BetAmerica Sportsbook is expected to enter the Illinois sports betting market at some point due to parent company Churchill Downs Inc. having easy market access through its ownership of two properties across the state.
Churchill Downs Inc. holds an ownership interest in Rivers Casino Des Plaines, which is partnered with BetRivers to offer mobile sports betting under the casino’s sports betting license.
That leaves Arlington International Racecourse, which is fully owned by Churchill Downs Inc., as the most likely anchor point for BetAmerica Illinois. Churchill Downs and BetAmerica have been quite aggressive in entering new markets across the United States, and an Illinois launch is likely to happen sooner or later.
Furthermore, Arlington International Racecourse has applied for a sports wagering license. Assuming that license is approved, Arlington International will be cleared to launch a retail sportsbook and to offer statewide mobile betting. Neither the track nor Churchill Downs have detailed their plans, but BetAmerica would be the obvious choice.
As such, we provide this early BetAmerica Illinois review for readers to get an idea of what to expect. This review is based on BetAmerica’s operations in other states, but we anticipate the sportsbook will operate in the same basic manner here in Illinois as well. The BetAmerica experience has been largely uniform in all states it has entered to date (Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).
The BetAmerica Rundown
- Established: 2008
- Mobile apps: iOS and Android
- Website: BetAmerica.com
- Sports Covered: All major professional sports and college sports in the US and aboard plus niche sports
- Welcome Bonus: Bet $50 Get $50
- Bonus Code: BET50
- License Status: Pending
BetAmerica Illinois Bonus
The BetAmerica Illinois bonus and other promotions will most likely follow the example set in other states as explained below. If anything changes, we will update this page accordingly.
New Customers: Bet $50 Get $50
BetAmerica offers all new customers a free bet worth up to $50 in return for signing up for an account and place their first wager. Customers who place their first wager within seven days of signing up for an account will receive a free bet of equal value (up to $50).
The free bet is issued as site credit only, which means it cannot be withdrawn and is not included in any winnings. However, any money won with the free bet may be wagered or withdrawn as desired by the customer.
Other mobile sportsbooks tend to advertise larger welcome offers, but the advantage of the BetAmerica IL bonus is that it comes with zero wagering requirements. Any money earned by wagering the free bet may be withdrawn immediately.
Use the promo code BET50 to claim this offer. BetAmerica asks new users for their registration code when signing up for an account after inputting their name and address info.
Note: The customer’s first bet must settle within seven days of registration and may only be a single straight bet with odds of -200 or greater. This means a first bet at odds of -200, -100, +110, +300 and so on would count. A first wager at odds of -250, -300, etc. would not.
Other Sports Betting Promotions
BetAmerica Sportsbook hosts regular promotions, but the selection is usually lacking relative to other sportsbooks. Customers can log in most days and find a promo or two and not much else beyond those.
Below are examples of two promos that were running at the time of this review. These are likely to change soon but should provide a general sense of the types of promos BetAmerica tends to run.
- Parlay Insurance: Bettors who place a parlay with 5 or more legs and lose by just a single leg are refunded with a free bet worth up to $25.
- $2,500 Soccer Challenge: BetAmerica hosted a $2,500 giveaway during this promotion that awarded cash prizes to the top 25 players who wagered the most on soccer games. Every $20 wagered on soccer leagues earned each bettor one point, and the top-25 finalists at the end of the promo were awarded cash prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000.
- Super Odds: Customers can visit the Super Odds tab each day to find a list of odds boosts for the day. Each wager listed in this section has had its price enhanced temporarily to give better payouts. For example, prices on wagers might be improved from +265 to +285, from +295 to +320 and so on.
BetAmerica Mobile App Review
The BetAmerica app is available for download on iOS and Android devices. Customers may also visit the BetAmerica website from any desktop or mobile device to place wagers without the app.
Design and functionality are both on par with the industry standard. The mobile app is a quick download, opens quickly and displays all betting markets in a simple, straightforward manner. Customers should have no trouble navigating between the various sports, viewing markets or placing in-play wagers during live events.
The app’s in-play betting interface is similarly easy to use with customers able to visit any in-play event to view live stats, real time odds and visual depictions of the current flow of the game. For example, in-play baseball games provide a depiction of the diamond showing which bases are occupied and current balls/strikes/outs.
iOS Download: BetAmerica is listed by name in the App Store and users can search for it there or visit BetAmerica.com for a link to the appropriate download page.
Android Download: The Google Play Store does not list gambling apps, but customers can download it directly from BetAmerica.com.
