Illinois Sports Betting

  • A responsible gambling bill would require a pop-up that occurs after every 10 bets in Illinois.
  • The pop-up redirects sports bettors to a website with gambling addiction resources.
  • SB 1508 is progressing through the Illinois Senate and will receive a full vote during their next meeting.

CHICAGO – Illinois Senator bill Cunningham has proposed SB 1508, a sports betting bill that would require a pop-up message every 10 wagers placed. The bill is gaining traction in the Senate, most recently advancing past the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

SB1508 is an effort by Illinois senators to more effectively encourage responsible legal sports betting.

The bill comes in response to the large number of sports bets in Illinois since its regulation in 2019.

According to the Illinois Gaming Board. nearly $19 billion dollars of sports wagers have been placed since its launch on March 9, 2020.

This incredible amount of legal sports betting has influenced state lawmakers to help individuals struggling with gambling addictions.

Legal Illinois sports betting platforms will be required to display a pop-up that offers sports bettors a website with gambling addiction resources. The website also provides an option for bettors to essentially lock themselves out of sports betting for a set period.

The voluntary exclusion program would disable the sports betting accounts of that player for a duration of time in an effort to help reduce gambling addictions in Illinois. The state is also funding programs that would help gamblers struggling with addiction by employing multiple outlets for digital resources.

Senate Bill 1508 would allow for the Illinois government to make a more direct impression on its sports betting community through pop-ups prompted every 10 wagers placed.

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