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Illinois sportsbooks can now resume taking remote registrations for online betting thanks to a new executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker, the latest twist in what has been a confusing launch for sports gambling in the land of Lincoln.
Legal Sports Report confirmed that Pritzker reinstated his order allowing for remote registration on Friday. Executive order 2020-52 reinstated the original order, which appears here.
For the past several weeks, anyone wanting to sign up for an online sportsbook in Illinois needed to visit a physical sportsbook in order to complete registration. On June 8, Pritzker suspended that part of the Illinois law, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, suddenly, he reversed course on July 26, ending remote registration.
It’s not clear how long this order will stay in place, either, but is good until Sept. 19. But requiring people to visit a casino to register for an online app does appear to be a needless health risk in the midst of the pandemic.
During the period when remote registration was allowed, DraftKings launched its Illinois sportsbook with the idea it could capitalize on the ability to take sign-ups entirely online.
via Legal Sports Report
August 21, 2020 at 05:27PM