Illinois is the 11th state (the District of Columbia also has mobile sports betting) to launch mobile sports betting and the third in the Midwest with bordering states Indiana and Iowa. The Hoosier State has remote registration, which was a draw to Chicago-area residents with nearby casinos across the state line, while the Hawkeye State requires in-person registration until that provision sunsets at year’s end.
“We are excited to make history in bringing the first online sportsbook to sports fans in our home state just in time as American sports are coming back into action,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, in a statement. Check our help guide for more info. WOW.. I now have a legal online sports betting account in the state of Illinois. Going live at this moment looks to be optimal than in weeks past as more U.S. and international sports are returning to action. The PGA Tour saw a notable bump in attention upon its return last week, with in-play betting popular, and the English Premier League resumed play Wednesday after 100 days due to the pandemic-enforced recess.
DraftKings has also moved to align itself with a retail sportsbook, submitting an application for a Management Services Provider license in late April, according to the IGB’s official website. It remains to be seen who its potential partner in Illinois will be. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA/MI), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN). Chris Altruda has been a sportswriter with ESPN, The Associated Press, and STATS over more than two decades. He recently expanded into covering sports betting and gambling around the Midwest.
21+. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details. 21+. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details. The third track in Illinois, Arlington Park, has applied only for a sports betting license and is expected to use BetAmerica for mobile sports betting. Arlington Park is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated, which purchased a 62% stake in Rivers Casino in March 2019 and is teaming with Rush Street Interactive for a potential casino in Waukegan. Penn National could be the next to market since the Argosy in Alton had also been provisionally approved to accept wagers before the COVID-19 pandemic, but PointsBet may also be in the running to be second. It has a deal in place to be the sportsbook at Hawthorne Racecourse, which is waiting word on approval for its sports betting license as part of a larger racino license. Rivers, which is located just outside Chicago’s city limits and near O’Hare International Airport, was also the first in Illinois to accept in-person sports bets in March, though BetRivers Sportsbook was active less than one week before being shuttered — along with Illinois’ nine other casinos — due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pritzker legalized sports betting last June when he signed a $12 billion capital bill into law that greatly expanded gaming in the Land of Lincoln.