- Illinois set to end the in-person sign-up requirements for mobile sportsbooks in March 2020
- The end date was announced at the 102nd Illinois General Assembly in accordance with HB 3136.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois mobile sportsbooks will soon be able to accept new bettors remotely as the in-person registration requirement is coming to an end.
The Illinois General Assembly recently took place and the end date was announced. Sportsbooks will continue to require in-person registration until March 5, 2022.
The Illinois sports betting market temporarily allowed for remote registration during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was brought on by an executive order signed by Governor JB Pritzker.
In-Person Registration Almost Over
The initial reason behind requiring in-person registration was so that local Illinois sports betting operators had an edge over bigger commercial sportsbooks in the market.
The sports betting bill HB 3136 has the stipulation of in-person sign-ups as well as it only being temporary with no official end date set.
Now that there is a target end date, the Illinois sports betting market could see a boost in engagement. Illinois sports betting is already dominated by mobile sportsbooks.
In August of 2021, Illinois saw $380.3 million in mobile bets. With mobile sports betting dominating the market like this, it is understandable that legislators would be ready to move along with the ending of in-person registration.
What Is Next For Illinois Sports Betting?
The Illinois Gaming Board has begun accepting applications for mobile online betting licenses. This is another reason why remote registration is needed.
The mobile-only licenses would allow sportsbooks to operate in Illinois without being connected to a local casino. The deadline is set for December 3, 2021.
With mobile betting being such a big hit in Illinois, lawmakers are likely aiming to fully capitalize and expand their mobile market. With the expansion of legal sports betting apps and the ending of in-person registration in Illinois, the market is expected to boom even more.
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