Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

Remote sportsbook registration restored in Illinois

Pritzker signs executive order

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has reinstated an executive order permitting remote registration at Illinois sportsbooks in a move that boosts the state’s revenue potential in time for football season.

Executive Order 2020-52 restores an earlier edict allowing mobile registration. The original legislation authorizing sports betting in the state had required in-person registration of wagering account. (More Illinois sports betting legalization news).

The order states:

“WHEREAS, due to social distancing requirements put in place to protect public health, and because existing licensed casino gambling facilities authorized pursuant to the Sports Wagering Act have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020 and will reopen only when safe to do so pursuant to the Restore Illinois plan, Illinois residents may not be able to appear in-person at a licensed casino;

Section 1. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions in the Sports Wagering Act, 230 ILCS 45/25-30(f), 25-35(f), and 25-40(i), requiring in-person creation of a sports wagering account at a facility authorized pursuant to the Act in order to participate in sports wagering offered over the internet or through a mobile application, are suspended.”

It has been a herky-jerky start to the industry in Illinois. In August, sports betting enthusiasts in the state needed to attend a land-based sportsbook in order to sign up for online betting privileges. In June, that part of the law was suspended – in part at least due to safety concerns around visiting a physical sportsbook in the middle of a global pandemic – then reinstated six weeks later in late July. [ See reviews of top online Illinois sportsbooks ]

For sports betting fans, the window of opportunity may close again quickly. The current edict extends to Sept. 19, but could be reversed again if Covid-19 is deemed less of a health consideration.

Which sportsbooks are in the Illinois market?

Rivers Casino near Chicago – had pushed for in-person registration

BetRivers Sportsbook – Rivers Casino des Plaines launched shortly after the June suspension

Hollywood Casino sportsbooks – launched but no online edition planned until 2021

PointsBet – land-based sportsbooks around Chicago, can now profit from mobile access as well

DraftKings – pushed quickly to launch online operations during the first suspension of in-person requirements

FanDuel – also launched quickly during this pre-September, Covid-fuelled chaos

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