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The Illinois sports betting market is getting a major new player. Tomorrow, March 11, Penn National Gaming will launch its Barstool Sportsbook in the Prairie state. This will bring Illinois’ total online sportsbook count to six. 

“We are extremely excited to launch our online Barstool Sportsbook in Illinois just as the college basketball regular season wraps up and bettors begin their preparations for March Madness,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National. “Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz started Barstool Chicago in 2012 and has worked with Chief, Eddie, Carl, and ‘White Sox’ Dave to develop a tremendous following across the state by covering all things Windy City through daily blogs and social media content, including the immensely popular ‘Red Line Radio’ podcast. As the only gaming operator with a fully integrated sports media and entertainment partner, our customers in Illinois will now be able to engage with these Barstool personalities through the online Barstool Sportsbook and enjoy their unique take on Chicago sports.”

Barstool Sportsbook will be available starting at 12 pm CST on March 11. Bettors can download the app for iOS or Android. There will also be a desktop platform available. 

Barstool Illinois Sportsbook Bonuses

Penn National Gaming and Barstool sportsbook will feature a variety of houses for fans of Illinois’ major league teams. As MLB betting season approaches, Barstool plans to offer an odds boost on the Chicago Cubs and White Sox to win the 2021 World Series. 

New players at Barstool Sportsbook can place a risk-free first bet up to $1,000. If your bet wins, you get the payout. If it loses, Barstool will refund your wager in site credit. It’s a great way to get started with sports betting. 

Illinois Sports Betting On The Rise

It’s been nearly six months since William Hill launched in Illinois on September 15, 2020. At the time, it was the fifth sportsbook to go live in the state. 

Now, Barstool becomes the fifth sportsbook in Illinois upon launch tomorrow,further expanding the state’s sports betting market. After Barstool launches, the state’s sportsbook lineup will include:

Plus, it’s only a matter of time before other big-name operators look to join the fray in the Land of Lincoln. BetMGM seems a likely candidate, among many other sportsbook operators. Time will tell, but Illinois sports betting is certainly on the rise. 

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Cole Rush is a contributor to Gaming Today. Cole is a Chicago-based writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns.

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