- Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States by population.
- The Ameristar casino is also a Hotel, Casino, & sportsbook and it is located in East Chicago, IN.
- Eilers & Krejcik projected annual sports betting revenues of $756 million dollars in Illinois within five years.
CHICAGO – Betting on Super Bowl LIV in the state of Illinois won’t be ready by the time kickoff happens on Sunday. However, one of Indiana’s 13 brick-and-mortar casinos is offering some interesting promotions and sweepstakes for residents of Chicago to enjoy during Super Bowl weekend.
Biggest Casino Promotions During SB54 Weekend
The Ameristar Casino is located in East Chicago, IN and has a sweepstake every month called the Sweet Retreat 5k that will give players a share of $5,000 dollars in a sweepstakes that will end on February 29th. One way to earn additional entries in this sweepstakes is to download and create a profile on the Abradoodle Bingo app or download the Viva Slots Vegas app and enter your email address.
The Ameristar casino also has a weekly Monday Baccarat tournament with two different starting times. The first tournament begins at 1 p.m. CST with the winner taking home a $2,500-dollar cash prize and another drawing of $1,000 in cash.
The second tournament begins registration at 5 p.m. CST and starts at 6 p.m. with the same prizes as the tournament before. The tournament does provide benefits to members of the casino’s owners clubs which gives gamblers one free entry and 2 drawing tickets per day to be used in the tournament.
If you sign up through mychoice casino loyalty program, you’ll receive a $30 free play guarantee and get the opportunity to earn up to $500 in free plays after three trips.
What About The Sportsbook?
While these promotions are not necessarily sports betting related they do add an incentive for gamblers of all types to visit the casino.
When it comes to the Ameristar Casino Sportsbook, Chicago area residents do have the option of building out their betslip online so that when they do make it to the casino they can easily print out a ticket and begin watching the big game.
The Super Bowl odds at Ameristar Casino feature similar lines to the ones offered in Las Vegas. The spread is set at 1.5 points in favor of the Kansas City Cheifs, the Chiefs are at -124 odds to win straight up, and the Ove/Under is set at 54 points.
When Will A Sportsbook In Chicago Open?
Legislators in Illinois passed the Illinois Sports Wagering Act in June of 2019 which made sports betting legal in the state. Since then, the state has been dragging its feet and didn’t start accepting applications for sports gambling licenses until December. This is the biggest reason why the state will miss out on the tax revenue that betting on the Super Bowl would bring.
However, Rep. Mike Zalewski who authored part of the bill said everything should be in line to allow sports betting by the time of the NCAA tournament.
“There’s a healthy dose of optimism that they’ll be able to make a bet by March Madness,” Zalewski added, “That’s a reasonable goal given where we are on the timeline.”
For sports bettors in the state of Illinois, it seems as if they’ll have more options to place bets on sports sooner rather than later. Sportsbooks in Chicago will likely be available for the next Super Bowl and bettors won’t have to hop state lines then.
Online sports betting was legalized in Illinois, but those state-regulated platforms haven’t launched yet. Sports bettors in the Chicago area who aren’t willing to travel to Indiana may possibly use offshore sportsbooks, which adds to the potential revenue the state is missing out on.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.