Illinois sports bettors will be able to open new accounts with the state’s digital sportsbooks remotely until at least November 14 after Governor JB Pritzker last week extended Executive Order 2020-41, which he originally signed in June. and it has been spread several times since then.
The order expired on Saturday. However, with the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, particularly in Illinois, the order was extended and will now be valid until November 14 and is likely to be extended again.
Under Illinois’ gambling expansion law, which went into effect last year, sports bettors can only register new online betting accounts at a land-based casino or sportsbook. With strict social distancing policies in place, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-41 in June to temporarily remove that requirement.
The remote records were available until late July, when Governor Priztker decided not to extend the request. However, he reinstalled it on August 21 and then extended it in September and last week.
Retail and online sports betting were part of last year’s extensive expansion gambling reform. Illinois’ first retail sportsbook opened in early March and it closed a week later as the state ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Governor Pritzker’s June executive order paved the way for the long-awaited launch of online sports betting in the state and saw some industry giants enter the local digital betting space.
Illinois maintains a solid number of sports bets
Illinois has yet to release its sports betting figures for September, but those for August were more encouraging. The state reported that the amount of sports bets amounted to $ 140 million that month. The mobile represented 88.5% of that.
The August control rose 166.7% from the previous month. State betting houses handled a total of $ 52.5 million in betting in July, the first full month of sports betting in Illinois. Around 92% of the betting handle came from digital betting.
Illinois currently has five digital sportsbooks. First – BetRivers – was launched in June, shortly after Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-41. DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet and more recently William Hill, also launched in Illinois with online sports betting and mobile apps.
It should be noted that DraftKings and FanDuel were able to enter Illinois much earlier than originally expected after they partnered with local land-based casinos to exploit a loophole in a law specifically designed to prevent them from launching online-only sportsbooks up to 18 months after the issuance of the first state sports betting license.
DraftKings partnered with Casino Queen earlier this year to launch the DraftKings sportsbook app at Casino Queen and a retail facility at the East St. Louis-based casino in August. FanDuel entered Illinois through a partnership with Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria.