BetMGM Illinois Sportsbook Launches: What You Need To Know

Written By Dustin Gouker on March 6, 2022
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Not only can you now start your Illinois online sports betting account from anywhere in the state, but you can also wager at BetMGM Sportsbook.

Illinois lifted its restriction on signing up for sportsbook apps in person this weekend; you can now sign up from anywhere in the state. That change also brought with it a new sportsbook option in the form of BetMGM.

Read on for more on getting started with BetMGM, including how to claim a $1,000 risk-free bet.

More on other Illinois sportsbook apps here; and more on what changed in Illinois for online betting sign-up here. Thanks to the change, it will now be easy to bet on March Madness with BetMGM or any other sportsbook app in the state.

BetMGM Illinois Sportsbook: The basics

This is the 22nd state in which BetMGM has launched legal sports betting; it’s been one of biggest sportsbook brands in the US in recent years.

The BetMGM welcome offer compares well to other sportsbooks — you can get risk-free bets of up to $1,000 upon deposit — by clicking this link and using the bonus code PLAYBONUS.

BetMGM offers a full sportsbook, with a wide range of sports, bet types and offers for bettors.

How to get the BetMGM Sportsbook app in Illinois

If you want to get started with BetMGM, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click this link to sign up for BetMGM. BetMGM will ask you for some personal information to make sure you are who you say you are; this is standard protocol to ensure your safety and the sportsbook’s.
  2. Make a deposit so you can claim your risk-free bets; more on that below.
  3. If you want to get the app, download it via the links on BetMGM’s site.

More on the BetMGM Illinois bonus code

Here is the fine print so that you know what you are doing when you claim your risk-free bets:

  • The smallest deposit you can make and claim a bonus is $10.
  • The bonus is not just free money in your account. In order to claim it, you need to make a wager of up to $1,000. If you win the bet, congratulations, you just won a bet. The welcome offer kicks in if you lose the bet, which results in getting free bets up to the amount you wagered. That’s the “risk-free” part…either you win or you get bets back up to the amount of the bet.
  • Let’s say you take advantage of the full bonus, and place a $1,000 bet that loses. That will result in five $200 free bets added to your account. The same calculation will be applied to any losing bet over $50 in the form of five free bets.
  • If you bet less than $50, you will get a single free bet in your account.
  • Make sure the first bet you place at BetMGM is the one you want to use for this promotion.
  • Any free bets you earn have to be used within a week.
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Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.

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