St. Louis is a great sports town. What St. Louis is not, through no fault of their own, is a sports betting town. Legislative efforts in 2020 to bring legal sports betting fell short. As a result, residents of St. Louis have to go to the sports betting. Fortunately, that isn’t all that difficult.
All it takes is a willingness to commute, whether near or far, to gain access to the sportsbooks in the state of Illinois. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker temporarily halted the state’s in-person registration requirement. That requirement stipulates that those that want to bet on sports have to show up in person to validate their identities and register their accounts with the sportsbook(s) of their choosing.
Sportsbooks Located In Illinois For Missouri Sports Bettors:
Because of quarantines and lockdowns and shutdowns and just the general health and well-being of the public, Pritzker made the decision to put an end to that requirement. As a result, you can sign up and get registered for a sports betting account from anywhere in the state of Illinois. The key phrase being “in the state of Illinois” because you do have to be physically present in the state at time of wagering to gain access to your real money account.
The eastern border of Missouri is separated from the border of Illinois by the mighty Mississippi River. There are plenty of crossing points, whether by bridge or by boat, that can be used in order to slide across the state lines and suddenly be eligible to bet on sports.
For residents of St. Louis, this is remarkably easy. After all, you can even see a casino in Illinois from the Gateway Arch!
The fact is that St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and the other major cities in Missouri won’t have to wait long to bet on sports within their own state. The State Senate approved a bill in February 2020 that hit the backburner in the House because of COVID-19. But, why wait if you don’t have to? Why not wager on this NFL season, this college football season, the MLB playoffs, the start of college basketball? Why wait until 2021?
Our focus in this article is on St. Louis, specifically, because of the close proximity to the border and the population of the city, but we have tips on how everybody in Missouri can get their legal sports bets in.
Here is how to bet on sports if you live in St. Louis:
DraftKings Sportsbook at Casino Queen
East St. Louis happens to be on the other side of the Mississippi River in Illinois, but the Casino Queen is literally visible from the Gateway Arch and even within walking distance if you want to get some steps in. A quick jaunt over the Eads Bridge and a right-hand turn on S. Front Street will take you right to the doors of the Casino Queen. There you will find a DraftKings Sportsbook.
For now, with the in-person requirement lifted, you don’t even have to set foot inside the casino. You simply have to get across the state border, sign up, deposit, and start betting. But, if the requirement is reactivated, this is an easy route to go.
DraftKings Sportsbook is an industry leader across the board and that is true of the state of Illinois as well. You can get up to $1,000 in a sign-up bonus through us at ATS that comes via a Deposit Match Bonus and a risk-free bet.
BetRivers is a little bit farther away in Des Plaines, Illinois, which is out by Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. BetRivers Sportsbook actually took the first legal wager in the state of Illinois. They are a fixture across the Midwest and the Rust Belt as one of the top regional sportsbooks in those areas, even though they are pushing towards being a national sportsbook as well.
Fair odds and a great betting experience await with the BetRivers app or the online website. A Deposit Match Bonus up to $250 also awaits if you sign up through us at ATS.
PointsBet Sportsbook opened its doors at the Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois just before the end of September 2020. They have trotters at that race track, so even if the in-person registration requirement comes back, you can go enjoy a day of racing while activating and validating your account.
PointsBet is one of the most aggressive sportsbooks in the industry with regards to promotions and the unique and trailblazing PointsBetting system that has a higher-risk, higher-reward setup that is based on how right or wrong you are on a game is a major draw.
There are two different bonus offers so you can pick the one that is right for you. The first is a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250 and the second is up to $1,500 in risk-free bets, with one on your first fixed odds wager and another on your first PointsBetting wager. If you are a smaller depositor, then the Deposit Match Bonus is for you. If you are a bigger depositor, try the risk-free bets.
Barstool (Penn National)
The Barstool-branded Sportsbook is coming to Illinois soon. Penn National has licenses through the Argosy Casino in Alton, which is very close to the St. Louis area, and the Hollywood Casino Joliet closer to Chicago. The Barstool Sportsbook will be a big draw from St. Louis to the Argosy riverboat that lies on the Mississippi just a little bit north of the city. This will be another fine option and we are sure to see some big Barstool offers when they get up and running.
It is very easy to gain access to sports betting if you live in St. Louis because of the city’s excellent geographic location. All it takes is a little bit of a commute to get signed up and the bonus offers for these sportsbooks are certainly worth your while and your time.