Caesars Sportsbook is the latest to launch fully mobile sports betting operations in Illinois, joining the fray Wednesday morning.
The Las Vegas mainstay has long had an Illinois sports betting presence through its Harrah’s properties in Joliet and Elgin, in addition to the Grand Victoria Casino Elgin.
The operator, which said in a company press release it’s working to announce local partnerships in Illinois in the future, is taking advantage of the state’s decision to permanently allow off-site mobile sportsbook registration. The law allowing mobile registration went into effect March 5.
Caesars Sportsbook is now live in 22 states, including 16 with mobile sports betting.
"We're pleased to launch our best mobile sports wagering product and to reach more sports fans in Illinois," Caesars Digital co-president Chris Holdren said in a press release. "This is an important step for us as we continue to expand our offering of best-in-class rewards for sports fans across the state."
What Caesars is Offering New Customers in Illinois
Fans of Caesars Sportsbook’s product can cash in on up to $1,100 in first bet insurance when they register with the company, deposit funds, and make their first bet.
That first bet insurance offer means Illinois customers will receive a free bet worth as much as whatever is wagered, up to $1,100 — giving users ample reason to sign up as March Madness heats up across the country.
What Other Operators Are Doing in Illinois
FanDuel Sportsbook is celebrating mobile registration in Illinois with a $1,000 risk free offer.
FanDuel announced its mobile registration launch in the state on social media just a little after midnight Saturday morning.
BetMGM Sportsbook jumped into the Illinois market for the first time this weekend. The operator received an Illinois management service provider license in December to partner with East Peoria’s Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino.
BetMGM announced its Illinois launch on social media Saturday morning. BetMGM figures to be the first truly mobile sportsbook in the state. Although it’s partnered with Par-A-Dice Casino, it isn’t expected to operate a retail facility there. BetMGM is offering a risk free first bet up to $1,000 for first-time Illinois users.