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Caesars Racebook Enters Illinois' Crowded Online Horse Wagering Scene

Quick Intro

Illinois residents are fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to online pari-mutuel betting on horse races. This array of choices has recently been enhanced with the arrival of Caesars Racebook.

Despite a somewhat delayed entry into the Illinois market, Caesars Racebook is catching up by offering a launch bonus to entice bettors. Moreover, it boasts a unique feature that sets it apart from its competition.

Caesars Racebook’s Expansion to Illinois

Having recently added West Virginia as its 20th state in November 2023, Illinois has now become the 21st state in Caesars Racebook’s network. Illinois horse race enthusiasts can now take advantage of a special offer on the Caesars Racebook app, which is available on both Android and iOS, as well as through a web-based platform for computer users. It’s important for Caesars Sportsbook app users to note that Caesars Racebook operates through a separate app.

This expansion is part of a collaborative effort between Caesars Entertainment and the New York Horse Racing Association (NYRA), already known to Illinois residents for their pari-mutuel wagering services. This addition strengthens an already diverse array of betting options available to the state’s residents.

Competitive Horse Betting Landscape in Illinois

With the introduction of Caesars Racebook, the Illinois market now features a wide range of online racebooks, including:

  • 1/ST Racing
  • AmWager
  • DRF Horse Racing
  • FanDuel Racing
  • TVG
  • Twinspires

BetMGM Horse Racing and DK Horse are the notable absentees in the Illinois market, with no clear indications yet of their plans to enter the state.

Caesars Racebook not only provides standard features like handicapping data and live race streaming but also offers an exclusive benefit not available with its competitors.

Unique Rewards Program for Illinois Bettors

What sets Caesars Racebook apart in Illinois is its integration with Caesars Rewards. Bettors earn one Caesars Rewards credit for every $3 wagered, which can be redeemed on both Caesars Racebook and Caesars Sportsbook apps. These rewards extend beyond digital uses.

Caesars operates three casinos in Illinois – Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Harrah’s Joliet, and Harrah’s Metropolis – where rewards can be used for diverse experiences. Options include free gaming plays, dining, hotel stays, spa visits, and live entertainment. This extensive rewards program, especially appealing to those who frequent Caesars’ physical locations in Illinois, adds another dimension to the state’s rich betting landscape.

Illinoisans now have more choices than ever, with Caesars Racebook offering a unique blend of online betting convenience and rewarding offline experiences.

Final Thoughts

With Caesars Racebook’s entry into the Illinois market, residents now have access to an even wider range of online horse betting options. Its unique integration with Caesars Rewards sets it apart, offering bettors both online convenience and tangible rewards at Caesars’ properties. This expansion enriches the state’s already vibrant horse betting scene, providing more choices and enhanced experiences for Illinois bettors.

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