Last Updated on August 29, 2020
FanDuel Sportsbook is diving headfirst into the Illinois mobile sports betting market. After recently partnering with Par-A-Dice Casino and filing the necessary paperwork with the Illinois Gaming Board, FanDuel is live in Illinois. As a result FanDuel Sportsbook Illinois is up and running for bettors before the 2020 NFL season starts.
The partnership with Par-A-Dice Casino will allow it to skirt around the “penalty box” provision Illinois lawmakers created to keep FanDuel Sportsbook out of the state for 18 months. The “penalty box” provision was enacted to give Illinois-based casinos a leg up on the competition, but by partnering with a local casino, FanDuel found a loophole to the legalese.
FanDuel Sportsbook Mobile App Registration In Illinois
FanDuel Sportsbook is launching its app at the perfect time in Illinois. Not only is FanDuel going live just prior to the start of the NFL season, but it’s launching during a period of time where in-person registration is suspended.
Governor J.B. Pritzker recently issued an executive order suspending the requirement for in-person registration in the state. Instead of driving to retail casinos to register for mobile sports betting, Illinois bettors can sign up from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, IL is nearly a three-hour drive from Chicago.
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Users have a small window to sign up with FanDuel via remote registration. Pritzker’s executive order expires on Sept. 19, 2020, and it’s still unclear what he plans to do with mobile sports registration requirements when that day arrives.
For the time being, users can sign up for mobile sports betting apps without the hassle of driving out to physical locations. Illinois bettors should take advantage of this major opportunity before the requirements change again. As we know in Illinois, things tend to change quickly.