Illinois Remote Registration Extended Again
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has done it again, extending the remote registration period for the seventh time for the sports betting industry.
When Pritzer first issued Executive Order 2020-41 in June of 2020, it was believed that remote registration would only be available for a limited time. This
With retail sportsbooks and commercial casinos in Illinois still shut down due to COVID-19 mitigations, Pritzker has removed the in-person registration requirement. This latest extension is good until Feb. 6, but the governor could extend it yet again if he feels the urge to do so.
When the first remote registration order was put in place, there were no IL online sports betting options available in Illinois. There are now five online sportsbooks, and that number is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
Illinois has posted some huge sports betting handle numbers over the last few months, and it has quickly emerged as one of the top sports betting markets in the United States. Remote registration has helped these numbers as online betting accounts for more than 90 percent of all wagers.
There are currently eight retail sports betting locations in the state, but all of them have been closed since Nov. 19. Since July 1, all of the properties have been operating at 50 percent capacity or less, making it hard for sports bettors to sign up for a new account.
BetMGM and Unibet have both applied for a sports betting license in the state of Illinois, and they are expected to be the next two online sportsbook options. Currently, BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, and William Hill are operating in the Land of Lincoln.
Lawmakers are expected to revisit the in-person registration requirement in 2021, and they could look to make remote registration a permanent option. In-person registration was put in place to keep online-only operators from dominating the market, but these companies have found ways into the state by partnering with a commercial casino property.
College Betting Coming Soon?
Another major change to the sports betting landscape in Illinois could be coming in 2021, and it is one that will make sports bettors happy. Representative Mike Zalewski has filed a bill that would allow for betting on in-state college teams.
Bill HB 5876 would make an amendment to the Sports Wagering Act, and it could take effect immediately if it is approved. Currently, all games featuring in-state college teams are illegal in the state of Illinois.
The bill would have to pass by Wednesday in order for it to go into effect during this session, or Zalewski would have to re-file it after the new lawmakers are sworn in. It’s highly unlikely that it gets passed that quickly, but there is real momentum behind this piece of legislation.
Betting on collegiate sporting events has been a major debate throughout the US, and members of the NCAA have been a huge opponent. Most states have still allowed this form of betting to take place, and bettors in Illinois are hoping that a change is made.
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