While online sports betting has been legal in Illinois since 2020, the gambling landscape in the state is ever-changing. Betway Sportsbook has been in talks to enter Illinois and in July 2023 was deemed “suitable” to operate in IL as an online-only operator. Three such licenses exist in the state, meaning Betway could be granted a license and begin operations soon.
In this Betway Sportsbook review, we’ll highlight some of the top features of the platform, as well as what to expect if and when the bookie launches in Illinois.
Is Betway Sportsbook live in Illinois?
No, Betway Sportsbook is not live in Illinois. It has yet to acquire a gambling operator’s license from the Illinois Gaming Board, and it will still take some time once Betway obtains licensure before the platform is able to launch in the state. However, once the bookie is ready to launch, it will likely be the first online-only bookmaker to go live in IL.
As of writing, Betway is live in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
When Betway launches in Illinois, it won’t take long at all to complete the registration process and claim the promo. Here are the things you’ll need to do to get started.
Once you’ve completed creating your account, you’ll be able to make a deposit into your account. Your deposit must be at least $10 to qualify for the signup promo of a second chance bet of up to $250
The best features of Betway Sportsbook Illinois
When Betway Sportsbook launches in Illinois, it will bring a quality platform to IL bettors that is sure to keep them coming back for more. Here are some of the best features of Betway Sportsbook:
What type of welcome offer will Betway offer when they go live?
Betway may have a unique type of welcome offer available to Illinois players when they eventually go live in the state. If there is an Illinois-specific promo code or signup available, we will list the details of the bonus on our website; if not, we will link to their standard offer.
The active welcome offer with Betway consists of a second chance bet worth up to $250. All you need to do is make a deposit of at least $10 and place a qualifying wager of at least that amount. If your first bet does not win, Betway will award a second chance bonus bet in the amount of your initial wager.
The Betway promo will come to your account within 36 hours of your qualifying initial wager settling as a loss. If you win your first bet, no promo will be issued. You will then have up to seven days to use the bonus bet funds; an unplayed bonus bet will be removed from your account after that time period.
Conditions for the Betway bonus in other states
Based on the Betway bonus in other states, we can anticipate that the following conditions will apply to the bonus in Illinois:
What do I do if the Betway Illinois bonus is not working?
If the Betway Illinois bonus is not working, there are a few things you can do on your own to fix the issue. First, making sure you’ve met the betting requirements and conditions of the promotion seems like common sense, but most of the time, this important step gets overlooked.
Next, try logging out of your account, and then log back in. You can also restart your app or browser window, or even restart your device, as this can trip the display into refreshing and allow the bonus to show up. However, if all of the above fails, you’ll need to contact Betway’s customer support team.
After the sportsbook launches in the state, you’ll be able to find the latest Betway Illinois promotions at ILBetting.com. On this site, we’ll overview the long-term offers such as welcome bonuses, odds boost specials, rewards program perks, and more; however, if you want to view the day-to-day specifics, you’ll need to click on the “Boosts” tab in the app or browser, or by clicking the “Promotions” tab.
Different kinds of wagers on Betway Sportsbook
Betway Sportsbook offers many different kinds of wagers to craft their betslips. Here are some of the more common and popular options:
Sports you will be able to bet on using Betway Illinois
Once the platform arrives in the state, you will be able to bet on an impressive 20 different sports using Betway Illinois. You’ll also find many different leagues within those sports. Here are some of the top options that will be available.
The rules and laws for Daily Fantasy Sports at Betway Illinois
Daily fantasy sports contests, often shortened to “DFS contests,” have a complicated history in Illinois. Such contests involve trying to put together the highest-fantasy-scoring roster of players from a given sport on a given day while staying under a salary cap. DFS events usually require a paid entry, with the top finishers receiving a share of the entry pool.
In 2015, the state’s Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, argued that DFS contests were chance-based, not skill-based, and were therefore an illegal form of gambling under Illinois law. However, competing attempts in the state legislature were made to both legalize DFS games and to rule them illegal. It wasn’t until 2020 that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that DFS contests do not constitute gambling under Illinois’ criminal code; today, Illinoisans are free to participate in daily fantasy sports events without fear of prosecution.
The Betway mobile betting app in Illinois
The Betway mobile app is already available for download in Illinois, as the app is not tied to any specific state. However, you’ll want to wait to create your account until after Illinois issues licensure to Betway so you don’t disqualify yourself from the welcome bonus.
Betway’s app features a sleek green and white design with an optional “dark mode” for viewing that is even more aesthetically pleasing. The app layout is very similar to the browser setup, so you’ll find a near-seamless interchange between the two. Additionally, the geolocation features have undergone massive upgrades recently, which has dramatically improved the app’s functionality and performance.
How to download the Betway app on iOS
Adding Betway to your Illinois betting app arsenal is an easy process and a smart decision. Here’s how you can download the Betway app today.
Once the download is complete, you’ll be able to create a new Betway account or log in with any existing account credentials you may have.
How to download the Betway app on Android
The Betway app holds a 4.4/5 star rating in the Google Play Store. Here’s how you’ll be able to download the app after Illinois grants Betway a sports betting operator’s license.
After the app is fully installed, you can log in with the Betway account details you created, or you can set up a new account.
Betway Illinois expected payment options
Betway is likely to offer many of the same payment options as the other top Illinois sportsbooks, as well as maintain consistency with its banking methods in other states. Here are some of the top options we expect.
Customer support at Betway Sportsbook IL
Betway Sportsbook’s customer support pages aren’t overly detailed and can be tricky to both locate and navigate. More often than not, you may be better off looking for information using the chat feature (available in both the app and on the website). You could also try emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the state-specific support portal. There is no support phone number listed.
Will college sports be available on Betway Sportsbook in Illinois?
Yes, college sports will be available on Betway Sportsbook in Illinois. However, you will not be able to bet on any events online involving an Illinois-based collegiate program, as state law prohibits remote wagering on in-state teams. You can place bets on in-state college teams in person.