Where You Can Play Online Poker In Illinois
Can You Play Online Poker in Illinois?
Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement.
Current Illinois Gambling Laws
Illinois is the sixth-most populous state in America and features 10 riverboat casinos, but online gambling appears unlikely to be regulated and legalized in the near future.
The ten Illinois casinos operate under the Riverboat Gambling Act that passed in 1990. These boats had to be on water and for the first nine years had to leave the dock for two hours. The law was changed in 1999 and allowed casinos to operate in a more traditional manner, although there remained a prohibition against their operation in or around Cook County or Chicago.
Online gambling in the state is strictly limited to horse racing and the Illinois Lottery. All other forms of online gambling are illegal with a misdemeanor charge being sought for gambling in an unlicensed establishment; subsequent convictions fall under a Class 4 felony.
Illinois residents received some hope about being able to play online poker in May 2017 when a bill was introduced that included online poker with live casino expansion. The Senate voted 42-10 in favor of the bill, but it never made it through the House as hearings were canceled at the last minute.
A senate bill was introduced in 2018 that included proposals for the daily fantasy sports, sports betting, and online gaming, yet the bill omitted key details on taxation, regulatory framework and licensing.
Finally in the summer of 2019 lawmakers in the state did pass a wide-ranging gambling expansion bill that allowed the addition of several casinos including a "mega-casino" in Chicago, the adding of slots and table games at existing gambling venues, and the addition of sports betting in the state.
While residents will be able to bet on sports online, though other types of online gambling (including online poker) remain unavailable.
Best Online Poker Sites for Illinois Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.