Last Updated on July 24, 2020

Although original Illinois legislation aimed to keep DraftKings Sportsbook out of the state for an 18-month period, that won’t be the case. DraftKings Sportsbook has sidestepped the “penalty box” provision by partnering with Casino Queen and rebranding as DraftKings at Casino Queen. It’s still unclear exactly when the company plans to launch in its into the Illinois online sports betting market, but it’s safe to say it’s getting close.

The “penalty box” was created with the goal of stopping DraftKings Illinois and FanDuel from entering the market right away. Part of the reasoning behind this provision was to give local casinos a head start against the big dogs in the industry. Additionally, this was supposed to act as a punitive measure after the DraftKings and FanDuel operated daily fantasy sports in the state in defiance of the Illinois attorney general. Clearly, the “penalty box” is not achieving its ultimate goals.



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The rebranding in and of itself is a workaround to the “penalty box.” By rebranding to “DraftKings at Casino Queen,” the company will get the name recognition out front while also satisfying Illinois state law. DraftKings at Casino Queen is still waiting for final approval from the Illinois Gambling Board, but at this stage in the process, it appears to be a done deal.

This partnership is a mutually beneficial relationship for Casino Queen and DraftKings. On one hand, DraftKings figured out a way to skirt around legislation specifically meant to ban their presence in Illinois. On the other hand, Casino Queen will have brand-name recognition. DraftKings is one of the most trusted names in the new legal sports betting market in the U.S.


Illinois Online Sports Betting Set To Explode

The sports betting legislation in Illinois is constantly changing. Retail casinos were forced to close in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and since those locations are still closed, Governor J.B. Pritzker decided to suspend in-person registration for mobile sports betting.

Now in Illinois, users can sign up from the comfort and safety of their own home. As a result, the sportsbooks with the best and most accessible apps are going to have a leg up on the market. In that regard, DraftKings is set to become a major player in Illinois, whenever that may be.