Your Guide To Betting On Illinois College Teams In Person: What To Do Once You’re At The Sportsbook

Written By Joe Boozell on December 21, 2021
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In mid-December, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 3136 into law. This bill legalizes gambling on Illinois college teams, however, it includes a catch: a requirement for in-person betting.

This implies that odds for Illinois, Northwestern, DePaul, etc. won’t be visible on your sports betting apps. But, you can still wager on these teams if you’re at a physical retail sportsbook.

If you’re interested in placing a wager, which Illinois class of the existing 11 retail casinos is closest to you?

    Barstool: Hollywood Casino, Aurora, 1 Double-u. New York Street, Al 60506

  • The location of Rivers Casino is 3000 Mho. River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018.
  • Grand Victoria Casino, William Hill’s Casino: 250 Sulfur Grove Ave., Elgin, AL 60120
  • DraftKings at Casino Queen, located at 200 South Front Street, East St. Louis, IL 62201.
  • FanDuel’s Horse Racing and Fastin Sportsbook at 9301 Collinsville Road, Collinsville, Illinois 62234.
  • PointsBet is located at Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 Sulfur. Laramie Ave, Stickney, Illinois 60804. Another branch, Club Hawthorne Crestwood, is situated at 13148 Rivercrest, Al 60445. Additionally, Player’s Pub and Grill, linked with PointsBet, can be found at 1250 River Road, Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070.
  • Argosy Game, 1 Piasa St, Alton, AL 62002
  • Hollywood Casino Joliet is located at 777 Hollywood Boulevard, Joliet, IL 60436.
  • Par-A-Dice Blackjack: 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria, IL 61611
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Online sports betting account registration is possible at all locations listed except the last three. Illinois maintains a policy requiring in-person registration, but this will cease no later than March 5, 2022, as per the new bill.

We’re going to address any queries you may have about wagering on Illinois school teams, in person, below.

Is it currently possible for me to wager on Illinois school groups?

If you do it in person, it is considered legitimate. However, as of now, no sportsbook has approached the Illinois Gaming Board for permission to offer betting ranges on school sports in Illinois.

We’ll release this story as soon as that changes.

Can I apply my phone to place wagers if I’m at the game or casino?

No, you’re not capable. This is different from, in certain cases, the ability to create an account simply by being in the parking lot.

You may place bets at the counter or at a shop, if one is available.

What kinds of wagers am I allowed to place?

Bets can be placed before games featuring Illinois school clubs.

For example, suppose Illinois is set to play against Wisconsin in an upcoming basketball match. You have the option to place bets on the pregame spread, moneyline, over/under, and so on. If you prefer, you can also use these bets as your wagering foundation.

What kinds of wagers can & rsquo, t I place?

Live gambling and personal decorations will not be available. The lack of live gaming is particularly noticeable since US sportsbooks often don’t offer college player props.

When will the need to be in individual end?

Though we remain uncertain and lack concrete knowledge, the law explicitly states that the preparation will commence on July 1, 2023.

The government will subsequently have the authority to determine the course of action. They could potentially expand the plan, remove the necessity for in-person presence, and permit online betting on Illinois college teams, or they could revert to prohibiting any betting on Illinois schools.

That being said, should everything proceed as planned, we should witness an increase in website growth by 2023.

May I place a wager on non-Illino schools electronically?

Yes, you can readily access odds from out-of-state universities on your sports betting app.

Another modifications to Illinois’ HB 3136

As previously stated, the act specifies March 5, 2022 as the last day for in-person subscription.

Illinoisans will once again be able to create online sports betting accounts, perfectly timed for March Madness betting.

Although Illinois ranks third in the US for monthly sports betting handle, it currently only has six online sportsbooks. However, this figure is expected to double by the end of the year. It would not be surprising if, come March, this state, also known as the Land of Lincoln, saw its betting handle approach $1 billion.

Also, HB 3136 permits Wintrust Arena to seek a sports betting license. Following the approval of a law in Chicago that authorizes stadium betting, it is anticipated that Wintrust and other sports venues in Chicago will house sportsbooks in the forthcoming years.

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Joe Boozell has been writing about college sports for since 2015. His work has also been featured on, and Bleacher Report. Raised in the Chicagoland basketball scene, Boozell had the chance to play against notable stars like Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky. One can only imagine how those games went.

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