You can bet using the Draftkings sportsbook app from Illinois, however, there are other fine sports betting websites serving the state where one can register directly online. Currently, BetUS (now celebrating 25 years in business) is available to those living in Illinois. BetUS offers a generous welcome bonus (max $2500) and does offer wagering on the upcoming Presidential Election. Note: Individuals may be required to physically register with Draftkings at the Casino Queen effective March 2021 – Please monitor
Limits on Prop Bet Options
We found out heading into Super Bowl LV that sports betting in Illinois has its limitations besides the inability to place bets on the red hot Fighting Illini basketball team. State regulators prohibited betting on a number of entertainment props such as the National Anthem.
Draftkings to Set Up Shop at Wrigley Field?
Sports betting is anticipated at stadiums and ball parks in Illinois. A Draftkings deal with the Chicago Cubs, announced September 3, 2020, has provided the company with the golden key to operate inside Wrigley Field.
Under Illinois’ gambling law, sports teams can run betting businesses, including via mobile devices, within five blocks of their stadium for a $10 million licensing fee.
Draftkings recently brought on board NBA great Michael Jordan in an advisory role.
The multiyear partnership makes the Cubs the first Major League Baseball franchise to commit to opening a retail sportsbook on their stadium premises.
“An increasing number of sports fans want to integrate sports betting into their game experience, and we’re excited to be one of the first to engage in developing a retail sportsbook at a professional sports venue,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a release announcing the deal.
Draftkings Remote Registration Continued Into March 2021
For the moment, while we are in the midst of a pandemic, the requirement to physically register with the Draftkings website at an actual casino (in this case Casino Queen in East St. Louis) has been waived once again through March. Governor JB Pritzker made the announcement just days before the Super Bowl.
Governor JB Pritzker’s current order states:
“WHEREAS, due to social distancing requirements put in place to protect public health, and because existing licensed casino gambling facilities authorized pursuant to the Sports Wagering Act have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020 and will reopen only when safe to do so pursuant to the Restore Illinois plan, Illinois residents may not be able to appear in-person at a licensed casino;
“Section 1. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions in the Sports Wagering Act, 230 ILCS 45/25-30(f), 25-35(f), and 25-40(i), requiring in-person creation of a sports wagering account at a facility authorized pursuant to the Act in order to participate in sports wagering offered over the internet or through a mobile application, are suspended.“
Draftkings Demand High in Illinois
Through its own monitoring of traffic, Gambling911.com has determined there are quite a few search inquiries per day related to betting on the Draftkings app from the state of Illinois.
The Draftkings brand is already well recognized in the state as a result of its Daily Fantasy Sports product and gorilla advertising campaign.
Draftkings had initially been declined the opportunity to operate from Illinois for a two-year span. The company cried foul and launched ad campaigns statewide expressing their displeasure.
Draftkings will be unable to take bets on Illinois school teams such as the Illini and Wildcats. Sites like BetUS will continue to do so.
– Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com