the radar of poker advocates to some extent. It has not necessarily been the most promising candidate for the next state to make a move towards...

Illinois Could Legalize Online Gambling

June 5, 2017 – Online gambling has been an issue that has been controversial for some time. There are some who argue against it on moral grounds. Others are concerned with business interests and are either for it ...

DraftKings and FanDuel suing Illinois AG

December 27, 2015 – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is facing the daily fantasy sports operators rage after the two big ones of the market filed a lawsuit to prevent the sabotage against the fantasy sports ...

Class action complaint filed against PokerStars' parent company dimissed in Illinois

March 18, 2014 – Class action complaint filed by Kelly Sonnenberg against PokerStars’ parent company Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (REEL) has been dismissed by Chief Judge David R. Herndon of the Unite...

Illinois: lawmakers extend online betting law

February 3, 2014 – Illinois lawmakers approved an 11th-hour extension to an online betting law last week that will allow horse racing tracks to keep their racing schedules intact this year. The Illinois Senate v...

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