Rejoice. The wait is over.

Barstool Sports announced today their sportsbook is officially going live in Illinois at 12pm Thursday, just in time for the big tourney.

This is what we have been training for. The big leagues. This is going to change my Pick of the Day posts for forever. The Barstool Sportsbook will be the official sportsbook of the Tom E Experience starting this Thursday. The promo bets are just ridiculous and the giveaways are so much fun. Plus, watching along with these bets on social network will be beyond entertaining.

As you can see, that sweatshirt is going to be something coming. More than likely, it will be a “bet this game, get the sweatshirt” giveaway, which they commonly do for new states to be added, like they did for Pennsylvania and Michigan.

The one downfall with Illinois is you cannot bet on any Illinois schools, like Loyola Chicago or potential #1 seed Illinois. This is a bummer for sure, especially with March Madness upon us. But to have a shot at these promos they will have lined up is going to be worth the sacrifice.

In case of a deposit bonus, I wouldn’t go any further than downloading the app today. Wait for an announcement of a bonus or a promo before creating an account and depositing finds, just so you will be qualified. I’ve gotten got by that previously, and will not risk getting this one wrong. I will definitely retweet any news of the app on my Twitter feed when it comes, so please be sure to follow.

This is going to be THE app for sports gambling in Illinois, and soon, the whole country. Next stop, the moon. Responsibly.