Governor Pritzker

  • Illinois governor has extended the mobile sports betting registration executive order again until November.
  • The order has now been extended three times to provide convenience and safety through this coronavirus pandemic.
  • There are veto sessions after the new extension is up that could give opportunity to make mobile registration a permanent order in the state.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has once again extended his executive order to allows bettors to register remotely for sportsbook accounts from around the state.

Illinois has always been a state with an in-person registration requirement for sports betting but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, an executive order was put in place to ensure health and safety for new customers.

This extension, which was set to expire last weekend, is now in place until November 14 and another extension may come at the end of this due to the new spikes in COVID-19 cases around the country.

The first mobile registration executive order for legal sports betting was placed in June when strict social distancing and stay at home orders were in place.

There was about a month of in-person registration required before Pritzker ultimately extended the order twice in the last two months

Players have been able to use this as a way to conveniently signup at sportsbooks and this also brought top online sportsbook operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill, and PointsBet to the Illinois sports betting market.

All of these sportsbooks were able to offer their platform with the start of the NFL regular season and during the NBA, MLB, and NHL playoffs which helped generate more buzz for months to come.

The state’s online sports betting has soared with August bringing $140 million in total handle from online wagers and it is expected to be even higher in September according to the Illinois Gaming Board figures.

The Nov. 14 date of expiration comes three days before the start of the General Assembly’s first veto session and lawmakers can revisit all legislation including the sports gaming bill that states the in-person registration requirement.

With all of this, it could be possible that the mobile registration requirement could become a permanent government order in the state, and to expand legal sports betting to its full potential, that may be the best decision to make.

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