How to Bet on Sports Online in Illinois

Illinois is one of the lucky states in the USA where sports betting is legal and easy to do through numerous secure online sportsbooks.

With all major professional and college sports to choose from, you can create an account and start betting right now.

Whether you’re looking to bet on the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Chicago Bulls in the NBA, White Sox or Cubs in the MLB, Kyle Hendricks, Roquan Smith or any other team or athlete nationally and globally, we’ve got you.

Here’s what you need to legally and easily start betting online in IL.

Choosing a sportsbook in Illinois

Where can I bet online in IL? 

We have ranked the best sportsbooks available in Illinois.

Once you check out our Illinois sportsbook rankings, don’t forget to use our promotional codes to ensure you get the best sign-up bonuses.

Registering your details to bet online in IL

As you sign up, the sportsbook will likely ask for your Driver’s License and/or Social Security Number. This is two fold; for your security and to ensure you are of a legal age (21 or older) to bet in Illinois.

You will also need to confirm your location is indeed in Illinois. Each site will have its own way of confirmation, so make sure you enable your location to be detected.

Depositing money to bet online in IL

Now that you’ve signed up for your selected sportsbook in Illinois, you need to deposit money into the account to start betting. 

All of the books on our site come with sign-up bonuses, and often the more you deposit initially, the more you are rewarded with straight up.

Depending on the book, you may be given different ways to make your deposit. Be sure to check which best suits you.

As mentioned, the more money you add to your account, the bigger the bonus usually is. We recommend exploring what different sportsbooks have to offer.

Placing your bets online in IL

Let’s get it! You’ve created your account, deposited some money and you’re raring to get into online sports betting.

At first, the sportsbook site may look like it has a lot going on, but – don’t worry – you will be making plays like a seasoned bettor in no time.

Sportsbook sites usually have a menu, where you can find the list of sports that are available for you to bet on. More often than not, you will find major sports such as Football, Basketball and Baseball at the top of this list before other sports are listed from A to Z.

In the NBA, you might be looking to bet on the Bulls making a run at the Championship, or Zach LaVine having a big game. We’ve got a full guide on betting on the NBA, even if you’re not willing to bet on the Bulls.

To ensure your best chance of winning, use as your guide before placing any bet across any major sport.

Why? You’ll find out right now.

Utilizing our picks

Here at Dimers, we use predictive analytics models which conduct 10,000 simulations of each game based on rosters, form, previous matchups, even weather, all to give you an unrivaled edge before you make that winning play.  

Bet Hub

One of the best features of Dimers is the Bet Hub, which allows you to choose based on your favorite league, such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and so on. Within each Bet Hub, our Best Bets section shows you our recommended plays and which of the sportsbooks are offering the best odds in the United States.

Quick Picks

Skip past the analytics and see exactly what our best plays are in Quick Picks. You can filter these picks to include specific sports, bet types and date ranges.

Dimers Newsletter

By subscribing to the Dimers newsletter, you’ll get our best bets and bonuses in Illinois. With expert insights and incredible sign-up offers, the Dimers newsletter empowers you to make the most of your betting.

How do I download betting apps?

Once you sign up, you may want to move to the convenience of mobile betting.  All the books listed on Dimers have apps readily available to download via the App Store, Google Play or directly through their website. From there, just log in to your account and use the app on your device as you would on a desktop.


Now you have all the tools to enjoy sports betting in Illinois. Be sure to keep Dimers on hand for the best odds, predictions and sportsbook offers in America, so you can make bigger plays than the Chicago Cubs’ outfield.

Join a sportsbook in IL now and start betting.

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