Last Updated on September 15, 2020
William Hill is joining the party in Illinois. The sportsbook launched its app in Illinois on Tuesday, becoming the fifth online sportsbook in the state. BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet are already approved and operating.
This is more great news for Illinois bettors. Illinois’ “penalty box” provision stipulated that online-only sportsbooks would have to wait 18 months before launching. This presented a hurdle for William Hill and others, but partnerships with brick-and-mortar casinos have allowed for these sportsbooks to skirt around the legislation and enter the Illinois market earlier than expected.
Multiple options for users in Illinois is an excellent thing. This gives bettors the opportunity to shop around for the best odds and prices. Not to mention, more sportsbooks means more money in tax revenue for the state at a time when every state is trying to make up lost revenue.
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William Hill is launching just in time to take advantage of remote registration. Governor J.B. Pritzker recent executive order suspended in-person registration for mobile sportsbooks until Sept. 19. Sure, they only have a few days to entice new users to sign up, but it’s better than launching after in-person registration returns.
One advantage William Hill will have over the competition when Gov. Pritzker’s executive order expires is the proximity of Grand Victoria Casino to Chicago. William Hill’s retail partner is located just 45 minutes outside of Chicago so it’s a manageable drive for Chicagoans.
“Grand Victoria Casino is located just outside of Chicago – where some of the most passionate sports fans in the country live. I’m looking forward to seeing the community come together to watch their favorite teams as we welcome back the return of our favorite professional sports,” said David Grolman, President of Retail Operations for William Hill. “This will be our first sportsbook in the state of Illinois and allows us to continue to expand our relationship with Caesars Entertainment properties across the country.”
William Hill is one of the best sportsbooks around. Look for them to make a major impact on the Illinois sports betting apps market.