Sports Betting Q&A
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Is sports betting legal in Illinois?

Yes. Illinois passed sports betting legislature June 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks March 2020, becoming the 15th state to offer it. Licenses can be issued to casinos, racetracks, off-track betting facilities and large sports stadiums to operate retail sportsbooks. 

While those places can offer mobile sports betting now, Illinois has a slightly different stand on online-only operators. Places like FanDuel and DraftKings can partner with a land-based sportsbook or apply for one of three online-only mobile betting licenses, but they won't be issued until 18 months after the March 2020 launch of sports betting. Until those online operators get into the action, residents have to register in person with a licensed sportsbook before betting online.

Given that sports betting launched March 2020, there are a slew of casinos and racetracks awaiting approval to launch their sportsbooks. Those are expected to release throughout 2020, though the Coronavirus pandemic slowed down the initial timeline.

Of note, it's illegal to bet on collegiate teams inside the state, as well as minor league events.

Daily Fantasy Sports aren't technically legal in Illinois, but they are allowed. There have been opinions that fantasy sports violate state law and numerous bills have died that have tried to legalize DFS, but nothing has been set in stone, which means residents can still take part in sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.

Physical Sportsbooks

Rivers Casino, Des Plaines

BetRivers Sportsbook is the first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in the state and only sportsbook that began accepting bets on launch day. It features a 47-foot-wide video wall, five betting windows and 30 kiosks. 

While the Illinois BetRivers mobile site and app was not available on launch day, the sportsbook has a BetBuilder available to customers, which is provided by Kambi.

Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Argosy Casino, Alton

The Sportsbook at Argosy had its original launch day pushed back due to Coronavirus concerns, but it's set to be the second retail location in Illinois. The Sportsbook has five betting windows, 14 serve-serve kiosks, 36 TVs, odds-display monitors and is conveniently located next to Hops House.

Coming soon...

This list will likely grow tenfold by the time 2021 hits. Once sports resume, the Illinois betting market should expand quickly and that will lead to many more sportsbooks offering action in person as well as online.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.