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In-Play Betting at BetAmerica
BetAmerica provides one of the more comprehensive in-play betting platforms on the market today.
A visit to the live betting tab often reveals upwards of a dozen events in-play at any given time to maintain a busy calendar of events covering a wide range of sports. In-play markets are provided for major US competitions, international soccer and tennis, and even niche sports such as table tennis and darts.
Market depth is above average for major events. Customers may place in-game wagers on the outcome of the game, point totals and even what’s going to happen over short segments of game time (such as whether or not there will be a touchdown or goal within the next five minutes).
For bigger events, BetAmerica occasionally hosts more than 80 in-play betting markets – all provided in real time and with live odds.
BetAmerica also provides “fast markets” wagers that break the game down to even shorter segments of one minute or less for rapid-fire action. Fast market wagers are offered for a variety of propositions such as whether a goal will be scored within the next sixty seconds or which outcome out of a list will happen first within the next minute.
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Betting Markets and Types of Wagers
BetAmerica Sportsbook covers US sports (pro and college), major international sports and a fair variety of niche sports. As far as the types of leagues and sports covered, BetAmerica ranks above average compared to other sportsbooks.
However, state law prohibits all sportsbooks from accepting wagers on minor league sports and games that involve Illinois collegiate teams or athletes. Aside from those exceptions mandated by the state, BetAmerica Illinois covers the full range of pro and college sports.
Market depth is a little above the industry average. Major US sports and international matches are often covered with 150-200 individual betting markets while smaller, niche sports may be covered with a dozen or so wagers.
Sports covered: soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, football, Aussie rules, bandy, baseball, boxing, MMA, chess, cricket, darts, esports, Gaelic sports, golf, handball, ice hockey, motor racing, netball, rugby league, rugby union, snooker and pool, speedway and winter sports.
Types of wagers offered: moneylines, point spreads, totals, in-play betting, futures, parlays, teasers, first scorer, last scorer half-time/full-time, odd/even totals, Asian handicaps, winning margin plus many other game props, team props and player props.
Horse Racing Betting
BetAmerica seems to be mostly positioning itself as a sports betting operator, but the company began life as a licensed online horse racing betting site back in 2008.
To this day, customers may visit the horse racing side of BetAmerica or download the separate horse racing app to bet on races held at tracks across the country and abroad. BetAmerica is in fact one of the more popular horse racing betting sites due to its long history in the game and favorable reputation among customers.
The BetAmerica horse racing app is licensed in the most US states and has agreements in place with tracks around the world to deliver live racing video, stats and handicapping tools. Wagers taken online or through the BetAmerica app are comingled with wagers taken at each track, which means customers are paid at true track odds.
BetAmerica Deposit Methods
Illinois sports betting regulations permit licensed sportsbooks to accept deposits via credit card, debit card, cash at approved cashiering locations, reloadable prepaid cards, ACH transfers and other methods approved by regulators.
Currently, BetAmerica accepts the following deposit methods:
- Credit cards and debit cards: BetAmerica accepts payments made via Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
- ACH bank transfer: This method moves funds from the customer’s bank account to his or her betting account.
- PlayPlus Card: The PlayPlus card facilitates online payments that can be made the same day. Customers also receive an actual card in the mail that can be used to withdraw funds at ATMs and to make in-store purchases.
- PayPal and Skrill: Bettors may sign up for an account with PayPal or Skill to store funds online, make deposits and receive cashouts.
- PayNearMe: Select this option to generate a pay slip that can be taken to a nearby location (such as 7-Eleven, CVS and Family Dollar) to make a cash deposit.
Customers may speak to the BetAmerica support team via phone, live chat and e-mail. A short FAQ page also provides the answers to a handful of frequently asked questions, but bettors will likely find the best results speaking with a support rep.
Responsible Gambling Tools
In Illinois, licensed sportsbooks are required to provide players with tools to manage their spending and to self-exclude. BetAmerica comes to Illinois with those capability in place due to its operations in other states that have similar regulations on the books.
BetAmerica Illinois customers may log in and visit the “My Account” area to adjust the following limits.
- Deposit limits: Set a maximum amount that may be deposited each day, week or month
- Betting limits: Set a maximum amount that may be wagered each day, week or month
- Time-based limits: Set a limit on the number of hours that may be spent logged in on a daily basis
- Timeouts: Begin a “cooling off” period of 72 hours to 30 days during which it is impossible to log in
- Self-Exclusion: Close one’s BetAmerica account for a specified length of time or permanently