The online sports betting requirements in Illinois seem to change by the hour and late on Friday, there was a huge development. Governor J.B. Pritzker is reversing the requirement for in-person registration through Sept. 19, 2020. Yes, this 100% means you can download the DraftKings Illinois app and play on BetRivers Illinois without physically going to a casino.
This means that bettors will be able to sign up with online sportsbooks remotely. Gov. Pritzker is reinstating his executive order that suspended in-person registration and that can be found here.
This is the relevant passage of the executive order:
“WHEREAS, due to social distancing requirements put in place to protect public health, and because existing licensed casino gambling facilities authorized pursuant to the Sports Wagering Act have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020 and will reopen only when safe to do so pursuant to the Restore Illinois plan, Illinois residents may not be able to appear in-person at a licensed casino;
“Section 1. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions in the Sports Wagering Act, 230 ILCS 45/25-30(f), 25-35(f), and 25-40(i), requiring in-person creation of a sports wagering account at a facility authorized pursuant to the Act in order to participate in sports wagering offered over the internet or through a mobile application, are suspended.”
The in-person registration requirement was originally suspended in Illinois due to the outbreak of COVID-19, but Gov. Pritzker abruptly rolled that back in late July. And now the pendulum swings back in the other direction. It’s tough to keep up with everything going on in Illinois, but common sense finally wins out…for now.
What Comes Next For Illinois Sports Betting?
Well, the biggest winners of this executive order are bettors in Illinois. Rather than forcing people to go to physical sportsbooks to sign up, Illinois is prioritizing the health and safety of its citizens.
Granted, bettors could register for DraftKings Sportsbook’s app from the comfort and safety of their own car, but they still needed to drive out to East St. Louis, IL to do so. It’s worth noting that East St. Louis is a 4.5-hour drive for anyone from Chicago. Now there are no more drives out to faraway casinos.
With all this said, Illinois sports bettors should take advantage of this opportunity for remote registration before Sept. 19.