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  • FanDuel is set to partner with Boyd Gaming and bring an online sports betting platform to Illinois gamblers.
  • The sportsbook will get getting around the 18-month penalty box for online platforms but players will still have to finish registering their account at the live casino.
  • There is no confirmed date for the launch but a hidden page on the FanDuel website has confirmed it is definitely in the works.

CHICAGOFanDuel Sportsbook is preparing to launch its sports wagering platform in the Illinois sports betting market according to sources.

The sportsbook is set to use the market access agreement with Boyd Gaming and release the online sports betting option at Par-A-Dice Casino for gamblers in the state.

By partnering with a brick-and-mortar casino, FanDuel will be able to launch sooner than normal because of the 18-month “penalty box” that is designed to give local land-based operators a head start because they have to compete with the convenience of online access.

Though it will be an online and mobile sportsbook, players will still have to go to the casino to register their account. On July 27, Gov. J.B. Pritzker rescinded the remote registration order created in June in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Many operators and fans were extremely unhappy with the decision to now force players to leave home in the midst of an ongoing pandemic to simply register their legal sports betting account.

The only sportsbook to be able to take advantage of the remote registration was BetRivers even though FanDuel was able to promote signing up remotely before the site was launched.

Not having remote registration is a hurdle that FanDuel will have to face and it could be lessening the excitement of launching an online Illinois sportsbook.

FanDuel was one of the three sportsbooks that were approved for temporary operating permits weeks after the suspension of in-person registration requirements.

FanDuel has not commented on the details of the launch but confirmation has come because of the Illinois sports betting page on their site that is hidden but can be seen in a cached version which reads “Coming to Illinois”.

The date for the FanDuel sportsbook launch for Illinois bettors is still unknown but with the NFL starting its season on Sept. 10, the MLB season in play, and the playoffs of NBA and NHL ongoing, anytime soon is not a bad idea.

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