William Hill Is Live: What Illinois Sports Bettors Need To Know About It

Written By Joe Boozell on September 24, 2020Last Updated on February 4, 2022

William Hill Sportsbook launched last week, the fifth mobile sportsbook in Illinois.

Thankfully for William Hill (and other sportsbooks), Gov. JB Pritzkerextended the remote registration window until at least Oct. 17, which gave William Hill more than four days to register Illinois sports betting customers.

More details about William Hill Sportsbook and where it fits into the Illinois game landscape can be found here.

William Hill offers a$ 300 bonus wager.

New Illinois users can place a$ 300 bonus bet with William Hill. There was some misunderstanding regarding its first advertising, though.

William Hill announced in its initial press release that it would provide a 100 % match, up to$ 300. The following morning, it altered its strategy and offered a prize wager.

William Hill took some Twitter lashings as a result.

Competitor BetRivers Sportsbook offers a 100% match, up to $500, while DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet have rolled out versions of no-brainer bets that amount to free money for users.

Additionally, William Hill is the only casino that requires an ID passport or driver’s license at registration, which has led to some registration hiccups.

For instance, you won’t be able to record if your target exceeds a certain personality control. According to a William Hill spokesman, its team is attempting to increase the target character control.

Other four online sportsbooks, including Illinois & rsquo, ask for a Social Security number at sign-up but not for an ID card, driver’s license, or other identification.

In any case, William Hill might be successful in Illinois.

The Illinois industry has not yet reached saturation. We are aware that the Land of Lincoln is very popular for sports gambling.

In Illinois, 230, 000 sports gambling records were opened as of last year.

Due to the fact that Illinois smart enrollment has only been available for two months, BetRivers was the only choice during one of those months. Also take into account how few sports were available for bet.

Illinois’ first sports betting revenue report was also promising.

With just one cellular betting and no NBA, NHL, NFL, or college basketball, the state earned$ 51.4 million in July.

Move quickly ahead to September. The state maintains five online casinos and a full sports calendar each month.

What’s the place? To varying degrees, all five Illinois online casinos should be able to achieve.

In September and October, Illinois will probably publish garish control numbers. There isn’t a great deal of competitors. Colorado has 15 website casinos, while neighboring Indiana has nine.

Side note: It will be fascinating to see who hits the online market next because there is no obvious candidate. Based on the market access deal with Argosy Casino Alton, Unibet Sportsbook appears to be the most likely.

Since August, the retail area has been operational.

The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is home to William Hill & rsquo’s retail sportsbook. It went stand at the beginning of August.

The more time there is to record clients online, the less important sign-ups are at retail locations. Elgin is about an hours aside after that. from Chicago and is the seventh-largest city in Illinois. So it’s in a nice spot.

PointsBet and BetRivers have retail presences closer to Chicago, while DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook chose to partner with downstate operators.

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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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