Now that we've explained what a promotion code is, let's talk about the different types available in Illinois. Generally, the difference between a promo code has to do with the type of bonus you can claim.
Online sportsbooks in IL offer different kinds of bonuses, and some of them require a promo code. Note that you cannot use a code required for a particular offer to claim another offer. Below are some common promo codes you will find at top Illinois sports betting sites.
Free bets promo codes
Free bets in Illinois are among the most popular bonuses that sports gambling apps and sites offer to their users in the state. The bonus is offered for free and has nothing to do with you staking your money.
However, be aware that there may be a deposit clause to trigger the offer. With free bets, you get to bet the full amount of the bonus and cash out the winnings minus the free bet amount when you fulfill the rollover requirement. Once you enter the promotion code of a free bet bonus and make the qualifying deposit, it will be added to your account instantly for you to use on sporting events.
Risk-free bet promo codes
Risk-free bets work the same way as free bets. However, it is not an entirely free bonus as it has a lot to do with your actual money. In a risk-free bet, you have to first bet your hard-earned money.
If you lose the bet, you will then be given a percentage or all your bet amount back (depending on the promotion) as a free bet. This will give you a second chance at winning. The codes you have to use to claim the offer will be specified either on the promotions page (for general bonuses) or sent to your email (for exclusive bonuses).
Betting credit promo codes
Some online sports betting sites also offer betting credits to players. This is an additional amount added to your account, and it is commonly offered as a sign-up bonus to players.
As with most other bonuses, some operators may require that you provide a specific code while creating an account or depositing money to claim the offer. Once you've done that, the betting credit will be available for you to use. Note that it is also possible for an operator to reward players with betting credits as a no deposit bonus.
Deposit match up promo codes
Match bonuses are bonuses offered as a percentage of the amount that a player deposit into their account. Usually, they are offered 100% and above the amount deposited, and they are the most common form of welcome bonuses. However, there is usually a limit to the amount of the bonus.
For instance, if a bookie offers new players a 100% bonus of up to $200, the player can only claim a maximum of $200 in the promotion. Besides, it also means that they will get 100% of the amount that they deposit. So in this example, if a player deposits $50, they will only get $50 as bonus money. Deposit match-up promotion codes only work when you make the required qualifying deposit.
Seasonal or event-specific promo codes
Online sports betting sites in Illinois also offer seasonal and event-specific bonuses. For example, during Halloween, Easter, or Christmas, some sportsbooks may offer special bonuses to their players.
These bonuses can take different forms, such as free bets, cashback bonuses, match bonuses, or risk-free bets. Whatever kind of offer it is, operators usually spell them out clearly on their promotions page. They may also provide a special promo code that players have to enter to claim the offer.
Team betting promo codes
Some Illinois teams have their own sportsbook promotions from time to time. As an example, there could be a promo for the Chicago Bulls where you'll get boosted odds of them being the winner in their next game.