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Rise of Online Illinois Gambling

Jan 26, 2020 | Blog Posts, Illinois Gambling

Canny entrepreneurs have found to circumvent the ‘no land-based casino’ rule that Illinois has. To that end, there are riverboat casinos that are very popular with the locals. The other forms of gambling allowed in Illinois are racetrack, charitable gambling, racing, commercial, and video lottery terminals.  Senate Bill 690 will allow for brick-and-mortar casinos, fantasy sports, and legal sports betting.

Senate Bill 690 expands the number of casinos permitted in Illinois. Illinois is one of the many states that have legalized sports betting. A few months ago, the state legislature allowed a bill to pass that made online and physical betting, legal. The next question obviously is about online Illinois gambling. Will we see online gambling in the state? It looks like it will only be a matter of time before casinos, and lottery shops will become par for the course. Adding to this mix will be every means possible to enable users to get to online betting.

Gambling Becoming Trendy

It’s not too much of a stretch to see how online gambling can soon become a thing in the state. Online poker has always been very popular with citizens from Illinois and it is believed that with this Bill getting approved, the legalization of online gambling activity within the state is going to likely follow in the coming years. Although, poker aficionados shouldn’t hold their breath either because with 2019 finally over, the best chance of legalizing poker in the state wouldn’t come before the new legislative session starting in Q1 of 2020.

Online Illinois gambling is possible, provided casinos establish a virtual sportsbook for a cool $10 million fee with a $1 million fee every four years. Apart from this, casinos will also have to part with their earnings as a 15% tax. Online betting doesn’t come cheap. If things go well, sports betting can be an actual thing in 2020, less than a few months away.

Safeguarding Technology

Illinois will need to use technology to also put safeguards in place. Illinois gambling comes with a serious problem of addiction too. Casinos have bars and caps on the number of bets, online gambling sites should have limits on time spent and wagers too. There is a lot of research being done on the ill effects of gambling. As younger and younger people have access to smart devices and the internet, it will only be a matter of time before they discover online gambling. It’s important to safeguard the interests of everyone involved.

Think about it – smartphones and devices abound, everyone has one, and placing a bet online is an almost intuitive activity. There are all sorts of bets that you can place online. Apart from the obvious picking of winners, there are also the over/under bet types with their advantages. Online betting also allows for in-game wagers too.


Video Gaming is regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board. Licensed establishments can have up to 5 video gaming terminals at their locations.

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