BREAKING: Barstool Sportsbook To Launch Thursday In Illinois

Written By Joe Boozell on March 9, 2021Last Updated on June 23, 2021
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The Barstool Sportsbook app will launch in Illinois on Thursday at noon, according to Dave Portnoy.

Initially flagged by a tweet from the Barstool founder, PennNationalGaming released a press release announcing the launch in the Prairie State.

As promised, it should go live in Illinois in time for March Madness betting, becoming the sixth online sportsbook in the state.

Barstool will join DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, PointsBet and William Hill sports betting operators. Its retail sportsbooks at Hollywood Casino Aurora and Hollywood Casino Joliet should also open soon, and we expect Barstool to launch a retail sportsbook at Argosy Casino Alton.

At the Ameristar East Chicago, which is in Indiana, there is also a Barstool Sportsbook. However, it & rsquo is less than a 40-minute drive from the heart of Chicago.

Barstool intends to be a major force in Illinois because of its fiercely loyal Chicago next.

Here’s what you need to know about Barstool in Illinois.

Barstool additionally employs Kambi conflict

Half of the Illinois online sportsbooks will now use Kambi odds. DraftKings and BetRivers do as well.

DraftKings hopes to transition to its own technology later this year, but for now, it is using Kambi.

Another sportsbook launch would typically be great news for line shoppers, but because Barstool also uses Kambi, there’s no added benefit in that regard.

However, when casinos launch, they typically have some sort of special offer. Although Barstool is not yet available, We & rsquo will update you on its opening deals.

How has Barstool fared in different locations?

While Barstool isn’t the leading sporting gambling site in the US, it’s doing well in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The next state in which it will go live electronically is Illinois.

In Pennsylvania, it is the No. 3 operator by handle after FanDuel and DraftKings, but a fairly distant third at that. In Michigan, it was the No. 3 operator in online handle in January behind FanDuel.

However, it will be quite difficult to crack the best three in Illinois. It is possible, but it won’t get simple.

DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers led Illinois in handle in December, in that order. BetRivers, which was third, took in $111.2 million worth of bets.

The fourth-place finisher, PointsBet, posted a tackle of$ 32 million.

Barstool may probably begin off between BetRivers and PointsBet.

There’s a good chance that There & rsquo will eventually surpass BetRivers, but given what we’ve seen in other markets, it will be difficult to jump either FanDuel or DraftKings.

Illinois & rsquo, the ceiling, should be raised by new operators.

The fourth-largest sports gambling market in the US is now found in Illinois. It announced a December control of$ 49.7 million.

That & rsquo, despite having fewer than its fellow top states’ five online sportsbooks that month.

Since William Hill, Barstool will be the first online sportsbook to open in Illinois. Following a few months of explosive growth, the state & rsquo’s numbers have decreased slightly over the past few weeks.

Since we anticipate Barstool to succeed, its release ought to increase Illinois sports betting’s roof.

That’s also true of BetMGM and Unibet, the next two operators we expect to see in the Land of Lincoln. Now that FanDuel has officially transferred its license to its race track, BetMGM Illinois shouldn’t be too far away.

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