The Illinois sports betting industry has been fascinating, and another new wrinkle was announced on Friday. Governor JB Pritzker has once again eliminated the in-person registration requirements for customers, giving mobile sportsbooks a better chance to add new customers.
This is the second time that Pritzker has lifted the in-person registration requirements, and both times have been due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pritzker hopes that this will allow mobile sportsbooks in Illinois to bring in revenue as most casinos remain closed or operating under new protocols.
In-person registration in Illinois is now suspended through September 19, but it could be extended once again. Illinois is looking for more revenue sources, and they are hoping that the sports betting industry can solve some budget issues.
BetRivers Now Has Competition
Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was the first to offer retail sports betting in Illinois, and they were also the first to launch their mobile sportsbook. Rivers Casino launched its BetRivers mobile app, and it has seen tremendous success in Illinois.
When Governor Pritzker first eliminated the in-person registration requirement, BetRivers was the only mobile sportsbook ready for launch. This time around, DraftKings Sportsbook is also prepared to accept mobile customers, and it should create a competitive market.
DraftKings Sportsbook recently partnered with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, and they have launched their mobile sportsbook in the state. DraftKings has struggled to bring in new customers due to the c
urrent rules, but that will change now that they can sign up customers through a mobile device.
Huge Welcome Offer From DraftKings
DraftKings is known for having a terrific welcome offer for new customers, but they are ste
pping up for Illinois residents. DraftKings was offering a tremendous odds boost for the Saturday night game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
Bettors would see odds of 100/1 for this game when logging in to DraftKings, meaning tha
t a $1 bet could net a win of $100. These odds were being offered for both sides, and it’s just another way that DraftKings was looking to take advantage of this new rule.
More Sportsbooks Coming
The sports betting market in the state of Illinois is expected to take off with the addition of DraftKings, but other big names are set to enter the market. PointsBet and FanDuel have both applied for licenses in Illinois, and they should launch before the end of 2020.
PointsBet has partnered with Hawthorne Race Track, and that has given them the ability to offer online sports betting in Illinois. The Australian based company has been a significant player in the industry in New Jersey, and they have expanded to the Midwest portion of the country as well.
FanDuel Sportsbook recently partnered with Boyd Gaming, giving them the ability to offer sports betting in Illinois. Boyd Gaming owns and operates the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, and FanDuel will run the sportsbook at that facility.