Last Updated on July 10, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is suspending mandatory in-person registration for mobile sports betting during the coronavirus pandemic. While this might sound like a bad thing, it’s actually great news for bettors in the state of Illinois. Governor Pritzker’s executive order means that bettors won’t have to travel to retail sportsbooks to register for mobile Illinois sports betting.



Illinois Online Sports Betting Executive Order

“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.

“If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid by any court of incompetent jurisdiction, this invalidity does not affect any other provision or application of this Executive Order, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Executive Order are declared to be severable.”


What This Means for Sports Betting Apps

Essentially, this means that Illinoisans are going to be able to start betting sooner rather than later. Illinois legalized sports betting, and mobile sports betting, last year, but the law stated that bettors would need to register for mobile sports betting at a retail location. Gov. Pritzker’s executive order means that bettors won’t have to go through that extra step of registering at physical locations. Expect BetRivers Illinois to be the first app available.

This is potentially huge for Chicagoans and Illinoisans. The Chicago Bulls aren’t part of the NBA’s 22-team restart, but the Chicago Blackhawks just snuck into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is a 24-team format. The Blackhawks are the 12 seed in the Western Conference, but hockey is the one major sport where an unexpected team can go on a huge run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks will face the Edmonton Oilers in a five-game Qualifying Round to begin the playoffs. Chicago is currently +7500 to win the Stanley Cup. It’s a longshot, but anything can happen.

The good news is that anyone in Illinois will have the option of placing a wager from the convenience of their phone.