Last Updated on August 5, 2020
DraftKings Sportsbook is making waves in Illinois. The popular sportsbook brand has partnered with Casino Queen in order to move into Illinois earlier than expected. DraftKings was able to skirt around the state’s “penalty box” provision by partnering with Casino Queen. The retail sportsbook location is now officially open in East St. Louis, Illinois.
DraftKings Sportsbook at Casino Queens:
“Illinois is home to some of the most passionate sports fans and most iconic sports teams in the entire country,” said Jason Robins, DraftKings Co-founder, Chairman and CEO. “DraftKings’ dedication to innovation and providing customers with a premier sports betting experience has made our app the top-rated option and we can’t wait for fans in Illinois to discover why.”
“We are excited to bring sports betting to Illinois and the St. Louis community,” noted Terry Downey, President, DraftKings at Casino Queen. “The marriage of two iconic brands promises to create an unforgettable experience that can only be found at DraftKings at Casino Queen. Fans will come to love the service, passion and innovation now available in our state.”
DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook is now OPEN!
— DraftKings at Casino Queen (@DKatCQ) August 5, 2020
DraftKings Sportsbook Makes Moves In Illinois
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently suspended in-person registration which will slow down DraftKings Sportsbook’s plans to launch its app. Right now, Illinois bettors can download the app, but they need to sign-up in person at the DraftKings Sportsbook at Casino Queen retail location in order to complete the registration process.
DraftKings at Casino Queen is located across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois. That’s good news for Illinois bettors, but it’s a long drive for anyone who lives in Chicago. Requiring in-person registration will no doubt slow down the growth of Illinois online sports betting. PointsBet Illinois may have a massive advantage in the state with 4 retail betting locations in or around Chicago.
With that said, this is still major news for Illinois bettors. DraftKings is one of the most recognizable and reputable brands in the sports betting industry. This provides Illinois bettors with another excellent option for sports betting going forward.