Mobile Sports Betting Registration Returns To Illinois

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on March 7, 2022
In-Person Registration In Illinois Ends And Adds Seventh Betting Operator

Remote registration in Illinois is back.

Those looking to sign up at legal sportsbooks in Illinois no longer have to visit casinos. Instead, users can register from Illinois sports betting accounts from the comfort of their home or wherever they have a wi-fi signal. 

On top of this, Illinois is also welcoming its seventh legal sportsbook, BetMGM.

With seven legal operators and the return of remote registration, March Madness betting is in a position to help Illinois break records. 

BetMGM Illinois launch + bonus offer

BetMGM Sportsbook debuted on March 5, the same day mobile registration returned. The company earned market access via Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria. However, it remains unknown if the company will open up a retail sportsbook.

In a statement, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt has this to say:

“This launch marks a significant milestone for BetMGM as we enter one of the country’s biggest sports betting markets. We look forward to working with the state of Illinois to bring its passionate sports fans a new, innovative and unique sports betting experience.”

BetMGM joins six other legal sportsbooks in Illinois, including:

  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • Barstool
  • PointsBet
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel

New Illinois users can take advantage of a risk-free welcome bet of up to $1,000. Enter the BetMGM Illinois bonus code: PLAYBONUS, and take advantage of the offer right away.

Is Illinois remote registration a plus?

Remote registration has proven beneficial in other states, such as Indiana, New Jersey, and New York. DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said the company was able to sign up 100,000 paid New York bettors in less than 24 hours.

Even when users had to visit physical locations to sign-up for accounts, Illinois became the fourth-largest sports betting market in the US. Without mobile registration for most of 2021, Illinois took in over $7 billion in bets, with its most profitable month being October — $840.4 million.

More sportsbooks on the way for Illinois?

Although it’s still unknown when additional operators will launch, others are on the way. Currently, three anonymous online-only applications are pending with the state gaming board. 

Some of the potential names are:

  • Bally Bet
  • Unibet
  • theScore Bet
  • WynnBET
  • Golden Nugget
  • FOX Bet
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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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