Gov. J.B. Pritzker

  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had previously allowed for remote registration for mobile sports betting apps.
  • In a Disaster Proclamation, the governor did not mention remote sports betting registration.
  • Remote sports betting registration is being removed just as DraftKings enters the Illinois market.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As of Sunday, Illinois will no longer be allowing for remote registrations for online and mobile sportsbooks.

Discontinuing remote registration means that only local casinos can register sports bettors with mobile betting accounts. Governor J.B. Pritzker removing mobile registration comes at a time when DraftKings was getting ready to hit the Illinois sports betting market.

An End To An Executive Order

It was Executive Order 2020-41 that allowed for remote registration for mobile sportsbooks. This was done because sports betting law in the state required bettors to register for an online account at a local sportsbook. Due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down land-based sportsbooks, Gov. Pritzker created the executive order to allow for remote registration.

Due to the nature of the executive order, Gov. Pritzker needed to reissue the order for remote registration to continue. In a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, Gov. Pritzker reissued a number of executive orders.

However, Executive Order 2020-41 was left out of the proclamation. That means that remote registration for legal sports betting apps is over. Bettors will once again have to go to sportsbooks to register for an account.

There are not many retail sportsbooks that are open due to COVID-19 in Illinois at the moment, making registering for an account much more difficult.

The timing is particularly bad for DraftKings, which is just about to enter the Illinois sports betting market. DraftKings had partnered with Casino Queen to launch their mobile sportsbook in the state.

Casino Queen even went through a rebranding process to partner with DraftKings, which allows them to enter the mobile sports betting market. However, those efforts are now in limbo.

Casino Queen does not currently have in-person registration for sports betting available. This means that DraftKings is essentially on hold for entering the Illinois sports betting market.

Thanks to the removal of remote registration, Illinois sports betting revenue will likely take a large hit. Allowing for remote registration brought in new customers and now, that will completely slow down due to the in-person registration requirement.

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