Illinois Sportsbooks Kick Off Week 1 With NFL Betting Promos, Boosts Galore

Written By Joe Boozell on September 8, 2021
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The 2021 NFL season kicks off on Thursday night when the Dallas Cowboys travel to Tampa Bay to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. And Illinois sportsbooks are looking to rekindle some sports wagering excitement by offering various NFL promos and boosts for the Week 1 slate.

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First, you have to visit a retail sportsbook in Illinois before you can complete your online registration.

But if you already have any of the six Illinois sports betting apps on your phone, you’re in luck. Here are some of the best opening week NFL betting offers in Illinois.

NFL Week 1 offers at Illinois sportsbooks

DraftKings no-brainer

DraftKings Sportsbook in Illinois is offering a no-brainer promo for the Buccaneers vs. Cowboys Thursday night game.

For a maximum bet of $25, you can get Tampa Bay +73 vs. Dallas. Unless you really like what you saw from the Cowboys on Hard Knocks, those are nice odds for the defending champions.

The Buccaneers are consensus eight-point favorites in the opening game of the season without the huge boost.

And to introduce its new same-game parlay (SGP) feature to users, DraftKings is also offering a bonus SGP for Week 1.

The maximum refund is $25, so all SGPs up to $25 are bonus upon opting in. However, there is no maximum reward, meaning this could be a chance to really swing big and potentially hit a long-shot parlay with no risk.

FanDuel McAfee Giveaway

FanDuel in Illinois is offering a “McAfee Giveaway,” and granting all users a $10 bonus bet on an NFL game this week.

To participate, simply opt-in and place a bet. Odds must be -200 or shorter to qualify, and SGPs are eligible for this bet.

FanDuel also has an interesting Super Bowl futures promotion. Place a bet of $50 or more on any team, and you’ll receive $5 in site credit for each regular-season game that team wins.

For example, let’s say you place $50 on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. Even if they don’t win the title, but they win 10 games, you’d be refunded your full bet in site credit.

Though, keep in mind, the maximum bonus is $50. So, if the Chiefs win, say, 12 games, you won’t get extra site credit.

Finally, FanDuel is also offering a generous new user sign-up promo. When you register and deposit $10 or more, you can bet $5 to win $200 on any NFL moneyline market.

Though again, Illinoisans must sign up at FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing in Collinsville in order to qualify.

PointsBet Tom Brady booster

PointsBet in Illinois has a no-brainer Tom Brady promo for Thursday night.

If TB12 throws for at least one yard, users can turn $10 into $20. Simple enough.

PointsBet is also offering a $20 bonus SGP bet, though it can only be used for the Bucs-Cowboys game. Still, opportunistic bettors will have a couple of shots to win big if they take advantage of the various offers in Illinois.

And finally, a Bears promotion!

PointsBet is offering a $20 bonus bet on the Bears-Rams Sunday Night Football game. Any losing bets will be refunded up to $20 in free wagers.

Bear down at BetRivers

BetRivers, the new official betting partner of the Bears, is incentivizing users to bet on the Monsters of the Midway to win the division.

Place a $50 bet on the Chicago Bears to win the NFC North, and you’ll get $5 for every regular-season win. Keep in mind that their current over/under is 7.5.

There may be some value here, but the FanDuel version of this bet is likely a better proposition.

But BetRivers has another nice offer this weekend, as it will give all users one 100% promo boost for Week 1. The maximum bet is $25, and you must use the code CHICAGO in order to take advantage.

Jersey of your choice at Caesars by William Hill

The artist formerly known as William Hill has the most creative promo of the bunch.

Place NFL cumulative bets of $100 or more during the first month of the season, and Caesars by William Hill will give you an authentic NFL team jersey of your choice. Once you meet the betting threshold, it will send you a $150 gift card.

Wondering how to get that Justin Fields jersey, Bears fans? This NFL promo might be the way to do it.

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