Wondering Where To Register For An Online Sportsbook Now? We Tell You Which Retail Site Is Your Best Bet

Written By Joe Boozell on April 5, 2021Last Updated on March 4, 2022
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Editor’s Note: As of Saturday, March 5, 2022, you no longer have to visit a retail sportsbook in Illinois to sign up for a legal online sportsbook. Instead, you can register for an Illinois sports betting account on your phone or computer.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker reinstated the in-person registration sports betting requirement on Friday, drastically changing the market landscape.

Now, Illinois residents who want to open a sports betting accounts must go to the casino, track, or off-track betting( OTB ) location in order to do so.

In the Land of Lincoln, there are already 11 financial sports betting options, including seven games, two racing, and two OTBs.

But of those 11, currently you can only register for an online sportsbook account at eight Illinois locations. Those are:

    Hollywood CasinoAurora, 1 W. New York Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506

  1. Rivers Casino, 3000 Mho. River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 is where BetRivers is located.
  2. Lotto: Casino Queen, 200 South Front Street, East St. Louis, Al 62201
  3. Sportsbook: Horse Racing, 9301 Collinsville Road, Al 62234
  4. Club Hawthorne Crestwood, El 60445, 13148 Rivercrest Drive, is the location of PointsBet.
  5. Player & rsquo, s Pub & amp, Grill, 1250 River Road, Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070 PointsBet
  6. Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 Sulfur. Laramie Ave., Stickney, Illinois 60804 points bet
  7. William Hill’s Casino: Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Al 60120, 250 Sulfur. Grove Ave.

You might have noticed that Hollywood Casino Joliet, Argosy Casino Alton, and Par-A-Dice Casino aren’t on that record.

They are only permitted to file clients at FanDuel Sportsbook & amp, Horse Racing, and Hollywood Casino Aurora, respectively, according to Barstool.

In light of all of that, let’s examine Illinois’ largest cities and regions to determine which wholesale sports wagering options are closest to you.

Choices for financial sportsbooks in Illinois

Where can I sign up for a betting in Chicago or Chicago-area?

For sports bettors in the Chicago area, the closest retail sportsbooks are at Hawthorne Race Course (Stickney), Rivers Casino (Des Plaines), Players Pub & Grill (Prospect Heights) and Club Hawthorne Crestwood.

Although commute times can vary depending on your precise location, That & rsquo is listed in order of proximity.

At Rivers Casino, you can register for BetRivers.

At the other three locations, you can sign up for PointsBet.

Due to their distance from Chicago and the nearby cities, BetRivers and PointsBet are the winners if there are any victors to come from a return to in-person membership.

Where can I register close to Aurora / Naperville?

Aurora and Naperville are the second- and third-largest cities in Illinois by population, and are about 25 minutes apart.

Aurora is home to Hollywood Casino Aurora.

You may join Barstool, a partnership with Hollywood Aurora, it.

That & rsquo is unquestionably the closest choice if you’re in Aurora and Naperville. Rivers Casino, Grand Victoria Elgin, and the Hawthorne OTBs are a few additional options that are available in less than an afternoon.

Naperville is somewhat nearer to the Alternatives to Hollywood than Aurora.

Where can I file close to Rockford?

Eventually, the northern Illinois community of Rockford should have its own casino.

But for now, its closest retail sportsbook option is Grand Victoria Casino Elgin. Unfortunately, that’s almost an hour away.

Grand Victoria’s sportsbook partner is Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Where can I file close to Springfield

Similar to Rockford, Springfield lacks some nearby options, particularly given that Par-A-Dice Casino and Argosy Casino Alton do not take in-person registrations.

Because of that, the closest options for those in the Springfield region are DraftKings at Casino Queen (East St. Louis) and FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing (Collinsville).

They are both a little over an hour-and-a-half away from Springfield. But once there, you can register for FanDuel or DraftKings.

Where can I sign up in Southern Illinois?

FanDuel Sportsbook & amp, Horse Racing, or DraftKings at Casino Queen are probably your best options if you reside in the state’s southern region.

Visit Indiana, Iowa to sign up and place an online activities wager.

It might be simpler for several Illinoisans to travel to Iowa or Indiana.

You don’t need to go to a physical casino in either state to register for an online casino, but all of your website gambling must take place in the state where you register.

Are there any upcoming Illinois wholesale casinos?

Yes, we are aware of a couple.

In Oakbrook, a desirable center for the western suburbs, PointsBet intends to soon open statewide testing ( OTB ) sites.

DraftKings, meanwhile, will open a retail sportsbook at Wrigley Field at some point. The last time we checked, 2022 was the target on that, though, hopefully, we have returned to online registration by then.

But if not, the Cubs partnership will become extra valuable for DraftKings.

Finally, if the Illinois Gaming Board approves BetMGM Sportsbook, it would likely assume the Par-A-Dice Casino license in East Peoria. Then, Par-A-Dice would be an in-person registration option.

More might be on the way, especially in light of Pritzker & rsquo’s ruling. We & rsquo will keep you informed as new plans develop.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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