- The executive order that allows Illinois residents to sign up for mobile sports betting remotely has been extended by Governor J.B. Pritzker.
- The executive order was set to expire on September 19th.
- This is the second time the executive order has been extended.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois sports bettors can continue to register for mobile and online sports betting apps from home thanks to the extension of the executive order that allows for remote sign-ups.
Governor J.B. Pritzker once again opted to continue allowing residents to join online and mobile sportsbooks without the need to travel to the physical sportsbook.
The executive order was originally intended to expire on September 19th. This is the second time that the executive order was extended.
The latest extension will last until October 17.
Illinois Mobile Betting
The Illinois sports betting market has boomed with mobile and online sports betting and the ability for sports bettors to register from their homes has helped in a massive way.
With the Prairie State still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to sign up for online sports betting without having to travel has been a major benefit.
This can explain why Gov. Pritzker once again decided to extend the remote sign up executive order, allowing Illinois sports bettors to safely partake in sports betting.
Official. Executive Order to continue with remote registration extended thru October 17th.
— Joe Ostrowski (@JoeO670) September 18, 2020
Many major sportsbooks have been launched in Illinois in the past few months, including FanDuel, PointsBet, DraftKings and William Hill. These sportsbooks are all benefitting from the huge Illinois sports betting base.
The problem that these sportsbooks would have normally suffered from would be there location. Many of these operations, like FanDuel and DraftKings in particular, are located many miles from Chicago.
The Windy City is one of the biggest cities in the country and has a strong sports betting fan base with the many storied franchises in town.
With remote sign up, Chicagoans are able to register for any sportsbook in Illinois without the need to travel across the state.
This is the reason why sportsbooks are hoping to end in-person registration requirements altogether. With the success of remote sign up and the large boom in sports betting revenue, Illinois may be swayed to make things permanent.
For now, sports bettors can continue to sign up for any Illinois sportsbook from in the state and partake in legal sports betting. The extension comes as the NBA season draws closer to its climax and the NFL season starts to heat up.
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