Last Updated on July 26, 2020
After suspending in-person registration due to COVID-19, Illinois is putting the toothpaste back in the tube. Sports bettors in Illinois have until midnight to register online. Those who don’t register now could have to wait until 2020 to get in on mobile sports betting in Illinois. Currently, BetRivers Illinois is the only sportsbook operating in Illinois at this time.
At 11:59 p.m. ET, remote sportsbook app registration is out the window and bettors will have to travel to retail sportsbooks to get in on the mobile sports betting craze. This sets up 2022 as the earliest Illinois sports bettors will be able to register for mobile sports betting apps. Don’t get left out in the cold. Sign up with BetRivers here.
Original EO (https://t.co/4Yn0DazeNS) is what authorized registration without an in person visit.
This was reissued June 26th, with an end date of July 26th (https://t.co/Lk2shTi7wc).
The latest list of reissued EO's, did not included 2020-41.
— Jason Ziernicki 🎲🏈➡️💰 (@jziernick) July 26, 2020
What Does This Mean For Illinois Sports Bettors?
Well, this means you are running out of time to register for mobile sports betting in Illinois. This could be your last chance to get in on the action before Illinois cuts off online registration. Sign up with BetRivers Illinois here to make sure you don’t miss out. For bettors who are already registered with BetRivers, you’re in the clear.
Governor J.B. Pritzker made the decision to suspend in-person registration in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. The original plan was always to require in-person registration for mobile sports betting. For companies like DraftKings and FanDuel, who recently maneuvered around the 18-month “penalty box” provision, this will put a dent in the number of users.
In the sports betting world, Illinois is a major player. Governor Pritzker’s temporary suspension of in-person registration sent shockwaves through the state, but the rush for mobile sports betting is hitting a major roadblock.
As is the case with most states, this rule is subject to change, but it’s not wise to wait and see. Illinois sports bettors have a very small window to register for mobile sports betting and get in on the action.