Disclaimer: Caesars Sportsbook is not yet online in Illinois. This review is speculative based on the Caesars product in other states and will be updated once it goes live here.
One of the biggest gambling operators in the US, Caesars Entertainment, is bringing its sports betting services to Illinois.
Although Caesars is known for its casino offerings, it has recently expanded its footprint into the sports betting industry. One of the sportsbook’s biggest selling points is its native app for iOS and Android. It also offers access to the Caesars Rewards loyalty program, which has numerous benefits for all registered users.
Other virtues of Caesars Sportsbook include a responsive and intuitive platform and a robust betting portfolio, especially when it comes to wagering on major sports. All of this, coupled with the operator’s king-sized promotional package, makes Caesars a go-to sportsbook.
If you’re keen on finding out what other perks lie in store for those who try Caesars Sportsbook in Illinois, read our full review below.
By signing up with Caesars Sportsbook, you’ll be able to claim not one but two welcome bonuses. The first one goes to new account holders right after they register. So, even if you don’t want to deposit a dime on the site, you can get $10 for free for creating an account.
If you decide to stick around and deposit some cash, Caesars will provide you with a 100% bonus of up to $300. Put differently, whatever sum you deposit after signing up (up to a maximum of $300), the sportsbook will match it with free bet credits of identical value.
After making your first deposit and receiving the free bets, you’ll have seven days to redeem the bonus. You can use the free bets only on a single wager (can’t be broken down into multiple bets) and at odds of -200 or greater.
During the registration process, you’ll need to use our bonus code in the appropriate box to become eligible for the introductory offer.
|Illinois Sportsbook||Caesars Sportsbook|
|No Deposit Bonus||$10|
|Deposit Match Bonus||First-time deposit bonus up to $300|
|Last Updated||February 20, 2021|
We’ve seen Caesars dish out some amazing offers to both new and ongoing customers. The operator has a joint promotions section for both its sportsbook and casino divisions, so users are bound to find lots of exciting promos at any given moment.
The site lacks sports-specific promotions that are available on other betting sites but compensates for it with a range of other deals.
Illinois opened its virtual doors to sports betting on June 19, 2019, when Gov. JB Pritzker approved a massive capital bill that included legalized online sports wagering in the state. The Prairie State began accepting legal sports wagers in March 2020 at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, while online sportsbooks went live a bit later in the year.
Caesars Entertainment gained market entrance in the Prairie State via its land-based property, Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel & Casino in Southern Illinois.
Illinois residents of legal age (21 or older) can place legal wagers with Caesars Sportsbook. By law, you have to be present in the state when you’re making a bet on the site.
Once you click one of our bonus links and get redirected to the sportsbook’s homepage, the sign-up process is self-explanatory. You only have to:
Note that Caesars Sportsbook denies access to casino employees and anyone working in professions that could affect the outcome of sporting events. That includes coaches, athletes, trainers and so forth.
Caesars has been knocking it out of the park in the mobile betting world ever since the sportsbook released its native apps for iOS and Android. To get the app, follow the prompts appropriate to your device on the Caesars website.
As far as betting apps go, Caesars’ apps are among the best in the business in terms of usability and functionality. They have a nice, clean interface with an intuitive layout. The betting content adjusts to any mobile screen seamlessly, ensuring that you get a first-class experience regardless of the device and operating system.
Once you start the app, you’ll instantly notice a well-organized, drop-down menu with available sports to bet on. The app has a built-in filter that allows users to track down selections by bet type.
The Caesars Rewards program has been integrated into its mobile sports betting offering. Apart from being able to collect rewards points, Illinois bettors can enjoy other perks on the go, like claiming bonuses, making payments or contacting customer support, if needed.
Both the desktop platform and the apps were developed by Scientific Games, one of the leading software manufacturers in the industry. Much like other SG products, Caesars Sportsbook is characterized by an ultra-fast response time and sleek navigation.
The biggest incentive Caesars has to offer is undoubtedly the operator’s rewards program, which is one of the most rewarding of its kind on the market. Some of the benefits you can get by amassing loyalty points include room discounts at Caesars’ land-based properties, free gambling vouchers, invitations to promotions and in-casino events, gifts, priority lines at hotel check-in and access to VIP lounges.
