Illinois’ Sports Betting Remote Registration Law Extended

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09/29/2020
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Sports Bettors in the state of Illinois can still register for an online sports betting account remote from anywhere within the Land of Lincoln’s state boundaries following the signing of an executive order by Governor J.B. Pritzker. This is the second time to date that the executive order that continues to permit residents to join online and mobile sportsbooks without the need to travel to the physical sportsbook has been extended.

During the height of the global pandemic shut downs, physical casinos were closed across Illinois, meaning that bettors could not physically visit those facilities to set up an online sports betting account (as is generally required under Illinois State Law. However, in a rare moment of proactive and enlightened thinking by the State’s lawmakers, remote registration was allowed from June 4 onwards. This law has been readdressed since on a monthly basis and with no end to the pandemic in sight, the decision to allow remote registration is proving a much-need boost to the state’s nascent sports wagering industry.

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Who benefits from the extension of the Remote Registration Law?

The extension of the remote registration law for online sports wagering in the state of Illinois will benefit both sportsbook operators and sports betting enthusiasts alike.
Illinois bettors will in all likely-hood potentially remain safe in being able to set up their online sports betting accounts without being required to visit a bricks-and-mortar casino during the ongoing health crisis, thereby eliminating any needless risks to public health and safety.

What’s more, Indiana’s online sportsbook operators will also keep the economy ticking over by marketing their online sportsbook platforms to everyone in the state who wants the service and in doing so, win over a wider circle of customers than they otherwise would be able to.

More Online Sports Betting Options Now In Illinois

Eliminating the in-person sportsbook registration requirement in the short-term is clearly a step in the positive direction for the Illinois sports betting industry, which has more options entering their market recently to add to bet Rivers and DraftKings.

BetMGM is reportedly on the way to Illinois. William Hill has already gone live in Illinois as a part of their huge national expansion plans. PointsBet, with its agreement with Illinois’s Hawthorne Race Track, went live on September 12 as the Australian owned company prioritized going live in both Illinois and Colorado.

FanDuel entered the Illinois sports betting marketplace formally on August 28, through an agreement with Boyd Gaming, which owns the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria. This agreement followed a report earlier in 2020 that FanDuel were looking to either partner or purchase outright the Fairmont Park racetrack in Collinsville..

Normally, without the Remote Sign-Up Law, these Illinois sportsbooks would have suffered from their physical location. Many of these operations, like FanDuel and DraftKings in particular, are located many miles from Chicago, Illinois largest city and one of the largest cities in the country. It’s a city with a huge sports betting fanbase and home to a number of the biggest name in professional sports franchises such as the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs.

Now, with the remote sign up law, Chicago’s citizens are able to register for any sportsbook in Illinois without being required to travel to a physical casino across the state to do so.

Obviously then, Illinois sportsbooks are seeking to end in-person registration requirements completely.

With the success of remote sign up already (Illinois reported $52.5 million in sports bets in its first full month of operation in July, and August/September are expected to dwarf that number) and the large boom in sports betting revenue, Illinois will no doubt to make the switch permanent before long.

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