Sports betting in Illinois is 100% legal! You can now bet online or through betting apps (both Android, iOS) on football, hockey, or baseball. Bet outright on the Super Bowl or make a parlay to increase your odds. You can download a special betting app for your mobile phone in Illinois.
Install the app, make a deposit, and claim a welcome bonus with free bets and much more. ILLINOIS 21+.
Best Mobile Betting Apps in Illinois
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- PointsBet IL Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook App
- William Hill Betting App
- BetRivers Sportsbook
Online sports betting in Illinois was legalized back in 2019. SB 690 was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker, paving the way for regulated and licensed online sports betting in the state. The law also allowed Illinois casinos to build their own retail sportsbooks.
The first mobile app to launch was BetRivers in 2020, with four more major providers following shortly after. More betting giants are waiting in the wings.
And with the coronavirus pandemic still sweeping the US, the Illinois Governor has relaxed the terms for registering your mobile betting account.
Rather than visit one of Illinois’ retail sportsbook to complete your sign-up process, you can finish the registration in the comfort of your own home. Once restrictions are relaxed, new customers will have to sign up in person at their local participating casino.
How to Bet on Sports on Mobile Phone
You can install a mobile sports betting app in Illinois to get started. Apps are either available from the Apple App Store (iOS) or direct from the sportsbook (Android). Some Illinois sportsbooks also offer their Android apps in the Google Play Store.
How to install a mobile IL betting app:
- Open the App Store or sportsbook on your smartphone
- Click the download button to install the app
- If using Android, you’ll need to select the ‘Unknown Sources’ setting to finish installation
- Ensure that your Location Services and Wi-Fi are switched on when you open the app
Once you’ve installed the app, you can create your account. You’ll need to create a username and password to access the software. Geolocation plugins will automatically be installed to your phone too. You can even use Touch ID or Face ID as an added level of login security.
Next, provide some personal information. You must be aged 21 or over to open an account. However, you don’t have to be in Illinois when you complete the registration:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Home address
- Phone number
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)
Now, click on the confirmation email to verify your ID. Once you’ve verified the email address, you’re ready to go.
You can now make a deposit through the mobile app cashier. You may also be able to enter a special promo code in order to earn a welcome bonus.
Placing Sports Bets Through Your Smartphone
The best Illinois betting apps make sports wagering a breeze. Once the app has been installed, you can open it, log in, and place bets with a few taps.
Use the carousel feature to browse various sports. Or, tap the A-Z list to bring up a full swipe-down menu of sports.
As you select a result, it will be instantly added to your bet slip. Mobile betting apps use an intuitive bet slip that pops up on your screen as more selections are added. Tap on the ‘edit’ button to remove or change selections, or use the + and – symbols to increase or decrease your stake size.
You can choose from a range of standard bet types on sports like NFL, MLB, or NHL. Bet futures or pre-game on the top scorer, or back the underdog in a heavy point spread.
You can even watch select games live and follow the action through the mobile app visualizer. Then, bet in-play as the odds change in real time.
- Point Spread
- Totals (Over/Under)
- System bets
- Player props
- Team props
Mobile Sportsbook Bonuses & Promotions for Illinois Bettors
You can also claim an exciting bonus with a mobile sportsbook app in Illinois. Just opt in to a bonus when you install your app. Enter the bonus code and make a first deposit to trigger the promotion.
Free Bets: Some IL sportsbooks award free bets to new customers. These are like site credits that sit in your account until you need them. You’ll have a week or two within which to use them.
Once you’ve used your free bets, you can withdraw your winnings minus the value of the free bet.
Risk-Free Bet: You can also claim free bets with a risk-free bet. Make a deposit and place your first real-money wager. If it loses, you’ll be rewarded with a free bet up to the same value.