Gambling in Illinois

Lottery: 18
Parimutuel: 18
Casinos: 21
Charity Bingo & Pull Tabs: 18

Racetracks were the birth of gambling in the state of Illinois which were introduced in the 1930’s. In the state of Illinois, lottery tickets began selling in 1972. Currently in the United States there are only 14 states that do no offer a state lottery because that form of gambling funds many different public programs such as schools and the safety services throughout the state. Illinois followed it’s neighboring state of Iowa in legalizing riverboat casinos in 1991. This was successfully passed because Illinois felt that their state was in jeopardy of losing revenue to gambling when citizens traveled over the river to Iowa to gamble. The state also felt that allowing riverboat casinos would bring more tourism to the state which would also boost revenue. There are two riverboat casinos within the state of Illinois which offer gambling for 1,200 passengers at a time in order to gamble at a riverboat casino, players must be 21 or over.

Gambling Found in Illinois

A state lottery is available in the state of Illinois for players who are 18 and over some of the lottery games consist of; Mega Millions, Lotto, Little Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, Powerball & more. Illinois has several different pari-mutuel horse racing tracks mainly located in the northern part of the state. Pari-mutuel betting is available for those who are 18 and over. Illinois also has land based casinos throughout the state that offer all kinds of gaming and welcomes players who are 18 and over.

USA Casinos Online

One of the most popular types of gambling within the United States is online gambling. Players can sit down & relax at home while playing games like keno, bingo, craps, baccarat, table games, card games, poker, slots, video poker and more. Online casinos also offer really great promotions. Players can find many no-deposit bonuses as well as deposit match bonuses for more chances to win. Online casinos typically offer more games than land based casinos especially when it comes to different versions of the American games. Players can choose to either download the software to their computer or they can play instantly online. The download version is great for PC users because it offers all of the games to the players at any time with realistic graphics & sound. The instant play version is better for Mac users because it does not require a download. In the United States the only law against online gambling is The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which prohibits players from depositing using their bank account or credit card information.