Caesars’ second-strongest suit has to be the sportsbook’s platform itself. Scientific Games has truly done wonders with the site, creating a gambling hub that works extraordinarily well across all devices. It’s certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing betting site out there, but it’s one of the most user-friendly.
We also appreciate the fact that Caesars has put all of its gambling products under one platform. So, if Illinois ever legalizes online casino gambling, you can drop by the casino section, as there’s plenty of fun to be had there.
At the moment, Caesars is pretty limited compared to other sports betting sites in Illinois in terms of both width and depth. It comes up short when it comes to a couple of sports that are vastly popular in the US, and its selection of niche sports is basically nonexistent.
For instance, the sportsbook hasn’t yet included golf in its betting portfolio, which is a major shortcoming. Top-rated niche racing sports like Formula One and NASCAR are nowhere to be found, and the site also doesn’t offer odds for cycling, darts, cricket, and volleyball. Although the coverage of major sports will be enough for most bettors from Illinois, it may fail to satisfy more demanding wagerers.
The sportsbook also needs to boost its betting program with advanced types of wagers, namely props. For an average NFL game, users can find only basic pregame markets, like a moneyline, over/under and point spread. The offer gets even more narrowed down for in game wagers.
Another feature that seems to be missing at Caesars is the ability to cash out. This function is popular in betting circles and allows users to take profit early before all the events from their betting slip have finished.
Caesars isn’t going to win awards for the most versatile sportsbook anytime soon, that’s for sure. The betting variety here may prove sufficient for casual bettors, but it will likely drive away seasoned pros.
For major sports, users can find the most basic types of wagers. These include moneyline, point spread and over/under markets. There are also some alternative spreads and totals like quarters and halves, but props selections are largely lacking.
You can mix it up a bit with parlays and teasers by adding multiple selections into your betting slip.
It seems that Caesars decided to stick to major US sports, at least for the time being. You can find lines for baseball, basketball, football, hockey, MMA, soccer and table tennis, but that’s it — no cricket, rugby, volleyball, handball, motorsports or other sports that are popular overseas.
Surprisingly, Caesars has pretty solid soccer coverage and provides odds for a range of top-tier competitions in Europe. These include La Liga, Serie A, the UEFA Champions League and, of course, Major League Soccer.
Illinois has a rich and varied sports landscape. The Prairie State has at least one representative in all four major sports — the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB. All of these franchises are headquartered in the Chicago area.
Futures bets are great prospects for those who want to nail it big time. The best part? You don’t have to invest much to accomplish this feat. That’s because futures odds can be sky-high, especially for underdogs. On the other side of the coin, they’re incredibly difficult to predict.
Caesars’ selection of futures markets stretches across all sports, including MMA and even table tennis.
After creating an account with Caesars, you can deposit using one of the following payment methods:
The sportsbook won’t charge you any fees when you make deposits and withdrawals on the site. Keep in mind, though, that your financial provider may incur a commission. The processing time depends on the chosen method. Typically, all deposits are instantaneous, while cash-outs take between two and 10 days.
Caesars has top-notch customer support, which is accessible via live chat, telephone or email. Before you start dialing the numbers, we recommend you try finding your answers in the comprehensive FAQ section. There, you’ll find over a hundred articles with information regarding payments, promotions, betting and general information.
Caesars works to promote a responsible gambling environment. The site prominently displays a problem gambling helpline and provides multiple tools to help users keep their spending habits in check. You can set deposit, time and spending limits on your account, and if you notice that things are getting out of control, you can sign up for the self-exclusion program for one year, five years or indefinitely.
Caesar Entertainment will most likely link its online sportsbook with its land-based casino property, Harrah’s Metropolis in southern Illinois.
By reputation, maybe. As far as the most relevant areas are concerned, there are probably better wagering options in Illinois. Looking at its overall betting portfolio, it feels as if Caesars’ sportsbook is still in development. It comes up short in terms of both sports and market selection. For now, we’ll call it for what it is — a rising star in the sports betting industry.