PointsBet Illinois Comes Out Swinging With No-Brainer Bears Promotion

Written By Joe Boozell on September 14, 2020Last Updated on September 17, 2020

PointsBet Sportsbook was officially launched in Illinois on September 12, coinciding with the opening game of the Bears for the 2020 NFL season.

This was essential because it appears that PointsBet’s customer acquisition strategy is centered around the Chicago Bears.

In the Prairie State, legendary Bear Devin Hester is the brand ambassador, and PointsBet is providing a Crowd Booster promotion for Illinois sports bettors during the first three weeks of the season.

For every 200 punters who choose the Bears, their spread will rise by 5 points. Last Sunday’s game concluded with the Bears beating the Lions and ending at +100.

The promotion will also be live broadcasted for Week 2 game of Chicago against the Giants and Week 3 match against the Falcons. The highest bet that can be placed is $25.

Just a week before Illinois could potentially return to in-person registration, PointsBet Sportsbook was launched. However, it seems set to create an impact in the interim.

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PointsBet provides a distinctive gambling experience.

PointsBet generously offers a $75 bonus for supporting the Bears during the first three days, an offer that is undoubtedly enticing. However, new sports punters in Illinois might be taken aback to discover that PointsBet is actually a unique casino.

Pointsbetting is a concept where the amount of money you win or lose isn’t fixed but rather depends on how much you win or lose your wager.

We can illustrate this using the Steelers vs. Giants game from Monday Night Football. With PointsBet, you can decide to boost your wins or losses by 10 to 50 times if you opt for the Giants + 5.

Hence, if you use a 10x multiplier and place a $10 bet on the Giants at +5, and they lose by only 3, your payout would be $30. However, if the Giants were to lose by 7, you would lose $30.

The brand & rsquo, also known as the signature bet, is the alternative you use to the pointsbetting option on the PointsBet app.

Furthermore, PointsBet features a service known as “Name A Bet,” which invites customers to suggest their own bets upon request.

You are required to register bet requests through Twitter and nbsp. Currently, PointsBet is offering 34 of these bets for the Steelers – Giants game.

PointsBet, which operates on its own fixed lines, is a welcomed addition to the Illinois market. Prior to the launch of PointsBet, three online sportsbooks- DraftKings and BetRivers, along with two others from Illinois, used Kambi lines.

With the inclusion of FanDuel, mobile sports bettors in Illinois now have three sets of lines to choose from.

PointsBet is also positioned for financial achievement.

Through a deal with Hawthorne Race Course, PointsBet made its entry into the Illinois market.

Even though PointsBet has yet to launch its financial sportsbook, it’s well-positioned for when it does.

Two factors contribute to this: size and location. Hawthorne Race Course boasts 10 off-track betting (OTB) locations spread across the state and is situated roughly 10 miles from downtown Chicago, with some venues located in the Chicago suburbs.

Besides the Illinois racetrack, it seems that the OTBs in Crestwood, Oakbrook, Terrace, and possibly Prospect will be the first to open.

What will happen on Sept. 19, when mobile registration might conclude, remains to be seen. However, currently, PointsBet likely has the most efficient in-person registration system in case it resumes, with BetRivers coming in second.

DraftKings at Casino Queen is nearly a five-hour drive from Chicago, whereas it takes approximately three hours to reach FanDuel Par-A – Dice Sportsbook.

Admittedly, DraftKings had roughly a three-week advantage to register new users before FanDuel, which launched on August 28.

Regardless, with its lucrative NBC deal, PointsBet appears to be a significant contender in Illinois.

Who’s next, Who & rsquo?

PointsBet was clearly the fourth online sportsbook to enter the Illinois sports betting market.

Predicting who will be next is challenging now that PointsBet has launched.

The candidates are likely William Hill, Unibet, or Barstool.

Aside from running electronic casinos in several states, William Hill also has a brick-and-mortar establishment at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Earlier this month, Unibet joined forces with Penn National Gaming to gain business access via Argosy Casino Alton. Penn, which owns both Hollywood Casinos, also holds a considerable interest in Barstool.

That being said, we don’t have knowledge of any particular schedules or programs for those novels in Prairie State.

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Joe Boozell has been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also been featured on Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com, and NBA.com. As a youngster, Boozell competed against basketball stars Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicago basketball scene, an experience you can probably imagine how it turned out.

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