Illinois

Illinois gambling laws are quite open and various forms of gaming are perfectly legal give the state’s long history with legal gambling. Expect the state to legalize sports betting and in particular, online sports betting sooner rather than later. The state is home to racetracks, an online lottery and both traditional casinos and riverboat casinos. Certain forms of online betting are also permitted, namely horse racing betting and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). State legislators in the Land of Lincoln have recently gone on record as stating that an expansion of online wagering in Illinois is “inevitable.”

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Illinois legal gambling options are rich and varied with DFS, Traditional & Riverboat Casinos, online horse racing betting and online lottery options, and live poker all major parts of a healthy legal gambling collage.

Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
Yes
No
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
Yes
No
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
Yes
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

 

Illinois Sports Betting Tax Rates

Illinois has a 7.8 % state tax on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins in Illinois over $600 may be subject to an additional Federal Tax.

We fully recommend contacting your tax attorney for complete details if you have a big win.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Illinois

Like many of the most liberal gambling states, Illinois has set the minimum gambling age for casinos at 21 with all other gaming set at 18 years-of-age including Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), the State Lottery, Charitable Gambling, casinos and Horse Racing.

Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
N/A
DFS
18
Casinos
19
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Betting on Sports in Illinois

Legal Sports Betting in Illinois is not yet available. Whilst betting on horses is fully legal and has been so for quite some time, Illinois Sports Betting is not, although we anticipate the state legislators will allow some form of legalized Illinois sports betting sometime later in the fall of 2018 or perhaps in spring of 2019.

After the landmark May 2018 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalizing sports betting, thus allowing all states (including Illinois), to make up their own minds on the legalization of sports betting, states legislatures nationwide are debating and ruling on what form/s it may take upon the implementation of legal sports betting at the state level.

Earlier in 2018, two pieces of sports betting legislation on the legalization of sports betting made their way into the Illinois State Legislature to prepare the groundwork for introducing sports betting to the state’s bricks-and-mortar, land-based casinos.

Debate on the sports betting legalization bills is anticipated to begin in the fall 2018 session of the Illinois State Legislature.

However, as the bills eventually become instituted into state law, you should be able to bet on sports anywhere within the state of Illinois. Interestingly, Illinois’s bills have sections that specifically relative to the legalization of online gambling in general.

Illinois Online Sports Betting Laws

More so than almost any other state, the question of ‘is online gambling legal? appears set to be answered in the affirmative much earlier rather than later with inclusion of online betting in the Illinois State Sports Betting Laws. Watch this space for details as they develop.

And develop they will. Horse racing, DFS sites and the state lottery all offer their services online in Illinois after receiving a license and an approval from the state gaming board. With the history of the state approving online forms of gambling quickly once licensed, we expect sports betting to follow that state tradition once land-based sports betting is approved.

Online Fantasy Sports in Illinois

Daily Fantasy Sports betting has long been exempted from US federal legislation as it is widely considered to be a contest of skill, rather than one of random chance.
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) are permitted in Illinois even though the legal status of the games has never been affirmed in the positive by legislation.

There appears to be no problem for DFS players who want to take part in contests in Illinois, despite the state attorney general saying it is illegal gambling under state law. The big major operators both accept players from Illinois.

eSports Online Betting Laws

With the U.S. Federal Supreme Court in May 2018 ruling in favor of legalizing sports betting, it seems as if in the near future, eSports betting will lead the way as it has done in some other U.S. states as a form of sports betting legislation ‘lubricant’ in Illinois.

What are eSports?

eSports has effectively transformed highest-level of video game play into a full-time professional sport. The very best players are signing multi-million-dollar contracts with big budget professional teams. eSports are mostly played in the team format in tournament play.

The electronic games themselves are roughly equivalent to different sports types. For example, in eSports, the games CS:GO, Dota 2 and Overwatch are equivalent to, say, NHL, NFL and MLB. eSports is the overarching concept, while the different electronic game types are equivalent to the different types of sports.

Betting on eSports is now huge. International sportsbooks offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments and formats, and the global amounts bet on eSports are growing exponentially each year.

With the Global $100 billion revenue threshold mark in 2018 about to be crossed, eSports is the highest-level competition in gaming today, with millions of fanatical fans across the globe, and the best players in the world taking part.

Horse Racing in Illinois

Horse Racing Betting is legal (course/track side, off-track betting and online betting) for all residents of the state of Illinois (over the age of 18).

Tracksides

Illinois is home to 6 live racing venues that accept wagers on horse races. Horse racing in the state is regulated by Illinois Racing Board and is administered under the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Illinois

There are an excellent 37 OTB parlors in Illinois for the state’s residents to gamble on horse racing widespread throughout the state.

Online Horse Racing in Illinois

All major horse racing online betting sites all accept customers over the age of 18 from Illinois and offer wagering on races in Illinois, elsewhere throughout the U.S.A, and horse race betting on a global scale on races all around the world are all currently available.

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