Legal sports betting and betting on the Super Bowl is coming to Chicago and the rest of Illinois in the near future, thanks to a 2019 law legalizing wagering around the state.
However, that law is still not in effect, leaving Chicagoans with no in-state options for legal sportsbooks. But you can still legally bet on Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers if you head to Indiana.
Thankfully, it’s just a short jaunt to Indiana if you live or work in Chicago. Several online sportsbooks are available in the state.
Sign up in Chicago and bet in Indiana with these legal sportsbooks
Here are the top options for placing a legal online bet on the Super Bowl in Indiana:
You have to be physically located in Indiana to place an actual bet with real money. But you can do everything else you need to get started with betting with an Indiana sportsbook before you even cross the border.
You can download an app, create an account, deposit funds and look at all the available bets from the comfort of Chicago. Once you are ready to place an actual wager, you must be within Indiana’s borders.
Geolocation technology can verify if you are in Indiana with accuracy measured in yards. So, once you are there, you can bet from anywhere in the state.
How to get started using a sports betting app in Chicago
The easiest way to bet online in Indiana is via a number of sports betting apps in the state for both iPhones and Android devices.
You can also sign up and bet via a laptop or another computer if you are in Indiana. However, if you are making the trek from Chicago specifically to place a bet, then doing everything on your phone is obviously the easiest route to take.
Here’s what to do to get started:
Download a sports betting app
If you want to get started, you want to get a sportsbook app downloaded first.
Here are the top options for Indiana sportsbooks:
- DraftKings Sportsbook (iPhone and Android devices)
- FanDuel Sportsbook (iPhone and Android devices)
- BetRivers Sportsbook (Android phones)
All three of these sportsbooks are legal and accept wagers in Indiana. Their apps can be downloaded while you are in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois.
For iPhones, the sites provide apps via the Apple App Store. For Android, you will directly download the app from the site; they are not found in the Google Play Store.
These apps will likely be legal in Illinois someday, as well.
Create a sports betting account
Once you have an app, you can go about the business of creating the account you’ll use to bet on sports.
The process is similar across most online sportsbooks; you’ll need to provide:
- Email address
- Your physical address
- The last four digits of your Social Security number
This information is necessary to make sure you are who you say you are and of legal gambling age in Indiana, which is 21 or older.
Fund your account
Once you have an account at an Indiana sportsbook, you’ll need to deposit money for betting.
Indiana sportsbook apps offer several methods to deposit:
- Online Banking: Transfer money directly from a bank account to your sportsbook account. This is usually the quickest and safest way to transfer money for betting online.
- PayPal and E-wallets: PayPal is a trusted way of moving money from one place to another online, and is a good option to fund an online sports betting account.
- Play+Card: These are pre-paid cards you can use to fund your sportsbook account.
You may want to make sure you have whatever funding method you want to use set up before you make the trek to Indiana.
When you log in to your sportsbook account and start the deposit process, the sportsbook will display your options and walk you through getting your money into your account.
Place a bet
Everything until now can be done in Illinois.
For the last step — actually making a bet — you need to be within Indiana state lines. You will not be allowed to place a bet while in Illinois.
For the Super Bowl, there are hundreds of bets you can make. The most common ones are:
- Point Spread: You bet on the margin of victory in the game. Most online sportsbooks list the Kansas City Chiefs as a 1.5-point favorite. To win a point spread bet on the Chiefs, they would have to win by 2 or more points.
- Moneyline: You just bet on who will win the game.
- Total Points: Just as it sounds, you bet on how many points the two teams will combine to score. The current total is at 54.5 points at Indiana online sportsbooks.
Beyond that, you can bet on things like the coin toss, who will score first, and even the color of the Gatorade bath given to the winning coach.
Live betting on the Super Bowl
If you stay in Indiana for the Big Game, you have another option for betting.
Online sportsbooks don’t only give you a chance to bet on outcomes before the games even start; you can place bets in real-time as the game is going odd.
The number of things you can bet on will not be as robust as pregame, but you can bet on an update point spread, moneyline and total as the Chiefs and 49ers play.
Best sportsbook apps to bet on if you’re from Chicago
Here are the top betting options if you want to use an Indiana sportsbook app:
DraftKings Sportsbook in Indiana
DraftKings is one of the leading online legal sportsbooks in the US, and you probably know the name if you have ever played daily fantasy sports.
The sportsbook has a pretty good offer if you want to give betting in Indiana a try. You don’t even have to make a deposit to start betting at DraftKings Sportsbook in Indiana; you get $25 just for signing up if you use the link below.
DraftKings offers hundreds of bet types for the Super Bowl, so you will be able to wager on just about anything you can think of related to the game.
FanDuel Sportsbook in Indiana
FanDuel is another leading daily fantasy sports company that now offers legal sports betting.
The offer at FanDuel to get started is a bit different; you can get a risk-free bet up to the amount of your first deposit, capped at $500.
So, for instance, if you were to make a $25 deposit, you would be credited with a risk-free bet of $25 (if you use the link below). You could then bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl, and if you win, you would get the winnings from that bet. If you lose, you’ll get a credit to make another $25 bet.
It’s a good way to get your feet wet with betting on the Super Bowl.
BetRivers Sportsbook in Indiana
BetRivers is the online sportsbook that is related to the company that operates Rivers Casino outside of Chicago.
This is yet another offer for new sportsbook users. Here, you deposit up to $250, and then you get a credit of an additional $250 for betting. You must wager the bonus one time before you can withdraw it.
Sportsbooks close to Chicago
Want to watch the Super Bowl at an actual physical sportsbook? You have that option too.
There are three casinos near Chicago that have sportsbooks:
- Horseshoe Hammond
- Ameristar Casino Chicago
- Majestic Star Casino
You can bet online at any of those casinos, of course, and watch the game while there. All three will be showing the Super Bowl on their big screens.
Be warned: Since this is the first year of legal sports betting in Indiana, it could be very busy at any of these places.
Super Bowl odds in Indiana
Here are the current Super Bowl odds for the most popular bets at Indiana sportsbooks:
- Point Spread: Kansas City -1.5 points; San Francisco +1.5 points
- Total points: 53.5
- Moneyline: Chiefs -122, 49ers +108
Super Bowl betting in Chicago and Indiana: Questions and answers
Is it legal to bet on the Super Bowl in Chicago?
Right now, there are no sportsbooks that operate legally in Chicago or the rest of Illinois. You must go to Indiana to bet at a sportsbook that is operating legally or download an Indiana betting app and drive across the border to place your bets.
There will be Illinois sportsbooks later in 2020.
I know someone who lives in Indiana; can they log into my account and bet for me?
No, only the person who owns the account should wager from it.
Who is the Super Bowl favorite in Indiana?
The Kansas City Chiefs are favored to win the game. The current line is set at Chiefs, minus-1.5 points.
When did the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl?
The Bears won their only Super Bowl title in 1986. The Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 in their only other Super Bowl appearance.