The best promo codes and deposit bonuses available at IL sportsbooks.
It was only a matter of time before sports-mad Illinois was brought into the sports betting fold – and it didn’t take long for America’s largest operators to flood the state. Here's a look at the top sports betting bonuses available to Illinois-based players.
If your first qualifying bet loses and it is in an amount greater than $50, you will receive five (5) free bets back in equal denominations of 20% of the total amount of the qualifying bet up to $1,000. If your qualifying bet loses and it is less than $50, you will receive a single free bet back in a single denomination equaling the total amount of the qualifying bet. Example: If you place a $1,000 qualifying bet and your bet loses, you will receive five (5) $200 free bets. If you place a $49 bet and lose, you will receive one $49 free bet.
If your first qualifying wager loses, Caesars will credit you a free bet equal to the value of your first wager up to $1,250, plus get 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose. Your Free Bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
At DraftKings, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, far from generous considering, DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant. The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users in most regions. They try and word it differently sometimes calling it a “2 for 1” but it’s a standard risk-free new player bonus. With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet, not deposit, up to $1,000.
BetRivers goes with a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser. Unfortunately, $250 is low compared to the industry standard.
|BetMGM||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|Caesars||$1,250 Free Bet + Credits||✅ No Code Required|
|FanDuel||$1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"||✅ No Code Required|
|PointsBet||5 Risk-free Bets up to $500||✅ No Code Required|
|DraftKings||20% Deposit Match up to $1,000||✅ No Code Required|
|Barstool||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|BetRivers||100% Deposit Match up to $250||✅ No Code Required|
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Illinois bettors; here are the marquee sports on which Illinois natives can wager:
Illinois' football passion comes through in the annual NFL handle it generates – and you can be sure that number will rise when the Chicago Bears return to the league's elite. As it stands, you can still expect to see hundreds of millions bet in Illinois on NFL games every month during the season.
Illinois bettors have it good when it comes to NCAA football wagering – but it could be better. While IL natives and visitors alike are permitted to wager on any college football game offered, games involving Illinois-based teams can only be wagered on at in-person locations.
Basketball betting really picks up once the NCAAF and NFL seasons come to an end – prompting many Illinois bettors flock to the NBA sections of their favorite betting apps. The Chicago Bulls generate the majority of wagering interest in Illinois, as you might expect.
Illinois' insistence on forcing bettors to head to a retail sportsbook or betting kiosk in order to wager on in-state college basketball teams is a disappointment to those who like to support their local teams – and there are a lot, with the state boasting 13 Division I men's and women's hoops programs.
Are you a North Sider or South Sider? When it comes to legal sports betting, it doesn't matter – you can take advantage of promos built around either the Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox. MLB betting is most popular in the months of July and August, when most other professional sports are quiet.
Hockey doesn't produce big handle percentages, but it's growing in wagering popularity. And with Illinois representing one of the biggest betting markets in the U.S., something as small as the Chicago Blackhawks making a deep playoff run could result in a nice boost in hockey handle overall.
There's a lot to like about golf wagering, as Illinois betting fanatics are learning more as time goes on. Between the potentially big payoff of an outright play to the dozens of markets made available for most PGA Tour events, Illinoisans should continue to pump millions into golf wagering each month.
While the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer are one of the most popular teams in the league, soccer betting still hasn't quite caught on in Illinois. But this year's World Cup might lead to a paradigm shift in that regard – and there will be plenty of soccer markets to bet on even when the tourney ends.
Like most states, Illinois’ state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
Thanks to a policy created by the Illinois Gaming Board in 2002, bettors have the option of self-exclusion via the Statewide Casino Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program or the Problem Gambling Registry, both of which are available at any Illinois casino.
Visit the Illinois Gaming Board site.
Betting bonuses are awarded to new players to encourage them to sign up or to existing players so they remain loyal. They include match deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, boosted odds bonuses, and much more. They vary from one sportsbook to the next, so you should always shop around for the most appealing free bets and sign up for multiple books to enjoy several free bet offers. Always check the terms and conditions attached to free bets before accepting them.
This refers to the number of bets you must place before you are permitted to make a withdrawal. It applies to sign-up free bet bonuses and reload free bet bonuses. A typical rollover requirement would be 6x, which means you must wager your credit six times (place at least six bets) at a certain minimum price before you can make a withdrawal. The rollover requirement generally applies to the cash you deposit as well as the free bets you receive.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a free bet or several free bets as a reward for choosing them ahead of the competition. However, you should not expect a free bet offer to come with no strings attached. You will generally have to deposit your own money to unlock the free bet and then place several bets at a specific minimum set of odds before you can make a withdrawal.