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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Illinois gambling:
Is gambling legal in Illinois?
Yes, as long as it is specifically authorized by the State of Illinois. Anything that is not sanctioned by the state’s laws and regulations, by definition, would be illegal.
What kinds of gambling are approved in Illinois?
Pursuant to Illinois’ Criminal Code of 2012, a person commits ‘gambling’ in Illinois when he or she ‘knowingly plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value,’ unless the conduct is specifically exempt from the definition of gambling. Additional conduct is considered gambling pursuant to the Code, but the first definition is most commonly thought of as ‘gambling.’
What is considered illegal gambling in Illinois?
Unless the State of Illinois is involved in regulating the gabling activity, it is illegal in any form. The state receives a share of the proceeds from gambling. The state, for now, does not permit any kind of betting on sporting events, fantasy sports wagering or online gaming, which is legal in some other jurisdictions that permit gambling.
How much is monitored by the Illinois Gaming Board?
Some is monitored, but not all. Various state agencies provide oversight and regulatory control over these different forms of gambling. The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), for example, is the authority over riverboat gambling at 10 licensed casinos and video gaming at more than 6,300 licensed locations across the state. The Illinois Racing Board oversees horse racing. Now, not surprisingly, the lottery is run by the Department of Lottery in conjunction with a private management company—Camelot Illinois. The Department of Revenue has authority over bingo, pull tabs, raffles, poker runs, and other forms of charitable gaming.
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